DUET MUSICAL GUIDELINES
Directors are SOLELY responsible for verifying ALL IEs (Individual Event) titles. Songs for all Musical Theater must be from a published musical. SOUND SYSTEMS ARE NOT PROVIDED AT TEXAS THESPIAN FESTIVAL!
In Musical Theatre – Duet Performance, 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 through dialogue and music
Use of focus and concentration
Vocal skill and technique
Use of dance and movement
Integration of voice, body, movement, and staging
In a musical theatre duet/group performance, the entrants must present one musical selection from a published script written for musical theatre. The judges will consider how well the piece is acted, not just how well it is sung. The selection may contain dialogue; however, this is primarily a “sung and not spoken” selection.
A musical theatre duet is defined as a musical theatre performance for two players.
• Begin with an introduction (slating). The introduction must include only:
o the entrants’ names,
o troupe number,
o title of selection, and
o name of the composer and lyricist.
• Remain within strict time limits.
o Time will start once the performance begins after the conclusion of the introduction (slating).
o Musical theatre duet/group performances are not to exceed five minutes.
• Choose appropriate material.
o Material must be drawn from songs from published scripts written for theatre.
o Material from other forms such as film, television, poetry, fiction, or popular song lyrics not interpreted as musical performance are prohibited.
o Each participant must be actively involved in the performance.
• Follow strict limits on musical accompaniment.
o Performers MUST use pre-recorded, non-vocal musical accompaniment; no live music is permitted.
o Accompanists are not permitted.
o A cappella performances are not permitted.
o High quality Bluetooth speakers will be provided to allow participants to connect to a music source in one of two ways: either by using Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices, or by using a provided 1/8-inch audio connection cable at INTERNATIONAL THESPIAN FESTIVAL ONLY.
o CD players will no longer be available at the Thespian Festival; however, participants may bring their own players to play their pre-recorded, non-vocal musical accompaniment.
• Follow strict limits on clothing and props.
o Props (including hand held props), costumes, or theatrical makeup are not allowed.
o For a duet musical theatre performance, two chairs may be used.
o For a group musical theatre performance, 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 professional 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.