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Download the complete CDMF 2020 Syllabus to find specific class details.

 

SPEECH ARTS – RULES & REGULATIONS

1. Please read the General Rules and Regulations.

2. Competitors wishing to be considered for recommendation to the Provincial FESTIVAL competition MUST have entered one of the FOLLOWING CLASSES: Junior Level:Class 610. Intermediate: Class 611. Senior: Class 612

3. EFFECT OF C.60 – COPYRIGHT LAW – It is not necessary to forward original copies of Speech Arts selections when submitting entries. Titles, Authors and Edition information MUST BE LISTED ON THE ENTRY FORM. 

PLEASE NOTE: NO CHANGES WILL BE ALLOWED AFTER THE ENTRY DEADLINE.  IF THERE IS NO SELECTION, OR AN INCORRECT SELECTION, SHOWN ON THE ENTRY FORM, THE ADJUDICATOR WILL APPLY A 5 MARK DEDUCTION ON ADJUDICATION.

Each competitor NOT submitting an original publication of their selection to the session secretary PRIOR to their performance will participate for adjudication ONLY.

4. PHOTOCOPIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Competitors attempting to use  unauthorized copies of copyrighted material will be disqualified. Downloads will be accepted with proof of purchase.

5. The only props provided by CDMF are chairs and a lectern.

6. MEMORIZATION is mandatory in all classes except Bible Reading classes (500 to 505), Original Poem classes (510 to 515) AND Public Speaking classes (582 to 588).

7. Deleted

8. The following definitions have been established as guidelines for competitors:

a) Prose:The focus should be on the voice. Competitors may stand or be seated. NO ACTING. The selection should include narration, description and dialogue. It should be spoken in the story-telling style, but should NOT be performed as a dramatic scene. Vocal characterization is encouraged but the quality of the prose must be maintained.

b) Drama: A published play intended to be presented on stage by an actor assuming language, movement and dress of original character.

c) Poetry:

i)  Lyric: A short unified poem expressing the poet’s own experience and emotion in a relaxed stance with no movement. The speaker interprets but should NOT identify himself/herself with it. (e.g. “Solitude” by Bliss Carman, “To Autumn” by Keats, Sonnets of Shakespeare and Wordsworth)

ii)  Narrative: A poem which tells a story and usually has dialogue; the telling of a story is the primary concern of the speaker. (e.g. “Hiding” by Dorothy Aldis, “The King’s Breakfast” by A.A. Milne, “The Raven” by E.A. Poe, “The Cattle Thief” by Pauline Johnson)

iii)  Dramatic: in a dramatic poem, a character distinct from the performer and poet speaks, revealing personality and attitudes. The primary concern of the poem is to reveal character, rather than tell a story. Limited movement and gestures are permitted. (e.g. My Last Duchess by Robert Browning; Patterns by Amy Lowell)

iv)  Sonnet – a sonnet is a fixed form lyric poem, traditionally consisting of 14 lines of iambic pentameter with a set rhyme scheme. In Senior Speech, modern sonnets with variations in rhyme scheme and stanzaic structure are permissible, as are caudated, curtal and double sonnets, provided their inclusion fits the overall time allowance. Sources: The Penguin Book of the Sonnet; Making of a Sonnet (Hirsch); The Art of the Sonnet (Burt).

9.  ENTRY FORMS – All Speech entries, Solo and/or Group, MUST be submitted on the Speech Entry Form online. Title and Author of all selections must be included.       

10. In “Own Selection” for Speech Arts, the Title, Author and Publisher MUST be stated on the entry form. Competitors MUST bring “original Publications” (NO PHOTOCOPIES) to the session secretary PRIOR to performing.

11. Time Limits:  Maximum time limits are given for some classes. Please not that it is NOT necessary to fill the allotted time limit. Competitors who run overtime WILL be stopped and will only receive an adjudication and will not receive a mark or be placed.

12.  Dress Code: Competitors are encouraged to dress appropriately to neither offend nor distract the adjudicator, performers or audience.

13.  Marking:  See #42 in General Rules & Regulations (page 12).


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