Competitions - Duet Acting

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Duet Acting

Ensemble Acting


Solo Musical

Duet Musical

Group Musical

Scene Design

Costume Design

Publicity Design


Student-Directed Scene

Costume Construction

Makeup Design

from the "FLThespian" website.
  1. Material must be drawn from published plays written for the theatre. Poetry, fiction, screenplays, and lyrics will not be allowed.
  2. Hand props may be used if required as an integral part of the scene.
  4. Not to exceed five (5) minutes.
  5. A full copy of the published play must be brought to the room and placed on the adjudicator's table.  Without the script the students will be allowed to perform, but they will NOT be rated and will NOT be considered for showcase.
  6. Each room will be provided with five (5) chairs and one (1) table. You are limited to the furniture in the room.
Best Scores ... Ever! (States)
Critics' Choice
no Troupe 6172 Thespian has ever earned this score in this event.
  • Brianna Courchene & Delaney Penn, "Between Two Friends" (2013)
  • Chrissy Herreid & Jessica Courchene, "Waiting for Godot" (2012)
  • Jessica Olarte-Velez & Kelsey Loynaz, "Loose Ends" (2008)
  • Katy Jacobs & Kelly Herreid, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" (2006)
  • Wes Ford & Adrian Padilla, "Welcome Home" (2006)
  • Rusty Gillespie & Corey Monson, "Guys" (2003)
  • Alexis Blackledge & Josh McCluskey (2014)
  • Shelby Heaton & Raven Gonzalez, "Ashes to Ashes" (2014)
  • Cassandra Cross & Ellen Taylor, "The Matchmakers" (2013)
  • Cara Dozier & Chanel Letourneau, "The Next Mrs. Jacob Anderson" (2009)
  • Bradley Morris & Karly Muzik, "Ferris Wheel" (2009)
  • Wes Ford & Stephen Hopkins, "Zoo Story" (2007)
  • Kelsey Loynaz & Jessica Olarte, "Anything For You" (2007)
Judges' Criteria
  • Character/Believability
  • Emotional Commitment
  • Ensemble Play/Developed Relationships
  • Focus/Energy/Concentration
  • Staging/Blocking
  • Vocal Delivery (Volume, Clarity, Interpretation)
Best Scores ... Ever! (Districts)
Critics' Choice
  • Wes Ford & Stephen Hopkins, "The Zoo Story" (2007)
  • Kelly Herreid & Katy Jacobs, "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead" (2006)
  • Alexia Andrews & Cooper Bowlin, "Plaza Suite" (2015)
  • Alexis Blackledge & Josh McCluskey (2014)
  • Shelby Heaton & Raven Gonzalez, "Ashes to Ashes" (2014)
  • Cassandra Cross & Ellen Taylor, "The Matchmakers" (2013)
  • Brianna Courchene & Delaney Penn, "Between Two Friends" (2013)
  • Chrissy Herreid & Jessica Courchene, "Waiting for Godot" (2012)
  • Cara Dozier & Chanel Letourneau, "The Next Mrs. Jacob Anderson" (2009)
  • Garry Cohen & Kasey Tanner, "Beyond Therapy" (2009)
  • Bradley Morris & Karly Muzik, "Ferris Wheel" (2009)
  • Kelsey Loynaz & Jessica Olarte, "Loose Ends" (2008)
  • Lauren Bates & Andrew Garces, "Bright Ideas" (2008)
  • Wes Ford & Adrian Padilla, "Welcome Home" (2006)
  • Rusty Gillespie & Corey Monson, "Guys" (2003)
  • Corey Monson & Annette Worth, "My Friend Never Said Goodbye" (2002)
  • Rusty Gillespie & Jennifer Martina, "Betrayal" (2002)
  • Dixie Montano & Yomely Diaz-Fernandez, "Children's Hour" (2015)
  • Brianna Courchene & Nick Devries, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolff?" (2015)
  • Gianna Mojica & Selena Reese, "My Sister in This House" (2015)
  • Annalese Andrews & Kathryn Smisek, "Anything For You" (2014)
  • Delaney Penn & Bryan Ramos, "Barefoot in the Park" (2014)
  • Jordan Bourque & Taylor Gonzalez, "Away" (2013)
  • Brandon Blue-Eyes & Deysha Barbour, "Our Town" (2013)
  • Kristina Osada & Kelsey Vinson, "Death of a Salesman" (2012)
