High School Division
As the only High School theatre organization in Florida that is associated with both professional and amateur theatre organizations and individuals, we can provide a unique and safe venue where students can interact with and observe members of the total theatre community.
Annual FTC Festival
- One-Act Play Festival Competition – High School Theatre Programs from across the state present their productions and compete against one another for an award of Superior. The competition is fierce and the results can be breathtaking. The two winners of this competition represent the state of Florida at the Southeastern Theatre Conference’s spring festival, where they compete with the nine other states of SETC.
- Following each play, cast and sponsors will meet privately with the adjudicators. This is a unique educational opportunity – a positive teachable moment with Theatre professionals.
- FTCs Got Talent – Make us laugh, make us cry! This showcase competition is open to any attendee and can include everything from miming and poetry readings to song and dance. This fun night will be capped with two cash awards. Student registration for this activity is done onsite during the festival, forms can be found at the registration desk in the Fine Arts Hall.
- Workshops for acting, singing, dancing, stage combat, costumes, designing, directing, and more. The workshops are presented by professionals from every facet of the theatre.
- A specialized hands-on audition workshop for sophomore and junior students is conducted by a respected Florida educator. In this workshop they will work directly with the presenter using their chosen material to master and polish their audition. This is a reservation-only workshop, with the online forms found to the left of this page.
- Tech Olympics – This ever-popular workshop encourages teams of students to think creatively. When presented with a theatrical challenge they must “think outside the box” to win the competition. There will be room for an audience, so attendance is not limited to participants only. Your students will need to reserve a space in advance for this workshop by completing an online submission form which can be found at the left of this page or register on-site at the registration desk.
- College Fair – College/University/Conservatory representatives from across the nation will be present to answer questions your students may have about arts programs, financial aid, and application to their schools.
- University/College/Conservatory Auditions – Over fifty colleges/universities/conservatories send their representatives to view acting, musical theatre, and technical auditions and discuss admission and scholarships. Acting/Music Theatre Auditions on Friday and Tech Auditions on Thursday.
As part of your registration, you and your students will have access to all of the above activities which are planned specifically with them in mind. At no extra charge, you and your students will also be able to attend the Theatre for Youth Play Festival, the Community Theatre Play Festival, Middle School Festival, the Inclusion Showcase, the College Ten-Minute Play Festival, and the DraMature Showcase. Your students will be able to see and appreciate the diversity and depth found in the performing arts in Florida.
For a nominal fee, group entertainment options available on the Santa Fe College Campus can include a visit to their teaching zoo and their planetarium. These entertainment options are covered in more detail under the Festival tab on the main page.
This year’s Festival will open with the Asolo Conservatory touring production. After Wednesday evening’s performance the cast and crew will hold a “Talk Back” session where the audience will be able to ask questions of the production team.
The Saturday Closing ceremonies will conclude the festival. Awards will be presented to the winning actors and actresses, and an All-Star Cast will be announced. The two winning Plays and a Runner-Up Play will be announced.
FTCs annual festival will be held at Santa Fe College, in Gainesville. All of the festival is housed on the one campus, including workshops and audition sites. The new theater wing (called the Fine Arts Hall on the SFC map) will host the One-Act Play Festival for high schools, as well as the College Fair and Vendor Expo. The college is spacious and walking accessible with its own food court. To check further a link can be found to the college on the main page of the website.
We have blocked rooms at several nearby hotels, to guarantee both availability and a lower rate. This information can be found under the Festival tab on the main page. FTC IS NOT providing Transportation this year. The college is providing free parking – including designated spaces for buses and trucks.
Day passes are available for any interested family members for a nominal fee of $10.00. They can be purchased on the day, at the registration desk in the Fine Arts Hall.
Teachers interested in bringing a group of students to the Festival will find forms and information in the list at the left of the page. Many of these forms can be submitted online, with a credit card payment option. If you are uncomfortable using online registration forms, you may request hard copy forms by email through our Contact page (remember to click on registration when doing this), or by calling us directly at 727-544-8913.
The Group Registration Form found in the form list at the left, includes the registration form with prices and FTC’s policies and procedures. The student contract is found immediately below the group registration form on the form list, and can be downloaded and reproduced.
