Choirs are encouraged to demonstrate a short program in the style that the choir normally works in. Judges recognise that choirs sing in a particular style of repertoire. Showing versatility within this style is a must. The time limit can include a medley of up to three songs. Judges look for technicality, musicality and performance. Any style of choir is accepted whether a traditional stand and sing, or show choir. The most important thing is to do what you do best!
Cabaret competitors can choose any song from musical theatre, theatrical background or a modern song with a theatrical arrangement. Candidates consider appropriate subject matter and lyric for a mainstream audience. Candidate will introduce themselves to the audience, and their song in a manner of their choosing. Candidate will perform song as they would if in their own cabaret solo show, Judges will consider entertainment value of both song and introduction, vocal and emotional portrayal of song, technical singing elements.
Contemporary Singing is for competitors wishing to compete in singing a contemporary genre. The song can be any style (pop/rock, jazz, blues, country, gospel etc…). Singers will present their work in a manner suitable to genre adding emotion and movement where warranted. Group numbers will be judges on balance, dynamic and harmonisation. Judges will look for vocal technique, emotional connection, appropriate movement and entertainment value.
Monologue competitors can choose any monologue from play, musical or other genre. Candidates consider appropriate subject matter and lyric for a mainstream audience. Offensive subject themes will result in disqualification. Judges will consider text analysis, physical vocal and emotional portrayal of character, projection, character consistency and performance value.
Musical Theatre Performance is NOT song and dance. The piece presented should amalgamate all three categories of singing/acting/movement to present an authentic performance piece. Judges will be looking for authenticity and character consistency within musical theatre piece. Judges also look at overall technique, presentation and entertainment values. The piece presented must be FROM A MUSICAL. No contemporary tracks are accepted. Please Note: The performance must ONLY be a song. No beginning introduction or monologues are accepted.
Song and Dance is a competitor showing their prowess as a Triple Threat in the Industry. The song MUST be 50% (2minutes or close too) in both Song- VOCAL and Dance- MOVEMENT. The dance section can be any genre- ballet/modern/ Broadway jazz/ acrobatics/ tap/ contemporary etc... The song is not restricted to a musical and may include any genre. Judges will be looking for authenticity and character consistency, overall technique, presentation and entertainment value.
Competitors may choose any instrument to accompany their arrangements with the exclusion of drums and full piano. An example is a guitar or keyboard. A full keyboard is supplied for participants. Instruments chosen must be easy to set up and set down on stage. All instruments need to be tuned, ready to perform. Songwriters need to choose an arrangement with appropriate subject matter and lyric for a mainstream audience. Offensive subject themes will result in disqualification. Judges will consider composition, arrangement, lyric, originality and technique and performance value.