Scenario Performance is an extra-curricular, story-telling competition in which students develop and submit short videos of themselves orating a story. Students compete individually, telling creative and entertaining, short, futuristic stories related to one of five FPSP topics for the year.
Scenario Performance can be used as a stand‐alone activity by an FPSP coach, a drama/debate teacher, a parent, or any instructor with students interested in narrative creation.
Scenario Performance is ideally suited to students who prefer oral communication to showcase their creativity, and may complement participation in Global Issues Problem Solving and Community Problem Solving.
HOW DOES SCENARIO PERFORMANCE WORK?
Schools can register individual students in one of the following divisions – Junior (Years 5 and 6), Middle (Years 7 to 9) and Senior (Years 10 to 12).
Students choose one of the FPSP annual topics and create a scenario that makes a prediction of the future. They then tell a story as though the future was the present. Students immerse the audience in their Performance, bringing their characters to life, building suspense in their story, using their voice to portray the emotions of their character, and create a story that paints a picture of the future.
Students do not write out the Performance in full. Rather, they express verbally, in a natural and spontaneous style, in the traditions of oral storytelling. The Scenario Performance is then videoed in a single ‘take’, with the use of cue cards, but without any edits, ‘acting’, singing, props, or aids.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Scenario Performance encourages students to enlarge ideas, enrich personal style and accentuate images of the future.
Scenario Performance is ideally suited to students who show thinking abilities in different ways ‐ particularly for those whose cultural heritage or learning styles prefer oral communication.
SUBMISSION AND ASSESSMENT?
One registration entitles an individual to two evaluations. Two Evaluations will allow the student to submit a trial Scenario Performance, due in May, which is evaluated but non-competitive. The second competitive submission, due in August, may be a revision of the first scenario, or an entirely new Scenario Performance.
Evaluations are a rubric‐based process, providing students with direct feedback in use of voice and audience awareness among other elements for continuous growth.
Prior to submission, coaches may make general suggestions for improvement, including with, grammar, and pronunciation errors. However, each performance must be original and produced by the student.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
FPSP Australia offers a professional development workshop in the six‐step problem‐solving process at the beginning of each year. This is used in both the Global Issues Problem Solving and Community Problem Solving components.
Although knowing the process can help students to think about the future and organize a storyline, it is not a prerequisite for Scenario Performance. Since Scenarios must relate to one of the annual topics, we recommend that students complete background reading and research on their chosen topic.