DUET ACTING GUIDELINES

REMINDERS ABOUT PIECES FOR MONOLOGUE, DUET ACTING AND GROUP ACTING
Directors are SOLELY responsible for verifying ALL IEs (Individual Event) titles. If a title is ineligible and/or not on the approved list, the student will not be allowed to compete at the National level. Read the National Individual Event Guidelines THOROUGHLY.

 

In Acting – Duet, the skills that will be measured are:

Use of transitions into and out of character

Ability to create a believable character 

Communication of objective, tactics, and relationships 

Use of focus and concentration 

 Integration of voice, body, movement, and staging.

 

A duo is defined as a performance for two players and both participant must be actively involved in the scene chosen for performance.

In a Duo/Group Scene performance the entrants must:

• Begin with an introduction (slating). The introduction must include only:

o the entrants’ names,

o troupe number,

o title of the selection, and

o name of the playwright.

• Remain within strict time limits.

o Time will begin once a performer begins acting after the conclusion of the introduction (slating).

o Duo/group scenes are not to exceed five minutes.

• Choose appropriate material.

o Material must be drawn from published scripts written for theatre.

o Material from other forms such as poetry, fiction, or film is prohibited.

o Materials found online (original scenes) or in scene books are prohibited.

o Each participant must be actively involved in the scene.

• Follow strict limits on clothing and props.

o Props (including hand held props), costumes, or theatrical makeup are not allowed.

o For duo acting, two chairs may be used.

o For group acting, one table and up to six chairs may be used.

o Entrants must wear all black.

o Entrants must wear dark, preferably black, shoes.

o Clothing should be appropriate to the situation yet allow easy movement for the actors to accommodate the action of the performance.

o Entrants should refrain from wearing anything that might distract the adjudicators.