Published October 2021
Bring the best performances from your chapter to ITF!
The Chapter Select Showcase highlights outstanding performances from chapters around the globe.
Chapters can recommend one top-scoring Thespian troupe short performance from their respective festivals/conferences for the Chapter Select Showcase lineup at ITF. Performances may be one-acts, cuttings from full-length productions, reader's theatre, dance, mime, comedy, drama, etc. Please check with your chapter director to learn more about how your troupe may qualify.
At least 20 chapter-selected short performances will be showcased at ITF 2022, and slots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
Chapter directors must submit their recommendations to EdTA by April 1, 2022.
*If your troupe is not part of a chapter, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about other performance opportunities.
|April 1, 2022||Chapter Select Showcase recommendation forms due.|
|April 8, 2022||Chapter Select acceptance forms due (must submit proof of rights with acceptance form).|
|April 15, 2022||Chapter Select Showcase lineup announced; once EdTA announces the full lineup, schools/troupes may announce publicly.|
|May 11, 2022||Deadline for troupes to register for ITF 2022|
Two types of productions will be considered for the ITF 2022 Chapter Select Showcase:
Chapters are responsible for training and recruiting adjudicators to score performances. Chapters may use 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.
Up to 20 live productions will be selected for the in-person ITF 2022 Chapter Select Showcase lineup. Up to 10 hybrid/video-enhanced productions will be selected for the ITF 2022 hybrid experience. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.Productions will be selected for the ITF Chapter Select Showcase based on the following factors:
The production presented at ITF – whether in-person or online – must be substantially the same production presented for adjudication.
Any changes to casting (emergency or otherwise) must be submitted and approved by the EdTA staff prior to the event. NOTE: Exceptions will be considered for incidents involving COVID-19 and corresponding restrictions.
Prior to ITF:
To submit and present a production at ITF, directors must:
The Chapter Select Showcase will be presented in the Ruth N. Halls Theatre, which houses a proscenium stage 34' wide x 30' deep. The theatre seats 443.
The use of all Ruth N. Halls technical equipment will be supervised by IU personnel. Each performing troupe must provide an individual who will be responsible for providing the appropriate cues.
Lighting: General area lighting is available (Up/Mid/Down right, Up/Mid/Down left, up center, center, and down center stage) as clear, cool, and warm washes. Special lighting effects are not available. A follow spot is not available.
Sound: The Festival will provide CD playback, amplification, and speakers. Groups may use their own MP3 player, iPod, iPad, or laptop through the festival sound system, but must provide their own operator for the playback device. All playback devices must have appropriate 3.5 mm/1/8” audio out or appropriate USB audio out options. Due to the limited amount of time allotted for set-up and strike, the usage of mics is not permitted in this performance venue.
Projections: All projections must be set within the ten-minute set time and struck within the five-minute strike time. In addition, the following rules apply:
• All projections must be made from within the acting area, including the pit and apron area. Projections may not be made from the seating area or general auditorium.
• If projections are made from upstage of the screen, the projector location and throw distance must still be within the acting area.
• Control of the projectors during the performance must be from on stage, stage left or stage right wings, or upstage of the acting area. Projection control is not available from the front of house booth.
• 120 volt, 20 amp standard Edison power outlet will be provided within the performance area.
Screens and projectors must be sourced by the school or troupe, and will not be provided by the Ruth N. Halls Theatre.
Special Effects: If your production contains a gunshot or other loud noise, you must indicate this on the acceptance form. Notice must also be posted in the lobby before the start of the performance and announced before the performance begins. IU will provide signage and make the pre-show announcement. No smoke, haze, or pyrotechnic effects will be allowed.
Props and Sets: A prop is any item that will fit through a single door and is carried on- or offstage in hand by a single person during the performance.
Set pieces are anything bigger. Set pieces and flats are not allowed. Please review the list of set pieces provided and be sure to indicate on the acceptance form which pieces you wish to use and how many, if there are more than one available.
Due to the limited strike time (5 minutes), limit the size and number of props you bring. Only those items essential to the plot of your production should be used. Props, costumes, and make-up must be furnished by the performing troupe. The International Thespian Festival, LLC and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln cannot be responsible for props, costumes, make-up, valuables, or any item not on the provided list.
Provided set pieces include:
1 Upholstered Arm Chair
1 Wooden Desk
1 Wooden Desk Chair
8 Stacking Chairs
4 Music Stands
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 on a main stage at ITF:Walking and Working Surfaces (OSHA 1910.25)
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