Choric Speaking

Choric Speaking (one entry per school, seven to fifteen participants).

1. Any form of literature, poetry, or prose adapted to Choric Speaking form will be appropriate for this contest. All literature must meet the guidelines as laid out in the General Rules for Speech categories.

2. The presentation will be judged on originality of arrangement and the skillful use of the techniques to move the audience with the chosen material.

3. All members dressed in the same color or style shall not be considered to be wearing costumes.

4. The presentation must be memorized.

5. Time limit is six to twelve minutes.

General Rules for All Speech Categories

1. All material should be in good taste, of high quality, and from reputable authors. Entries will not be restricted to sacred themes. However, entries which reflect anti-biblical themes, content and/or word usage (including profanity or suggestive language) – or which contain sensualism, humanism, or worldliness (including offensive performance) – will be disqualified. All selections are to be memorized, except the Reader’s Theatre, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Original Persuasive Oratory Category.

2. Each participant must submit two (2) typewritten copies of his selection to the judges prior to his performance.

3. Podiums will not be used.

4. The participant must first introduce himself and cite the name of the selections and author and then timing will begin. All other remarks related to introducing the selection will be included in the time limit. If a student does not introduce himself as his first spoken words, the timing shall begin immediately.

5. Prompting is permissible from authorized personnel but a minimum of five points will be deducted by the judges.

6. Hand props are not permitted except for the Duet Acting and One Act Play categories.

General Information

Purpose. The purpose of the Minnesota Association of Christian Schools Fine Arts Festival is to assist the youth of our Minnesota Christian Schools in developing their talents for the Lord’s service and to provide an opportunity for fellowship among our youth.

Eligibility. Students from MACS member schools who are in ninth grade (or equivalent) or above, and have not attained the age of 19 by September 1 of the current school year may compete. Students who are in the seventh and eighth grades may compete in the Orchestra/Band and Handbell categories.

Limitations. Only projects which were started since the last MACS Arts and Academic Festival may be entered for participation in the current festival. Students participating in the Bible/Speech Festival may enter up to four performance events. Students may take up to three writing or academic tests. Students participating in the Music/Arts Festival may participate in six performance events NOT including band and choir, and five non-performing events such as arts, photography, or science project.

Festival Ratings. The participants are evaluated by the following standard: Superior (95.5-100), Excellent (89.5-95.49), Good (84.5-89.49), and Fair (59.5-84.49). Any number of students in each event will award places rather than rating: Bible Quizzing, Bible Memory, Spelling, and Academic Test.

Awards. All students will receive certificates according to the rating they receive. Students who achieve superior ratings or first place in individual categories will also receive a medal. Large groups which receive a superior rating will receive trophies.

Dress, Grooming, and Conduct. It is expected that each participate will follow general MACS standards for dress. Given the nature of the festival this would include skirts or dresses to the middle of the knee for women and shirt with ties for men. Men should not have long hair in front or back. Eyes and ears must be clearly visible. Hair must not be below the natural hair line. Men should be clean-shaven with sideburns no longer than the middle of the ear. The conduct of participants is expected to meet the standard for believers in I Timothy 4:12. Patience, kindness, and good sportsmanship is the exemplary rule to follow at all times for all students, sponsors, parents, and visitors. Insubordination or disruptive behavior by any student, sponsor, parent, or visitor toward a judge or festival official will not be tolerated. Behavior which does not exemplify a Christian will be grounds for disqualification.

Photography Policy. No flash photography may be used during performance. Groups may pause a moment after performing if a flash photo is desired. Camcorders, video recorders, and non-flash still photos can be used only if the head judge in a competition room had granted permission.

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