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Download the complete CDMF Syllabus - 2020 to find specific Class details.

NOTE:  The 2020 Syllabus will be available shortly

SPEECH ARTS – RULES & REGULATIONS

1. Please read the General Rules and Regulations.

2.  Competitors wishing to be considered for recommendation to the  
Provincial level finals competition MUST have entered one of the following Classes:

Junior - 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 NO SELECTION ON ENTRY THERE WILL BE 15 MARK DEDUCTION ON AJUDICATION.

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. The following definitions have been established as guidelines for Competitors performing at the Provincial level:

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 exprience 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) •

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  
                note that it is NOT necessary to fill the allotted time limit.  Competitors
          who run overtime WILL be stopped and there may be a marks deduction
          by the adjudicator.

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 


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