Syllabus

Speech Arts – Virtual Competition 2022

Open to anyone who resides or studies in the Province of Ontario or the Gatineau, Quebec area and has been recommended by their local festival.
The maximum age is 28 years old as of December 31, 2021 for graded, diploma and open classes.
Please note that there are separate classes for amateur adults 21 and over.

Speech Arts Levels

Definition: Age-based level Classes are offered to competitors in each of the following eightlevels:

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.
h) Adults: (must be an amateur)
• Ages 21 and up – 5 Years of Training or Less
• Ages 21 and up – 6 to 9 Years of Training
• Ages 21 and up – 10 Years of Training or More

Performance: Competitors must perform three (3) selections. (Please note this rule change!)
Selections should show a contrast in mood (i.e. serious, comical, reflective)
a) Selections can come from, but are not limited to, the following categories:
– Drama (a scene depicting one character from a published play or published anthology of individual monologues)
– Prose
– Lyric Poetry
– Mime
– Public Speaking

b) Performances must be from memory.
c) 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 Adjudicator will stop the competitor after the maximum time. The absolute maximum total performance time limit is as follows:
Primary, Ages 6 to 8: Twenty (20) minutes
Elementary, Ages 9-10: Twenty (20) minutes
Pre-Teen, Ages 11-12: Twenty (20) minutes
Junior, Ages 13-14: Twenty-Five (25) minutes
Intermediate, Ages 15-16: Twenty-Five (25) minutes
Senior, Ages 17-18: Thirty (30) minutes
Advanced, Ages 19-28: Thirty (30) minutes
Adults, Ages 21 & Above: Thirty (30) minutes

Additional Criteria:
a) Costumes and portable props are permitted. Items must be simple.
b) If the selection is in a language other than English, a translation must be provided to the Adjudicator.
c) All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) must be strictly adhered to.