Judge Test Information

COMPUTER TEST FOR JUDGES

This quiz will certify you to judge both Region and State Drama competitions. You will need to pass the test with a score of 100%. You can take the test as many times as you would like. At the end of the test, you will be presented with the correct answers to the questions, and be able to print out, as well as email the test results. Please print out a copy of a passing score and bring with you to any events that you judge.

You will read through the materials presented here, as well as the ballots found in the links below in order to pass the quiz.

Information for Judges

Judging is perhaps the most important element of a good competition. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to be a part of a student’s education. As a Judge, it is your responsibility to rate and rank the student performers in a variety of events.

  • Classic Scenes
  • Dramatic Monologues
  • Contemporary Scenes
  • Humorous Monologues
  • Pantomime/Mime
  • Musical Theatre

1) Rating the Scenes

For each event, you are asked to rate the student (s) on their successful performance against themselves using the following ratings:

Superior (S)Exceeds the standard: The performance exceeds the standard in all areas with few exceptions. These are students who have superior character work and their performances are polished and poised; you can watch the performance and purely enjoy each moment without thinking about all the things they could improve on.  Note:  More than one performance can earn a superior rating.

Excellent (E) – Meets the standard: The performance meets the standard with few or minor exceptions. These are students who have an excellent grasp on their characters but could develop them further. These students could use a little more motivated movement as well as a more developed objective. With a little more work the performance could be better. Note:  More than one performance can earn an excellent rating.

Good (G)Partially meets the standard:  The performance meets some particulars of the standard, but falls short. These are students who could use a great deal of development. They are not polished and poised during the performance. They need a great deal of work to make the piece performance ready. Note:  More than one performance can earn a good rating.

Fair (F)Does not meet the standard: The performance is not prepared and does not convey the message intended. They do not know their lines, and are stumbling over their blocking. They break their character and are lacking motivation.  Note:Please do not give a fair unless the presentation is truly dreadful and unprepared.

Areas to critique:

Interpretation

  • Tempo & Rhythm – The rate at which action moves along, and the extent to which this changes
  • Understanding and communication of the plot – beginning, middle & end, and comprehending it
  • Projection of emotional content of the play – performance matches the message of the script
  • Characterization
  • Clear, motivated, active objective – What does the character want, is it clear in the performance
  • Creative choices to achieve objective – Decisions and tactics that achieve the objective (Tactics are NOT emotions!)  An example of a tactic is:  To Provoke

Voice

  • Projection speaking loudly and clearly to make the audience hear and understand the words
  • Diction /Articulation -the manner of uttering or enunciating words and sounds; elocution
  • Pitch, tone – infection of voice, quality, variety and control

Movement

  • Blocking, choreography -Stage movement matching the reality of the piece and is motivated
  • Facial expressions and gestures -entire body in the performance appropriate to the character
  • Use of staging elements -blocking, movement, picturization and balance
  • Clear definition of space -using the acting area to enhance the staging and motivated movement

Overall presentation

  • Ensemble cohesiveness -Do the performers have good chemistry with each other
  • Overall effectiveness -Was the selection entertaining, informative or inspiring
  • Appropriate material -portrayal of realistic characters through content of the plays material

2) Ranking the Scenes

After rating the students in their performances, you are then asked to rank the performances (scenes) in each round 1st– 4th.

  • There should be a clear winner (1st place) in each round.
  • There should not be any ties, unless there are more than four performances in a round.
  • If there are more than four performances rank all remaining students fourth.  (Fourth place is the only rank where more than one performance can be ranked the same)
  • Please take in to account their rate in determining how the performances are ranked.  For example, a first place ranking should receive a majority of superior ratings. A second place ranking should not have more Superior ratings than first place.

3) Performance Critiques:

PLEASE write as many constructive comments as possible on the student’s ballots.

The judges’ job is not only to praise, but to evaluate, assess and to make suggestions of how they think the student performers could improve their craft. These aren’t the same parents, relatives, and friends who have been to their performances and told the cast how marvelous and brilliant they were. The judges are being paid to give their opinion, and students should be prepared to graciously handle your comments. The only way students can learn and grow is to be given helpful comments and critique. Please utilize the time and space to give the students your suggestions.

IF YOU FEEL A PIECE IS INELIGEBLE DUE TO STUDENTS POSSIBLY NOT FOLLOWING THE RULES ON THAT ARE LISTED ON THE BALLOT, PLEASE CRITIQUE THE PIECE AS NORMAL AND THEN BRING YOUR OBJECTIONS TO THE COACHES SO THAT THEY MAY MAKE THE FINAL DECISION.


4) Review Your Ballot

Check that each ballot is completed

  • Are all rating boxes checked?
  • Are the performances ranked 1st -4th?
  • Did you sign each ballot?

5) Return Your Ballot

Return the ballot to the tab room as quickly as possible following each round and wait until your ballots are cleared and signed off. (In order to be paid you must have your ballots checked in and approved)


Receive your ballots for the next round, take a breath, and repeat


EXAMPLE BALLOTS ARE FOUND HERE.

Musical Theatre

Classical Scenes

Dramatic Ballot

Humorous Ballot

One Act Plays

Pantomime

Contemporary Scenes

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