Day of Information

Overview: Festival Day

You will arrive to our campus, and prioritize getting to the John Wright Theater (JWT) in the Speech Arts building. Head to our registration table and provide one of our team members with the name of your school and the session you are scheduled for (#1-6). We will give you your Festival packet with all important information inside. From there, you can use your included campus map and any chaperones you brought with you to get your students to their performance spaces on time. After your session concludes, make sure to collect your students’ evaluation forms from the judges in the room, and head on back to the JWT to visit our Certificates table. There, you will collect Evaluation certificates to present to your students along with their performance feedback. After that, your only job is to keep watch over your students and enjoy our beautiful campus. We encourage you to visit our Athletes Pavilion right outside the theater to meet our outstanding and award winning student athletes, who will be signing autographs both days of the Festival!

Arrive on campus and head in the direction of the Speech Arts building (SA on a campus map). You will find canopies, swarms of happy children and our Team Members, so you will know you are in the right place! Try to arrange a meeting place ahead of time with your child’s teacher, so you will be able to meet up with your school and head to the performance locations together. There will also be an Information Booth on the day of the event where our team will only be able to look up your child’s performance location by SCHOOL NAME and SELECTION TITLE, so make sure you have both of those bits of information before heading to campus. Once you’ve found your school or determined your child’s location, all that remains is to head there (using a campus map, available at the Information Booth) and enjoy watching the result of all your child’s amazing work!

Checking In

Check in will be held in the lobby of the John Wright Theater (JWT on your campus map), in the Speech Arts building. Only teachers can check in their students. For more information on check-in, please visit our FAQ page, and click on the Day of Festival tab.

Room Assignments

Please click on your school’s name to access the PDF with your performance locations. [Note: several schools share names, so we have designated you based on your city (ex. Lincoln – Dinuba, Lincoln – Fresno)].

Evaluations

The Peach Blossom Festival is run as a festival, not a contest. Entrants will be evaluated on their artistic performance, but not ranked against other schools. Our judges will always evaluate your students positively. Categories of constructive critique include:

Superior

Great use of creativity, arm and/or body movements, great vocal quality, eye contact, expression of face and voice, memorized

Excellent

Creativity, some gestures, good vocal quality, good eye contact, mostly memorized or performed extremely well from a script

Good

Vocal quality, gestures, some eye contact, maintained in character with or without script

Fair

Vocal quality good, with or without script

Much of children’s literature is specifically written to be read aloud! The words and sentence structure are designed to “take on new life” when read orally. Participants are encouraged to animate the words with their tongues, to use engaging facial expressions, and to incorporate hand and body gestures that are creative and descriptive. Props are not allowed.

A student (or teacher) should announce authors and titles of the selection(s) at the beginning of the performance.

Participants will be judged on eye contact, voice quality, body movement, and overall performance.

At the end of each session teachers are asked to return to the lobby area to retrieve the certificates their students have earned. Please have only the teacher pick up the certificates to keep the lobby from being overcrowded. We encourage teachers to then read the evaluation forms to the students and present them with their certificates. Certificates are left blank so that teachers can spell the students names – stickers are given that indicate the award.