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WATCH Adjudication Criteria
(See Also WATCH Training)

Each element should:

Serve the story being told

Be appropriate to the piece and the presenting space (in context of director’s vision)

Be of consistent quality throughout the piece

Please note: Adjudicator’s personal likes/dislikes should not affect scores. 
Adjudicators are encouraged to familiarize themselves with pieces that are new to them.

38 Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the following categories:

Performance (10 awards):

Lead Actor in a Play

Lead Actor in a Musical
Lead Actress in a Play Lead Actress in a Musical
Featured Actor in a Play Featured Actor in a Musical
Featured Actress in a Play Featured Actress in a Musical
Cameo Performance in a Play Cameo Performance in a Musical

 

Each element should: 
Serve the story being told,
Be appropriate to the piece and the presenting space (in context of director’s vision)
Be of consistent quality throughout the piece

 

Creative:
Character serves the story and is believable – choices are clear, appropriate, consistent.
 

Technical (stagecraft):
Maintains focus throughout; projection, diction, dialect (if applicable) are appropriate; movement, physicality appropriate and consistent for development of character. Plays well with others.

Additional consideration of musical performances: Vocal/dance abilities consistent and appropriate to the character. Able to maintain focus and character through musical and/or dance numbers as appropriate to the story.
 

Lead:  
Who the story is about or whose presence is primary to the piece.  NOTE:  There may be multiple leads by gender or none at all – depending on the piece.
 

Featured:
All supporting and minor characters whose presence is sustained throughout the story.
 

Cameo: 
Special designation for characters who have limited stage time, but have a memorable moment in the story.

Overall (7 awards):

Production of a Musical Production of a Play
Direction of a Musical Direction of a Play
Musical Direction Stage Combat (Combat Choreography)
Choreography  

 

Production (both Play and Musical):

Each element should: 
Serve the story being told,
Be appropriate to the piece and the presenting space (in context of director’s vision)
Be of consistent quality throughout the piece

Story told effectively, blending of technical elements and performance elements (continuity, flow, pace appropriate). Impact of the piece overall.

Production challenges (degree of difficulty) should be considered (think Fantastiks vs. Follies, or Love Letters vs. Noises Off).

 

Direction (both Play and Musical):

Each element should: 
Serve the story being told,
Be appropriate to the piece and the presenting space (in context of director’s vision)
Be of consistent quality throughout the piece

Effective storytelling. Continuity, pace, blocking.

Blending of technical elements. Effective use of the presenting space.

Vision/concept clear to cast and designers, then presented to audience as a cohesive whole.  Commitment to this vision evident.

Appropriate casting.

For musicals:  seamlessness of songs and dances in the piece as the story is being told.

 

Musical Direction:

Each element should: 
Serve the story being told,
Be appropriate to the piece and the presenting space (in context of director’s vision)
Be of consistent quality throughout the piece

Music serves the story – seamlessness from scenes into songs; sensitive to the theatrical aspects of the music; appropriate use of scene change music; tempos appropriate to flow and pace of the production

Degree of difficulty – consider the music, orchestrations, vocals; large chorus, difficult harmonies

Vocal – consider intonation, harmonies, diction, phrasing, rhythm, style, integrity to score

Orchestra – balance and blend between sections, balance with singers, scale is appropriate to the piece and the space, intonation within and between sections, integrity to the score

 

Choreography:

Each element should: 
Serve the story being told,
Be appropriate to the piece and the presenting space (in context of director’s vision)
Be of consistent quality throughout the piece

Dance serves the story and is appropriate to the music.

Degree of difficulty – should be considered – large production numbers, many numbers, intricate styles (dream ballets, tap, Fosse), creativity and variety of styles, integrity to the score (large cuts?)

Composition – appropriate steps, formation work, transitions between formations as well as into and out of dances; style consistent and appropriate to the piece; overall flow within numbers as well is in the piece.

Execution – clean, appropriate to level of performers, considerate of singing and acting while dancing.
 

Combat Choreography:

Each element should: 
Serve the story being told,
Be appropriate to the piece and the presenting space (in context of director’s vision)
Be of consistent quality throughout the piece


Action serves the story – fits the tone of the scene and motivation of the characters, weapon choice is appropriate to the period/setting.

Degree of difficulty should be considered – large ensembles, intricate movements, variety of styles. Safety of both performers and audience considered. Taught by certified individual (SAFD actor/combatant).

Natural transitions, realistic movements and reactions. Convincing.

Execution – clean, appropriate to level of performers, considerate of singing and acting while fighting.

