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The Board of Directors of Florida Thespians voted to remove the list of titles the students can choose from for their technical events.

 

This was for a few reasons: It brings us closer in line with EDTA and their events so students can participate in the International Thespian Excellence Awards at the National level. It offers students a chance to find titles and themes that appeal to them. Finally, it gives students a chance to be inclusive in their play selection, so we can reflect our diverse student body in Florida.

Costume Design

RULES

  1. The student must present three (3) character renderings. These may represent three (3) different characters and/or may follow a single character through several appropriate changes.

  2. Computer assisted design is acceptable.

  3. Each design must be executed in full color and displayed on a 10″ x 15″ white display board. The display board cannot be mounted on any other surface. All figures must be 10″ tall. Children and unique characters may be varied in size but need to be in proportion to the 10″ high standard. The base of the figure should be 3″ from the lower edge of the board. A human figure may be traced to use as a template upon which a costume creation may then be placed. Tracing of a costume outline or silhouette is unacceptable.

  4. The board should be labeled in the following manner:

    1. Upper Left hand corner: Name of the show and author.

    2. Upper Right hand corner: Name of the character, act, and scene.

    3. Lower Right hand corner: Student’s name and troupe number.

  5. The character renderings may or may not have drawn faces.

  6. The student must attach fabric swatches, measuring a minimum of 2″x2″, by the top edge of the swatch only. Mount the swatch on the right side of the presentation board so that the swatch may be lifted and felt to evaluate appropriate fabric texture, draping ability, weight, grain, etc.

  7. The student must present a justification of the designs. Note cards may be used.

  8. Only one student may be involved in the set of designs. NO COLLABORATION.

  9. All artwork used must be the original work of the entrant.

  10. The event will not exceed ten (10) minutes. The student presentation is not to exceed five (5) of these ten (10) minutes.

  11. A bibliography is required documenting all resources used including but not limited to written and electronic sources. The bibliography must be in MLA style. Events will be disqualified if there is no bibliography presented.

Costume Adjudication Sheet

Make up Design

   1. Only ONE entrant may be involved in the design process and each design should be the student’s own work. No                         collaborations are allowed.

  2. The student must select THREE SEPARATE characters from the INDIVIDUAL play and present an Instructional Face Chart and        Color Photo (head shot) for each. Professional stage makeup (Mehron, Kryolan, or comparable.) is the preferred medium          whenever possible.

Face Chart:

  1. Use the BLANK face chart provided on the website printed on card stock.  

  2. Face charts must show instruction and design for the makeup as if it were to be given to an actor for application. A full      rendering is optional but instruction such as color, texture, lining & special effects placement, etc. are mandatory. 

Photos: 

  1. Photos of the completed makeup application may be 8 x 10 glossy/matte finish or may printed on card stock to match      the face chart size. Regardless, the chart and photo should be centered and mounted neatly and the overall presentation should maintain a professional appearance. 

  2. Each face chart and corresponding photo should be mounted together on black display board that is 14” x 22” (This size    provides the needed area to mount both pieces centered uniformly with a 2” border.) Only one set (chart/photo) per          display board is allowed and display boards may not be mounted to any other surface. (Black foam-core is appropriate for display boards and this size will require modification of the standard sizes available. ) 

Presentation:

      On the bottom right corner of each presentation board there should be a Title Block with the following information: 

      The Title Block should be 5” x 2”, typed and printed on card stock as in the above example and neatly attached to the                presentation board.  

 
    Show Title and Author 

   Character Name, Act and Scene 

   Designer’s (Student) Name and Troupe Number 

   Accompanying the design presentation should be a notebook containing the following: 

   ✦ The designer’s concept statement (one paragraph) which supports the design choices. 

   ✦ A typed, step-by-step instruction sheet which could be given to an actor for application purposes along with the                       aforementioned face chart. 

       (Note: These instructions should be simple to follow and free of technical jargon.) 

   ✦ Script and research imagery that supports design choices should be included and may be used as a reference for the           actor in the application process. 

   ✦ The designer must present a verbal justification of the designs. Note cards may be used. Budgetary consideration will not         effect adjudication. 

   ✦ The presentation will be five (5) minutes and the overall session will not exceed ten (10) minutes, including setup and Q &        

 

Things to consider: 

   Does the design visually reinforce the mood, style, character and theme of the play? 

   Are face charts clearly labeled so an actor could apply this makeup? 

   Is the design justified by the script and your research? 

Makeup Adjudication Sheet

Scene Writing

RULES

  1. The script must be the original work of one current student OR the collaborative work of no more than two current students from the same thespian troupe. 

  2. The text must contain dialogue and have two characters ONLY.

  3. Script length must be a minimum of (3) TEXT pages and a maximum of (5) TEXT pages (excluding title, and optional second page.)

