The Expressive Arts Festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 9th, 2019 at Holmen Middle School. The first time slot of the day will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the day will tentatively end at 2:00 p.m. All actively enrolled 4-H members are eligible to compete in different categories of competition within the disciplines of Drama, Speaking, Demonstration, Music, Arts & Crafts, Marketing, and Photography at different times throughout the day.
Unlike in the past, Demonstration is the only type of performance that is judged by Fair standards. If you want to do a Demonstration at the La Crosse Interstate or Wisconsin State Fair this year, you need to attend the Festival! All other categories will be judged by merit and participation this year.
Please view the general rules of each discipline, pick your categories, and send your registration to the UW-Extension office by Monday, February 25th, 2019. No late entries will be accepted. No changes to entries, including cancellations or performers, will be allowed after the registration deadline. This rule is to ensure that a fair and efficient schedule can be set for all judges and exhibitors for proper preparation.
Expressive Arts Registration Sheet (2 copies per sheet are provided)
- Play: A one-act play, commercial, or original drama. Props and costumes are encouraged. Maximum time limit is 30 minutes.
- Mini-Drama: Produced with minimal props and costumes that can be performed in any room. Examples include skits, puppetry, or creative dramatics. Maximum time limit is 12 minutes.
- Memorized Selection: Prose, poetry, or any other piece that must be memorized presented by an individual. No notes allowed. Maximum time limit is 5 minutes. Presenters must provide a clean copy of the piece to be recited for the judge(s).
- Literary Reading: Includes prose and poetry pieces presented as a reading by an individual. No props or costumes allowed. Maximum time limit is 5 minutes.
- Play Reading: Readers are to make their selection “come alive” without the use of costumes or props. Appropriate gestures and human-produced sound effects (no artificial devices) are allowed. Scripts are to be used. Maximum time limit is 12 minutes. Groups must consist of 3 or more participants.
- Original Speech: A speech written by and presented by an individual on any subject, preferably one pertaining to his/her 4-H project work. Notes are permitted. Maximum time limit is 5 minutes.
- Storytelling: Original or published narrative, told as if to a younger audience, and presented without notes by an individual. No poetry is allowed. Costumes or props are encouraged, and facial expressions or gestures are allowed. Maximum time limit is 12 minutes.
What is the difference between prose and poetry? Anything that isn’t a poem, such as a story or narrative is considered prose!
- Demonstration: Teaching someone how to do something on any subject. Presentation must consist of an introduction, body, conclusion, and questions from the audience.
- Illustrated Talk: Show and tell the audience your knowledge about something. Visuals and charts are encouraged, including, but not limited to maps, charts, posters, graphs, pictures, slides, or models to explain what the participant is saying.
- Action Center: An informal presentation to someone passing by about any subject, with an emphasis on showing. Individual presenter or groups of 2-4 carry on conversations with people passing through. Handouts may be used, posters or pictures may be used, and passerby interact with the presentation. A good example of an Action Center presentation is a school science fair or a booth exhibit at an event.
- Instrumental: Groups perform selection(s) from any genre using only musical instruments.
- Vocal: Groups perform selection(s) from any genre using their voices only. Costumes are permitted, but no props are allowed.
- Dance: Groups perform choreography from any genre. Costumes and props are permitted, but the focus should be on the group’s movements. Music set to the choreography may only be instrumental.
- Novelty: Groups provide musical, vocal, or movement entertainment by combining a variety of instrumental, vocal, or dance techniques. Examples of a Novelty performance include, but are not limited to lip syncing, variety shows, show choirs, or other musical performances that do not fit in the first three categories above.
Arts & Crafts Category
- Participants submit arts & crafts items for display and judging. Youth are not required to be present for the day, but can simply drop off their exhibits in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon after judging. See the General Rules sheet for more information about entries.
- Participants submit items that could be used to market the 4-H program. Youth are not required to be present for the day, but can simply drop off their exhibits in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon after judging. See the General Rules sheet for more information about entries.
- Participants submit original photographs for display and judging. Youth are not required to be present for the day, but can simply drop off their exhibits in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon after judging. See the General Rules sheet for more information about entries.