Submissions are to Andrew Hastie's Office By 5pm Friday 2 August.
Don't Miss Out!
The Canning Shakespeare Competition provides local students with the opportunity to practice their theatrical skills by performing a monologue of their favourite Shakespearean play.
Andrew Hastie wants young Australians to experience the power of Shakespeare’s works and appreciate his contribution to the history of the English language.
The purpose of the competition is to encourage students to explore work of our most influential poet and playwright. The competition aims to provide students in the Canning electorate with an opportunity to practice their theatrical skills live on-stage and receive feedback from local professionals in performing arts.
ENTRY CRITERIA, GUIDELINES AND SELECTION PROCESS
The competition is open to all students living or enrolled in a high school in the Canning electorate.
Students will be required to submit a video of up to 2.5 minutes of their monologue performance taken from one of Shakespeare’s plays.
The monologue, taken from a play, is spoken by a character. This is an acting competition, so students should consider the dramatic situation that the character is in: why that character is speaking, who they are speaking to, and what they want. The student should convey the inner life of the character and the action of the scene through the use of voice and body.
Round 1 - Video submission
Video submissions must be submitted along with an application form by 5pm Friday 2 August 2019, either via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by hard copy (DVD or usb) to:
Canning Shakespeare Competition
Office of Andrew Hastie MP
Member for Canning
PO Box 968
MANDURAH WA 6210
In the video submission, prior to performing the monologue, participants must mention their name, age, why you chose the particular Shakespeare piece, and what it means to you.
Andrew Hastie MP will select the top ten finalists to compete in front of a panel of judges.
Top ten finalists will be notified in writing and will be required to perform the same monologue live on Saturday 31 August 2019 in front of a panel of judges at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
Further information on the final competition will be provided to finalists in writing.
Participants wishing to enter must:
- Be a year 10, 11 or 12 student studying or living in the Canning electorate.
- Complete the Canning Shakespeare Competition application form.
- Finalists chosen must be available on Saturday 31 August 2019 for the final competition.
All participants must adhere to the following rules.
- Each student must select, memorize and perform one (1) monologue from a Shakespeare play.
- Prior to performing the monologue in the video submission, participants must mention their name, age, and a brief description of why they chose the particular Shakespeare piece, and what it means to them.
- The monologue must come from one of Shakespeare's 37 plays.
- NOTE: Students can pick any role regardless of their gender (i.e. females can perform male roles, and vice versa)
- Length of monologue should be no more than 2.5 minutes. Students performing longer monologues will be disqualified.
- NOTE: Editing of the piece (i.e. cutting of lines) is allowed, but the piece still needs to make logical sense
- Students should introduce themselves only by name (not by school).
- Students should identify their selection before they begin their presentation.
- Students cannot wear character costumes or use props of any kind (including chairs, jewellery, items of clothing and hair/hair clips). In order to keep the focus on the acting, students should wear neutral clothing (i.e. theatre blacks).
- For the live performance, students are expected to memorize their pieces. If necessary, however, prompting is allowed. If students require prompting, they must say 'Line.'
- Prior to the live performance, a photo of the participant must be attached to the script and handed to the panel of judges.
Actors will be judged on their performance, based on the three criteria listed below. All creative choices need to be based on a deep understanding of the story, the language and the situation the character is in. Actors are encouraged to read the play in its entirety and mine the text for clues about their character. They should understand what they are saying, who they are speaking to and why they are speaking. Finally, they should make bold and committed choices in their work.
The three criteria are:
- LANGUAGE: Understanding and use of Shakespeare’s language
- CHARACTERISATION: Verbal, physical and imaginative connection to the character in this situation
- CREATIVE CHOICES: Unique and individual interpretation of the speech
First place: $1,000
Second place: $750
Third place: $500
On Saturday 21 July twelve local high school students participated in Andrew Hastie MP’s third annual Canning Shakespeare Competition at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (MPAC), competing for cash prizes, tickets to Julius Caesar and the honour of becoming Canning’s best youth Shakespearean of the year.
Students performed monologues from works including Hamlet, Henry IV, Henry V, Richard III, King John, Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and As You Like It in front of a panel of expert judges. The panel included professional actress and Head of Acting at WAAPA, Glenda Linscott, and Mandurah local and long-time theatre professional Merle Brown, who has been heavily involved with local theatre for years, including with the Canning Shakespeare Competition.
The annual competition, which started in 2016, invites students aged 15-17 to submit a video performance of a monologue from one of William Shakespeare’s works. This year, the top twelve were then selected for the final performance before a live audience.
Sharni Uchtman from Austin Cove Baptist College won first place, performing as Constance from King John.
Second prize was won by Kade Chatfield from Frederick Irwin Anglican School.
Third by Abby Jennings from Austin Cove Baptist College.
In addition to prize money, MPAC gave the top three contestants two tickets each to Bell Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar on August 14.
“William Shakespeare is one of the greatest storytellers of all time. His understanding of human experience and emotion is unmatched in the English language. I want our next generation of Australians to engage with this heritage, to experience it and internalise it.”
“The competition is about encouraging young people to take a risk and build self-confidence through engaging with the work of William Shakespeare.” Mr Hastie said.
“The performing arts are a great way to build confidence in our youth and to bring people together from all walks of life,” he added.
The event was co-sponsored by Senator Slade Brockman, and run in partnership with Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and Bell Shakespeare.
The Canning Shakespeare Competition is on again! It's about art, performance, and celebrating the contribution of Shakespeare to our language and culture.
Grade 10 - 12 students living in the electorate of Canning are invited to enter a video performance of a monologue from one of Shakespeare's works.
Monologues must be a maximum of 2.5 minutes long, performed in character, from memory.
Submissions must be made by 5pm, Friday 6th July.
10 Finalists will be selected to perform their monologue before a live audience and a panel of expert judges on Saturday 21 July at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
This year’s judges include Glenda Linscott, Head of Acting at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
This year there are three prizes to be won
First place: $1,000 and two tickets to the Bell Shakespeare production of Julius Caesar.
Second place: $750 and two tickets to the Bell Shakespeare production of Julius Caesar.
Third place: $500 and two tickets to the Bell Shakespeare production of Julius Caesar.