CITA Secondary Theatre Festival

Festival Events

 

Download a PDF of the complete Festival Guidelines and Event Info

Want to know what the judges will be looking for? Take a peek at the adjudicator forms.

Very important: Performers and presenters who exceed the time and length limits, or otherwise do not adhere to event parameters, will be disqualified from competition for prizes.

Secondary Theatre Festival Event Rules 2020

 

Theatre:


Contrasting Monologues (CM)

Two one-minute contrasting monologues from two published plays. Neither monologue may exceed one minute. Students may introduce each monologue with title, playwright, and one sentence of pertinent exposition for each. The introduction will be part of the timed performance, which cannot exceed three minutes in its entirety. No costumes or hand props are allowed. A chair will be available. Judges may ask the competitor to repeat the performance of one monologue. This second performance will not be counted in the 3 minute performance time.


Shakespeare Monologue (SM)

A 15-20 line monologue from a Shakespeare play. The monologue can be sequential lines or one cut together from a play scene. Students may introduce the monologue with title, act, scene and one sentence of pertinent exposition. The introduction is part of the timed performance, which must not exceed 1 minute. No costumes or hand props may be used. A chair will be available. Judges may ask the student to perform the monologue a second time.


Duo Theatre (DT)

A 3-5 minute scene from a published play. The scene can be sequential lines or one cut together from the play. Students may introduce the scene with title, playwright, and one sentence of pertinent exposition. The introduction, set up and breakdown will all be part of the timed performance, which cannot exceed five minutes. Costumes and hand props may be used (no scenery). Two chairs will be available.


Ensemble Theatre (ET)

A 3-5 minute scene from a published play. The scene can be sequential lines or cut together from one specific scene with 3 or more students playing the characters. Students may introduce the scene with title, playwright, and a brief description of pertinent exposition. The introduction, set up and breakdown will all be part of the timed performance, which cannot exceed five minutes. Costumes and hand props may be used (no scenery). Two chairs will be available.


Musical Theatre:


Solo Musical Theatre (SMT)

Two vocal cuts from two different published musicals (or published pieces from a song cycle or cabaret) which demonstrate contrasting styles of performance: one up-tempo and one ballad or one serious and one comic, for example. Each SMT cut should be limited to 32 vocal bars. The cut may include up to eight additional measures of intro and play out of accompaniment. Each entire cut should not exceed 40 bars total. The entire performance including slate and songs must not exceed 4 minutes.

A live accompanist must be provided by the entrant. A piano will be available. Students may not perform a cappella or use a recorded track. No costumes, hand props, or set pieces may be used. A chair will be available. The student may make a brief introduction including titles of pieces and titles of shows.


Duo Musical Theatre (DMT)

A song from a published musical in which two actors sing within the performance. A live accompanist must be provided by the entrants. A piano will be available. Students may not perform a cappella or use a recorded track. Costumes and hand props may be used (no scenery). Two chairs will be available. Students should introduce the song with the title and a brief description of pertinent exposition. The entire performance including introduction and setup/break down may not exceed 5 minutes.


Small Ensemble Musical Theatre (SEMT)

A song from a published musical sung by 12 actors. All entrants must sing within the performance. A live accompanist must be provided by the entrants. A piano will be available. Students may not perform a cappella or use a recorded track. Costumes and hand props may be used (no scenery). Two chairs will be available. Students should introduce the song with the title and a brief description of pertinent exposition. The entire performance with setup and break down must not exceed 5 minutes.


Large Ensemble Musical Theatre (LEMT)

A song from a published musical sung by 13+ actors. All entrants must sing within the performance. A live accompanist must be provided by the entrants. A piano will be available. Students may not perform a cappella or use a recorded track. Costumes and hand props may be used (no scenery). Two chairs will be available. Students should introduce the song with the title and a brief description of pertinent exposition. The entire performance with setup and break down must not exceed 6 minutes.


