The competition will take place over three (3) rounds with the following parameters.
- FIRST ROUND: a documented period piece, a period-style piece OR a piece written on an SCA theme.
- SECOND ROUND: a piece of a different type or style than that done in the first round. For example, if you performed a documented period piece for round one and wish to perform another documented period piece for round two, the two pieces should differ in some other way, such as mood (happy vs. melancholy), type of performance (poetry vs. song, prose vs. instrumental), etc.
- THIRD ROUND: Their Majesties’ choice. Their Majesties will instruct the competitors on what they wish to hear, guided by their earlier performances, the skills which have been listed in their “resume”, and (possibly) a brief interview of the entrant. Performers will have a few minutes to prepare.
For this competition, a “period piece” is defined as an actual historical piece of poetry, prose or music, with appropriate documentation. A “period-style piece” is an original or adapted work using documented period forms. A “piece on an SCA theme” is any work written about SCA persons, events, or culture, and does not require documentation.
For period or period-style pieces, please provide a brief executive summary, such as would fit on an index card. Any additional documentation, such as a paper explaining the period style in which the piece was written or documenting the source of the period piece, will be accepted happily and will be counted in favor of the competitor.
**Competitors will have a total of fifteen (15) minutes of performance time split over the all three rounds. For the third round, Their Majesties may add additional time at their whim.**
The new Bardic Champions will be announced and begin their service at Court this day.