Significant effort made for fair judging of musicalsJudging a performance is difficult. For a film, a judge can watch a second run or a DVD, but a musical must be watched on the site to evaluate it.
To overcome such problems, the Musical Awards secured a large number of judges to gather as many opinions as possible. There are preliminary and final evaluations, and the evaluations are designed to be rational and scientific.
The preliminary evaluation will be made by 40 judges. Preliminary evaluation judges must watch all musicals presented on stage. It is impossible to stage all these musicals on one stage just for an evaluation.
Then who watches musicals the most in Korea? Naturally there are musical producers. The Musical Awards invited musical producers to take part in preliminary evaluation.
The 20 largest musical production companies in Korea were selected, and one person in each production company was commissioned as a judge. A judge, however, cannot evaluate the musical produced by his or her own production company.
Musical fans were included in preliminary evaluation. Ten associations of musical lovers were selected, and each association recommended one judge.
The other 10 judges are journalists for performance-related magazines and technicians involved in stage decoration, lighting and sound. They will select four nominees for 17 categories.
The selection of the candidates is followed by the final evaluation, which will be done by final evaluation judges, spectators and preliminary evaluation judges. Their evaluations are weighed 60 percent, 30 percent and 10 percent respectively. The main evaluation judges consist of 10 theater, music and dance specialists.
The final evaluation judges will have few discussions to maintain their individuality in evaluation.
They will not decide which musical to honor through discussion, but will assign a rank to each candidate in different categories. The results will be aggregated by the award’s executive officer.
The Musical Awards’ motto is “to select a good musical on my own.” This is to invite the general public to take part in the evaluation process.
Two hundred spectators in judging positions will be selected through www.themusicalawards.co.kr or musical.joins.com.
To become a spectator judge, the applicants must go through strict assessments.
They need to state how many musicals they watch, what musicals were their favorites and what they liked about the musicals on the Web site.
The applicants need to download and fill out an application form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 24. The spectator judges can attend the Musical Award ceremony.
A popularity vote will also be conducted on the site.
The participants can choose one male or female actor.
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By Choi Min-woo JoongAng Ilbo