Drama Competition

2018 Drama Competition Schedule and Instructions

The drama competition will be held on Saturday October 20, 2018 from 8:30-10:00 am at Thornton Arts and Cultural Center (9209 Dorothy Blvd., Thornton, CO 80229).

If you are new to the festival, please refer to the Young Artists Festival Program Overview.


Junior Division: 3rd-5th Grade

Intermediate Division: 6th-8th Grade

Senior Division: 9th-12th Grade

*Festival administrators may combine or add divisions as they deem appropriate


Drama competitors will prepare two contrasting monologues (i.e. one classical & one modern or one comedy & one dramatic portrayal).  Monologues must be memorized.  Choose monologues that best show a range of acting skills.

Junior Division participants may prepare monologues from published scripts written for theatre, from published monologue books, from published novels, or from online monologue collections.  One of their two selections may be a published poem.

Intermediate Division participants may prepare monologues from published scripts written for theatre, from published monologue books, from published novels, or from online monologue collections.  No poetry permitted.

Senior Division participants are asked to select their monologues from published scripts written for theatre.  No poetry permitted.

*Monologues from film are not permitted

*Monologues must be age appropriate and family friendly (festival administrators may reject any monologue due to content, language, gestures, or inappropriate subject matter)

*Students may not enter selections they have performed for previous TASHCO festivals

Costumes and theatrical makeup are not allowed. Performers should be dressed in interview appropriate attire.

While the use of props is not necessary, you may use one “personal prop” that is pocket-size for each monologue. Props that are not called for by the script or considered critical to the action should be avoided. Props should be easy to use and should not be distracting during transitions (a letter, a ring, or a pen are examples of appropriate props). One chair may be used and will be provided.

Participants should bring a copy of each monologue for the judges which lists the following: (a) competition performance number (b) the title of the play/monologue book, (c) the playwright/author and (d) the character portrayed.

Time Limit

The maximum combined performance time limit for both monologues is 3 minutes.  There is no minimum performance time (performers do not need to use the full three minutes).


Participants will perform for a panel of judges on Saturday, October 20, 2018 between 8:30-10:00 am at Thornton Arts and Cultural Center (9209 Dorothy Blvd., Thornton, CO 80229).

Competitors will introduce their monologues by stating their competition number, the monologue books/play titles, the authors, and the characters that will be portrayed (personal names, schools or other identifying information are not allowed during the judging process).  The 3 minute time limit will start on the first word following the introduction.

The competition will be judged on character development, interpretation and commitment to the scene, pacing, voice projection and diction, use of body to convey character, appropriate use of space, and appropriateness of material/adherence to guidelines.

The competition is open to the public at no cost.

Judges will select award winners to perform at the Final Concert and Awards Ceremony Saturday, April 13 at 6:30 pm at Rosa Auditorium, Skyview High School (8990 York Street, Thornton, CO 80229).

Stage rehearsals will not be held.


Senior Division Intermediate Division Junior Division
1st Place $300 $150 $75
2nd Place $150 $75 $50
Divisions featuring seven or more students
may receive additional awards.

Securing Performance Rights

No performance rights are required for the competition, however award winners may be asked to perform one of their monologues at the Final Concert and Awards Ceremony on April 13.  Because this is considered a performance, you will need to determine if it is necessary to secure performance rights.

Many monologues are available for use without royalty fees. Monologues available for use without securing permission from the playwright can be found at http://www.notmyshoes.net/monologues/. Classical literature in the public domain, such as Shakespeare and most plays written before 1920, also do not require permission. Elementary and middle school students using monologue books do not need to secure performance rights.

If you are unsure whether your monologue requires permission from the author, check with the publisher of the plays containing the monologues you wish to use.  Contact the publisher and include the following information: play title, author, monologue you wish to use, and event (TASHCO Young Artists Festival, Adams County Colorado). This is an adjudicated educational event for which no admission is charged and the participant is not paid.  Another resource you can use for performance rights information is http://www.playscripts.com/findaplay/.


The registration deadline is October 7, 2018 ($30).  Late registration will be available through October 12 ($40).  Please take time to go through the following checklist to make sure that you have all the information you need prior to registering.

Verify that your performance selections meet the criteria.  Check the title and playwright/author for spelling accuracy.
Time your performance.
Draft your program bio (a few sentences about your background, other performing arts areas of study, hobbies, interests, long-term goals).
Decide on your payment method. Have your credit card ready or mail your check to the following address: Young Artists Alliance, P.O. Box 807, Eastlake, CO 80614


IMPORTANT: As you register the first name should be the credit card holder. The second name should be the student.

If you can complete the checklist above you are ready to register:

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