Speech Arts Provincials

Provincial speech arts classes include poetry, sonnet (senior level only), prose, drama and Shakespeare. Competitors aged 11 - 23 must enter at least three qualifying classes* in the Penticton festival to be eligible to advance to the BC Provincial Finals. Shakespeare Duologue is a separate provincial category--students may be recommended from PKMF without participating in other speech arts classes. Interested students should ensure that they are meeting all the necessary Provincial requirements. Click here for the Performing Arts BC website.


Each regional festival is entitled to send one representative in each of the following age groups to the B.C. Provincial Finals. Requirements in age and grade categories for Speech and Dramatic Arts (not school grade) are determined as of December 31st before the upcoming Provincial Festival:



Grade Level

Time Limit


  11 - 13 yrs

       Grade 6

12 mins


  16 yrs and under

       Grade 7

15 mins


  23 yrs and under

       Grade 8

20 mins

Requirements The Provincials Syllabus is available at 


For Provincial definitions of Prose, Drama, and Poetry, contact the Speech Arts Captain or see the Provincial syllabus on the BC Provincials website. 

Speech and Dramatic Arts participants at the Provincial festival may also participate in the Shakespeare classes.