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High School Scene Partner Contest

This contest is open to all students in Grades 9-11 only.


New Process for 2021/2022:

For students who register for IN-PERSON:

  • Once registration has closed, you will be contacted by the Contest Chair to be assigned a session/time slot.
  • Adjudicators will watch all in-person entries during their assigned time slot and score them on the appropriate rubric.
  • In-person space will be limited so sign up today! If we reach capacity for in-person, you will have the option to submit virtually. In the event that this occurs, you will be contacted by the METG.

For students who register for VIRTUAL:

  • Once registration has closed, you will be sent an ID Number and information with a link to instructions on how to record and upload their contest entry.
  • Contestants will record their monologues/scenes/technical presentations and submit them to our online platform.
  • Adjudicators will review all entries and score them on the appropriate rubric.

For ALL STUDENTS:

  • Once all in-person sessions have concluded and all virtual submissions have been viewed, the top students in each contest will be invited to a Zoom call with the judges during the week of December 13th where they will meet with students and provide feedback.
  • At the conclusion of that Zoom call, the judges will determine the winners in each contest and a Winners Announcement video will be posted to the METG website and Vimeo page.

Additional Info:

  • Each student attending the IN-PERSON Contest Day will be required to complete an Health Attestation Form prior to arriving at Norwood High School.
  • Each school is permitted to submit a maximum of five (5) scenes total to the competition.
  • Students may change their registration from in-person to virtual and vice versa up to the registration deadline. After the registration deadline, changes will only be accepted for health safety reasons. Any student who tests positive or is a known close contact and is unable to attend the in-person event will have the opportunity to submit their entry virtually. That submission must be received by Contest Day on December 11th. If you need to make any changes to your registration please contact us at metg@metg.org.


Contest Specifics:

For students who register for IN-PERSON:

  • The emphasis during the scenes is on presentation and performance.
  • Acting partners must perform one scene, not to exceed three minutes.
  • You may use two chairs and one small table. No additional set pieces, special lighting, or sound will be permitted.
  • A maximum of two hand props are permitted and must be provided by the actors.
  • Costumes are not permitted. Applicants should wear simple clothing that allows for ease of movement.
  • You will be given instructions on how to introduce yourself the day of the event.

For students who register for VIRTUAL:

  • The emphasis during the scenes is on presentation and performance.
  • Acting partners must perform one scene, not to exceed three minutes.
  • Your total allowed time is three minutes. The adjudicators will stop your video at three minutes. Please time yourself when you rehearse. Your time begins after your slate.
  • Your slate should be presented as follows:
    • "Our identification number in the Scene Partner Contest is (give number). We will be performing a scene from (name of play) by (playwrite). Then each student should introduce which character you will be playing." DO NOT USE YOUR NAME IN YOUR SLATE.
  • You may use two chairs and one small table. No additional set pieces, special lighting, or sound will be permitted.
  • A maximum of two hand props are permitted and must be provided by the actors.
  • Costumes are not permitted. Applicants should wear simple clothing that allows for ease of movement.

Judging:

  • Applicants will be judged on the basis of the actors’ ability to demonstrate concentration, control of material, flexibility and versatility of voice, movement, and expression.
  • Both actors should pursue strong, clear objectives and make varied and specific acting choices.
  • Actors should give evidence of knowing the meaning, importance and place of their scene in the context of the whole play. The performance should be believable and make the audience care about what is taking place.
  • Actors should be prepared to answer any questions from the judges about their scene.

Prizes:

Winning partners will receive a cash prize.

Fees:*

For member schools there is a $15.00 entry fee per student.

For non-member schools there is a $20.00 entry fee per student.

*If the registration fee is a challenge due to financial hardships or other factors, please email metg@metg.org for a waiver.

Deadlines and Important Dates:

The deadline to register is November 14, 2021.

If you register for the VIRTUAL option, the deadline to submit your video is December 3, 2021.

If you are one of the top students, you will be contacted to participate in a panel with the adjudicators on Zoom which will take place on the week of December 13th. Please keep those evenings open. As soon as the exact date is available, it will be posted here.

The Winner Announcement video will be posted to the METG website on December 22, 2021.

Contest Date and Location:

The High School Scene Partner Contest will take place on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Norwood High School in Norwood, MA.

Link to Registration Form:

High School Contest Day Registration Form

High School Scene Partner Contest

For undergraduate actors! The METG is offering a contest to let you demonstrate your talent with a partner in an acting scene.

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