Technical Design (21 awards - each category results in an award for plays and an award for musicals - with the exception of Special Effects):

Set Design Sound Design
Set Construction Costumes
Set Painting Make-up
Set Decoration/Dressing Hair  
Properties Special Effects (only one award presented)
Lighting Design  

 

Set Design:

Each element should: 
Serve the story being told,
Be appropriate to the piece and the presenting space (in context of director’s vision)
Be of consistent quality throughout the piece

Serves the story and the space – flow smooth between and within scenes, entrances appropriate. Appropriate scope to the piece.

Creative solutions to obstacles in the presenting space (or inherent in the piece)

Period and place appropriate. Aids in defining the mood of the piece (reflects characters).

Balances with other technical elements (lights, costumes). Visual interest, style.

Sight lines considered – masking adequate as appropriate.

 

Set Construction:

Each element should: 
Serve the story being told,
Be appropriate to the piece and the presenting space (in context of director’s vision)
Be of consistent quality throughout the piece

Serves the set design and the story. 

Safe for the performers. 

Facilitates scene changes (quiet, simple).  

Difficulty of design should be considered.

Creative use of materials in creating the illusion of reality.  Attention to detail.

 

Set Painting:

Each element should: 
Serve the story being told,
Be appropriate to the piece and the presenting space (in context of director’s vision)
Be of consistent quality throughout the piece

Serves the set design and the story.  Aids in setting place and time.

Balance with other technical elements (lights, costumes).

Degree of difficulty – large drops, intricate design, attention to detail.

Textures and colors appropriate.  Creativity, artistry.

 

Set Decoration/Dressing:

Each element should: 
Serve the story being told,
Be appropriate to the piece and the presenting space (in context of director’s vision)
Be of consistent quality throughout the piece

Enhance and complement the set design and the story.

Helps set place and period, also a reflects the characters or the piece.

Degree of difficulty – unusual demands of story or set design, enhances reality.

 

Properties:

Each element should: 
Serve the story being told,
Be appropriate to the piece and the presenting space (in context of director’s vision)
Be of consistent quality throughout the piece

Enhance the storytelling – placement on stage, ease of use as appropriate.

Appropriate to time and place – authentic appearance.

Degree of difficulty – large numbers, unusual items.

 

Lighting Design:

Each element should: 
Serve the story being told,
Be appropriate to the piece and the presenting space (in context of director’s vision)
Be of consistent quality throughout the piece

Enhance the story – creates time, place, mood.

Creative use in defining space, aiding the flow of the piece.

Degree of difficulty – area lights, specials, appropriate effects (gobos, strobes,etc) blend into the overall storytelling without drawing attention to themselves.

Works in conjunction with set and costumes.

Effective illumination of stage, actors (as appropriate). Shadows intentional.

 

Sound Design:

Each element should: 
Serve the story being told,
Be appropriate to the piece and the presenting space (in context of director’s vision)
Be of consistent quality throughout the piece

Enhance the story – creates time, place, mood.  Creative use in aiding the flow of the piece.

Amplification (if applicable) is natural sounding.  For musicals: seamlessness into and out of musical numbers.  Orchestra balances with singers.

Degree of difficulty – sound effects blend into the overall storytelling without drawing attention to themselves.

Overcame obstacles inherent in presenting space or piece itself (large tap numbers on a hollow stage).

 

Costumes:

Each element should: 
Serve the story being told,
Be appropriate to the piece and the presenting space (in context of director’s vision)
Be of consistent quality throughout the piece

Serve the story – consistent and appropriate period. Compliment the action. Ease of performance.

Color palette works with set and lights.


Degree of difficulty – unusual period, large cast, many costume changes.

Authenticity.

 

Makeup:

Each element should: 
Serve the story being told,
Be appropriate to the piece and the presenting space (in context of director’s vision)
Be of consistent quality throughout the piece

Serves the story – aids projection of character.  Accurate to period and consistent.

Incorporates six key elements of character analysis – HEARTH (Heredity; Environment – occupation, geography, etc; Age; Race; Temperament – personality, emotional state; and Health)

Consistent with costumes and lights.

Degree of difficulty – specialty makeup, large casts, makeup changes (aging characters during the production)

 

Hair:

Each element should: 
Serve the story being told,
Be appropriate to the piece and the presenting space (in context of director’s vision)
Be of consistent quality throughout the piece

Serves the story – aids projection of character.  Style is accurate to period and consistent.  Consistent with costumes and makeup.

Wigs are appropriate to story and stay secure throughout.

Degree of difficulty – specialty wigs, large casts, style changes (aging characters during the production)

 

Special Effects:

Each element should: 
Serve the story being told,
Be appropriate to the piece and the presenting space (in context of director’s vision)
Be of consistent quality throughout the piece

Creative and appropriate use (not gratuitous) in serving the story.

Ease of use by performers (if applicable).

Degree of difficulty – large or unusual effects.

 

 

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