Thespian Rules and Guidelines

THE RULES!!!
-No student may enter the same category twice. Students can participate in up to four events, where ONE must be technical. 
-Superior ratings at Districts are eligible to perform at the States.  Excellent ratings MAY be allowed to compete.  All events presented at States must be identical to the event that received an Excellent or Superior at District Festival. 
-Once our troupe is registered for the competition, no changes or additions are allowed.
-Students must attend all events and are not permitted to leave the Festival events without permission.
Festival badges must be worn at all times. If a badge is lost, you will be responsible for the replacement fee.
-Students are NOT allowed to use adult language.
-Accessory items (hat, cane, briefcase, purses, etc.) may be used only if they are an integral part of the blocking and/or choreography. 
-Students are not allowed to wear clothing that identifies their school in any way apart from their troupe number. 
-NO COSTUMES. Dance clothing (leotards, tights, dance skirts, etc.) may be worn unless it is a costume. 
-Students, Sponsors, and Chaperones are expected to dress in a manner which reflects positively upon their school and Junior Thespians. Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times. No tattered, revealing, or otherwise inappropriate clothing.
-No photography, audio taping, or video taping is permitted in accordance with all copyright laws.
Slating: Consists of performer's name(s),  troupe number, selection, attributions ONLY.  Do not give name of school or other information. This precedes all portions of the selection(s) to be presented. (Example: "Hello! I am Christi Hodges and I will be performing It's Possible from Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. I proudly represent troupe 89303.) Timing begins after the troupe number is slated.
Theatre Etiquette: Beverages, food, and gum are NOT PERMITTED AT ANY TIME in the theatres, exhibit areas, other performance areas, or lobby areas. Appropriate theatre etiquette is expected of everyone. Inappropriate etiquette includes feet on the seats, disruptive behavior, leaving during a performance, improper language, the wearing of hats indoors, talking during any performance, or any discourtesy to others. Students are guests of the Festival and  representatives of their schools and should  behave accordingly!
Violations: Any sponsor or chaperone witnessing inappropriate behavior by a student may take the Festival badge from that student and turn it in at the registration desk for disciplinary action. Infractions will result in a letter to the principal from the Festival Director, and a call to the student's parents/guardian. Repeat violations can restrict delegates or entire troupes from receiving ratings and/or attending future Festivals.
Sponsor/Chaperone Guidelines: Sponsors are responsible for the conduct of their students. Chaperones must be 21 or older. Chaperones must enforce and observe Festival Conduct for Students as outlined in the Handbook. Chaperones must keep an accurate check on the students assigned to them at all times. Students must always remain with their chaperone.
Conference Passes: Relatives and friends of participants may purchase a conference pass. NO ONE under 10 years old will be admitted; visitors between 10 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult (21+)  at all times*. Conference passes are labeled with our Troupe number and passholders are held accountable to all the Jr. Thespian rules. Infractions can negatively impact (possibly disqualify) our troupe if  passholders violate the rules. Conference pass holders may attend all events with some possible exceptions (Closing Ceremonies). Conference passes DO NOT include meals, Festival T-shirts, or programs. *Conference passes for 10-18 year olds must be purchased at the same time as the accompanying adult’s pass.

 

 

 

The Individual Events (IEs/Categories)

 

 

Monologue

(1 Actor) (3 Min. Max)
Students will perform one selection as one character. Material must be from a published play written for the theatre or a published monologue anthology. Poetry, lyrics, fiction, and screenplays are not allowed. Props may be used if integral to the scene.
MATERIALS: 3 sturdy, straight-backed, armless chairs.

 

 

Duet Acting

(2 Actors) (5 Min. Max)
Students will perform one selection as one character each. Material must be  from a published play written for the theatre or a published scene anthology. Poetry, fiction, screenplays, and lyrics are not allowed. Props may be used if integral to the scene.
MATERIALS: 5 sturdy, straight-backed, armless chairs, and one 4x4 card table, which will not support standing weight.

 

 

 

Ensemble Acting

(3-8 Actors) (5 Min. Max)
Students will perform one selection as one character each. Material must be  from a published play written for the theatre or a published scene anthology. Poetry, fiction, screenplays, and lyrics are not allowed. Props may be used if integral to the scene.
MATERIALS: 8 sturdy, straight-backed, armless chairs, and one 4x4 card table, which will not support standing weight.

 

 

 

Solo Musical Theatre

(1 Actor) ( 5 Min. Max)
The selection must be from published musicals written for the theatre. No original works, medleys, or screenplays are allowed. The selection may contain dialogue. All material should be presented as if within the full context of the play. The performer MUST use non-vocal musical accompaniment which can be live or taped. Props may be used if integral to the scene.
MATERIALS: 3 sturdy, straight-backed, armless chairs, and one 4x4 card table, which will not support standing weight. The performer MUST provide his/her own media sound device. A tuned piano will be provided, no other equipment is permissible. A hard surface floor may not be provided.

