FESTIVALS


Each year, nearly 70 schools perform and compete in our High School and Middle School Theatre Festivals. All forms of theatre performances (plays, ensemble pieces, play cuttings, adaptations, original scripts, etc.) are eligible and are encouraged to participate. Each entry shall be evaluated independently with regard to its achievement of goals appropriate to a particular form of theatre. The festival should be used as a catalyst for motivating students to do their best work.


High School

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HSTF Documents

Overview

The 2019 High School Theatre Festival (HSTF) competition will be held in two theatres at the Marriott Waterside. Festival enties will perform throughout Thursday, Oct. 31st and Friday, Nov. 1st, culminating with the top six (6) schools performing as finalists on Sunday morning.

Saturday will be dedicated to professional development, world-class speakers and workshops, master classes, the MSTF, and other fantastic opportunities for you and your students.

Virginia Theatre Association’s annual High School Theatre Festival is the only one in the state in which all schools, public and private, from all divisions, can meet, greet and compete. Students will learn how to take a show “on the road,” then adapt for a main-stage performance in the finals.

General Competition Summary

  • Schools are allotted a 45-minute period for its stage set-up, performance, and strike.

  • Schools are also allocated a two-minute period to preset in the wings.

  • Each set of adjudicators watches all the performances in one of the three theatres and selects plays as finalists.

  • At the awards banquet on Saturday evening, all trophies for acting, honorable mentions, and technical achievement, as well as any judges’ awards, will be given.

  • Judges will provide written critiques and score sheets to each school.

  • Six finalists will be announced on Saturday evening at the awards ceremony.

  • On Sunday morning, all six finalists perform a second time and the winner will be announced immediately after the finals.

  • The top two schools receive monetary awards towards their cost of taking their production to the Southeastern Theatre Conference Convention

How to enter

In order to participate, Directors must secure their school a spot in their festival using the Play Entry Form* and pay a non-refundable play entry fee of $200, of which $100 will be applied to your student registration invoice.

Play entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A waiting list will be formed once the limit for entries is reached. Entries will be accepted until August 21, 2019. VTA will only accept schools for the competition once both the entry form AND entry fee are received.

On September 2, Registration will open and schools must also complete and submit a Group Registration Form and Playbill Information Form.

*Please note by filling out the online form you are verifying your school principal has agreed upon the presentation of your selected piece and participation in the festival.

Scheduling of the competition will take place after the entry deadline has passed. Schools accepted for competition that cancel forfeit their play entry fee. When you receive the Secondary Schools Division High School Theatre Festival Handbook, please read over the Handbook in order to better familiarize yourself with the HSTF at that time. Please note the technical requirements, role of the director, and the appendix which gives more information for those who go on to participate in SETC.

Middle School

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MSTF Documents

Overview

The 2019 Middle School Theatre Festival (MSTF) competition will be held in one theatre at the Marriott Waterside. Festival entries will perform throughout the day on Saturday, Nov. 2nd culminating with a MSTF Awards Ceremony that evening.

General Competition Summary

  • Each school is allotted a 45-minute period for its stage set-up, performance, and strike.

  • The awards ceremony will be Saturday evening; individual and team awards will be given at this time. The top scoring teams will receive additional recognition.

  • Judges will provide written critiques and score sheets

  • A post-mortem judge will be provided. The post-mortem judging has been streamlined and will have a more consistent format for feedback.

How to enter

In order to participate, Directors must secure their school a spot in their festival using the Play Entry Form* and pay a non-refundable play entry fee of $130, of which $50 will be applied to your student registration invoice.

Play entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A waiting list will be formed once the limit for entries is reached. Entries will be accepted until August 21, 2019. VTA will only accept schools for the competition once both the entry form AND entry fee are received.

On September 2, Registration will open and schools must also complete and submit a Group Registration Form and Playbill Information Form.

*Please note by filling out the online form you are verifying your school principal has agreed upon the presentation of your selected piece and participation in the festival.

Scheduling of the competition will take place after the entry deadline has passed. Schools accepted for competition that cancel forfeit their play entry fee. When you receive the Secondary Schools Division High School Theatre Festival Handbook, please read over the Handbook in order to better familiarize yourself with the MSTF at that time. Please note the technical requirements and role of the director.