JRAY 2019-2020 JUDGING CRITERIA

 

 

Actor/Actress Categories (Lead, Supporting, Featured, Cameo):

 

SINGING

 

 Vocal Tone:

 Quality of the voice

 Audibly pleasing and enjoyable

 

 Musicianship:

 Execution of notes, phrasing and rhythms; Fluid, audible quality in music

 

 Intonation and Projection:

Ability to sing on pitch; Volume, breath and range

 

 

 ACTING

 

  Natural Ability

 Instinctive talent that is spontaneous

 Sensitivity in creating an emotional and physical genuineness

 Chemistry—Develops a strong synergy / relationship with other characters

 

 Characterization

 Appropriate and consistent physical mannerisms, tones of voice, rhythm, etc. to play a specific character

 Gives life to the character through the play’s reality; maintains consistency of character

 

  Speech and Vocal Production

 Performances are vocally appropriate; Articulation: Easy to hear, understand with clarity and consistency of diction and /or dialect used; understands timing, the extra beat/stress

 

 PHYSICAL EXPRESSION/DANCING

 Technique

 Skill and execution of the movement; Ability to perform the choreography cleanly and in sync with the others; Appropriate movement for the particular character, scene, or show

 

Energy

Vibrancy of how the dancing is performed; Energy level appealing for the particular character, scene, or show;

Presence and confidence; a natural ease and comfort within the body; minimal tension

Style

Dancer’s ability to convey the style of the choreography in connection to the era of the show; Proper emotion conveyed through the dancing or movement

Overall Impression/Feeling

 Performer has “It” or “Wow” Factor

Degree of difficulty required for the role raises performance to another level

Soloist Female/Male Category:

Vocal Tone

Quality of the voice

Audibly pleasing and enjoyable

Musicianship

Execution of notes and rhythms

Fluid, audible quality in music

Coloring & phrasing demonstrates range, emotional power and variability of style

Intonation and Projection

Ability to sing on pitch;

Volume and range—has command of breath

Overall Impression/Feeling

 Performer has “It” or “Wow” Factor

 Degree of difficulty required for the song raises performance to another level

COMEDIENNE/COMEDIAN Category:

Characterization

 Appropriate and consistent physical mannerisms, tones of voice, rhythm, etc. to play a comedic character;

Gives life to the character through the play’s reality; maintains consistency of character IS FUNNY!

(Made you laugh out loud);

 Instinctive talent that is spontaneous

Technical/Speech Skills

Performance is vocally appropriate; Articulation: Easy to hear and understand with clarity and consistency of diction and /or dialect/ accent used

Understands timing, the extra beat/stress for comedic effect;

Physicality/Presence

Sensitivity in creating an emotional and physical genuineness (believability)

Comfortable and easy in own body & movement

Chemistry—Develops a strong synergy / rapport with other characters

Impression/Feeling

Performer has “It” or “Wow” Factor

Degree of difficulty required for the role raises performance to another level

Dancer Female/Male Category:

Technique

Skill, precision, and execution of the movement

Ability to perform the choreography cleanly and in sync with the others

 Appropriate movement for the particular character, scene, or show

Excellent technique possibly in more than one dance style;  strong jumps and turns

Strength, balance & flexibility—evidence of good training

Control—awareness of others around them  

Rhythm

 

Energy

Vibrancy of how the dancing is performed

Energy level appealing for the particular character, scene, or show

Strong Presence, ability to fill the theater

The performance/ characterization is sustained throughout the show

Joyfulness- loves it and radiates it

 

Style/Character

Dancer’s ability to convey the style of the choreography in connection to the era of the show

Proper emotion conveyed through the dancing;

Strong acting skills that stay true to the character physically and emotionally—Believability & Truthfulness;

The character’s relationships to others – interaction, connection, playfulness -ability to relate to others

The ability to further the telling of the story 

 

Overall Impression/Feeling

Performer has “It” or “Wow” Factor

Degree of difficulty required for the choreography raises performance to another level

ENSEMBLE Category

Cohesiveness

All together now! 

