Alabama Thespians will have two performance slots available this year for Main Stage. This is an exciting opportunity for the selected schools and for the state thespian membership. We would like you to consider bringing your show to the State Thespian Festival!
Please review the information provided in this packet to decide whether or not your show would work in the performance spaces.
If accepted, a refundable deposit of $250 must be submitted to the Alabama Thespians no later than October 31 to secure performance slot at festival.
Schools who are selected for a main stage performance must register all performing and tech students and adults for conference (all students who are active in the production - front and backstage). No student will be allowed to perform at the conference that is not registered for the conference. The only exception to this will be student musicians performing in orchestras for musicals.
Our main goal is to provide festival attendees with as many performance opportunities and experiences as possible while at festival. It is for this reason we ask that schools not submit a show for main stage in two consecutive years. Any school who presented in the year prior will not be considered for main stage performance.
In the unlikely event that we do not receive enough submissions for mainstage, ALEdTA reserves the right to allow a school who presented in the previous year to submit an application for performance.
Main Stage performances will take place in the Pelham High School theatre.
Below is basic technical information for the space.
51’ x 30’
Dressing Room Availability
The full-service backstage offers dressing rooms and a green room.
General front lighting with forty-three ERS lighting fixtures to utilize, gels are not provided. The instruments cannot be moved from their hung position.
A professional CD player and multi-channel sound board are provided for sound effects and sound cues. The festival does not provide wireless microphones; this is the presenting school’s responsibility.
One technical support staff member from Pelham will be provided.
Loading Dock Access
Schools performing should bring colored gels if needed for their production, and all supplies needed to place those gels.
Main Stage Considerations
All scenery must remain on your truck until your load in time and must be removed from the theatre immediately following your performance.
Scenery cannot be screwed into the stage floor and no painting is allowed.
General “wash” lighting is provided for simple area lighting; you will not have the luxury of adding numerous lighting cues or specials. Schools should be able to identify a few specials, but your instrument choices and hang locations are limited.
Lighting Plot, special instrument schedule and cues should be clearly listed and organized.
Main Stage Tips and Tricks
If you are considering applying for main stage, please reflect upon the logistics of what it will take to move your show to Pelham High School.
You will have 1 hour to set up and 1 hour to strike. Please make sure you can do that safely in time allotted.
Make sure that you will have ample adult volunteers on hand the day of.
Triple check measurements of set to ensure appropriate moving truck size.
Tentative Load-In/Load-Out Schedule(A final schedule will be sent out no later than Jan.1)
Please be advised that your school should be prepared and organized for all aspects of the load-in, set-up, and strike so that you can maximize your ability to mount a successful show.
Strike takes place immediately after the performance. Cast, crew and all Main Stage equipment must be out of the theatre and completely loaded one hour after your performance ends. Additional charges can be charged to schools that do not vacate the building or fully strike and clean up the facilities.
An adult director and sponsor, registered for the Conference, must be present during the entire set-up and strike time. Students will not be allowed to work on their production without the supervision of a registered adult.
Each school is responsible for listening to and working with the house technicians and the Alabama Thespian Stage Managers. Any damages to the facility and/or equipment will be the sole responsibility of the school presenting. Alabama Thespians is not responsible for damage to the facility caused by groups, schools or organizations; damages will be billed back to the responsible parties.
Professional Behavior and Etiquette
Your organization is a representative of Alabama Thespians, as well as your school and school district; and therefore, a professional behavior, positive work atmosphere, and proper rehearsal etiquette are essential and expected at all times. Use of performance spaces is a privilege, and can be an extraordinary educational experience. Keep this in mind at all times.
Alabama Thespians provides a contact person that should be your “go to” source for any needed information and assistance. Any and all questions regarding your performance at festival must go through the performance coordinator.
Performance Coordinator: Mari Adams email@example.com
Main Stage Checklist for submission:
______ I have registered my cast, crew, and chaperones
______ I have submitted proof of performance rights
______ I have completed the online application
______ I have confirmed that if selected I will immediately send a check made payable to
Alabama Thespians for $250 (refundable deposit)
For any concerns or questions please contact the Chapter Director, Troy Taylor. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com