2023 POETRY & PROSE DATES:
Tuesday, March 14 thru Friday, March 17
Tuesday, March 21 thru Thursday, March 23
Three sessions daily: 9:00 am, 10:15 am, & 11:30 am
Location: Tulare County Office of Education - 6200 S Mooney Blvd, Visalia
Grade Levels: Kindergarten - 8th Grade
Poetry & Prose ON-STAGE is one of our longest-running student events, having been held at TCOE for 38 years! This oral interpretation celebration has grown into a seven-day event with over 1,400 kindergarten through eighth-grade students performing their poetry & prose selections before an appreciative audience of family, friends, teachers and judges.
Students may perform as a solo, duo, small group (3-5) or large group (6-10). Knowledgeable, experienced judges evaluate each performance based on their preparation, gestures, expressions, articulation, sincerity/poise and communication skills (sample judges sheet). Every student receives a beautiful personalized certificate with their award of Good, Very Good, Excellent, or Superior before they leave the event. This event is free and open to the public - family and friends are encouraged to attend.
1. Request a performance day/time for your school HERE! Time slots fill up quickly, so don't delay!
Please be sure to note if your school is sharing transportation with another school. There is no fee to participate in this event.
2. Coaches must register their student performance groups online at https://pnp.tcoe.org/ by February 17, 2023.
Each school may register up to six performance groups, with a total of 25 students maximum. A registration worksheet can be found in the link below.
• No costumes or props are allowed including hats/headbands etc (school spirit t-shirts are permitted)
• Material must be age-appropriate and suitable for a K-8 event (no questionable language / violent content etc.)
• Recitations in languages other than English are allowed and encouraged!
• Performances are limited to a 5-minute maximum.
Looking for suitable and engaging material for your students? Check out our TCOE Poetry & Prose Resource books. You'll find favorite Poetry & Prose selections for all ages collected from teachers at this event over the years.
For scheduling and event information, contact Brook Killingsworth: firstname.lastname@example.org or (559) 733-6326
Tulare County Office of Education
Tim A. Hire, County Superintendent of Schools
P.O. Box 5091
Visalia, CA 93278-5091