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The Excellence in Technical Theater Contest

This contest is open to any student in grades 9-12.

Program Requirements

New in 2019-2020, the METG is excited to announce some exciting changes to our technical theater design contests. These changes include:

  • Expansion to include ANY technical theater element—including set design, set dressing, props design, costume design, hair and makeup design, lighting design, sound design, projections design, directing, stage management, etc
  • Entrants will choose a play or musical, create a plan for design in a specific area of technical theater, and present their vision to a panel of adjudicators using a tri-fold presentation board and any other materials they wish to use.
  • Entrants will each have 2 minutes to “sell” their vision to a panel of qualified judges, so be sure to practice your pitch! The adjudicators will also have a brief question and answer period with each entrant. The adjudication will not be private—all participants will present “science fair” style in an open space.
  • Students will be given time to network with their peers and share their design work with a larger audience.

General Guidelines/Program Requirements:

  • Entrants may submit no more than two (2) different designs. Participants may present two designs from the SAME show or a single design from two different shows.
  • Entrants submitting two designs for evaluation must pay fees for both entries. Failure to pay for your entry will result in disqualification from the contest.
  • At a minimum, entrants MUST present their work on a standard tri-fold presentation board.
  • Entrants must submit a design from a published play or musical. The adjudicators will not evaluate designs from original texts. The presentation board should clearly identify the show/production, credit the playwright(s), authors, and/or lyricists, and if a design is based on a specific scene or moment, clearly identify the moment.
  • Entrants should consider utilizing other tools to enhance their presentation. For example, a sound designer may utilize a laptop and headphones, a stage manager may present a marked-up script with cues, a projection designer may want to present a series of images via a slideshow. We encourage creativity!
  • Designs should include specifics for each element of technical theater. For example, set designs should include a detailed set rendering of a scene or moment from the selected work. Specifics about the requirements for each element of theater will be distributed to participants shortly after they have registered.
  • Designs must be approved by a teacher/administrator from the entrant’s school.
  • Entrants will have 2 minutes to “sell” their vision to a panel of qualified judges, so be sure to practice your pitch! The adjudicators will also have a brief question and answer period with each entrant. The adjudication will not be private—all participants will present “science fair” style in an open space.
  • Students will be given time to network with their peers and share their design work with a larger audience.

Judging:

  • Entrants will have 2 minutes to “sell” their vision to a panel of qualified judges, so be sure to practice your pitch! The adjudicators will also have a brief question and answer period with each entrant. The adjudication will not be private—all participants will present “science fair” style in an open space.
  • Students will be given time to network with their peers and share their design work with a larger audience.

Prizes:

  • Scholarships and/or cash prizes will be awarded to no fewer than three entrants. The total number of awards is at the discretion of the adjudicators.

Fees:

  • For member schools there is a $15.00 entry fee per student.
  • For non-member schools there is a $20.00 entry fee per student.

Application Deadlines:

DEADLINE EXTENSION! Registration will now be accepted online until November 8th.

Contest Date and Location:

The Excellence in Technical Theater Contest will be held on Saturday, December 7th at St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers, MA. In the event of a snow emergency, the contest will be held on Sunday, December 8th.

Link to Registration Form:

CLICK HERE


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High School Excellence in Technical Theater Contest


If you are interested in showing off your skills to your peers, while receiving positive, constructive, and professional feedback on how to grow your skill set even more, please join this year’s METG’s new Excellence in Technical Theater Contest.

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