  • Abby Hudak & Steven Somohano, "Indoor/Outdoor" (2012)
  • Alyssa Oquendo & Brooke Freeman, "Misreadings" (2011)
  • Chrissy Herreid & Jessica Courchene, "Smoke Scenes" (2011)
  • Vince Evangelista & Tori Musco, "DMV Tyrant" (2010)
  • Carl Simmonds & Sarah Hudak, "Sure Thing" (2010)
  • Lindsay Hail & Tori Musco, "The Gingerbread Lady" (2009)
  • Susan Belliveau & Cailyn Quevedo, "Agnes of God" (2008)
  • Josh Dohmann & Christoph Revelia, "The Odd Couple" (2008)
  • Cara Dozier & Karly Muzik, "Steel Magnolias" (2008)
  • Kelsey Loynaz & Jessica Olarte, "Anything For You" (2007)
  • Lexi Davies & Katie Gardner, "Voices From the High School" (2007)
  • Rosie Deangelo & Catherine Zichy, "Stop Talking" (2007)
  • Denise Foshee & Ashley Richardson, "The Gingerbread Lady" (2005)
  • Jennifer Burruano & Paige Maskavich, "The Gingerbread Lady" (2003)
Sponsor's #1 Piece of Advice
This one is easy: choose your partner wisely.  Duet Acting is all about creating a space between two people, and then owning that five minutes of time by feeding off of each other.
There will be many other things for you to consider: scene selection, timing, cutting, range for development, but they're all secondary to choosing the right partner.
This is an extremely competitive event.
Thespians' Advice
"Being in a duet scene really requires true dedication from both actors/actresses.  You are creating one performance that leaves an impression on both of you.   You and your partner should feel comfortable with each other.  Be in a scene with someone you feel will put as much effort in as you will.  Have fun with the scen
-- Garry Cohen ('09)
 "You may hear it a lot, but take it from me, rehearsal truly is the ultimate key to success in Duet Acting--or any event, rather. Motivation is also essential to pinpointing that character you're trying to portray. Choose a partner you know will work just as hard as you; someone you can depend on. Mix those together, with some hard work and dedication, and you've got yourself a Superior. As long as you tried your very best, that's all that matters. You don't need a plastic pin to prove it."
-- Wes Ford ('07)
Always stay motivated.  My first year at competition I got a 'Superior' at Districts for Duet Acting, but when I went to States I got a 'Good.'  Don't let your scene decay between each competition.  You need to treat States like it's Nationals.  You need to put a lot of hard work and effort to do really good.  Finally, keep on practicing.  Practice makes perfect."
-- Annette Worth ('04)
If you are a Thespian who has competed in this event, please send your advice to Mr. Gaudet to be included on this page!

What (Not) To Wear
According to the Florida State Thespians, in performances:
IE Performance Attire
We, your Florida State Thespian Student Representatives, have been informed of concerns regarding proper attire for I.E. participants. In the past, judges have found certain items of clothing inappropriate and most of all, distracting to our performances. Therefore, we find that the following attire suggestions are needed:
Participants in musical theatre categories should feel free to wear rehearsal or dance attire that provides full coverage. In any event, we find it best to avoid clothes that restrict movement onstage and make sure that your hair does not prevent the judges from seeing your face. We also recommend that you avoid noisy jewelry, distracting colors, patterns, designs, etc. Let it be about your performance and not your attire.
Be advised that wearing inappropriate and/or distracting attire could possibly interfere with your performance.
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