General Conditions: Speech and Drama Competitions

Date: 7 August 2021
Venue: Nelson Musical Theatre, 95 Atawhai Drive (next to Founder’s Park)

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  1. AMATEUR STATUS: (unless otherwise stated.) These competitions are open to amateurs whose regular income is not derived from the exercise of their talents.
  2. AGE LIMITS: Any age specified in this syllabus means the competitor’s age at the commencement of the festival – midnight before the opening session.
  3. BEGINNER: A beginner is defined as a competitor in vocal or instrumental classes who, at the beginning of the Festival, has had less than two years tuition or, in speech, has had less than one year tuition.
  4. COMPETITORS compete at their own risk
  5. NO COMPETITOR may enter more than one item in any solo class. They may be part of different groups within a group class.
  6. NO PROMPTING (verbal or with signing) will be permitted except by the Adjudicator or his/her assistant. The committee reserves the right to disqualify a competitor in breach of this rule.


  1. The adjudicator’s decision is final.
  2. NO COMMUNICATION with the adjudicator either by competitors, parents or teachers prior to or during the competitions is permitted. The committee reserves the right to disqualify a competitor in breach.


  1. CERTIFICATES will be awarded at the adjudicator’s discretion.
  2. The adjudicator may, at their discretion, withhold the first or any prize.
  3. TROPHIES (includes cups) remain the property of the Nelson Performing Arts Competitions Society Inc.
  4. Cup recipients will retain the trophy until the specified return date the following year.
  5.  MEDALS or SASHES can be retained by the recipient.
  6. The cups are to be returned in a clean condition to:

The Emporium,
55 Montgomery Square


The Engraving & Trophy Centre
5 McGlashen Avenue


  1. Any competitor wishing to protest a decision by the adjudicator must do so in writing, setting out the grounds, and lodge same with the Secretary, together with $5.00 as a guarantee of bona fides. Should the committee, after investigation, deem any protest to be frivolous or unfounded, this deposit may be forfeited, in whole or part. No protest will be entertained unless lodged as specified above, within 15 minutes of the adjudicator’s award in the event to which the protest relates. The decision of the Committee will be final.
  2. The Committee shall have the right to enforce the rules and condition of the Society upon its own initiative, without protest. No protest can be entertained against the decision of the Committee.


ENTRIES: complete the online entry form.
Entries, accompanied by the necessary fees, must reach the Secretary by post or website form on or before 2 July 2021.

Titles of each item are to be entered on the entry form @


Entry Fees – Non Refundable


Speech and DramaCost
Administration fee (includes NPAC Year membership)$12.00
Individual class entry$6.00
Ensemble entries$15.00
PACANZ recital (Please remember to enter the qualifying class)$20.00

There will be no admission fee charged at the door. Competition Entry fees can be paid by Cheque or Direct Credit. See entry forms for details.

The National Young Performer Awards will take place on the 17 – 20 October 2019 in Palmerston North. The adjudicators can decide to nominate one or two contestants to compete in the ILT National Young Performer Awards.

This year the relevant categories are Acoustic Instruments (excludes Pianoforte) and Speech and Drama. Vocal and Pianoforte competitions will be held every second year. The rules for nominations are published in this syllabus.


The time limit on classes will be rigidly enforced. At the end of the allotted time a bell will be rung and the competitor will leave the stage.

All prepared works must be memorised – with the exception of the prose section of the Recital and the Prepared Reading classes. Competitors are to provide a copy of ALL prepared work by 31 July 2021.

All speech copies must be typewritten or photocopied (no books), with competitor’s name and class number in the top right hand corner. Clean copies only.

Speech copies to be sent to:

Jo Price
22 Shelley Crescent

Alternatively a
PDF file can be emailed to

Speech Test Pieces will be available from the website once selected by the adjudicator:

Sight Reading/Story Telling – competitors may choose either to Sight Read a selection chosen by the adjudicator OR they may tell a story – the topic will be provided by the adjudicator.

Improvisation, mime, sight reading etc – each contestant will be given 30 seconds to prepare. The topic will be provided by the adjudicator

Characterisation – competitors may elect to give a brief introduction.

NPAC would like to thank its sponsors

Pacanz RNBS The Rata Foundation