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Rules and Regulations:


Each active Junior Thespian troupe is invited to produce a one act play to represent their school at their local District Festival each year. Qualifying one act plays may go on to perform at the annual Florida Junior Thespian State Festival.

  1. Entrees may come from published plays, original works, or cuttings from full length plays. Both musical and non-musicals are acceptable. Readers’ Theatre or Chamber Theatre pieces are not allowed.

  2. Only one entry per troupe at the District level is permitted. A one act play must receive an excellent or superior rating at the District level to be eligible as a State-selected play.

  3. Troupe directors must select material for festival that they would willingly perform in a public forum in their own districts and that is acceptable to their school principal. 

  4. There is a one-year performance moratorium on plays presented at the District and State Festivals.

  5. Proof of payment of royalties must accompany registration. Written permission for cuttings and/or original work must be included, if applicable.

  6. Each district will be able to showcase one (1) one act at the State Festival each year. 

  1. A working cell phone number must be supplied by each participating troupe director. The troupe director must remain available for communication during the entire section of time between the Stage Manager meeting and the time when the troupe vacates the dressing room/backstage area.

  2. Each troupe will be given a thirty-minute makeup and costume period in an assigned dressing room.

    1. Troupe directors (and up to 2 other adult designees) must remain in the dressing room with the troupe during their entire allotted time. Once the troupe is escorted backstage to the wings, the troupe director or adult designee(s) must leave the backstage area and move to the house to watch the performance from the audience.

  3. No costumes or stage makeup may be worn before entering the dressing room at each performing troupe’s assigned time on the day of the troupe’s performance.

  4. A troupe requiring more time to execute elaborate makeup, hair, or other business must indicate this request with their registration materials. This request should include an estimate of how much additional time will be needed and a description of why it will be needed. Permission will be granted based on this information.

  5. The director and stage manager of each one act are required to attend a Stage Manager meeting at the published time (light board and sound board operators are also invited to attend). This meeting will cover safety, operational, and technical elements; attendance is mandatory. 

  6. Following the Stage Manager meeting, troupe directors and their student stage managers may have 30 minutes to spike the stage using color-coded spike tape supplied by the festival staff.

    1. During the one act spike time, no set pieces or individual troupe items may be brought onstage.

  7. Running is forbidden anywhere in any venue.

  8. The stage wings, loading areas, dressing rooms, and/or backstage hallways may not be used as a rehearsal space.

  9. Do not loiter or assemble in loading areas or backstage hallways at any time.

  10. All troupe and personal items, including but not limited to props, set dressing, costumes, makeup, backpacks, etc. must be removed from the backstage areas and dressing rooms at the troupe’s scheduled time to vacate the dressing room/backstage area. Any items left in the dressing rooms will be discarded before the next troupe’s time in the room begins.

  1. The entire cast and crew may be on stage or designated area during the stage manager meeting (at a time to be announced prior to the Festival.) 

  2. The stage manager, light board operator, sound board operator, and troupe director should be present at the meeting.

  3. ONLY official troupe directors and registered cast and crew are permitted backstage. No chaperones are permitted backstage at any time.

  4. 15 minutes allotted for stage manager's meeting. 

Following the stage manager meeting, troupe directors and their student stage managers may have 30 minutes to spike the stage using color-coded spike tape supplied by the Festival Staff. During one act spike time, no set pieces may be brought onstage.

The Stock Set Pieces will be pre-set backstage in a row. Troupes may “move to the stage” any and all Stock Set Pieces they choose to use at “Five Minutes.” Any and all Stock Set Pieces must be restored to the pre-set backstage location before "clear" will be called.


Students must run all technical portions of the one act. 

  1. The student stage manager may call cues from backstage or a tech booth located front-of-house. 

  2. Each school must supply a student light crew member and sound crew member (if sound is used.) 

  3. All troupe directors are allowed to run sound/light boards for the one act event if they request this from the District Chair/One Act Coordinator and/or Junior Thespian Chair in advance and if the rented venue allows it. 

  4. The Sound and Light Plot for the venue will be provided to the state selected plays two weeks prior to the festival.

  5. AT DISTRICTS: Stage Lighting will be provided based on the limitation of the available venue.

  1. AT DISTRICTS: Stage Sound will be provided based on the limitation of the available venue.

  1. The use of smoke, fire, candles, fog effect, haze, or flame of any kind is prohibited. 

  2. No fly system or follow spot may be used. 

  3. An electrical outlet will be available stage left and stage right. 

  4. Properly rated extension cords must be provided by the troupe.


  1. The time limit for the one act performance is 40 minutes. 

  2. Troupes are also allotted 5 minutes to set the stage with the Stock Set Pieces and their own additional materials in full view of the audience. 

  3. Technical crew members and actors may also move to “places” at this time.

  4. No music, sound effects, or mood lighting may be used during this set up time. 

  5. The five minutes begins and ends at the direction of the One Act Coordinator. 

  6. The One Act Coordinator will confirm that the troupe is at places and announce “Troupe 8XXXX may begin” to start the play and official timekeeping. 

  7. “Clear” will be called when the entire set is moved back to the pre-set position and the actors have moved to the wings.


  1. At the Festival, every troupe must use the Stock Set Pieces provided by the Festival.

  2. The following Stock Set Pieces will be provided for use at District and State Level.

(2) 4’x8’ platforms, 1’-0” high
(2) 4’x4’ platforms, 1’-0” high
(4) 1’x1’ platforms, 1’-0” high
(2) 2' unit steps (6” risers and 12” treads)
(2) 4' unit steps (6” risers and 12” treads)
(2) 4' ramp (rises to 1’-0”)
(2) 4’ pylons (1’-0” square)
(2) 6' pylons (1’-0” square)
(2) 8' pylons (1’-0” square)
(6) 16"x16"x16" cubes-weight bearing
(1) 6' standard folding table
(1) folded card table

(16) armless chairs

  1. NO additional furniture may be used (chairs, tables, hat racks, carts, trees, etc.). 

  2. A troupe may use and/or add props and set dressing (fabric pieces, cushions, lamps, rugs, books) as they wish. 

  3. Bring your set dressing, props, etc. with you to the Stage Manager meeting to be checked for approval by the District Chair/One Act Coordinator.

  4. An area will be provided for you to store your set dressing, props, etc. until your performance. Once your performance is over, you will need to take all items with you.

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