We are excited your troupe would like to participate in the 2017 Chapter Select Showcase as part of the Alabama Thespian Festival. The showcase will take place on Saturday, February 25 in The Pelham High School Performing Arts Center. After reviewing the included information, if you have any remaining questions or concerns, please feel free to email me anytime. Again, congratulations in advance to you and your troupe for all your hard work. We look forward to hosting you in February!
Chapter Select Coordinator
Participating in the Chapter Select Showcase
To apply, please fill out the form at the following link:
Note: To give as many schools as possible the chance to perform at Festival, schools may present in only one Festival venue: main stage, Freestyle Theatre, or the Chapter Select Showcase. If your school is performing in the Chapter Select Showcase then your school cannot perform as part of Festival main stage.
Chapter Select stages up to five shows throughout Saturday at Festival. Each show has forty-five minutes to perform, ten minutes to set, and five minutes to strike. Participants must be registered for the entire Festival weekend.
Lighting: General area lighting is available (stage right, stage left, up center, center, and down center stage) as well as blue and amber washes. Special lighting effects are not available.
Sound: The theatre will provide a CD player, amplification, and speakers. Mics are not permitted in this venue.
Sets and props: A prop is any item that will fit through a single door and can be carried by a single person. Set pieces are anything bigger. Hand props are items carried onstage by an actor in one hand. Set pieces and flats are not allowed if troupes wish to be considered for Alabama Chapter Select Winner. Set pieces are allowed for those who wish only to be considered for Best in Showcase.
Chapter Select Policy:
1. ALL cast members and members of the technical crew must be registered for festival.
2. Performance rights must be secured and submitted upon confirmation of participation.
3. Troupes cannot participate in the Chapter Select Showcase in consecutive years. Exceptions to this rule can be made in the event that all of the slots are not full once the deadline has been reached. No troup will be considered as the Alabama entry for International Chapter Select two years in a row.
4. Winners of the Trumbauer "Studio Select" showcase MAY compete in the Chapter Select Showcase, but they cannot use the same performance selection at Festival.
GUIDELINES AND REGULATIONS
Your time will start as soon as you begin loading in and will stop when you finish loading out. You will be penalized for any amount of time that exceeds 45 minutes performance time.
Please adhere to the times listed below. You may not move your play into the theatre prior to your time as no storage will be available.
Please clear your items from the dressing room into the green at the appointed time. You may leave your things in the green room during your performance.
You must have all of your items cleared from the performance area immediately following your show. We will not have storage space available.
Royalties:Troupes without a performance license or waiver on file will NOT be allowed to perform.
Published material: Troupes must secure written permission from the publisher for presentation at the Festival during Festival dates. Troupes are responsible for payment of royalties. Upon written request, some publishers will waive royalty fees for Festival performances.
Original works: Troupes must have a written statement of originality from the author/playwright—even if it’s you or one of your students—on file with the EdTA National Office.
Works based on non-dramatic material: Troupes must obtain permission to use said material from the publisher. This applies to textbooks, children’s books, novels, short stories, newspaper and magazine articles, etc.
Works translated from another language: Troupes must have written permission from the publisher of that translation. This applies to non-dramatic material as well as dramatic.
Music: Troupes must secure permission for all music used in a performance.
Cuttings: Troupes must secure permission to present a cutting from a play from the play’s publisher. The statement of permission must be attached to the Chapter Select Acceptance sheet.
Below is the rating system that ALEdTA utilizes for all festival performances.
Everyone (E): NO violence, mature staging, mature themes, or mature language
Low Maturity (LM): Contains mild cartoon or fictional violence; NO mature staging, mature themes, or mature language
Medium Maturity (MM): Contains realistic or intense fictional violence, crude humor, and/or minimal mature language.
High Maturity (HM): Contains realistic or intense fictional violence, suggestive humor, mature language and/or mature themes.
CHAPTER SELECT SCHEDULE: FESTIVAL 2017
*Please do not stay in the loading dock between your times as other groups will need access.
For any concerns or questions please contact the Chapter Director, Troy Taylor. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com