 

 

 

Duet Musical Theatre

2 Actors) (5 Min. Max)
The selection must be from published musicals written for the theatre. No original works, medleys, or screenplays are allowed. The selection may contain dialogue and both participants must be actively involved in the musical selection. All material should be presented as if within the context of the play. The performers MUST use non-vocal musical accompaniment which can be live or taped. Props may be used if integral to the scene.
MATERIALS: 2 sturdy, straight-backed, armless chairs, and one 4x4 card table, which will not support standing weight.  The performers MUST provide their own media sound device. A tuned piano will be provided, no other equipment is permissible.  A hard surface floor may not be provided.

 

 

 

 

Small Group Musical

(3-7 Actors) (5 Min. Max)
The selection must be from published musicals written for the theatre. No original works, medleys, or screenplays are allowed. The selection may contain dialogue and all participants must be actively involved in the musical selection. All material should be presented as if within the full context of the play. The performers MUST use non-vocal musical accompaniment which can be live or taped. Hand props may be used if integral to the scene.
MATERIALS: 7 sturdy, straight-backed, armless chairs, and one 4x4 card table, which will not support standing weight. The performers MUST provide their own media sound device. A tuned piano will be provided, no other equipment is permissible. A hard surface floor may not be provided.

 

 

 

Large Group Musical

(8-16 Actors) (5 Min. Max)
The selection must be from published musicals written for the theatre. No original works, medleys, or screenplays are allowed. The selection may contain dialogue and each participant must be actively involved in the musical selection. All material should be presented as if within the full context of the play. The performer MUST use non-vocal musical accompaniment which can be live or taped. Props may be used if integral to the scene.
MATERIALS 16 sturdy, straight-backed, armless chairs, and one 4x4 card table, which will not support standing weight. The performers MUST provide their own media sound device. A tuned piano will be provided, no other equipment is permissible. A hard surface floor will be provided.

 

 

 

Pantomime

(1-8 Performers) (5 Min. Max)
No props, costumes, or theatrical makeup. There are to be no lyrics in any music selection. No lip syncing or audible sounds by the performer. The pantomime must be the original creation of the student(s).
MATERIALS: 8 sturdy, straight-backed, armless chairs will be provided. A hard surface floor will be provided. Only pre-recorded music or effects may be used. The performer must provide their own media sound device.

 

 

 

Improvisation

(2 Actors) (5 Min. Max)
Actors receive a prompt from the judges’ table and time starts once the prompts are in the actors’ hands. Material that is not audience appropriate (i.e. language and adult content) is not allowed. The Time Keeper’s hand will go up at 4:45 as a visual warning for time. The scene ends when ‘time’ is called by the Time Keeper or when the actors call ‘scene.’
Materials: 2 sturdy chairs.

 

 

 

 

Scene Design

The student constructs an original, three-dimensional model OR perspective rendering executed to 1/4” = 1’0” OR 1/2" = 1'0" showing the set and its relationship to the theatrical space. Computer aided design is acceptable. At least one figure (to scale) must be included in the rendering or model to show proportion and scale. If a multi-set play is chosen, only ONE scene shall be designed. The student may include a floor plan to the same scale. The set is to be designed for a stage with a proscenium opening of 38’w x 20’h. An apron with a depth of 6' may also be used. The proscenium arch and wing space must be represented in the model. Only one student may be involved in the design. Collaborative entries will be disqualified. All artwork utilized must be original, and created by the participant. The event will not exceed ten (10) minutes. The student presentation is not to exceed five (5) of these ten (10) minutes. The student must verbally justify the design to the adjudicators. Note cards may be used. In your 5 minute presentation you should be able to discuss the following:
1. Describe the play in one sentence. Summarize the scene you are designing for. (What is happening?).
2. Describe the setting you've designed. (Place, period, style).
3. Explain how research may have influenced your design. What requirements of the scene influenced your design? (number of characters, entrances, exits).
4. What other choices did you make? (color, décor, levels). If applicable, describe how the scenery appears and how it will transition into the next scene.

 

 

 

Make-up Design

Students present 3 renderings which can represent 3 different characters and/or the same character through several appropriate changes. Hair and teeth are considered makeup. Renderings must be executed in full color AND displayed on a 10" x 15" white display board. The display board cannot be mounted on any other surface. All faces must be 10" from top of the head to the chin. The base of the figure should be 3" from the lower edge of the board. A human face may be traced and/or used as a template upon which the makeup design may then be demonstrated. Each design should be the student’s own work. The board should be labeled in the following manner: Upper Left hand corner: Name of the show and author. Upper Right hand corner: Name of the character, act, and scene. Lower Right hand corner: Student's name and troupe number. Each design should be accompanied by typed directions for applying the makeup using a 3-dimesional technique and a concept statement that should include script references, revealing how the design reinforces the traits of the character and how the design utilizes the use of highlight and shadow. If research is involved, indicate the sources. Only one student may be involved in creating the designs. No collaboration is permitted. The student must present a justification of the designs. Note cards may be used.
Suggested Discussion Points:
1. Interpretation – Does the design visually reinforce the mood, style, character and theme of the play?
2.  Execution – Are renderings executed with precision, clarity and attention to the human form?
3. Presentation – Is the designer able to justify the significant design elements in terms of characters and script?

