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CATEGORIES OF COMPETITION

THE MTCA EXPERIENCE HAS TWO COMPETITION DIVISIONS.
In all categories of competition, the MTCA adjudicators will make written comments. Following each performance
or presentation, one of the adjudicators will give an on-stage clinic specific to your student or group, focusing on positive feedback and suggestions for improvement.

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION
After each performance an adjudicator will provide an immediate onstage clinic.

High School and Junior High/Middle School students cannot compete in the same cast in Ensemble or
Musical Revue

High School students compete in their division only as cast member, designer, or duettist.

Each high school can enter a maximum of three large group entries, chosen from the following: Advanced Ensemble, Intermediate Ensemble, Advanced Musical Revue and Intermediate Musical Revue. Additional entries for large groups will be wait-listed and directors will be notified of space available in these categories by November 15.

Ensembles:
Each high school can enter a maximum of three large group entries, chosen from the following: Advanced Ensemble, Intermediate Ensemble, Advanced Musical Revue and Intermediate Musical Revue. Schools that enter both the Advanced and Intermediate categories in Ensemble cannot have any cast member cross over.

Schools that enter both the Advanced and Intermediate categories in Musical Revue cannot have any cast member cross over.

See Director's Guide for all competition regulations and rules.

ImportantHigh School Advanced - For student groups performing a condensed version of a musical.
These groups must have a strong background and training in musical theatre. The singing will be strong with harmony, rhythmic accuracy, and projection. The choreography should be polished, not necessarily a copy of the original staging. Excellent acting ability will be demonstrated. This category is for schools, arts academies, and dance studios with a strong program.

ImportantHigh School Intermediate - For student groups performing a condensed version of a musical.These groups will have some training and background in musical theatre. They will have a couple of solid leads and the choreography will be well rehearsed for their skill level. Groups will display good singing techniques with some harmony.

NOTE: Based on the differing skill criteria for the Advanced and Intermediate categories, cast would not be duplicates.

Musical Revue:
The Musical Revue category is the opportunity for groups to highlight a composer or lyricist or composer/lyricist team. The performance will be composed of songs from different musicals by the same composer or lyricist.

See Director's Guide for all competition regulations and rules.

ImportantHigh School Musical Revue Advanced - These groups must have a strong background and training in musical theatre. The singing will be strong with harmony, rhythmic accuracy, and projection. The choreography should be polished, not necessarily a copy of the original staging. Excellent acting ability will be demonstrated. This category is for schools, arts academies, and dance studios with a strong program.

ImportantHigh School Musical Revue Intermediate - These groups will have some training and background in musical theatre. They will have a couple of solid leads and the choreography will be well rehearsed for their skill level. Groups will display good singing techniques with some harmony.

NOTE:Based on the differing skill criteria for the Advanced and Intermediate Musical Revues categories, cast would not be duplicates.

ImportantHigh School Solos - See Director's Guide for all competition regulations and rules.

Solo performers will display strong vocal, movement, and acting skills reflecting the mood of the musical selection. Limited dialogue may be used to introduce or provide transitions within the performance time slot. Lip synching performances are not allowed.

High School Solo sub-categories are:

  • High School Freshman
  • High School Sophomore
  • High School Junior
  • High School Senior

ImportantHigh School Duets - See Director's Guide for all competition regulations and rules.

Duet performers will display strong vocal, movement, and acting skills reflecting the mood of the musical selection. Limited dialogue may be used to introduce or provide transitions within the performance time slot. Lip synching performances are not allowed. High school duets will be placed in competition with the oldest duettist determining the competition grade level.

High School Duet sub-categories are:

  • High School Freshman
  • High School Sophomore
  • High School Junior
  • High School Senior

ImportantHigh School Set Design - See Director's Guide for all competition regulations and rules.

Musical Theatre set designs do not need to be from a production performed by the school. MTCA welcomes creativity in Set Design beyond the limitations of the school’s productions, space, and budgets.

ImportantHigh School Costume Design - See Director's Guide for all competition regulations and rules.

Costume designs do not need to be from a production performed by the school. MTCA welcomes creativity in Costume Design beyond the limitations of the school’s productions and budgets.

JUNIOR HIGH/MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION
After each performance, an adjudicator will provide an immediate onstage clinic.

To be eligible to compete in the MTCA Ensembles or Musical Revues, Junior High and Middle School aged students must be enrolled in a junior high/middle school (6/7/8; 7/8; or 7/8/9 combination) OR have reached the age of 11 by December 1st directly preceding the MTCA event.

Each school or academy can enter a maximum of three large group entries, chosen from the following: Advanced Ensemble, Intermediate Ensemble, and Musical Revue. Additional entries for large groups will be wait-listed and directors will be notified of space available in these two categories by November 15.

NOTE: Based on the differing skill criteria for the Advanced and Intermediate (ensemble) categories, cast lists would not be duplicates.

Ensembles: See Director's Guide for all competition regulations and rules.

ImportantJunior High/Middle School Advanced Ensemble - See Director's Guide for all competition regulations and rules.

These groups, for their age group, must have a strong background and training in musical theatre for their age group. The singing will be strong with harmony, rhythmic accuracy, and projection. The choreography should be polished, not necessarily a copy of the original staging. Excellent acting ability will be demonstrated. This category is for schools, arts academies, and dance studios with a strong program.

ImportantJunior High/Middle School Intermediate Ensemble - See Director's Guide for all competition regulations and rules.

These groups will have some training and background in musical theatre for their age group. They will have a couple of solid leads and the choreography will be well rehearsed for their skill level. Groups will display good singing techniques with some harmony.

NOTE: Based on the differing skill criteria for the Advanced and Intermediate Ensemble categories, cast would not be duplicates.

Musical Revue: See Director's Guide for all competition regulations and rules.
The Musical Revue category is the opportunity for groups to highlight a composer or lyricist. The performance will be composed of songs from different musicals by the same composer or lyricist. The performance will feature the vocal, acting, and movement talents of the participants. Limited dialogue may be used for transitions.

ImportantJunior High/Middle School Musical Revue - See Director's Guide for all competition regulations and rules.

These groups will have some training and background in musical theatre. They will have a couple of solid leads and the choreography will be well rehearsed for their skill level. Groups will display good singing techniques with some harmony.

ImportantJunior High/Middle School Solos - See Director's Guide for all competition regulations and rules.

Solo and duet performers will display strong vocal, movement, and acting skills which will reflect the mood of the musical selection. Dialogue may be used to introduce or provide transitions within the performance time slot. Lip synching performances are not allowed.

ImportantJunior High/Middle School Duets - See Director's Guide for all competition regulations and rules.

Duet performers will display strong vocal, movement, and acting skills reflecting the mood of the musical selection. Limited dialogue may be used to introduce or provide transitions within the performance time slot. Lip synching performances are not allowed. Duets will be placed in competition with the oldest duettist determining the competition grade level.

ImportantJunior High/Middle School Set Design - See Director's Guide for all competition regulations and rules.

Musical Theatre set designs do not need to be from a production performed by the school. MTCA welcomes creativity in Set Design beyond the limitations of the school’s productions, space, and budgets.

ImportantJunior High/Middle School Costume Design - See Director's Guide for all competition regulations and rules.

Costume designs do not need to be from a production performed by the school. MTCA welcomes creativity in Costume Design beyond the limitations of the school’s productions and budgets.

 
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