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.