Freestyle means anything goes! All talents are welcome. Any school not performing in another venue at Festival may participate in Freestyle Theatre which takes place in the Pelham Choir Room on Saturday of Festival weekend. Each performance has between ten and thirty minutes with an additional ten minutes to set and five minutes to strike. Set and strike time may not be used as additional performance time. Possible performances include one act plays, cuttings from plays, readers’ theatre, dance, mime, stand-up comedy, magic, etc. Productions with small casts work best. Participants must be registered for the entire Festival weekend.
Royalties:Troupes without a performance license or waiver on file will NOT be allowed to perform.
Content: Show selection should contain NO foul language, mature staging, or mature content of any kind.
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 Freestyle Theatre Acceptance sheet.
Pre-performance: Troupes will not be given rehearsal time or space. One hour prior to their scheduled performance time, troupes should report to the Freestyle Stage Manager. Performers and directors are not allowed on stage until called by the Freestyle Theatre Stage Manager. Performers should be prepared to go on stage one half-hour prior to their scheduled performance time. There will be a Friday afternoon walk thru of the performance space and venue specifics will be posted on the website.
Tech: The Pelham Choir Room is a black box space with an open stage 20’ wide, 10’ deep, and seating for 100. Use of all Pelham technical equipment must be directly supervised by appropriate Pelham personnel. Each troupe must provide an individual responsible for executing light and sound cues.
Lighting: Only general area lighting is available in the Pelham Choir Room. Special lighting effects, colors, and follow spots are not available. Plan in advance which areas you would like to use (stage right, center, stage left) and general intensities of the stage lighting.
Sound: Alabama Thespian Festival will provide a CD player, mp3/iPod/computer input, amplifier and stereo speakers for use in the Pelham Choir Room as well as dimmable lighting. No microphones will be needed or provided. Groups may use their own “boom box” set at one-half to three-quarter volume for best results. If your production contains a gunshot or other loud noise, you must indicate this on the Freestyle Theatre Acceptance sheet. You must also post a notice regarding the noise in the lobby before your show (Festival will provide signs for your use), mention the noise in your program, and make an announcement about the noise prior to your show. When you arrive at the theatre, you must discuss the noise with the Freestyle Theatre Coordinator and receive permission to use the noise in your show. Alabama Thespians reserve the right to not allow any effects and noises deemed inappropriate.
Props, sets, and costumes: A prop is any item that can fit through a single door and be carried by a single person. Set pieces are anything bigger. Set pieces such as platforms, multiple step units, flats, and large furniture pieces are not allowed. Do not bring a van or truck full of props. Review the list of props provided and indicate on the Freestyle Theatre Acceptance form which props you wish to use and how many. Alabama Thespian Festival and the Pelham High School are not responsible for props, costumes, make-up, valuables, or any item not on the provided list. Limit the size and number of props you bring to what is essential. Costumes, make-up, and hand-props must be furnished by the troupe. Please remember you will not be provided a dressing room. Productions involving lavish sets, numerous props and costume changes, and complicated staging are not suitable for Freestyle Theatre. Absolutely no pyro, smoke, fog or open flame effects of any kind may be used. No messy food, drinks, props, fruit or other items may be used. No equipment requiring the use of large, heavy-duty extension cords is allowed.
Standard provided props: The pieces listed below will be provided. Please indicate the number of items you will need. Do not exceed the number of items listed.
piano (upright) 6 music stands
2 benches (backless) 3 stools (32′′)
1 park bench 6 cubes (black)
1 arm chair (not period) 8 stacking chairs
1 desk chair small wooden table (or similar)
Lighting areas: Standard areas will be lit with warm and cold washes. (US and DS Right, USC, DSC, US and DS Left)