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Doug Ingalls Monologue Scholarship Contest

This contest is open to all students in Grade 12 only.

In Person Contest Day is Saturday, December 2, 2023, at Norwood High School in Norwood, MA.

Registration is open! Click here to register!

The deadline to register is November 12, 2023. You do not need to have your entry ready at this time, you just need to register!

Contest Specifics:

For students who register for IN-PERSON:

  • The emphasis during the auditions is on presentation and performance.
  • Each applicant must perform two contrasting pieces, not to exceed a total time limit of four minutes.
  • Any monologues may be performed; however, you must know what they are from and who wrote them.
  • You may utilize a small table or chair(s) in your monologue/scene, but no other furniture or scenery is permitted.
  • No audio/sound effects will be permitted.
  • Costumes and props are not permitted.
  • Applicants should wear simple clothing that allows for ease of movement.
  • No special lighting will be available.
  • 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 auditions is on presentation and performance.
  • Each applicant must perform two contrasting pieces, not to exceed a total time limit of four minutes.
  • Your total allowed time is four minutes. If you exceed the two-minute limit on the first piece, you will have less time for your second piece. If you take a brief pause between pieces, that time will not count towards your four minutes. The adjudicators will stop your video at four minutes. Please time yourself when you rehearse so that you don't spend too long on your first piece and cut your second selection short. Your time begins after your slate.
  • Your slate should be presented as follows:
    • "My identification number in the Doug Ingalls Monologue Contest is (give number); my first piece is from (title of play) by (author); I play the part of (character) my second piece is from (title of play) by (author); I play the part of (character)." DO NOT USE YOUR NAME IN YOUR SLATE.
  • You may utilize a small table or chair(s) in your monologue/scene, but no other furniture or scenery is permitted.
  • No audio/sound effects will be permitted.
  • Costumes and props are not permitted.
  • Applicants should wear simple clothing that allows for ease of movement.
  • No special lighting should be used.

Process for 2023:

For students who register for IN-PERSON:

  • Once registration has closed, you will be contacted by the Contest Chair to be assigned a 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.

Additional Info:

  • Students may change their registration from in-person to virtual and vice versa up to the registration deadline. After the registration deadline, changes will not be accepted.
  • As always, the METG is committed to providing barrier-free access to student programming for all students regardless of their financial means. If the registration fee poses a hardship, please contact metg@metg.org to request a waiver.
  • Please note, this is the process for the Doug Ingalls Monologue Scholarship Contest, the Scene Partner Contest, the Excellence in Technical Theater Contest, and the HS Festival Logo Design Contest. This process may change for the contests later in the year.
  • METG High School Contests are open to current high school students within the state of Massachusetts.

Judging:

  • Performances will be judged on the basis of the actor's ability to demonstrate concentration, control of material, flexibility and versatility of voice, movement and expression. Vocal and physical phrasing, as well as vocal and physical articulation, must also be demonstrated.
  • Actors should give evidence of knowing the meaning and place of their audition pieces in the context of the plays from which they were taken. Actors should demonstrate that they grasp the importance of the event being dramatized and that they can deliver it to their audience. The performance should be believable and make the audience care about what is taking place.
  • Actors should be prepared to answer any questions about their pieces should the judges request any information.

Prizes:

Prizes will be determined by the METG Board of Trustees.


DIRECTIONS TO NORWOOD HIGH SCHOOL: When you arrive, please park in the back of the school and enter by Door 14. That door is the closest to the Dining Hall where registration for each session will take place.

Norwood High School Paul M. Alberta Performing Arts Center:

Norwood High School 245 Nichols St. Norwood, MA 02062

From Rhode Island/Areas South (I-95): Take I-95 North to Exit 11B, merge onto Neponset St.

toward Norwood. In approximately 1.8 miles, at the traffic circle take the 2nd Exit onto Nahatan St. Drive approximately 1.2 miles. Turn left onto Nichols Street. Drive approximately 0.7 miles. Norwood High School will be on your right.

From Springfield/Areas West (Mass Pike I-90): Take I-90 East to Exit 14 onto I-95 South/128, toward the South Shore/Cape Cod. Drive approximately 10.6 miles to Exit 15B, merge onto Route 1 South. Drive approximately 2.7 miles and take the Norwood Center Exit. At the traffic circle, take the 1st Exit onto Nahatan St. Drive approximately 1.2 miles. Turn left onto Nichols Street. Drive approximately 0.7 miles. Norwood High School will be on your right.

From Boston: (I-93): Take I-93 South to Exit 1 onto I- 95 South towards Providence, RI. Drive approximately 3.2 miles to Exit 11B, merge onto Neponset St. In approximately 1.6 miles, at the traffic circle, take the 2nd Exit onto Nahatan St. Drive approximately 1.2 miles. Turn left onto Nichols Street. Drive approximately 0.7 miles. Norwood High School will be on your right.

High School Doug Ingalls Scholarship Contest

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To recognize the talents of college-bound high school seniors and reward their excellence in performance, the METG will award scholarships to eligible high school seniors based on talent demonstrated in an acting audition.

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