News and Updates

 

Houstonfest Scholarships - WINNERS

 

Photo Gallery 2014

 

Scholarships at State

 

Teacher-to-Teacher Tips

 

What's new for 2014

 

New format for Scavenger Hunt

 

Tips for new event Pair Discussion

 

Plays will be performed at Houstonfest

 

Daily log of changes to state-qualifier list

 

Important Dates

 

Jan. 21, 2015:  Regular deadline to submit registration spreadsheet in order to pay regular price of $10/student (payment does not have to be mailed until 1/27)

 

Jan. 27, 2015:  Final dead-line to submit registration spreadsheet for late price of $12/student and deadline to postmark payment

 

Feb. 3, 2015 Proof sheet of entries sent to teachers for final verification and changes; Research Papers due to director by 11:59 p.m.

 

Feb. 5, 2015, 8:00 p.m. Deadline to submit changes (adds, drops, substitutions).  After this point, no more additions or substitutions will be allowed in individual events.  Substitutions in group events may continue in emergency situations.

 

Feb. 7, 2015 Houstonfest, Lanier Middle School

 

Feb. x, 2015 State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. in order to qualify for early-bird price of $10 per student.  Online registrations submitted after this point incur the regular registration fee of $12 per student.  Also, deadline to apply for the Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship.

 

Feb. x, 2015 State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. (regular deadline).  Also,

postmark deadline for State payment, regardless of whether you completed your online registration by the early-bird or the regular deadline.

 

Feb. 28, 2015 Texas State German Contest, Texas State University, San Marcos

 

Mar. 7, 2015 Houstonfest Scholarship applications due

 

Mar. x, 2015 Gail Cope Scholarship applications due

Rules:  Drama Events

 

General rules for all drama events:

It is not allowed to use the same script (or a substantially similar script) in more than one event at the same contest if there are any common cast members in both events.  For example:  A school may not use the same script for a skit and a puppet show if one or more students are in both casts.

 

It is also not allowed for any cast member to perform a script which he/she has performed in any previous year.  For example:  If your Skit 2 in 2013 was "Rotkäppchen," you may not use "Rotkäppchen" for Skit 3 in 2014 or for Skit 4 in 2015 (unless the casts from one year to the next are 100% different).

 

The spirit of both these rules is that students should be challenged to work with different material in each event they enter, both within the same year and from one year to the next.

 

Duet Acting:

Entry Limit:  1 pair per level, per school (Levels 1, 2, 3, & 4).

Time Limits:

Level 1: 3-5 minutes.

Level 2: 4-6 minutes.

Levels 3 & 4: 7-10 minutes.

Contestants have a 30-second grace period (under or over).

This competition follows the basic rules of the National Forensic League, which include the following:  The 2 contestants may use no more than 2 chairs, no other props, and no costumes; may only pantomime actions; must have a memorized introduction in German; may have no prompting; must use a piece from a published work by a German-speaking author (no translations); must have 2 copies of this piece for the judges; and must adhere to the time limits set forth above. The merit of the selection will be a criterion in judging.  Duets may not be excerpts from a play, skit, or puppet show in which the contestants are performing.  Download critique sheet.

 

Play:

Entry Limit:  1 play per school:  3 speaking characters minimum; no maximum.

Time Limits: 15-20 minutes, with a 30-second grace period (under or over), plus a maximum of 10 minutes to set up.

See note about performance of plays at Houstonfest.

Plays with 5 or more characters will be given greater consideration by the judges.  Drama and comedy are of equal value.  Backdrops, props, make-up, and costumes are nice but not mandatory.  A play must be a published work originally written in the German language by a recognized German-speaking author.  It may not be a German translation of a play originally written in another language, nor may it be adapted from a German fairy tale.  A play may be adapted to fit the time limit.  It may be any 15- to 20-minute segment from a play, a radio drama, a cabaret play, or any other published dramatic work. Suggested authors:  Brecht, Tucholsky, Dürrenmatt, Borchert, Goethe, Schiller, etc.  Plays will be presented at the state contest only; however, if 3 or more play entries are entered at an individual regional contest, they will compete at the regional level before advancing to the state level.  If advantaged speakers are included in a play cast, this information must be given to the judges.  Two copies of the script must be provided for the judges.  Excerpts from the play may not be reused in other categories by the same cast member Download critique sheet.

 

Puppet Show:

Entry Limit:  1 Lower Level show (German I-II) and 1 Upper Level show (German III-V, incl. advantaged speakers) per school.

Time Limits:

Lower Level: 4-8 minutes.

Upper Level: 7-10 minutes.

Contestants have a 30-second grace period (under or over) plus a maximum of 3 minutes to set up. 

Puppet shows may be written by the class, the teacher, German-speaking authors, or others.  Fairy tales may be adapted as puppet shows.  The performers must memorize all lines from the script.  The judges will ensure that the performers have no scripts.  No stage will be provided nor used on the contest site, but rather, contestants will perform behind chairs or desks covered by a black cloth (which is provided onsite).  Backdrops should be no larger than 10' × 10'.  They may be secured to the wall with painterís tape only.  Each group must provide its own puppets, props, backdrops, and painterís tape.  If advantaged speakers are included in an Upper-Level cast, this information must be given to the judges.  Two copies of the script must be provided for the judges.  Excerpts from the puppet show may not be reused in other categories by the same cast memberDownload critique sheet.

 

Skit:

Entry Limit:  1 skit per level, per school (Levels 1, 2, 3, & 4); there must be a minimum of 3 performers with speaking parts, no maximum. 

Time Limits:

Levels 1 & 2:  4-8 minutes.

Levels 3 & 4:  7-10 minutes.

Contestants have a 30-second grace period (under or over), plus a maximum of 3 minutes to set up.  

Mixed-level skits must be entered on the level of the most advanced cast member.  If advantaged speakers are included in a level 4 skit, this information must be given to the judges.  Skits may be written by the class, the teacher, German-speaking authors, or others.  Skits may be from fairy tales.  Good pronunciation and grammatically-correct German are most important in the judging.  Costumes and props may be added for flavor and effect, but are not required.  Two copies of the script must be provided for the judges.  Excerpts from the skit may not be reused in other categories by the same cast member.  Download critique sheet.

 
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When is the next Houstonfest?

 

Saturday,

February 7, 2015,

8:00 a.m.

 

Where is Houstonfest?

 

Lanier Middle School

2600 Woodhead

Houston, TX 77098

 

Link to Texas State German Contest