Syllabus

Musical Theatre

Festivals may send two competitors for each level of competition.

Musical Theatre Levels

  1. Definition:
    1. Age-based Level Classes are offered to competitors in each of the following five levels:
      1. Elementary Level: Competitors between the ages of 11-12 as of December 31 the year prior to the Provincial Competition.
      2. Junior Level: Competitors between the ages of 13-14 as of December 31 the year prior to the Provincial Competition.
      3. Intermediate Level: Competitors between the ages of 15-16 as of December 31 the year prior to the Provincial Competition.
      4. Senior Level: Competitors between the ages of 17-18 as of December 31 the year prior to the Provincial Competition.
      5. Advanced Level: Competitors between the ages of 19-28 as of December 31 prior to the Provincial Competition.
    2. Competitors aspiring to advance to the National Competition must enter the National Qualifying Level.
    3.  Competitors can be recommended to both an age level class and National Qualifying Level Class.
    4. Competitors, if entered in the National Qualifying Class, may not use the same selections in both classes.
    5. Musical Theatre competitors who have won their age level at the Provincial Competition one year may still enter the same age level the following year. (i.e. if an 11 year old wins the Elementary level, they can still enter the Elementary level as a 12 year old the following year.
  2. 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.
    1. One selection must have been performed at the originating local festival and have received the recommendation of the local Adjudicator.
    2. The second selection may be own choice from the standard Musical Theatre repertoire.
    3. 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.
    4.  Selections from animated films and movie musicals are permitted at the Elementary, Junior, and Intermediate levels only.
    5. All selections are to be sung from a published score and in any published key.
    6. Performances must be from memory.
    7. 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:

      LevelsAllowed Costume and
      Prop Changes, if requested

      MAXIMUM
      Performance Time

      Elementary, Ages 11-12Four (4) minutesTen (10) minutes
      Junior, Ages 13-14Four (4) minutesTen (10) minutes
      Intermediate, Ages 15-16Four (4) minutesFifteen (15) minutes
      Senior, Ages 17-18Four (4) minutesFifteen (15) minutes
      Advanced, Ages 19-28Four (4) minutesFifteen (15) minutes

      The Adjudicator will stop the competitor after the maximum time.
    8. The performance times above must include costume and prop changes. If required AND indicated on the entry form, competitors will be allowed up to four (4) minutes total for costume and prop changes between selections.  No changes can be made after the entry forms are submitted
  3. Additional Criteria:
    1. Accompaniment must be live and is by piano only.
    2.  Stage movement is allowed, but no dance breaks.
    3.  Two (2) simple handheld props (e.g. comb, basket, or book) and one (1) standard rehearsal theatre box are allowed. In addition, OMFA will provide one chair and one small table. No other props will be permitted.  Costumes are allowed, but will not be judged. Prop and costume changes must be made quickly between numbers up to a maximum of 4 minutes included in the overall performance time.  Private changing areas cannot be guaranteed.
    4.  Spoken passages are only allowed if published in the score provided and cannot represent more than 10% of the selection.
    5. Selections should be age appropriate. OMFA reserves the right to reject any selections that are deemed inappropriate, either in style or content.
    6. Operetta/light opera selections (e.g. Gilbert & Sullivan, Romberg, Johann Strauss, Lehar) are not permitted in this category.
    7. Selections that are primarily spoken patter, e.g. Ya Got Trouble (from The Music Man) and Aaron Burr, Sir (from Hamilton) are not permitted.
    8. All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) is compulsory.

Musical Theatre National Qualifying Level (Formerly Open Level)

  1. Definition: National Qualifying Class Competitors aspire to attend the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals’ National Competition representing Ontario in August of the same year.. National Qualifying competitors can be any age or level and may enter both their age level and the National Qualifying level classes in the same year provided they have the adequate repertoire. Competitors will be judged on whole performance package, including selection, interpretation, and program arrangement with regard to contrast, appropriateness and suitability.
    1. Competitors can be recommended to both an age level class and National Qualifying Level Class.
    2. Competitors, if entered in the age level, may not use the same selections in both classes
  2. Performance: Competitors must perform three (3) contrasting selections from professional Musical Theatre fully staged productions at the Provincial Festival and five (5) contrasting selections (which includes the three (3) selections performed at the Provincial Festival) at the National Music Festival. Please refer to the guidelines below. Musicals that have only been workshopped are NOT
    1. One Musical Theatre Ballad selection performed at the local festival. Ballad is defined as music with a slower tempo, often serious or introspective, e.g. On My Own from Les Miserables or If I Loved You from Carousel.
    2. One Musical Theatre up tempo selection performed at the local festival. Up tempo is defined as having a lively tempo, often comedy, e.g. Adelaide’s Lament from Guys and Dolls or Watch What Happens from Newsies.
    3. One own choice selection of standard Golden Age Musical Theatre repertoire (1943-1974).
    4. One selection by Stephen Sondheim and one selection from the Golden Age is recommended as part of the above listed three required selections.
    5. All selections are to be sung from a published score and in any published key of a staged musical.
    6. Performances must be from memory.
    7. 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 time (including costume and prop changes) is Forty (40) minutes. The Adjudicator will stop the competitor after the maximum time.
  3. Additional criteria:
    1. Accompaniment must be live and is by piano only
    2. Stage movement is allowed, but no dance breaks.
    3. Two (2) simple handheld props (e.g.. comb, basket, or book) and one (1) standard rehearsal theatre box are allowed. In addition, OMFA will provide one chair and one small table. No other props will be permitted.  Costumes are allowed, but will not be judged. Prop and costume changes must be made quickly between numbers and accounted for in your performance time. 
    4. Spoken passages are only allowed if published in the score provided and cannot represent more than 10% of the selection.
    5. Selections should be age appropriate. The OMFA reserves the right to reject any selections that are deemed inappropriate, either in style or content.
    6. Selections from animated films and movie musicals are not permitted.
    7. Operetta/light opera selections (e.g. Gilbert & Sullivan, Romberg, Johann Strauss, Lehar) are not permitted in this category.
    8. Selections that are primarily spoken patter, e.g. Ya Got Trouble (from The Music Man) and Aaron Burr, Sir (from Hamilton) are not permitted.
    9. Care should be taken in the choice of selections as all repertoire performed at Provincials must also be performed at the National Competition. Selections must include the three (3) songs that were performed at the Provincial Festival with an additional (2) songs. The time limit at the National Competition is 1 hour.
    10. It is required to perform five (5) contrasting selections at the National Competition. Selections should be of different tempi and from different eras with at least two selections from before 1974.
    11. All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) is compulsory.