Theatrical Design and Stage Management (TD)

Choose the drawings, models, photographs, and examples of your work that show your best skill and range in costumes, lighting, sets, properties, stage management or any combination of these. Prepare a presentation of your work not exceeding three minutes. You may cover anything you like, but we suggest that you use the time to talk the adjudicator through your approach to a particular production or two. Design presenters should set up one hour before the design portfolio review begins. Each designer will receive half (4’) of an 8’ table on which to set up. Adjudicators will have time to look through the displayed work before presentations begin. All festival attendees are welcome to attend design presentations and discussions.

 

Let us remind you again: Performers and presenters who exceed the time and length limits, or otherwise do not adhere to event parameters, will be disqualified from competition for prizes.

Subject to Change - check for updates September 1.

Festival Guidelines and Procedures

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Secondary Theatre Festival Guidelines & Procedures

  1. The festival exists to promote growth for student actors/designers and will provide workshops, mentoring opportunities, exposure to college and university theatre representatives, peer artist relationship building, and performance opportunities with feedback and adjudication in order to promote a well-rounded experience.

    ·     All pieces chosen for performance by contestants must be appropriate for viewing by a grade 6-12 audience. 

    ·    Please avoid obscene language, graphic content or questionable situations in your material. We want to provide a high-quality theatre experience in a family-friendly environment. 

    ·    Scores for a contestant or group will be reduced for unsuitable material. 

    ·    Please contact us if you have any questions.

    2. The registration deadline is January 4, 2020. 

    ·     Late registration will be accepted with a $50 late fee. 

    ·     Please note that there will be no refunds if you cancel after the deadline. 

    ·     Payment must be received by credit card with the online registration 

    3. Festival Eligibility: To compete in the CITA Secondary Theatre Festival, full-time students of public and private schools, as well as  full-time homeschool students, must meet the following criteria: middle school competitors must be in 7th or 8th grade or aged 12 by January 1 of the competition year, high school students must be in grades 9-12 and must not be over the age of 19 at the time of competition.  Students must not have participated in a high school graduation ceremony prior to the competition.  Competing students must be members of CITA, either as individuals, families, or organizations. If you are unsure if your school or church is affiliated with CITA, please contact your organization directly.

    4.  Our fee schedule has changed this year.CITA now offers exclusive member affiliation with many benefits. Please see our website at cita.org for affiliation requirements and fees.

    5. All meals and lodging are your responsibility; our college/university facilities offer lunch and dinner at a reduced rate.

    6. Register early to reserve spaces in your preferred events. Space in each event is limited and will be reserved for groups as they register online. Students may participate in multiple events. CITA reserves the right to close any event that reaches maximum registration. Wait lists will be created if events fill, and directors will be notified.

    7. Detailed schedules will be created once registration is closed and a schedule of performances will be available at the event.

    8. Check-in will open at 3 pm on the Thursday of the event for students not participating in the college auditions. Please do not arrive early. Auditioning students will be notified of the time at which they should arrive. Not every festival offers college auditions, so check the website for information.

    9. Warm-up rooms may be available for your use, depending on our host venues. You may use them for 15-minute non-consecutive time slots. Space is limited, so please be considerate of other contestants.

    10. Adjudicators will follow the criteria provided in the Festival Ballots. The top performers, chosen at the discretion of the adjudicators in each round, will perform in a final event at the end of the Festival. All decisions of the judges are final once the awards ceremony has begun. Any compliance issues must be reported as soon as possible to compliance staff at the event.

    11. Please note the time limits and rules for each event. Performances which do not adhere to these criteria will not be considered for inclusion in the final event.

    12. Once a contestant has begun her/his performance, the room will be closed and there will be no admittance or departure allowed until the performance has concluded.

    13. Student behavior – onstage, backstage, and in the audience – must be courteous at all times. Any disruptive behavior may result in disqualification and/or dismissal from the grounds.

 
 

Junior and Senior Showcase

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2019 Junior and Senior Showcase Guidelines

Download these guidelines in PDF format.

