Holiday To-Do List

Things to consider before returning to checklistschool in 2013:

  • Prep your Regionals Registration! The online registration site will be live at the first of the year, and the deadline is January 17.  You will need to list your Thespian Members who are eligible for the reduced rate, so make sure your inductions are up-to-date and you have access to your Troupe’s list (to see Membership Numbers).
  • Recruit Judges for Training!  Send qualified judges to this website to register for a Judge Training Day, either January 19 at Jesuit HS in Portland or January 26 at A3 in Springfield.  Register by January 17.
  • Review the up-to-date Regionals Guidebook and highlighted changes found here.  Make sure your students are aware of important changes (like furniture provided) and check to be sure that all material comes from published scripts written for theatre.  If your students are interested in competing in Lincoln, you will want to refer to the NIES guidelines for securing performance rights.
  • Encourage your student playwrights to submit a finished script to the Playwriting Competition.  The application form and submission information will be updated by the first of the year.  The submission deadline is January 17.
  • Encourage your tech students to have their tech entries reviewed at the Early Entry Tech Feedback at Regionals this year.  They’ll need to arrange to have their materials sent (and returned from) the Northeast Regional, but may be able to benefit from this entirely optional pilot program this year.  Registration for Early Feedback happens with your Troupe’s Regionals Registration.
  • Enjoy the Holidays!  Spend time with friends and family and see some great theatre, if possible.  The Merriest and Happiest to you!

Check back after January 1 for more updates!

Calling All Judges

Recruiting qualified judges to provide helpful feedback to our students at Regionals and State is a very important Troupe Director responsibility.  There are two ways for you to do this, and NOW IS THE TIME.

1) You can direct your potential judges to this site to register for one of the two Judge Training Days (January 19 at JHS in Portland, January 26 at A3 in Springfield).  Judges who attend this training are given priority when scheduling the judges for Regionals.  Those who are already State Qualified are encouraged to attend the training as well.  Currently Qualified judges can secure their spot at Regionals by attending just the afternoon practice session at each Training Day.

2) You can go to this site yourself, and submit the name (or names) of potential judges.  Our Statewide Judge Coordinator (Kelley Marchant) will then reach out to them regarding training and scheduling.  You can also recommend contacts you have at college programs, who might be a source for qualified judges and/or workshop leaders.

Remember that judges must be 21 years old, at least four years out of high school, and have the education and experience in theatre that gives them a command of the theatrical principles and skills they will be evaluating.

We need judges!  Make it your goal to recruit at least one judge for every ten entries your school brings to Regionals.  Review complete Regionals judging information here.

Regionals Updates Announced

After tremendously helpful discussion with Troupe Directors and Students alike, we have finalized the changes for this year’s Regional Acting Competitions.

See the complete list of updates here.  Highlights include:

  • We will use essentially the same ballots that we have been, with some minor changes to vocabulary, most notably the column headings over the descriptors.  We are replacing the word “poor” with “unprepared” and shifting the adjectives to allow for the inclusion of “Superior” as our top rating.  This means that students will now qualify for NIES by receiving one Superior rating at Regionals or State.
  • We are adopting the NIES rules for events, including furniture allotment and allowed sources.  Review the new guidelines here.  Note that all source material must be from published scripts written for the stage.  Also, only group events are permitted the use of a table.  Solo events get one chair.  Duo events get two chairs.
  • We are not requiring students to adhere to the “professional black” dress code that is new at NIES this year, but we are encouraging Troupes to try it out so we can form an opinion based on the experience.

Check out the updates here.  Thank you to all for participating in this productive and ongoing process.


TECH EVENTS take the Spotlight!

This year’s State Festival will feature an expanded list of TECH EVENTS for students to enter.  Cost to enter is $10 per entry for Thespian Members and $12 per entry for non-Thespian Students.

A complete list of TECH EVENTS can be found here, along with the current DRAFT of each Tech Ballot, complete with entry requirements and guidelines.  We are working to align our entry requirements with the National guidelines.  Students interested in entering a Tech Event at the National level should explore the National Guidelines in advance.

Also new this year is an EARLY FEEDBACK OPTION for Tech Entries at Regionals.  Click here for more information!

2012-2013 Spotlight: REGIONALS

The Regional Acting Competition is three months away, but there are important new developments that you will want to understand as preparations get underway.

Oregon is working to align our guidelines with those of EdTA’s National Individual Events Showcase (NIES) process.  You can look at the NIES guidelines here.

Our guidelines for this year have been updated.  Please take the time to review them.  Following our December Board Meeting, we will post the updated ballots, based on the new forms created for the NIES.  To preview the NIES ballots and guidelines, click here.

2012-2013 Spotlight: Main Stage Productions

The committee on Main Stage Productions at State (previously called Main Stage Showcase) has been hard at work with clarifying and improving the process of responding to and selecting high-quality theatre for presentation at our annual Festival.

Click here to review the updated information, including new deadlines, important requirements, and the option for live response for your cast and crew following a performance!

Remember that submitting a show for consideration as a Main Stage Production at State is a process that is best begun well in advance of your actual production.  Explore this information first!

Are you ready to Improv?

Hundreds of Thespians will be gathering in Grants Pass on Saturday, October 6, for the annual Improv Festival.  The day begins with registration at 8:30 am and will conclude with awards by 4 pm.  When you arrive, your group will be divided among several teams (no two students from the same school are on the same team) and you’ll be given some instruction and time to prepare before showing your stuff!

Note that food will not be available for purchase on campus, so you’ll either need to plan for the trek off-campus (15+ minutes, walking) or bring a lunch.  Talk with your Troupe Director regarding lunch plans.


Thespian Leaders Assemble!

The 2012 Oregon Thespians Leadership Summit is this weekend, as Troupes from throughout the state send two representatives to a 6-hour meeting of the minds.  Our State Thespian Officers (STO) have been hard at work on this important event, which begins Saturday evening at Jesuit High School, and concludes Sunday at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA), with a performance of LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL.