Bring a Play to Festival
PROCESS FOR SUBMITTING A PRODUCTION FOR CONSIDERATION
PLAY RESPONSE PROCESS
Festival Play Selection Committee responders strive to keep ownership of the art in the hands of the artists. It is not the place of play responders to re-create your art for you. By making meaningful statements, answering the artist’s questions, and asking questions, we can help the artists to discover within themselves what needs to be done to take their art to the next level. Every school’s theatre program has different strengths and weaknesses. With this philosophy, we believe one can give and receive truly effective feedback. This aspect is beneficial for all programs.
FULL-LENGTH AND SHOWCASE PRODUCTIONS
A SHOWCASE production is shorter, 60 minutes or less; it is often performed in smaller theatre spaces or non-traditional stage areas. Showcase productions might include (but are not limited to) digital scripts, experimental projects, oral interp., and student-directed one-acts. It uses small sets (or no sets) and lighting is generally simple lights up and lights down. Costumes, props, some sound, etc. may be used. Showcase productions will have a maximum of 15 minutes to set up and a maximum of 10 minutes to strike.
Note: Some Full-Lengths may be asked to be considered as a Showcase.
TECHNICAL GUIDELINES FORM
PLAY SELECTION CRITERIAThe Festival is not a competition. There are no “rankings” of first, second, etc. Plays do not come to the Festival in competition with each other but as part of a cooperative effort to bring a diverse sampling of high school theatre from throughout the state. Being chosen to perform at the Festival is not “winning” any more than not being selected is “losing.” An invitation to perform at the Festival should be seen as an honor and an opportunity to share students’ talents and accomplishments with their peers. A wide variety of factors are considered in the Criteria for Selection used by the Play Selection Committee:
The Festival Committee reserves the right to commission one or more Full-Length or Showcase productions.
SUBMITTING A PRODUCTION FOR SELECTION
HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL TIPS!
Schools have a better chance of being selected to perform at the Festival if they submit a Showcase production for consideration. Full-length shows with minimal technical needs that fit within the time window can be submitted as Showcase productions. Consider one-acts and student-directed shows for Showcases. It is a great opportunity for students to shine.
IN ORDER FOR A PRODUCTION TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR PERFORMANCE AT FESTIVAL, THE DIRECTOR, SPONSOR OF STUDENT-DIRECTED PRODUCTIONS, OR SCHOOL MUST BE EITHER AN INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANIZATIONAL ITA MEMBER. Join Now!
PLAY SELECTION PROCESS
SPECIAL PRODUCTION NOTES