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High School Festival: Speech & Drama



If you have a flair for the dramatic, love the idea of performing for an audience or want to stretch your creative writing skills, here’s your chance. Compete in playwriting, group or solo performance categories and receive feedback from our respected and award-winning theatre faculty.


Performance (Solo)

Performance Guidelines

Acting (Group)

Acting Guidelines

Original Oratory (Solo)

Oratory Guidelines

24-Hour Playwriting (Solo)

24-Hour Playwriting Guidelines

Printable Guidelines for all categories

  • Students may enter a maximum of 3 contests.
  • Students may win first place more than once in successive years with different pieces.
  • Any student who does not fulfill all of the contest requirements will forfeit their right to win but will receive judges’ written critiques.

1st Place Individual

  • Trophy
  • Paid program fee for the 1st semester of freshman year at BJU ($800–$1475)
  • $400 Scholarship for BJU EDUcamp

2nd Place Individual

3rd Place Individual

1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Group Winners

  • Trophy

Students are strongly encouraged to rehearse and perform in one of the following side-by-side experiences hosted by members and directors of BJU performing groups.

Wind Band

  • Open to 9–12th grade students in brass, woodwind, and percussion. Students will rehearse and perform side-by-side with members of the BJU Symphonic Wind Band under the direction of Bruce Cox.


  • Open to 9–12th grade students who play violin, viola, cello or bass. Students will rehearse and perform side-by-side with members of the BJU Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Michael Moore.
  • Violin I must be able to play with confidence and ease in fifth position, Violin II and Viola in third position, Cello and Bass in fourth position.

Concert Chorus

  • Open to SATB singers recommended by their director.
  • Each school or homeschool group may select up to 3 balanced quartets of SATB for a total of 12 singers maximum. These singers will rehearse and perform concert choral literature side-by-side with the University Chorale under the direction of Andrew Huish.

Festival Singers

  • Open to SATB singers participating in any area of the Festival. This chorus will rehearse and perform side-by-side with the University Singers under the direction of Pattye Casarow.