Cast was supportive and embellished rather than detracting; constant engagement; no drops!

 Energy

Vibrancy with movement and interactions; Energy level high but varied and appropriate for the particular scene or moment of the show

 

Execution

In sync with blocking and staging—timely cues;

Integrated seamlessly with the leads; no upstaging;

Presence and confidence; a natural ease and comfort within the body ensemble; minimal tension or stiffness

 

Overall Impression/Feeling

 Ensemble has “It” or “Wow” Factor

 Extra cohesiveness and/or engagement raises performance to another level

 

 STUDENT ORCHESTRA Category

Pitch

No “sour horns,” wayward strings or squeaking reeds; ability to complement each other, harmonize and be together

Tempo

Varied and appropriate to the score; mindful of the mood and energy within the story being told.

Supportive of Performers

Not overly loud or zealous; complemented the singers without drowning them out;  cued off the actors and kept tim

 

Overall Impression/Feeling

“It”/ “Wow” Factor

Degree of Difficulty

 

STUDENT STAGE MANAGER Category

Pre-production/ Rehearsals

Student ran rehearsals, created a schedule

 Created a prompt book; assisted director with props, cues, other production issues

  

Technical Execution

 Called lighting, sound, set change cues; smoothness of scene transitions

 Demonstrated technical standards—no glaring detractions from the flow and sequence of the production

 Evidence of “in-show” adjustments of fixing of issues

 

 Leadership/Collaboration

 

Visible evidence of a process, choice of and/or work-arounds for available technical resources, crew selection and delegation of duties

 

Overall Impression/Feeling 

 “It”/ “Wow” Factor

 Degree of Difficulty

 

COSTUME DESIGN Category

 

Design, Research, and Analysis

Design, research and analysis addresses the artistic, historical (proper period/era) and practical requirements of the script to support the design and the unifying concept.

 

Artistic Interpretation

Design choices reflect the mood, style, period, locale, and genre of the play through the controllable properties of color, material and styling choices

Creativity and originality

 

Execution

Available resources/materials were appropriately chosen; 

Workmanship evident; design consistently sustains the unifying concept; No glaring exceptions or inconsistencies of design, period or style in support of unifying theme.

 

“It” or “Wow” Factor

 Originality and creativity stand out

 Excellence achieved within  limited budget/resources; degree of difficulty noted.

 

SETS Category

Design, Research, and Analysis

Design, research and analysis addresses the artistic, historical and practical requirements of the script to support the design and the unifying concept

Functionality of set. How well the set changes are accomplished from a mechanical standpoint

There is a balanced and appropriate blend of material and mixed medium

 

 Artistic Interpretation

Design choices reflect the mood, style, period, locale, and genre of the play through the controllable properties of color, material and styling choices

 Structure and/or rigging is consistent and supports unifying concept

 Harmonious elements that augment rather than detract in a glaring or noticeable way

 

Use of space

Balance and scale of set for the size of the stage and needed space for actors

Entrance and Exit for actors. How well this is integrated into the set.

Utilizes multiple levels and/or viewing perspectives;

Minimalism/use of lighting vs physical structure

 

“It” or “Wow” Factor

Originality and creativity stand out

Excellence achieved within  limited budget/resources; degree of difficulty noted.

 

LIGHTING Category

Design, Research, and Analysis

Lighting design, research and analysis addresses the artistic, historical and practical requirements of the script to support the design and the unifying concept

Effective use of color, gobos, spots, specials, area lighting

Use of a light plot

 

Atmosphere

Does it create and enhance the set mood and feeling of the production (scenes)

Does it create depth within the setDoes it create and define space for the actors

Does it help to aid in carrying the eye through the set 

 

Cueing

Extent to which crew/lighting cue execution did or did not detract from the production

“It” or “Wow” Factor

Originality and creativity stand out

Excellence achieved within  limited budget/resources; degree of difficulty noted.

 

AUDIO/SOUND Category

Effective use of microphone and sound board

Are the right actors mic’d?
Is the sound balanced and mixed properly so the music and vocals work together without over powering each other?