  4. All text must be in: Times New Roman, Palatino, or Courier font.

  5. Scripts must be saved as a PDF file and emailed to the District Festival Chair or Junior Thespian Chair per the given instructions for the festival. It is the responsibility of the playwright(s) and troupe director to ensure the safe, complete, and timely transmission and receipt of all necessary digital documents. No paper copies of the script will be accepted.

  6. The first page of the script will be the TITLE PAGE, including information relating to the title, playwright(s), troupe director, troupe number, school name, and completion date, and will be arranged according to the Florida Junior Thespian guidelines.

  7. The (optional) second page of the script will be the SYNOPSIS PAGE, including character list and/or breakdown (male/ female), floor plan, a forty- to sixty-word summary of the play, any other information the playwright(s) deem(s) necessary to understanding the script, and will be arranged according to the Florida Junior Thespian guidelines.

  8. All successive pages of the script will be the TEXT PAGES and will include the actual text for the scene and will be arranged according to the Florida Junior Thespian guidelines.

  9. The script will contain only pages specified by the Florida Junior Thespian guidelines. It is most important, however, that each script have consistent formatting within itself.

  10. A script that is improperly formatted is in violation of the specified Florida State Junior Thespian guidelines and is subject to disqualification prior to adjudication.

  11. Judges may make comments in the margins of the scene, on the evaluation for, and/or during the verbal adjudication.

  12. The student may not submit a scene that has been previously adjudicated by Florida Junior Thespians. The scene must be original work.

  13. The event will not exceed ten (10) minutes. The playwright(s) will introduce their scene followed by a discussion with the judges. Observers may be in the room for this event.

Standard Elements for Stage Plays

Type setup:

  • Font. Times New Roman, Palatino, or Courier. Size 12.

  • Spaces. Proper typesetting dictates ONE space after periods.

Styles setup:

  • CHARACTER. All Caps. Centered on the page. A single space hard return after.

  • Dialog. Left justified. Left indent to allow for binding (1.5″) and One inch from right margin (1″). 

  • SCENE HEADING  Use all caps, center with no indent.

  • Stage Action.  Action is centered and extends to the right margin. Action that is reliant on dialogue is left indented to left of the Character name.

 

Click the links below for formatting tips and options:

Dramatists Guild Modern Format for Plays

Play Formatting Example (Word)

Play Formatting Example (PDF)

Title Page Example (PDF)

Second Page Example (PDF)

Playwrighting Adjudication Sheet

Publicity Direction 

RULES 

The following materials are to be presented: 

  1. Poster design on 11 x 17 paper 

  2. Ticket design 

  3. Program design and full layout of no less than four pages 

  4. Two press releases: an information article and a feature article 

  5. A proposal for a promotional project 

  6. A budget for the publicity campaign and justification of expenses (Note: this budget may be designed for the publicity campaign of a high school, community theatre, or professional production. You are are asked to note which of the three you are designing. Your work will be judged on how you spend the money.) 

  7. Computer aided design is acceptable. 

  8. The student must present justifications of the designs. Note cards may be used. 

  9. Only one student may be involved in the design. NO COLLABORATION. 

  10. All artwork used must be the original work of the entrant. 

  11. The event will not exceed ten (10) minutes. The student presentation is not to exceed five (5) of these ten (10) minutes. 

  12. A bibliography is required documenting all resources used including but not limited to written and electronic sources. The bibliography must be in MLA style. The event will be disqualified if no MLA style bibliography is presented. 

Publicity Design Adjudication Sheet

Scene Design 

RULES 

  1. The student must construct an original, three-dimensional model OR perspective rendering executed to the scale of EITHER 1/4″ = l’0″ OR 1/2″ = l’0″ showing the set and its relationship to the theatrical space. Renderings and/or models must be done for at least one set required in the production. 

  2. Computer assisted design is acceptable. 

  3. At least one figure must be included in the rendering or model to show proportion and scale. 

  4. The student must draw a floor plan to the same scale which justifies the storage and shifting for ALL sets in the show. 

  5. The set is to be designed for a stage with a proscenium opening of 38′ w x 20′ h, an apron 6′ deep, and wing space. The stage has a maximum depth of 30′ from the proscenium line to the back wall with a wing measuring 15’x30′ on each side. The proscenium arch and wing space must be represented in the model. 

  6. The student must present a justification of the design. Note cards may be used. 

  7. Only one student may be involved in the design. NO COLLABORATION. 

  8. All artwork used must be the original work of the entrant. 

  9. The event will not exceed ten (10) minutes. The student presentation is not to exceed five (5) of these ten (10) minutes. 

  10. A bibliography is required documenting all resources used including but not limited to written and electronic sources. The bibliography must be in MLA style. The event will be disqualified if no bibliography is presented. 

  11. Budgetary consideration will not affect adjudication. 

Scene Design Adjudication Sheet

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