Florida Theatre Conference

Middle School Division

As the only Middle 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 Middle School students can interact with and observe members of the total theatre community. The 2018 Conference will be held from October 24, 2018 – October 27, 2018.

Middle School Division

FTC invites you to perform a one-act in the Middle School One-Act Play Festival at Florida Theatre Conference! Attending the Conference allows your students to move seamlessly from performing a one-act to participating in a multitude of exciting classroom-based workshops, and watching organized, full-scale theatre performances. Santa Fe College in Gainesville is once again hosting our Festival on their beautiful, centrally located, campus with free parking and a food court. FTC’s Middle School One-Act Play Festival performance guidelines align with Florida Junior Thespian guidelines, giving your students an excellent performance opportunity prior to District Thespians. Feedback from two FTC Respondents gives you constructive and encouraging advice on strengthening your production. The Middle School One-Act Play Festival “Rules and Guidelines” document can be found in the documents list to the left.

 Middle School One-Act Play Festival Details

  • Middle School theatre programs from around the state present their productions for an audience of conference attendees.
  • The Middle School One-Act Play Festival is on Friday, October 26, 2018, and housed in the SFC E-Building Auditorium Theatre.
  • Following each production, cast and sponsors meet privately with professional Respondents. This is a unique educational opportunity to have a positive, teachable experience with industry professionals.
  • Performing and attending FTC is an excellent opportunity to satisfy middle school theatre standards. NGSSS achieved include: 68.C.1.4; TH.68.C.1.2; TH.68.C.2.3; TH.68.H.1.2; TH.68.H.1.5; TH.68.H.1.6; TH.68.H.3.6, and more. A complete list of standards is available below.
  • On Saturday, Middle School division awards are presented at the Closing Ceremony, including awards for Outstanding One-Act, Outstanding Actor and Actress, and Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress. Additionally, an All-Star Cast is announced.
  • The Outstanding One-Act winner may be invited to represent Florida by performing their one-act at the Southeastern Theatre Conference. SETC typically takes place in early to mid- March.
  • Parents, relatives, and friends are encouraged to attend the Middle School One-Act Play Festival. Low cost day passes can be obtained at the registration desk for $10.00 each, which allows entry to the theatre for all Middle School One-Act Plays.

Deadline: The deadline for completing all registration forms is September 21, 2018. 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 1st.

Workshops: FTC workshops are led by professionals from every level of the performing arts, and are open to all festival attendees. Workshops are available at all levels of ability – beginning, intermediate, and advanced. Workshops include acting, voice, dance, stage combat, all areas of technical theatre and design, directing, and more.

Develop a strong, confident audition technique: A specialized, audition methods workshop geared toward middle school students gives young actors invaluable information in strengthening their monologues, songs, and callbacks. Date and time are found in the Festival program, distributed onsite at the Registration desk.

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, and forms can be found at the registration desk in the Fine Arts Hall.

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. Registration for this challenge is done in advance by completing the online submission form found on the left-hand side of this page.

College Fair: College and University representatives from across the nation are onsite at the conference to answer questions your students may have about arts programs, financial aid, and application to their schools. This could be the first opportunity for parents and students to begin thinking about what college their student might attend.

Performances: Included in your registration, you and your students will have access to the following, additional activities:

  • An opening night performance by Sarasota’s Asolo Conservatory Theater’s touring production. Immediately following the performance, the cast will have a talkback with the audience.
  • Theatre for Youth Play Festival featuring groups from around the state
  • High School One-Act Play Festival featuring top secondary school productions from around the state
  • Community Theatre Play Festival featuring professionally-produced productions from around the state
  • DraMature Senior Festival, featuring senior-citizen cabaret acts from around the state
  • 10-Minute Play Festival, featuring state college drama programs from around the state
  • An Inclusion Festival Showcase for students with special needs
  • Closing Ceremony. In addition to awards for all divisions, a musical performance by special guests

Housing: FTC has 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.

Transportation: FTC DOES NOT PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION to the Santa Fe College campus.The college provides free parking, including designated spaces for buses and trucks.

Day Passes: Day passes to the Middle School One-Act Play Festival are available for $10 for any interested family member. They may be purchased on the day of the Festival at the registration desk in the Fine Arts Hall. Day passes are for admission to the Middle School One-Act Play Festival plays only.

Additional activities for a nominal fee: Group entertainment options available on the Santa Fe College campus can include a visit to their teaching zoo or planetarium. These entertainment options are covered in more detail under the Festival tab on the main page.

Registration and Additional Information

You must register for both the Conference and the Middle School Once-Act Play Festival. Registration forms and the “Rules and Guidelines” page can be found in the list of links to the left. These forms can be submitted online, with a credit card payment option. If you are uncomfortable using online registration forms, a hard copy of the forms can be downloaded and printed. If you encounter difficulties, require a Purchase Order for payment, or have questions or concerns, FTC staff can be reached through our contact page (remember to click on registration when doing this), or by calling us directly at 727-544-8915.

The Group Registration Form found in the list of forms at the left includes the registration form with prices, and FTC’s policies and procedures. The Student Contract is found in the list of links to the left, and can be downloaded and reproduced. Please bring the signed contracts with you to the Registration desk when registering on-site.

If you want to enter your students in the Middle School One-Act Play Festival, you must complete the Middle School One-Act Play Registration Form, in addition to the general conference registration process. This form includes play registration and playbill information, along with rules and guidelines specific to the use of the E-Auditorium Theatre.The time limit for the Festival performances is 40 minutes. Troupes are also allotted 5 minutes to set the stage, and 5 minutes to clear the stage to the wings, for a total of 50 minutes. Use of the full 50 minutes is not required.

We hope you will join us for the sheer fun of this festival!

Present a Workshop at the Festival!

Each year more than 1,800 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 the Workshop Presentation Form


Middle School Group Registration Form
Online Form
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Middle Home School Registration Form
Online Form
Download the PDF

Student Contract
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One-Act Play Festival Application Form
Online Form Only

Workshop Registration:
“Tech Olympics”

Online Form Only

Florida State MS Theatre Standards
Download the PDF


Room E009, E Auditorium Theatre