Florida Theatre Conference

Middle School Division One-Act Play Registration Form

All registration forms must be received in the FTC office by October 1st. Late registrations will be accepted through October 14th, however a late penalty will be assessed.

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Middle School One-Act Festival Rules and Guidelines

The Board of Directors of the Florida Theatre Conference has adopted these rules and guidelines to provide you and your students a safe theatre experience.

No eating of food is allowed backstage, in the dressing/makeup rooms, or hallways of any theatre on the SFC campus.

Festival Performance Date: The Middle School Festival performances are on Friday, November 4, 2016, starting at 9:00am. Performance time slots are offered on a first come, first served basis.

Deadline: The deadline for completing all registration forms is October 1, 2016. Late registration forms will be accepted through October 14, however a modest late fee will be assessed. Payment in full is due to the FTC main office by October 14, 2016.

Play Selection: A participating school may select from all types of plays, musicals, and musical revues. Plays may be one-acts, or cuttings from a full-length work. The play may be a published work or an original piece. Play selection must be appropriate for all ages and acceptable to your school’s principal. A participating school must secure production rights from the author or publishers, and are responsible for paying any royalty fees required. Proof of the performance rights are submitted with the application. The Florida Theatre Conference shall in no case be held responsible for any faults that may occur in royalties. The publishing company shall be included as part of the FTC Festival program.

Time Limit: The time limit for the Festival performance is 40 minutes.  Troupes are also allotted 5 minutes to set the stage, and 5 minutes to clear the stage to the wings (must include cleaning the stage floor), for a total of 50 minutes. The five minutes begins and ends at the direction of the FTC Stage Manager (FSM).  The FSM will confirm that the troupe is at places, and announce “Troupe 99999 may begin” to start the play and official timekeeping.  “Clear” will be called when set, props, etc, are moved back to the pre-set position and the actors have moved to the wings.

Arrival and Set-up: A check-in time is sent to the school coordinator after the registration has been accepted and a performance time is determined. A check-in time will be approximately 2 hours prior to the performance. Upon arrival, a school will be asked to unload any set pieces to a designated backstage area, and move any costumes to their assigned dressing room. Only one dressing room is assigned to a participating school.

Post-Performance: All production materials must be returned to the assigned storage space before returning to the dressing room. At that time, the professional Respondents are allotted fifteen minutes for oral and written critiques. If any school exceeds the 50-minute time allotment, that school’s production may not be considered for the Outstanding One-Act award.

Tech: FTC will provide the following set pieces:Six 17”x17”x17” cubes that are weight bearing

  • One standard 6’ white folding table
  • Four folding chairs for sitting only (no standing)
  • All other set, hand or furniture props must be provided by each participating school. Each school must also provide their own costumes, make-up, sound cues, and sound effects.
  • No individual spiking of the stage is allowed. Center stage will be clearly marked.
  • Schools must adhere to the regulations of the state fire codes.
  • Each participating school must provide a knowledgeable staff member, parent, or student capable of calling the lighting and sound cues. It is recommended that a script with detailed cues is used during the performance.
  • Theatrical lighting cues are allowed within the limitations of the place of performance, and the equipment provided by Santa Fe College and the E-Auditorium Theatre. These limitations are listed in the E-Auditorium Technical Information Packet, found on the Middle School page of the FTC website. The SFC Lighting Director does not recommend using programmed lighting cues due to short prep time. Shows need to be run “on the fly” as SFC cannot promise time for programming. The SFC Lighting Director can provide ample amounts of control from sub-masters, and will be present to help light board operators navigate the board. Any special lighting needs must be supplied by the participating school and placed within the specified time allotment. Approval must be at least two weeks in advance of performance by Santa Fe College.

Sound amplification: the performance stage includes two floor or directional microphone, and two hanging microphones. Two Lavalier and/or two hand-held microphones may be rented.

  • Music and/or sound cues are provided exclusively by the troupe. Laptops are preferred, but cues can be provided on a CD or USB drive. An auxiliary cord is available.
  • A knowledgeable teacher, parent, or student are requested to run all music and/or sound cues

Open Flame/Pyrotechnics: Open flame or pyrotechnic effects of any kind are not permitted without specific, written consent of the Santa Fe College Theatre Manager at least two weeks prior to performance. These effects require the presence and direct supervision of a licensed pyrotechnician.

Special Effects: All “special effects” including but not limited to pyrotechnics, open flame, smoke, fog, gun shots (live or recorded), water, or strobe light effects must be cleared through the Santa Fe college Theatre Manager at least two weeks in advance of performance.

Weapons: The use of any weapons of any kind must be approved in writing by the Santa Fe College Theatre Manager or Technical Director. They also must approve the overnight storage arrangements. All weapons must be “stage prop” weapons – all blades dulled and all guns must be blank-firing weapons only. These restrictions also apply to “toys” used as props, but that resemble real weapons. Notification and approval must be completed at least two weeks prior to performance.

Stage Dimensions: A detailed floor plan showing the size and the arrangement of the E-Auditorium performance stage is provided by FTC on its website in a .pdf format. Stage crews will be furnished by the performing venue (Santa Fe College), and will work with the director, cast, and crew of each participating school. Each school must be responsible for setting, striking, and cleaning the area for its own production.

Programs:  Each participating school must bring at least five copies of a show program to the performance. These programs will be provided to the judges and FTC staff.  The program must list complete names of cast members and characters, as well as crew and their positions. The program’s purpose is to frame the production for the judges and to clearly identify individual students.  School names as well as advertisements may appear in the program. Programs may be provided by the troupe to audience members at the performance.

Respondents: Two professional Respondents watch each production, and provide a private, oral response immediately following individual performances. The FSM monitors all technical aspects of the production, and provides additional information to the Respondents, if needed.

Awards: After viewing all productions, the Respondents determine awards in multiple categories, including Outstanding One-Act, Outstanding Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, and inclusion in the All-Star Cast. Additional awards may be awarded. Awards are given at the Closing Ceremonies on Saturday evening. Awards decisions are final.

Questions may be directed to Middle School One-Act Play Festival chair Sara Skinner-Probst, or to Steve Bayless, FTC Executive Director. Contact information can be found on our contact page.

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