Clarity/Quality Tone

Any feedback, distortion, dead spaces, etc?

How quickly were perceived issues addressed and corrected?

Are the EQ’s set properly. This will help mix the sound better. 

Cueing

 Cues on time and crisp?

 Body mics turned off/on in a timely and appropriate manner?

“It” or “Wow” Factor

 Excellence achieved within  limited budget/resources; degree of difficulty noted.

 No FLAWS detected!

CREW/TECHNICAL EXECUTION Category

Unified concept

 Artistic, historical and practical requirements of the script supported by crew, the design and the unifying concept

Ease of set changes

Choreographed aspects; crisp and clean transitions;

No disruption to flow of show

Physical structure appropriate in its mechanical application and movement

Integration

How well the movement of scenery and transitions were smoothly (seamlessly) integrated into the flow of the show

Structure and design elements were complemented by use of actors and staging to minimize disruption and/or disguise scene changes

 

“It” or “Wow” Factor

 Excellence achieved within  limited budget/resources; degree of difficulty noted.

 No FLAWS detected!

 

Graphic Design/Publicity Category

Design, Research, and Analysis

Beauty and skill of created images;

Originality; Eye-catchability;

Cohesiveness of creative plan applied to marketing;

Use of social media and/or mixed mediumfor marketing concepts

Relevance

Creative relevance to show; themes, colors, layout, concepts consistent with unifying concept of the show

Effective use of resources

 (some high schools have more resources);

Demonstrated “outside the box” thinking in multiple media or available school platforms.  Student-centered synergy and commitment drove the design campaign.

“It” or “Wow” Factor

 Originality and creativity stand out

Excellence achieved within  limited budget/resources; degree of difficulty noted

Choreography Category

Concept/Design

 Furthers the story

Reinforces/supports relationships

Fits the music, rhythm and musicality;

True to the period

 

Artistic Interpretation

 Has a beginning, middle, and an end- if each number builds

Uniqueness, originality—Is it interesting?

Cleverness- use of props (like the tap number done with the spoons we saw)

Proper balance of homage to original show choreography and blending in of new elements

 

Execution

 Skill, precision, and execution of the movement

 Utilizes (takes into account) ability level of the dancers at hand—does not overextend and feature dancers who cannot deliver; features those that do!

 

“It” or “Wow” Factor

 Originality and creativity stand out

Excellence achieved within  limited budget/resources or student talent pool;

 Degree of difficulty noted

 

DIRECTION Category

Blocking/Staging

 utilizes all available spaces, exits/entrances;

well-balanced dispersal of scenes in multiple staging areas—availed actors of possibilities provided by set;

avoided clutter/“busy-ness;” staging had dynamic flow

-allowed actors to explore physicality and utilize space

evidence of nuanced and purposeful direction that is consistent but appropriate within the script

integration of actors or “disguised” scene changes

Artistic Interpretation

 originality and creativity;

vision consistent and supplies cohesive, unified theme;

balance of traditional elements (with an iconic script, for example) with original touches or style that did not detract;

ensemble as integrated, meaningful moving pieces (not just bumps on a log waiting to sing their chorus parts)

 

 

Casting

 Assigned roles matched students’ natural acting/singing style & abilities, physicality and/or “look”

assignments supported artistic vision and unifying concept;

Diversity and inclusion—non-traditional casting reflects student population

 

Overall Impression/

Feeling – “Wow” Factor

 Excellence achieved within  limited budget/talent pool/resources; degree of difficulty noted.

OVERALL PRODUCTION Categories (Drama and Comedy)

Energy

 Sustained energy and poppin’ – no drops!

a great range of textures and contrasts fill out the theater experience; both leads and ensemble carried their weight

Acting

 Consistently achieved artistic and unifying theme with characterization, speech/intonation, physicality and chemistry.

Singing

 clear and pleasant tones;

projection and articulation;

harmonies and ensemble;

appropriateness for show, period and style

Production Value has “it” or “wow” factor

Excellence achieved within  limited budget/talent pool/resources; degree of difficulty noted.