Important LINKS now LIVE!

Useful Links3As we head into the new year and Thespian Season heats up, there are several important links for online registrations and activities that are now live.  Check them out.  Note that only Troupe Directors may register their Troupe for Thespian Events.

Troupe Directors: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR REGIONALS BY JANUARY 15

Judge Candidates: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR JUDGE TRAINING DAY

Troupe Directors:  CLICK HERE TO RECOMMEND A JUDGE WE SHOULD RECRUIT

Artists / College Reps / Organizations: CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR STATE THESPIAN EDUCATIONAL VENDOR EXPO (STEVE!)

Students:  Note that January 15 is also the final day to submit a play to the Playwriting Competition.  Click here for more information!

Explore the tabs above to learn more about Regionals (February 7), Judging, and our State Festival in April!  Gear up for 2015, Thespians!

 

College Search 101

collegeaheadThe search is on as Juniors begin fielding piles of brochures in the mail, and Seniors put the finishing touches on application essays.  Finding the right college can be a daunting task, and raises countless questions.

Is a four-year college right for me?  Do I want a liberal arts education?  What kind of major am I looking for?  Does the food service include soft-serve?

If you’re in the midst of these questions, you’ve no doubt heard at least one person tell you “Wherever you go, it will be whatever you make of it.”  Truer words never spoken.

But the first part of that equation … “wherever you go” … can be a tough first step to navigate.  Fortunately, your friends at EdTA have compiled a treasury of resources and it’s all available for you online.  Click here for EdTA’s College Resource Center.

From searching to applying to paying for college … there’s great information here for everyone, including teachers and parents.  Check it out!

Taking Time for Teachers

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The annual Oregon Theatre Educators Association conference was held last weekend in Lincoln City, and a grand worthwhile time was had by all.  But don’t take our word for it, check out THIS BLOG ENTRY from EdTA Executive Director Julie Woffington, who was our special guest at this event.  Team Oregon is definitely poised for a banner year of Thespian and Theatre Education activity.

While Thespians remains a student-centered organization, serving our students’ educators is important to sustain the level of work we’ve established.  That’s what OTEA is all about.  For more information, click the tab above, or check out Julie’s blog entry.  Special thanks to Board Member Scott Walker for heading up this terrific event!

 

Advocacy Begins at Home

dyk_comp_image_1Now that our 2014-2015 Thespian Year is off to a great start, it’s time to turn our attention to the goals established at Leadership Summit.  One of these is to focus on ADVOCACY.  We will be planning activities at the State level, in preparation for our annual visit to Salem, but ADVOCACY BEGINS AT HOME, and EdTA has a wealth of resources you can use to help your audiences better understand the real value of those productions they enjoy watching.

It’s not enough to just know the value of what we get to do, as Thespians, through the Theatre Education opportunities we’re afforded … we need to make sure others know and understand that value as well!  Tell your story!

Visit this site for important information you can share, including graphics you can download to include in your show programs, and activities your Troupe can undertake now to keep Theatre and Theatre Education opportunities alive for Oregon’s current and future Thespians!

REGISTER NOW FOR 2014 IMPROV FESTIVAL

ImprovLOGOThere’s something for everyone at the 2014 IMPROV FESTIVAL, hosted this year by McNary HS in Keizer.  Join us on October 4 for a fun day of mixing with Thespians from all over the state.  Click here for more information about this event!

HIGH SCHOOL TROUPES are scrambled into teams with no two members from the same school.  With creative inspirations provided by our hosts, each team has an hour to create an improv scene of their own.  It’s performed twice in a friendly “competition” format, with approximately 6 scenes selected to perform before everyone in the “Final Round.”

JUNIOR THESPIANS work with a professional improv artist before dividing into teams coached by High School Thespians.  Their creations are performed in a show-and-tell round, after which our Junior Members get to elect one of their own scenes to be showcased before the HS Troupes’ “Final Round.”

Registration is $10 for inducted Thespians and $12 for those not yet inducted.  Junior Thespian participants pay $10 each.  Click here to register online before September 25!

WELCOME BACK! Hit The Ground Running!

