Syllabus

Musical Theatre – Virtual Competition 2020

Open to anyone who resides or studies in the Province of Ontario or the Gatineau, Quebec area.
The maximum age is 28 years old as of December 31, 2019.

Musical Theatre Levels

    Definition:

      Age-based Level Classes are offered to competitors in each of the following seven levels:

      a) Beginner Level: Competitors between the ages of 6-8 as of December 31 the year prior to the Provincial Competition.
      b) Primary Level: Competitors between the ages of 9-10 as of December 31 the year prior to the Provincial Competition.
      c) Elementary Level: Competitors between the ages of 11-12 as of December 31 the year prior to the Provincial Competition.
      d) Junior Level: Competitors between the ages of 13-14 as of December 31 the year prior to the Provincial Competition.
      e) Intermediate Level: Competitors between the ages of 15-16 as of December 31 the year prior to the Provincial Competition.
      f) Senior Level: Competitors between the ages of 17-18 as of December 31 the year prior to the Provincial Competition.
      g) Advanced Level: Competitors between the ages of 19-28 as of December 31 prior to the Provincial Competition.

      Performance: Competitors must perform two contrasting selections from professional Musical Theatre fully staged productions. Musicals that have only been workshopped are NOT permitted. Competitors will be judged on whole performance package, including selection, interpretation, and program arrangement with regard to contrast, appropriateness and suitability.

      a) It is recommended that both selections be from different musicals and different composers.
      b) It is recommended that one selection be a ballad and one selection be up-tempo.
      c) For Intermediate, Senior and Advanced levels a selection from the “Golden Age” (1943-1974).e.g. composers such as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Bock and Harnick, (early) Sondheim, etc. is highly recommended.
      d) Selections from animated films and movie musicals are permitted at the Beginner, Primary, Elementary, Junior, and Intermediate levels only.

      e) Performances must be from memory.
      f) Accurate performance times must be included on the entry form. Do not guess timings or simply apply the specified time limit. There is no minimum performance time. The absolute maximum performance times are as follows:

      Beginner, Ages 6 to 8: Ten (10) Minutes
      Primary, Ages 9-10: Ten (10) minutes
      Elementary, Ages 11-12: Ten (10) minutes
      Junior, Ages 13-14: Ten (10) minutes
      Intermediate, Ages 15-16: Fifteen (15) minutes
      Senior, Ages 17-18: Fifteen (15) minutes
      Advanced, Ages 19-28: Fifteen (15) minutes

      Additional Criteria:

      If physical distancing is still mandatory as of the date you submit your video, then live accompaniment can only be with a family member or someone who lives in your residence. The accompanists listed on our website have confirmed that they are willing to record accompaniments for you to use for your performance. It is up to the competitor, however, to contact them directly and pay for this arrangement.
      a) Stage movement is allowed, but no dance breaks.
      b) Two (2) simple handheld props (e.g. comb, basket, or book); one (1) standard rehearsal theatre box, one table and one chair are allowed. No other props will be permitted.
      c) Costumes are allowed, but will not be judged.
      d) Spoken passages are only allowed if published in the score being used and cannot represent more than 10% of the selection.
      e) Selections should be age appropriate. OMFA reserves the right to reject any selections that are deemed inappropriate, either in style or content.
      f) Operetta/light opera selections (e.g. Gilbert & Sullivan, Romberg, Johann Strauss, Lehar) are not permitted in this category.
      g) Selections that are primarily spoken patter, e.g. Ya Got Trouble (from The Music Man) and Aaron Burr, Sir (from Hamilton) are not permitted.
      h) All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) must be strictly adhered to.