4-H Music & Drama Festival

Columbia County 4-H Music & Drama Festival

(updated 11/29/17)

The Columbia County 4-H Music & Drama Festival is scheduled annually, in late winter or early spring.  It is held in the morning at the Portage Center for the Arts in Portage. 4-H club as well as small group and individual options are available for 4-H music and drama performers.  In addition to the club presentations, individuals may enter in either individual OR small group categories.  Since individual and small group entries are not evaluated, they will perform when one judge is meeting with a club music or drama group.

NOTE:  When making music and drama selections, group directors, small groups and individuals are advised to take into consideration the age of the 4-H members and siblings participating and viewing the performances and whether the material is appropriate for a youth audience.  Nominations to the Wisconsin State Fair will be made by the event’s judge(s).  A brief description of each category follows:

 

Columbia County 4-H Club Music and Drama Presentations

 

Club Music Presentation

Music (instrumental, vocal, and/or dance) is worked around a central theme. Clubs are evaluated on team work, enthusiasm, quality, suitability of material and theme, expression, sequence and pace, costuming and props. Each group is allowed a maximum of 30 minutes onstage which includes set-up and take down. The recommended performance time is 10 minutes. Participants must be 4-H club members, with the exception of the accompanist. The top 4-H club music presentation will receive the traveling music trophy and will be nominated to perform at the Wisconsin State Fair. (Note:  State Fair performance time is limited to 20 minutes, including set-up and take down) (See details about Youth EXPO Music and Drama Groups below).

 

Club Drama Presentation

The play chosen should be suitable for a stage and could include props and staging.  The time limit will be 35 minutes, including setup and take down.  Minimum performance time is 15 minutes.  Each club will be critiqued face-to-face following their presentation.  The top 4-H club drama presentation will receive the traveling drama trophy and may be nominated to perform at the Wisconsin State Fair.  (See details about Youth EXPO Music and Drama Groups below).

Identity, Persona, Story, Narrative, Drama, Self, Ego

Club Younger Member Drama/Skit Presentation 

4-H clubs may enter a younger member play/skit, which includes 4-H Cloverbuds.  There would be no minimum time, but they should not exceed 20 minutes in length.  The group would be evaluated face-to-face and each individual would receive participation ribbons; however, the group would not be eligible for the traveling drama trophy.  This group may be nominated to perform at the Wisconsin State Fair.  (See details about Youth EXPO Music and Drama Groups below).

 

Wisconsin State Fair — Youth EXPO Music and Drama Groups

Columbia County may nominate, to the Wisconsin State Fair, one selected music or drama group and it may also make up to three alternate music or drama group nominations.  Nominations are the responsibility of the Music and Drama Festival judge(s).  (Note:  Wisconsin State Fair Youth EXPO Music and Drama Groups have ONLY 20 minutes on state which includes setup and take down time.  It is recommended performances last about 10 minutes at the Wisconsin State Fair).

 

Columbia County 4-H “Mini” Performances – Music and Drama

 

Small Group MusicPiano, Instrument, Music, Keys, Notes

Music (instrumental, vocal, and/or dance) is worked around a central theme. Small music groups may include 4-H parents or 4-H leaders as well as non-4-H members; however, the number of these other participants cannot exceed the number of 4-H members in the small group. State time should be 10 minutes or less, including setup and take down time. Small group performances will not be evaluated; however, they may be nominated to perform at the Wisconsin State Fair by the judge(s).  Groups should indicate their interest on the registration form.  (See details below about Youth EXPO Mini Performances).

 

Small Group Drama

Small group drama performances could include a skit, puppet show, choral reading or storytelling.  It would involve two or more individuals.  In addition to 4-H members, parents/leaders or non 4-H members may be included in the group; the number of non 4-H members cannot exceed the number of 4-H members.  Performance time should be 5-15 minutes.  Small group performances will not be evaluated; however, they may be nominated to perform at the Wisconsin State Fair by the judge(s).  Groups should indicate their interest on the registration form.  (See details below about Youth EXPO Mini Performances).

 

Individual

Music (instrumental, vocal, and/or dance) is presented by a 4-H club member. The time will be 5 minutes or less. Individuals will not be evaluated; however, they may be nominated to perform at the Wisconsin State Fair by the judge(s).  Individuals should indicate their interest on the registration form.  (See details below about Youth EXPO Mini Performances).

 

Wisconsin State Fair — Youth EXPO Mini Performances

Columbia County may nominate, to the Wisconsin State Fair, two selected acts and up to three alternate acts.  Acts may have one to five performers to be considered a Mini Performance.  Nominations are the responsibility of the Music and Drama Festival judge(s).  (Note:  Wisconsin State Fair Youth EXPO Mini Performances have only 10 minutes on state which includes setup and take down time.  It is recommended that performances last about 5-8 minutes).

All 4-H clubs, groups or individuals wishing to participate in the Music Festival should complete a registration form. They are found online at:  https://columbia.uwex.edu/4-h-events/4-h-eventregistrations/ An individual, may register to participate in all three categories. Registration due date is two weeks prior to the event. Everyone is encouraged to attend the 4-H Music Festival and enjoy the wonderful entertainment, whether or not your 4-H club is performing.

Music, Love, Appreciation, Notes

 

Note: Annually, the Music & Drama Festival will be held in late Winter or early Spring of the year!