STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE

Evaluation Categories include:

  • Outstanding Musical Production
    Schools will be evaluated on their overall production quality, based on the school's size and available resources. This category ties all aspects of the performance together including direction, performance, and design. Everyone involved in the production should display professionalism, talent, originality, and enthusiasm. Outstanding musical productions should effectively tell the story and plot to the audience, execute the musical score successfully, and demonstrate the diverse talents of the student population.
  • Performance
    Performance categories include acting, singing, and dancing for individuals and ensembles. Performers should understand their characters' motivations and how they fit into the larger picture, while executing lines, songs and movement in an accurate and artistic manner.
  • Technical Design & Implementation
    Technical execution includes flow and execution of set and prop changes by the stage crew or performers, sound execution and quality, lighting execution, and technical effects (animation, audio-visual, automation, and rigging) based on the school's size and resources. To be considered for this category, all technical aspects must be run by students. Sets should be created by students, faculty, staff or volunteers and not rented or purchased. Costumes must be created by students, faculty, staff, or volunteers and not rented or borrowed.

Category Standards:

Good: Interpretations and choices showed creativity and thought. Considering the school's circumstances and available resources, elements were pulled together in a manner that would be considered good for artists at the high school level.

Excellent: Considering the school's circumstances and use of available resources, the production exceeded standards and guidelines. Interpretations were strong and cohesive and elements were pulled together in a manner that would be considered excellent for artists at the high school level.

Outstanding: Considering the school's circumstances and use of available resources, the production far exceeded all standards and guidelines. Interpretations were cohesive and strong. Caliber of work exhibited would be considered superior if executed by industry professionals working with the same budget and facility.

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