Each phase of the competition is a “musical theatre performance “. When preparing the perfomer should consider the importance of the “Big 3”- singing, acting, dance!
The vocal performance must be technically sound and should: show originality and personal interpretation, demonstrate breath control, accuracy of tuning, and use of dynamics should all be considered.
The acting should develop the character and set the tone of the scene. Attention should be given to sincerity of interpretation, choice of costuming to enhance presentation, and use of vocal dynamics to compliment the text.
Choreography should complement and not overshadow the performance. Dance should demonstrate use of space, a variety in movement vocabulary and choosing a style which is appropriate to the text. Movement can make the vocal and the acting easier when it falls comfortably within the capabilities of the performer and this should be considered when designing a performance. In many instances choreography and blocking are one in the same, especially in ballads.