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Published August 2023
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ITF’s Chapter Select Showcase includes a robust lineup of short performances from around the world. Performances may be one-acts, cuttings from full-length productions, reader's theatre, dance, mime, comedy, drama, etc.
To be considered for Chapter Select Showcase, short performances must be adjudicated at chapter festivals/conferences. Chapters then recommend one top-scoring short performance from their chapter festival/conference to perform at ITF. A limited number of performance slots at ITF are available and filled on a first come, first serve basis. A performance slot is only secured when all acceptance materials, including proof of performance rights, have been received.
Chapters are encouraged, though not required, to adjudicate short performances using Chapter Select Rubrics. Please check with your chapter director to learn more about the adjudication process and how your troupe may qualify..
If your troupe is not part of an active chapter, visit itf.schooltheatre.org to learn about other performance opportunities.
Chapters are encouraged, though not required, to follow international guidelines for adjudication and selection process.
Any Thespian troupe in good standing with the parent organization (the International Thespian Society and Educational Theatre Association) is eligible for the Chapter Select Showcase at ITF.
Short performances must be adjudicated at their chapter festival/conference and recommended by their chapter.
Troupes must adhere to production requirements and specifications outlined in this guide.
Troupes must be available to present their productions on any of the scheduled ITF dates. Due to the large number of variables surrounding festival scheduling, requests for certain days and/or venues cannot be honored. The ITF staff and production team determine the schedule and assign venues for each production in coordination with the host venue. Troupes will be notified of their performance date in advance so they may secure licensing agreements for the performances. If chosen, directors must provide proof of licensing agreements and insurance certifications for the planned main stage performance.
To give as many troupes as possible the chance to perform at ITF, troupes may not perform on the main stage and in the Chapter Select Showcase in the same year.
Troupes presenting in the Chapter Select Showcase will be allotted one hour for set, performance, and strike. Our recommendation is 10 minutes to set, 45 minutes to perform, and 5 minutes to strike.
|Visit https://itf.schooltheatre.org/chapter-select.cfm for Chapter Select participation deadlines
Chapters are responsible for training and recruiting adjudicators to score performances at their own regional events. Chapters may use the rubrics below to score performances. Check with your chapter director for specific details about the adjudication process in your chapter.
The full rubric, an overall score, and written feedback from the adjudicators should be shared with each director once the adjudication is complete.
Adjudicators should disclose any conflicts of interest prior to screening a production and should not be assigned to screen a production should any of the following conflicts of interest arise:
After an eligible short performance is recommended for the Chapter Select Showcase, troupe directors will receive a link to the acceptance form from EdTA. Troupe directors must submit their completed acceptance form, technical requirements, and proof of performance rights by the submission deadline in order to be included in the Chapter Select Showcase lineup.
A performance slot is only secured when all acceptance materials, including proof of performance rights, have been received.
Once the acceptance form is received, troupe directors will receive instructions via email with details about presenting their production at ITF.
If acceptance forms are not submitted by the deadline, then the recommended short performance will not be scheduled.
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The use of all technical equipment will be supervised by ITF, IU and IATSE personnel.
Each performing troupe must provide an individual who will be responsible for providing the appropriate cues.
General area lighting is available (up/mid/down right; up/mid/down left; up/down/true center) as clear, cool, and warm washes. Special lighting effects are not available. A follow spot is not available. A production may include special lighting instruments if they can be set and struck within the time limit. Such instruments must be approved in advance by ITF staff and should be included in the acceptance form.
Audio playback, amplification, and speakers are available. Groups may use their own MP3 player, iPod, iPad, or laptop through the provided sound system and must provide their own operator for the playback device. The operator may be a student or adult as assigned by the production. All playback devices must have 3.5mm / 1/8 in.” or USB audio output options. The use of microphones is not permitted.
All projectors must be set and struck within the time limit. In addition, the following rules apply:
If your production contains a gunshot or other loud noise, you must indicate so on your acceptance form. No smoke, haze, or pyrotechnic effects will be permitted.
Costumes/Make-up: Troupes should arrive for their performance as close to show ready as possible. Dressing rooms are not available.
A prop is any item that will fit through a single door and is carried on- or offstage by a single person during the performance. Limit size and number of props to only those essential to the plot of your production should be used. Props, costumes and make-up must be furnished by the performing troupe.
Set pieces and flats are not permitted. Please review the list of set pieces provided and be sure to indicate on your acceptance form which pieces you wish to use and how many, if there are more than one available.
To support our teachers and provide a safe performance experience, EdTA and ITF have partnered with the United State Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) to provide stage safety resources and educational materials. The following standards must be reviewed and adhered to by any program performing onstage at ITF:
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