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Auditions and performances


The Festival Opportunities Guide (FOG) describes all of the audition and performance opportunities for students during Thespian Festival. The FOG contains the rules and deadlines for the following:

College auditions
Rising seniors have the opportunity to prepare for college by auditioning for admission and financial support in front of more than forty-five college and theatre programs.

See page 4 of the Festival Opportunities Guide.

Thespian Scholarship auditions

Graduated seniors have the opportunity to audition for more than $20,000 in scholarships offered by the International Thespian Society.

See page 4 of the Festival Opportunities Guide.

Festival main stage
Experience the beauty and excitement of live theatre. Each morning, the Festival begins with main stage shows, seen by the entire delegation, with more main stage offerings in the evening. Main stage shows are selected by a team of adjudicators.

Shows invited to the 2014 Festival main stage to date are:

Smokey Joe’s Café presented by Troupe 3860, Jeffersonville High School, Jeffersonville, Indiana
Three Sisters presented by Troupe 5869, Denver School of the Arts, Denver, Colorado
Fiddler on the Roof presented by Troupe 1539, Edina High School, Edina, Minnesota
Catch Me If You Can presented by Troupe 4982, Bradford High School, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Of Mice and Men presented by Troupe 5273, Las Vegas Academy, Las Vegas, Nevada
Disney’s Mary Poppins presented by Troupe 5134, Green Valley High School, Henderson, Nevada
Time Stands Still presented by Troupe 69, Dubuque Sr. High School, Dubuque, Iowa
Violet presented by the Missouri All-State Cast and Crew
In the Heights presented by the Georgia All-State Cast and Crew

See page 8 of the Festival Opportunities Guide.

Chapter Select Showcase
Chapter Select Showcase is a venue open to forty-five minute one-acts that have been adjudicated at chapter conferences.

Shows invited to the 2014 Festival Chapter Select Showcase to date are:

The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon presented by Troupe 7057, Empire High School, Tucson, Arizona
Us and Them presented by Troupe 830, Pennsbury High School, Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania
Jack and Jill presented by Troupe 7206, Rock Canyon High School, Littleton, Colorado
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee presented by Troupe 4151, Blue Valley High School, Overland Park, Kansas
Minnesota Moon presented by Troupe 6186, Waverly High School, Waverly Nebraska
The Stonewater Rapture presented by Troupe 4274, Grinnell High School, Grinnell, Iowa
The Trench presented by Troupe 984, Liberty High School, Eldersberg, Maryland
The Amish Project presented by Troupe 1364, Great Falls High School, Great Falls, Montana
Drum Taps presented by Troupe 2536, Lake Central High School, Saint John, Indiana
Caged Birds presented by Troupe 5073, Thomasville High School, Thomasville, Alabama
The Jack Tales presented by Troupe 3131, Nettleton High School, Jonesboro, Arkansas
In Silence presented by Troupe 5727, Northwest Rankin High School, Flowood, Mississippi
The Last Five Years presented by Troupe 694, McLean High School, McLean, Virginia
And presented by Troupe 1378, Capital High School, Helena Montana
Monkey Do presented by Troupe 4182, Lexington High School, Lexington, South Carolina
Almost Maine presented by Troupe 7929, Indian Trail High School, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Rabbit Hole presented by Troupe 6091, Hillcrest High School, Midvale, Utah
Vanities presented by Troupe 3627, Mountlake Terrace High School, Mountlake Terrace, Washington
Sure Thing presented by Troupe 7538, Wooster High School, Reno, Nevada
The Diary of Adam and Eve presented by Troupe 502, Martinsburg High School, Gerrardstown, West Virginia
Shadows presented by Troupe 2479, Franklin High School, Somerset, New Jersey
First Encounters of the Quirky Kind presented by Troupe 7444, Beacon Chapter High School for the Arts, Woonsocket, Rhode Island
God of Carnage presented by Troupe 6517, Chaska High School, Chaska, Minnesota
Sighting presented by Troupe 7125, Glencoe High School, Hillsboro, Oregon
David's Mother presented by Troupe 6154, Flower Mound High School, Flower Mound, Texas

See page 11 of the Festival Opportunities Guide.

Freestyle Theatre
Freestyle Theatre performances are one-acts between ten and thirty minutes long with minimal or no technical requirements. There is no adjudication. Performers can do anything from stand-up to drama to slapstick. 

Shows performing this year on the Freestyle Theatre stage are:

Language of Angels presented by Troupe 2523, Weaver Academy for Performing Arts, Greensboro, North Carolina
The Adventures of Rocky and Skye presented by Troupe 2273, Florence High School, Florence, Alabama
Medea: A Homegirl's Story presented by Troupe 3637, South Dade Senior High, Homestead, Florida
Canada At War presented by Troupe 3681, Widdifield Secondary School, North Bay, Ontario Canada
Eating Out presented by Troupe 4745, Blaine High School, Blaine, Minnesota
The Ballad of 423 and 424 presented by Troupe 5524, Santa Margarita Catholic High School. Rancho Santa Margarita, California
Too Much Light: 15 Plays in 30 Minutes presented by Troupe 5869, Denver School of the Arts, Denver, Colorado
This Is A Text presented by Troupe 6290, Labette County High School, Altamont, Kansas

See page 12 of the Festival Opportunities Guide.

National Individual Events Showcase (NIES)
The National Individual Events Showcase is an educational program that provides participants with constructive feedback on prepared theatrical material and technical designs. Selected students who achieve a “superior” rating during the NIES audition process perform in front of the entire Festival delegation.

See page 13 of the Festival Opportunities Guide.

Thespian Playworks
Thespian Playworks is a playwriting program and script development workshop for high school writers. Up to four plays will be chosen for workshop readings and development at Thespian Festival 2013. Students and adults attending Festival are encouraged to audition for parts in the Thespian Playworks performances.

See page 15 of the Festival Opportunities Guide.


Thespian Musicalworks

Musicalworks is a program designed to promote original musical writing by high school Thespians. It also gives student lyricists and composers the chance to workshop their creation with working professionals and student musical theatre actors. One or two opening numbers will be chosen for workshops and a performance during the National Individual Events Showcase. Students and adults attending Festival are encouraged to audition for parts in the performance.

See page 16 of the Festival Opportunities Guide.

Tech Challenge
The Tech Challenge spotlights technicians and backstage skills. Up to thirty teams can register to participate and are evaluated on accuracy, speed, and efficiency. The top two teams become the technical team for the National Individual Events Showcase presentation. 

See page 3 of the Festival Opportunities Guide.