If you want to enter your students in the One-Act Play Festival, you will need to also complete the Play Competition Application Form. This form includes play registration and playbill information, along with rules and regulations specific to the use of the Fine Arts Hall Theatre.
For those students who will be auditioning for the college/university/conservatory representatives, you will need to download the Audition Application Forms. Included is the actual audition form to be completed by the student and school, and also guidelines to help both you and the audition candidate. This form has recently been updated to provide more room for the student resume.
Scholarship Application Forms include a short note which explains both eligibility and the application process – and the forms the student will need to complete.
The deadline for completing all registration forms is October 1st. Late registration forms will be accepted through October 14th, however a modest late fee will be assessed. Payment in full is due to the FTC main office by October 14th.
We hope you will join us for the sheer fun of this festival!
Present a Workshop at the Festival!
Each year more than 1,500 college/university, high school, middle school, and elementary school students, along with community theatre participants, attend the FTC Festival.
As part of the Festival there are more than 65 workshops presented.
We encourage you to share your unique specialty and be a part of the Festival by presenting a workshop.
It is an excellent way to see the talent that is attending the Festival and provide a community service for the state of Florida.
To register please fill out and submit the Workshop Presentation Form found in the forms list at the left. You will be contacted regarding your acceptance.
Scholarships for Graduating High School Seniors
The Florida Theatre Conference awards two scholarships yearly – the Vern Bryant and the Fran Walker – to graduating seniors attending a Florida college or university.
Any high school senior in the Florida Theatre Conference region who is planning to attend a Florida college or university with the intent of majoring in Theatre Arts is eligible to apply for the scholarship. Students interested in applying may download the form. Each recipient of a scholarship will receive $1,000.00 which will be forwarded by the Florida Theatre Conference directly to the college or school that has accepted said recipient. The scholarship must be claimed within a one-year period. The scholarship is not renewable.
The awarding of the Vern Bryant and Fran Walker Scholarships are based on:
- Theatre participation and extra-curricular activities
- The potential for academic success in college
- Scholastic average
If you have students who wish to apply for the scholarship, simply complete the online resume and download the form package at the left, which includes information for the project and reference forms. Deadline for completed scholarship packages in the FTC main office is October 1st.
VERN BRYANT was not a drama teacher or theatre director. He taught shop and marine biology. He retired from the Pinellas County School System in 1997. He was, however, a teacher to all who knew him. He was a teacher of life, a teacher of understanding and love. He touched all who came in contact with him, the big, the small, the young and the old. He possessed a special gift. He never met a stranger and was never critical of another human soul. The Florida Theatre Conference and the camaraderie shared with the FTC Board of Directors and general membership were very special to Vern. He enjoyed being the “gopher,” always lending a helping hand, stuffing packets, picking up trophies, delivering lunches to the adjudicators, loading and unloading scenery, running to procure a lost prop or repairing a broken piece of scenery for whoever, whenever. All theatre programs wish for such a talented volunteer and many in the Florida Theatre Conference were lucky to have him, hovering backstage or sitting in the back row, ready to take up the slack. “As does the wind to the smallest flowers, we too plant seeds of love into others’ souls to bloom.” This scholarship enables Vern’s seeds of love to continue to grow.
FRAN WALKER was a community theatre advocate. She began her love of theatre in Toccoa, Georgia, teaching elocution in the public schools. She often said, “If you can’t understand an actor, he or she should not be on stage.” She attended Georgia College for Women, graduating with a degree in theatre. Her work in community theatre started in Vicksburg, Mississippi, with the Vicksburg Little Theatre’s famous Riverboat Meller-Drammer, still being performed there today. From Mississippi, Fran moved to Pensacola where she worked with the Pensacola Little Theatre. She served in every capacity, from actor to director, from stagehand to board member. One of her proudest moments was the opening of the cultural center in Pensacola, transforming the historical Pensacola courthouse to a performing center, home of PLT. She had spearheaded the capital campaign for the funding of the venture. Fran began her work with FTC in the early 1970s. She was one of the first life members, and was treasurer for more than a decade. She was also active with the Southeastern Theatre Conference and was always willing to serve when called upon.
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