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Solo Musical Theatre Performance

In a Solo Musical Theatre Performance, the Thespian must present one musical selection from a published score written for musical theatre. The adjudicators will consider how well the piece is acted as well as how well it is sung. The selection may contain dialogue; however, it should primarily be a “sung and not spoken” selection.

The skills measured by the adjudicators during the performance are:

  • Use of transitions into and out of character
  • Ability to create a believable character
  • Communication of objective, tactics, and relationships through both dialogue and music
  • Use of focus and concentration
  • Vocal skill, technique, and expression
  • Use of dance and/or movement
  • Integration of voice, body, movement, and staging

In a Solo Musical Theatre Performance, the Thespian must follow the aforementioned rules for the International Thespian Excellence Awards as presented in this guide, and also the following rules specific to this category:

  • Performers must use pre-recorded, non-vocal musical accompaniment; no live music is permitted, including live accompanists.
  • A cappella performances are not permitted unless the selection was specifically written to be performed as such in the musical.
  • The total performance time for the selection must not exceed five minutes. Time is measured as outlined previously.
  • Prior to the event, validate the material using the approved publishers and acceptable materials information.

Solo Musical Theatre Rubric

ACTING TRANSITIONS

Slating that includes articulation of name and selection, transition into and between characters, final moment, and transition out of character into exit.

Superior
Above Standard

Clear articulation of name and selection; intuitive transition into and between characters, distinctive final moment and transition out of character into exit.

Excellent
At standard

Clear articulation of name and selection; recognizable transition into and between characters, final moment and into exit.

Good
Near Standard

Moderately clear articulation of name and selection; transition into and between characters and/or final moment may or may not be present.

Fair
Aspiring to Standard

Unclear articulation of name and selection; transitions into and between characters and/ or final moment are not evident.


CHARACTERIZATION

Emotional and physical believability and commitment to character; choices or tactic towards an objective that create a relationship with real or implied partner(s).

Superior
Above Standard

Character is consistently emotionally and physically believable; committed choices and tactics toward an objective prompt intuitive reaction to real or implied partner(s).

Excellent
At standard

Character is frequently emotionally and physically believable; committed choices and tactics toward an objective prompt identifiable reaction to real or implied partner(s).

Good
Near Standard

Character is infrequently emotionally and physically believable; choices and tactics toward an objective prompt some reactions to real or implied partner(s).

Fair
Aspiring to Standard

Character is rarely emotionally and physically believable; choices, tactics, objectives and a relationship to a real or implied partner(s) are not evident.


SINGING TECHNIQUE

Pitch, articulation, pace, rhythm, projection, breath support and control that follows the score.

Superior
Above Standard

Consistently on pitch, appropriate articulation and pace, precise rhythm, and varied projection, with skillful phrasing and strong mechanical skills proven by breath support/control, tone, and placement, and use of ranges, always follows score.

Excellent
At standard

Frequently on pitch with appropriate articulation, pace, rhythm, projection, breath support and control; follows the score.

Good
Near Standard

Infrequently on pitch with inconsistent articulation, pace, rhythm, projection, breath support and control; usually follows the score.

Fair
Aspiring to Standard

Rarely on pitch with limited articulation, pace, rhythm, projection, breath support and control; frequently deviates from the score.


SINGING EXPRESSION

Musical expression that communicates and reflects the character’s emotions and subtext.

Superior
Above Standard

Intuitively integrates voice, lyrics, and music to truthfully communicate and portray a believable character through emotions and subtext.

Excellent
At standard

Integrates voice, lyrics, and music to communicate and portray a believable character through emotions and subtext.

Good
Near Standard

Inconsistently integrates voice, lyrics, and music to communicate and portray a character through emotions and subtext.

Fair
Aspiring to Standard

Rarely integrates voice, lyrics, and music to communicate and portray a character through emotions and subtext.


MOVEMENT & DANCE

Gestures, facial expressions, blocking, and movement/dance that communicate the character’s emotions and subtext.

Superior
Above Standard

Gestures and facial expressions consistently communicate appropriate character emotions and their meanings; blocking and movement/dance are varied, purposeful, and reflect the character’s emotion and subtext.

Excellent
At standard

Gestures and facial expressions frequently communicate appropriate character emotions and their meanings; blocking and movement/dance are varied, purposeful, and reflect the character’s emotion and subtext.

Good
Near Standard

Gestures and facial expressions infrequently communicate appropriate character emotions and their meanings; blocking and movement/dance generally reflect the character’s emotion and subtext.

Fair
Aspiring to Standard

Gestures and facial expressions are limited/absent and rarely communicate suitable character emotions; blocking and movement/dance does not reflect the character’s emotion and subtext.


EXECUTION

Concentration and commitment to moment- to- moment choices; integration of voice, body, and emotions create a believable character/ relationship that tells a story.

Superior
Above Standard

Concentration and commitment to moment- to- moment choices are sustained throughout the performance; integration of voice, body, and emotions create a believable character/ relationship that tells a story.

Excellent
At standard

Concentration and commitment to moment- to-moment choices are sustained throughout most of the performance; integration of voice, body, and emotions create a frequently believable character/relationship that tells a story.

Good
Near Standard

Concentration, and commitment to moment- to-moment choices are inconsistently sustained; integration of voice, body, emotion choices create a sometimes-believable character/relationship that tells a story.

Fair
Aspiring to Standard

Concentration and commitment to moment- to-moment choices are limited or absent; voice, body, emotion choices rarely create a believable character/ relationship that tells a story.

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