Our inaugural Junior and Senior Showcase will take place on Friday, February 1, beginning at 8:30pm, after the Ensemble Musical Theatre Competition in the main performance space at Carmel Christian School.

There is no additional charge to participate in the Showcase for students who are registered for the Festival. Students who are not part of the Festival may participate in the Showcase for a $20 fee, which includes admission to the Christian College Theatre Panel Discussion on Friday at 2:30pm and the Ensemble Musical Theatre Competition at 6:30pm.

Space in the Showcase is limited, so advance sign up online is recommended. However, students may sign up at the Festival registration desk, while spots are available, until the announced deadline.

Preparing for Acting/Singing:

  • You have 2 ½ minutes to perform, after 30 seconds to set up and introduce yourself. Prepare well, including timing your complete presentation. The material you use in the Showcase may be the same material you are using in the Festival competition, but it doesn’t have to be. You will be cut off if you go over time.

  • Only monologues and solo singing may be performed in the Showcase. We suggest performing two contrasting monologues – for instance, comic and serious, contemporary and classical, etc. This is a standard request in auditions to show the range of your abilities. The most important factor, though, is that your monologues are well-prepared and suited for you.

  • If you choose to sing, your song should make up no more than 1/3 of your time, so that you can also show your acting ability. You must use our accompanist, to help move the event along and make it more like a professional audition. Bring a well-marked copy of your accompaniment sheet music with you onstage, and use a portion of your 30 seconds of setup to talk with him about tempo and answer any questions he might have.

  • No props or costumes are allowed. One chair will be provided.

  • In your 30 seconds before beginning, you should set the chair (if you’re using it), talk briefly with the accompanist, then introduce yourself and your pieces. The timer for your 2 1/2 minutes will start when you begin performing, or at 30 seconds, whichever comes first.

  • Your introduction should go something like: “Hello, my name is _______ from [school/group and city], and I’ll be performing monologues from [character name] in [play name] and [character name] in [play name]. My song is [title] from [musical name].” That’s all. Do not give any additional information about the play, scene, or character. The college representatives and audience are less interested in the context of the play than they are in how you bring it to life. Your acting is what will make it make sense.

  • When you perform, place the imaginary person you’re talking to at a spot just above the audience’s heads so that they can see your face. Don’t look directly at the audience, and don’t look at a spot onstage where the listeners can’t see your face.

Preparing for Design Presentations

  • Participants will set up their displays in a designated area of the performance space before the Showcase. Choose the drawings, models, photographs, and examples of your work that show your best skill and range in costumes, lighting, sets, properties, stage management or any combination of these.

  • Prepare a presentation of your work not exceeding 3 minutes. You may cover anything you like, but we suggest that you use the time to talk about your approach on a particular production or two.

Creating your resume

If you’re interested in being considered for admission and scholarships for Christian college theatre programs, consider creating a resume and bringing 15 copies. Many great examples are available online, and you should ask your teachers for guidance.

Your resume should contain:

  • Your name, city, and state (do not include street address); and your parent’s name, email address, and phone number.

  • A high-quality photo that is a good likeness of you, to help the representatives remember who you are.

  • Your school affiliation, grade point average, and grade in school.

  • Theatre experience in your school, church, or community. Include the name of the play, your role in it, the month and year, and the producing organization. Do not include class projects of scenes from plays or one-acts unless you have little other theatre experience, and be sure that it’s clear on your resume that it was a class project and not a full production.

  • Include classes, clubs, or school activities pertinent to theatre, music, dance, design, and other arts interests.

  • Include other special skills, interests, awards, etc. These should be one-line bullet points – don’t go into more detail than necessary.

Interviewing with college representatives

College representatives will contact you by email or in person if they wish to schedule an individual interview on the Saturday of the Festival or at another time. Parents usually should not plan to attend interviews.

All individual interviews are held in public areas.

College reps might be interested in seeing an additional monologue or more photos from or information about shows you’ve designed or stage managed, if you have them prepared.