Drama Competition

*Criteria for the 2017-2018 drama competition is still being considered.  Please check back soon for updates!  Below is last year’s information for your reference:


The drama competition will be held Saturday April 8, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center.

The drama divisions are designed to provide an opportunity for students to memorize monologues, perform in a public setting and receive critique from arts professionals.   If the Young Artists Festival is new to you, be sure you study our program overview to determine if you qualify to participate.  To access the Overview and Schedule click here.

For the 2017 Festival we will divide the competition into three divisions.  The Junior Division will feature students in grades 3, 4 and 5;  the Intermediate Divisions will include students in grades 6,7 and 8; and the Senior Division will be designed for high school students grades 9-12,  including graduating seniors.


All drama competitors are asked to prepare and memorize two contrasting monologues depicting two characters from two different plays OR play genres. Example choices include one classical and one modern piece OR one comedy and one dramatic portrayal. Contrast is the key. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your range as an actor.

Junior Division students may prepare monologues from published scripts written for theatre or from a published monologue book.  One of their two selections may be a published poem.  The combined performance time limit for for both monologues is 3 minutes.

Intermediate Division participants may prepare monologues from published scripts written for theatre or from a published monologue book.  No poetry permitted.  The combined performance time limit for both monologues is 3 minutes.

Senior Division participants are asked to select their monologues from published scripts written for theatre.  No poetry permitted.  The combined performance time limit for both monologues is 3 minutes.

Choose monologues that are age appropriate and family friendly. Monologues from fiction or film are not permitted.

Students must memorize their monologues.  Time will start on your first word following your introduction. Introductions must include your competition performance number; play titles or monologue books; the authors; and the characters to be portrayed. Competition numbers will be assigned by random draw following the final registration date. TASHCO does not allow the use of personal names, schools or other information during the judging process. Costumes and/or 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. Examples might be a letter, a ring or a pen. One chair may be used and will be provided. Bring to the competition one copy of each monologue for the judges  which lists the following: (a) your competition performance number (b) the title of the play or monologue book, (c) the playwright or author and (d) the character portrayed.

Festival administrators, board members from TASHCO, YAA, or City of Thornton Arts and Culture employees may reject any monologue due to content, language, gestures or inappropriate subject matter. Any questions regarding acceptable material should be  e-mailed to youngartistsalliance@comcast.net

Note:  Stage rehearsals will not be held for drama students


All students will perform for a panel of judges. Administrators will schedule performance times accordingly. Students may not enter selections they performed for previous TASHCO Festivals.

The Drama Competition is a public performance judged by professionals. Please dress appropriately. Teachers, family and friends are welcome to attend at no cost.

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.

Students may enter up to three performing arts disciplines if one is the Drama Competition. Festival administrators reserve the right to combine or add divisions as necessary to assure an equitable competition.

2017 Judges


Senior Division Intermediate Division               Junior Division
1st Place $300 $150                                                            $75
2nd Place $150 $75                                                              $50
3rd Place $75 $50                                                              $25


Securing Performance Rights

No performance rights are required for the competition. However, first-place finishers in the competition may be asked to perform one of their monologues in the final recital on April 8. Because this is considered a performance, you will need to determine if it is necessary to secure performance rights. Many, but not all, 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. To find the publisher of a particular play, go to the following website: http://www.playscripts.com/findaplay/. Then click on the publisher of your monologue for performance rights information. Email the publisher including the 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.).


Registration will be done exclusively online this year. The registration fee is $30 and the registration deadline is March 4, 2017 by 12 midnight. Late registration will be  available for $40 with a late registration deadline of March 8, 2017 by 12 midnight.

Before you register, we ask that you take some time to go through the following checklist to make sure that you have all the information you need to complete your registration.

Verify your competition(s) performance selections. Do they meet the criteria? Check the title and playwright or author for spelling accuracy.
Have you timed your performances? This is a MUST.
Draft your program bio before you register. You are asked to write a few sentences about your background. Tell about other performing arts areas of study, other interests and hobbies. What are your long-term goals as they relate to the arts?
Verify your teacher or director’s approval for participation. Know his/her e-mail for verification purposes.
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 1st Name should be the Credit Card Holder. The 2nd Name should be the student’s name as it should appear in the program.

If you can complete the checklist above you are ready to register. Please proceed to the  registration site at the following URL: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-young-artists-festival-registration-28675197287?ref=estw