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Ventriloquism

Ventriloquism (3 entries per school)
Ventriloquism si the art of speaking so tha the voice seems to come from some source other than the speaker. The object is to animate a dummy in such a manner as to present life-like act and convince the audience that the dummy is actually talking. The dummy’s mouth may be controlled by button, lever, string, rod, or by hand. The only part of the dummy required to be movable is its mouth; extra effects may add polish to the performance. The dummy may be a professionally-made model or a homemade model. Judging will be based largely on the skill of the performing artist.

There may be only one performer in each act. The act will be limited to four minutes. Notes are not permitted.

The dummy’s hair style and clothing must be consistent with participants’ if the dummy portrays a Christian character. The context must have Scriptural application or principle and should avoid the use of ridicule, criticism, or reference to romance as a form of humor. Contestant must provide judges with two copies of the script at the time of the performance.

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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