Junior Preparatory |
This an annual event is held at St Benedict’s College. Its roots are the inter-house play festival that evolved into the one act play festival. A senior boy– a Grade 11-12 Drama student - chooses a play to cast; direct and present. The student is assessed and the result contributes to his practical assessment for Drama. Other Drama students may act or do technical work the production and are also assessed. Professionals from the Performing Arts industry act as adjudicators for the festival. The festival is a competition that consists of a preliminary round and a final round. Students compete for the prestigious Best Production Award.
Best Cameo Performance
Best Supporting Actor
Most Promising Actor
Best Set and Backstage
Best Design and Lighting
Nominations and merit awards are given in the following categories:
Set & backstage
Design and lighting
**Adjudicators may choose to introduce a specific award should they need arise
1. Entry is limited to one play per director and at the discretion of the Head of Drama.
2. An entry must consist of a one-act play, or an excerpt from a full length play, which is in itself intelligible to an audience not acquainted with that play from which the excerpt is taken; or, an original play written by a pupil of the school, for the express purpose of presenting it at this Festival.
3. A play shall have a minimum of two speaking parts, all of which shall form an integral part of the play as written.
4. The minimum playing time of the play shall be twenty (20) minutes, and the maximum playing time forty-five (45) minutes. A five (5) minute period of grace will be given to plays running overtime, during which one (1) mark will be deducted for every thirty (30) seconds exceeding full time, (up to ten (10) marks), after which the play will be disqualified.
5. A rehearsal schedule is provided. Times and dates must be strictly adhered to.
6. In producing the play, learners may have the assistance of one member of staff. In this event, the extent and area of assistance must be specifically stated in the programme details. With the exception of this teacher, all those involved in the production of the play must be bone fide students of the school.
7. On the night of the production, only the specified teacher will be permitted backstage, but NOT ON stage.
8. The stage must be set in five (5) minutes and struck (cleared) in five (5) minutes. Marks will be deducted for exceeding this time limit. A two (2) minute period of grace will be given, during which time one (1) mark will be deducted for every fifteen (15) seconds over time (up to a maximum of eight (8) marks). After this time, the play will be disqualified, at the discretion of the Festival Stage Director.
9. Entrants must provide a STAGE MANAGER, a SOUND OPERATOR and a LIGHTING TECHNICIAN to liaise with the FESTIVAL technicians.
10. THE ADJUDICATORS will judge using a rubric with set criteria which will be given to the directors with the ADJUDICATORS’ written appraisal of the play, within a month after Festival, (please allow some time for the mail).
11. THE ADJUDICATORS, as in any competition, may not be approached either in person or in writing - either before, during or after the performance of the play. Such approach will be deemed an infringement of the RULES. If you find it necessary to make representation, this must be done through the Head of the Drama Department, or via The Head of Culture. This applies equally to pupils, teachers, parents, and supporters of the event.
12. Each play MUST provide:
• Programme Particulars
• A poster
• A final copy of the script