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Welcome back, Oregon Thespians!  This website has been updated with the information you need to hit the ground running for the 2014-2015 School Year.  You should begin planning your Troupe’s participation in the IMPROV FESTIVAL on October 4 right away.  Online registration is now live, and is due by September 25.

But FIRST it’s time to register for LEADERHIP SUMMIT!

This year’s Summit is once again in Ashland, and the dates are September 20 and 21.  We begin at 1 pm on Saturday and conclude at noon on Sunday, making it possible for delegates to get to Ashland Saturday morning and have plenty of time to drive home Sunday afternoon.

Two delegates from each school may attend.  We’ll be seeing a performance of OSF’s production of INTO THE WOODS on Saturday night.

The Leadership Summit is free to your school’s two delegates, but pre-registration is required by September 4, so we can purchase the necessary tickets.  Because ticket purchases are involved, this year we’re requiring a deposit from each school that will be credited to your State Festival Registration.  This is due to the number of costly no-shows we’ve experienced when no payment was required.  Failure of any registered delegates to participate in the Summit will result in forfeiting your deposit.

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION and to register by September 4!

There are options for Friday night arrivals, additional performances, and a backstage tour, but availability of all these things is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.  Don’t delay!  REGISTER ONLINE BY SEPTEMBER 4.

 

Plan Ahead for a Great 2014-2015 School Year

plan-aheadInitial dates and locations have been set for the 2014-2015 School Year.  Board Contact information has been updated at right.  Begin making plans now to participate to the fullest in Thespian events next year!

Camp Thespis – LL “Stub” Stewart State Park – August 11-13

Leadership Summit – Ashland HS / OSF – September 20-21

Improv Festival – Mc Nary HS, Salem – October 4

Regionals – February 7

  • Northeast – Parkrose HS
  • Northwest – Westview HS
  • South – Redmond HS

State Festival – Salem Conference Center / Historic Elsinore Theatre – April 9-11

 

Troupe Directors should note that the annual Oregon Theatre Educators Association conference will take place October 10-11 at a location that is currently being finalized (but we can smell the salt air already!).

A Great STATE in Oregon!

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  • Over 1200 Thespians
  • 56 Schools/Troupes
  • 68 workshops with more than 20 Guest Artists
  • 34 One Acts joining 3 Full Main Stage Shows
  • 118 Showcase Auditions 
  • 63 Tech/Design Entries
  • 26 Venues in 6 Downtown Salem Locations
  • Our first Junior Thespian Day
  • Over $2000 raised for Broadway Cares
  • A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES

WAY TO ACT WELL YOUR PART, OREGON THESPIANS!

 

Time for STATE! Time for GUIDEBOOK! Get it NOW!

 

guidebook-iconGUIDEBOOK is a mobile app being used by several State Festivals this year, and Oregon (green as we are) is certainly not going to be left behind.

CLICK HERE to download the app on any i-device, apple, android, whatever … and begin making the most of this weekend!

There will be no printed programs at State this year!  Don’t have a smart phone?  No worries!  Make friends with someone who does!  You can use the links below to print a One Act or Workshop schedule.

Look through the info on GUIDEBOOK, making special use of the SEARCH feature to find what you need to know.  And watch for updates!

CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE ONE-ACT SCHEDULE

CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

The basic Festival Schedule will be on the back of your nametag (clever, no?)

There will be updates!  Listen to announcements, and make friends with people using Guidebook!

COUNT DOWN TO STATE!

Everyones a Theaspian for webOver 1200 Thespians are about to converge on Salem, Oregon!

Workshops!  Main Stage!  One Acts!  Tech Events!

COMPLETE ONLINE (and smart-device-accessible) SCHEDULE COMING SOON!

Audition, One Act, and Tech Presentation times have been sent to Troupe Directors.

Remember to submit your Parade of Troupes Slide and (if you have one) Theatre Etiquette Video by Spring Break!

 

DANCE THEMES:

Thursday – THERE GOES MY HERO – Dress the part for your role in your own superhero adventure!

Friday – LET YOUR FREAK FLAG FLY – Celebrating fandoms of all kinds!