I'm here now at the Manila International Book Fair in SMX as judge in the Reader's Theatre contest sponsored by Rex Bookstore and Teacher Created Materials. The hall is bustling with children. They do not seem nervous, but the adults, their teachers and parents, seem to be.
There are three categories in the contest -- Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced. There are six schools competing in the Beginners category while five schools will vie for the Reader's Theatre Fluency Award in the Intermediate and the Advanced categories. Apart from myself, Dr. Luis Gatmaitan and Teacher Gabby of Toddler's Unlimited, are judges too.
The organizers sent a package two months ago containing the guide and information tools for the contest. Along with these are sample books from the Reader's Theatre catalog, company brochure and a pamphlet on Reader's Theatre. Very helpful materials. The awards criteria include the following: Meaningful interpretation of chosen topics (50%); Diction and Articulation (25%); Performance Level/Showmanship (15%) and Creativity and Originality (10%). I remember last year, I judged the Salaysayan Contest of the PBBY and it was a delight. There were illuminating revelations. This time, I expect to be blown away with children performing and displaying their talents.