 

 

 

Marketing Design

The student must choose a play from the list announced by the State Board of Directors. The following materials are to be presented: Flyer design on 8 ½ X 11 paper, Ticket design, Program design and full layout of 4 pages, Press release, Proposal for a promotional project to be completed within the individual school, Budget for the publicity campaign and justification of expenses. You will be judged on NOT how much you spend but how you spend it. Computer aided design is acceptable. The student must present justifications of the designs. Note cards may be used. Only one student may be involved in the design. NO COLLABORATION. All logos used must be the original work of the entrant. The event will not exceed ten (10) minutes. The student presentation is not to exceed five (5) of these ten (10) minutes. A bibliography is required documenting all resources used including but not limited to written and electronic sources. The bibliography must be in MLA style.

 

 

 

Scene Writing

The script must be the work of one or two students. If a collaborative effort, both must attend the adjudication. The text must contain dialogue and have two characters ONLY. Playing time must be a minimum of (3) TEXT pages and a maximum of (5) TEXT pages. A copy of the script must be sent to the state director by e-mail by the deadline stated on the main page of this website.  Scripts must be typed or word-processed according to the Florida State Thespian guidelines. All printed text must be in the Courier font. First Page: of the script will be the TITLE PAGE, including information relating to the title, scenewright (s), sponsor, troupe number, school address, and completion date, and will be arranged according to the Florida State Thespian guidelines. Second Page: of the script will be the SYNOPSIS PAGE, including information relating to the title, playwright(s), character breakdown (male/ female), and a forty to sixty word summary of the play, and will be arranged according to the Florida State Thespian guidelines. Third Page: of the script will be the CHARACTER PAGE, including an alphabetized list of the  two characters, and will be arranged according to the Florida State Thespian guidelines. Fourth and successive pages of the script will be the TEXT PAGES, and will include only the actual scene and will be arranged according to the Florida State Thespian guidelines. The script will contain only pages specified by the Florida State Thespian guidelines. A script that is improperly formatted is in violation of the specified Florida State Thespian guidelines and is subject to disqualification prior to adjudication. The student may not submit a scene that has been previously adjudicated by Florida State Junior Thespians. The scene must be original work. All scenes submitted WILL NOT be returned. Scene writing will be 10 minutes in length with just the playwright and the judges. The playwright will introduce the play and then have a discussion with the judges.  Observers may be in the room for this event. The following topics will be considered by the adjudicators while reading your play:
1. Character: Are goals established? Is the goal pursued in a manner consistent with the character’s personality and limitations? Can an audience empathize with the protagonist? Are the supporting characters vital to the development and resolution of the plot?
2. Dialogue: Is each character’s diction (choice of words) consistent with the given circumstances? Is all dialogue necessary to the development of the plot and each character?
3. Plot: Does the author provide all exposition necessary to understanding the characters and their situations (who, what, when, where why)? Once the initial incident in introduced, does the rising action follow a logical sequence of events to an appropriate climax and resolution?
4. Stageability: Will this work easily translate to the stage given the limitations of a stage play?

 

 

 

Costume Design

The student may choose any play from the list announced by the State Board of Directors in the September issue of the Florida State Thespian web page. The student must present 3 character renderings. These may represent 3 different characters and/or may follow a single character through several appropriate changes. Computer aided design is NOT acceptable. Each design must be executed in full color AND displayed on a 10" x 15" white display board. The display board cannot be mounted on any other surface. All figures must be 10" tall. The base of the figure should be 3" from the lower edge of the board. A human figure may be traced to use as a template upon which a costume creation may then be placed. Tracing of a costume outline or silhouette is unacceptable. The board should be labeled in the following manner: Upper Left hand corner: Name of the show and author. Upper Right hand corner: Name of the character, act, and scene. Lower Right hand corner: Student's name and troupe number. The student must attach fabric swatches, measuring a minimum of 2"x2", by the top edge of the swatch only to the same board on which the figure is drawn. Mount the swatch so that it may be lifted up and felt in order to evaluate appropriate fabric texture, draping ability, weight, grain, etc. The student must present a justification of the designs. Note cards may be used. Only one student may be involved in the set of designs. NO COLLABORATION. All artwork used must be the original work of the entrant.
The event will not exceed ten (10) minutes. The student presentation is not to exceed five (5) of these ten (10) minutes. In your 5 minute presentation you should be able to discuss the following:
1. Set: Discuss time period, place, and mood.
2. Establish the character: Discuss character traits, age, gender, class, occupation, and/or a character's purpose in the play.
3. Justify the designs:  Be prepared to defend ideas with proper, established research. Talk about sources of information.
4. Define social influences:  Point out styles that were popular during the time period. Discuss any laws or limitations that might influence fashion choices or the use of accessories. Discuss the social role the character plays.
5. Discuss fabric and color choices: Discuss fabrics and colors that were popular and/or available during the appropriate time period. Discuss fabrics and colors that are appropriate for the character. Discuss fabrics and colors and how they translate onto the stage.