Regionals

The 2018 Regional Acting Competitions are on February 3 – NW at Roosevelt HS, Portland; NE at Canby HS, Canby; S at South Eugene HS, Eugene. 

TO REGISTER, GO TO WWW.SPEECHEASE.COM 

The Registration Deadline is January 18.  

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS:

New teachers/teachers new to your school (or returning teacher who need a refresher):

  1. go to www.speechease.com
  2. click the New User? Sign Up First! link.
  3. fill out the registration page with your information.
  4. once in go to the My School link on the left menu.
  5. click Create New School and fill in your school information.
  6. once you have done that you can click on the My Tournaments Link on the left menu and Pre-Register for you Region (Northwest, Northeast and South — divided north and south at the 45th parallel, with the north divided east and west by Interstate 5 … Portland Public Schools all attend Northwest.)

After you have pre-registered you can enter the students attending in to the My Roster link (you only need to enter a student once even if they are entering multiple events).

If you created a school account on speechease last year, you can use that account with the same login information.

Once all your students are enter into your roster you can assign them to specific categories.


The Regional Acting Competition is the largest Oregon Thespians event, involving a large number of students participating in three regions around the state. In the context of Oregon Thespians’ annual roster of events, this is the first step in a student’s effort to be selected to participate in the State Individual Events Showcase during the State Festival, and qualify to participate in the National Individual Events Showcase auditions at the International Thespian Festival in June.

Schools participate in one of three regional events: Northwest, Northeast, and Southern. The dividing line between the North and South is the 45th parallel (just north of Salem). The dividing line in the North between the East and West is Interstate 5. Schools can only participate outside their region by special arrangement (due to transportation issues, for instance).

NOTE: As of 2016, all Portland Public Schools participate in the Northwest Regional, regardless of their location in the Metro Area.

There are 8 non-musical event categories: Solo Acting (Novice and Experienced), Duet Acting (Comic and Dramatic, Novice and Experienced), Group Acting, and Pantomime. There are 4 musical event categories: Solo, Duet, Small Group and Large Group.

In each category other than Novice, the top 10% scoring entries (or a minimum of 2) in each region are named Showcase Qualifiers and are invited to advance to the State Individual Events Showcase auditions at the State Festival. In Novice categories, only 1 top scoring entry advances. In each category, the next 10% (or those remaining in the top 20%) are recognized as Regional Finalists.

While the day is structured around competition, the spirit of the day is focused on recognition of quality student work, and constructive feedback from qualified adjudicators.

Registration is done online. When registering for the Regional Acting Competition, you will be providing numbers of entries and numbers of participants. Before you go online to register, make sure you know how many entries you have in each event, and also how many Thespians and Non-Thespians are in each entry. Thespians pay $10 per event they enter.  Non-Thespians pay $12 per event they enter.  You will be asked to list the name and membership number of each inducted Thespian Member you are registering.  Double check your numbers. You will be responsible for paying for all participants, even if you show up with fewer than you register. Please review entry limits for participants as well as schools.

Students who would like to be eligible to participate in the National Individual Events Showcase (NIES) should consult the specific EdTA NIES guidelines at schooltheatre.org as some rules vary.  Performance rights or waivers are required at the National level.  EdTA has published helpful information online.  CLICK HERE for more information.

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