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Conditions and Regulations

Conditions for Entry

  • The ‘Stories on Stage’ Drama Competition is open to secondary schools in Hong Kong adopting the CDC English Language Education Key Learning Area Curriculum Guide (Primary 1 – Secondary 6)
  • Eligible schools interested in participating in the competition are strongly encouraged to send at least one teacher to the NET Section Competitions Briefing Session in October.
  • The ‘Stories on Stage’ entry form must be submitted to the NET Section office on or before the initial entry deadline in November to secure a place in the competition.
  • Schools may enter up to two teams. Each team must have at least three and no more than eight students (i.e. 3 – 8 students) and must submit a separate entry form.
  • If a school enters two teams, one team must be designated team ‘A’ and the other team ‘B’. If the competition is oversubscribed, priority will be given to the ‘A’ teams. 
  • Students in each team may come from the same year level or different year levels.
  • If there are still places available in the competition after the initial entry deadline, schools will be invited to submit entries on or before the final entry deadline in January.
  • Students must select a short story from the list provided on the entry form or a short story from the school-based curriculum that meets the criteria for the competition, e.g. the short story must be fictional, age-appropriate and adaptable for a staged performance.
  • As the NET Section competitions adopt a ‘train the trainer’ model, schools that are new to the competition must send at least one teacher to the Adapting Short Stories for the Stage professional development workshop in January.
  • Teams must submit the pledge, team name list and drama script by the submission deadline in April in order to be eligible to perform in the competition in May.

Regulations

  • At least two and no more than four students (i.e. 2 – 4 students) in a team must collaborate on writing a drama script based on the short story selected for the competition.
  • The drama script must be typed with a standard 12 pt font, 1.0 line spacing and normal margins (top/bottom: 2.54 cm; left/right: 3.18 cm). The name of the school should appear in the header and all pages should be numbered.
  • The drama scripts must be submitted with the pledge and team name list on or before the submission deadline.
  • At least three and no more than eight students (i.e. 3 – 8 students) in the team must perform the story on stage on the day of the competition. Student writers may also be actors.
  • Student actors must deliver their lines in English.
  • Student actors must wear numbers according to the numbers on the name list in the pledge form so that the judges can easily identify them.
  • Simple costumes and small props are permitted. Students are encouraged to wear comfortable black clothing and/or simple costumes to indicate their roles. Small props like a baseball cap for a child, an apron and a duster for a maid, or a cane for an elderly man are considered appropriate.
  • No stage sets or large props are permitted. One square folding table, four folding chairs and four durable storage crates (13” x 13” x 11”) will be made available at the venues for use in the drama performances.
  • In interest of safety, students are not permitted to stand on the table or chairs. However, they are permitted to stand on the storage crates as long as the crates are not stacked. Students may also use the crates as props in their drama performance.
  • There are no special prizes for costumes and props. The judges will focus primarily on use of language, use of dramatic technique and interpretation of the story.
  • Sound effects are permitted. Sound files must be sent to the NET Section via email at least one day before the event. 
  • There will be no special lighting effects at the venue. However, student writers are encouraged to describe the stage lighting and other special effects in the stage directions of the drama script. Judges will read the drama scripts and take note of the stage directions.
  • The drama performances must be completed within 5 – 8 minutes. A warning bell will be rung at 7 minutes and a final bell at 8 minutes. When the final bell is rung, the student speaking must finish their sentence and the team will then immediately leave the stage. Performances that are less than 5 minutes or more than 8 minutes (by more than one sentence) will lose marks and not be eligible for first prize.
  • Teams must arrive at least 10 minutes before the competition begins. Starting and ending times will be confirmed later.
  • The audience (teachers and students) will remain silent during the performances. Mobile phones must be switched off or set to silent mode. Marks will be deducted after one warning if teams in the audience cause a disturbance.

Adjudication

The judging panels will include representatives from the EDB, creative writing or drama instructors and front-line English teachers with a background in creative writing or drama.

Student scripts and performances will be assessed on the following criteria:

  1. Use of  language

accuracy, fluency, stress, intonation, expression

 

  1. Use of dramatic technique

use of the stage, facial expression, body movement, interaction, teamwork, voice projection

  1. Creative interpretation

creative interpretation of characters and setting, creative adaptation of story events

  1. Drama script

adherence to the conventions of script writing, content, organisation, use of language and style

Note: The decision of the judging panel will be considered final. No correspondence will be entered into after the results are announced.

 

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