Held at Santa Fe College - Gainesville, Florida
We are pleased to note that this will be our fourth year at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. This beautiful campus is walking accessible, and includes a food court, lush grounds, and ample free parking. Parking can also be provided on campus for trucks and buses. You can download an SFC map by clicking the 'Campus Map' link on the menu on the top of the page.
The Florida Theater Conference has blocked rooms in nearby hotels to ensure a reasonable rate, and will provide bus transportation from the host hotels to and from campus for your ease and safety. You will find information on the blocked hotels with registration contact numbers by clicking the 'Hotel' link on the menu above.
The FTC courtesy bus will pick up guests in the parking lot of the host hotels at the top of the hour, beginning at 7 AM. The bus will pick up on the half hour at Santa Fe College, in the parking circle just outside of the Fine Arts Hall, for the return trip.
Upon registration you will receive the FTC Festival Program and a personalized nametag. The program will include every workshop, play, and showcase presented at the festival. You will also receive a student designed 2014 festival t-shirt.
The Festival begins Wednesday, November 5th at 3:00PM with registration in the lobby of the Fine Arts Hall. That evening we will be offering free to our festivalgoers a production staged by the Asolo Theatre. They will be presenting their touring production of Romeo and Juliet, with a cast composed of third-year Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training students. This adaptation of the bard's classic is especially geared for the middle, secondary, and college student. Immediately following the production, audience members will have a chance to talk directly with the cast and crew in a mini-workshop.
Over the next 3½ days, the FTC Festival will cover the SFC campus. Play festivals, workshops, and auditions will be held in the Fine Arts Hall, Buildings E, R, and S and use the many specialized performing arts rooms - choral rooms, dance studios and the Black Box Theatre.
The Festival will include over 65 workshops in all areas of theatre - including singing, acting, pantomime, dance, stage combat, directing, improvisation, play writing, and all technical areas of the stage.
The Secondary School One-Act Play Festival and Theatre for Youth Play Festival will be housed in the Fine Arts Hall Theatre. The Community Theatre Play Festival will be housed in the E Building Auditorium Theatre and the DraMature Showcase will be found in the E Building Black Box Theatre. Entrance to these play festivals is included in your festival registration. Inexpensive day passes are available for all of the play festivals and can be purchased on the day at the registration desk in the Fine Arts Hall.
The festival will also provide the venue where junior and senior secondary students, and transferring state college students may audition for the more than 40 colleges and universities attending the festival. These auditions will be held Thursday afternoon, and all day on Friday. More detailed information and helpful guidelines can be found on the Secondary and College Student web pages.
The festival hosts the SETC Preliminary State Screening Auditions for college and university students on Friday and Saturday. SETC directly manages registration for these auditions - more information and links to the SETC website can be found on the College Student page (click on the College Student link at the top of the webpage). This is the necessary first step for their participation at the Spring SETC conference.
We have also organized a College Fair and Vendor Expo in the lobby of the Fine Arts Hall. Specialty performing arts vendors and over 45 colleges and universities have set up booths set, and can meet with you personally.
The festival will end with the Closing Ceremony held in the Fine Arts Hall, Saturday evening. A student directed slide show will hold center stage, and play festival and distinguished career awards will be given out. The FTC Fran Walker and Vern Bryant scholarships will be awarded to two deserving secondary students.
To register your group for the festival, simply click on the division link at the top of the main page. Group registration and play festival registration forms can be found on the left side of the pages. To register as an individual - click on the Festival Registration form found on the menu at the top of this page. If you would like help with registering or have questions about the festival we can be reached through the website contact page. We can also be reached by phone at 727-544-8915.
Come join the fun - we look forward to seeing you at the festival!
We would also like you to consider sharing your talents by presenting a workshop for our theatre artists. The festival offers more than sixty workshops a year. You may present a workshop for all attendees, or target your workshop to community theatre, secondary students, youth theatre, college students or educators.
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