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Middle School Excellence in Technical Theater Contest

This contest is open to all students in Grades 5-9.

New Process for 2021/2022:

For students who register for IN-PERSON:

  • Once registration has closed, you will be contacted by the Contest Chair to be assigned a session/time slot.
  • Each design will be assigned an ID Number when you arrive for your session.
  • Adjudicators will watch all in-person entries during their assigned time slot and score them on the appropriate rubric.
  • In-person space will be limited so sign up today! If we reach capacity for in-person, you will have the option to submit virtually. In the event that this occurs, you will be contacted by the METG.

For students who register for VIRTUAL:

  • Once registration has closed, you will be sent an ID Number and information with a link to instructions on how to record and upload their contest entry.
  • Contestants will record their monologues/scenes/technical presentations and submit them to our online platform.
  • Adjudicators will review all entries and score them on the appropriate rubric.

For ALL STUDENTS:

  • Once all in-person sessions have concluded and all virtual submissions have been viewed, the top students in each contest will be invited to a Zoom call with the judges during the week of December 13th where they will meet with students and provide feedback.
  • At the conclusion of that Zoom call, the judges will determine the winners in each contest and a Winners Announcement video will be posted to the METG website and Vimeo page.

Additional Info:

  • Each student attending the IN-PERSON Contest Day will be required to complete an Health Attestation Form prior to arriving at Norwood High School.
  • Students may change their registration from in-person to virtual and vice versa up to the registration deadline. After the registration deadline, changes will only be accepted for health safety reasons. Any student who tests positive or is a known close contact and is unable to attend the in-person event will have the opportunity to submit their entry virtually. That submission must be received by Contest Day on December 11th. If you need to make any changes to your registration please contact us at metg@metg.org.


Contest Specifics:

For students who register for IN-PERSON:

  • Students may enter a Set Design or Costume Design.
  • 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 whatever digital medium works best for them.
  • 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.
  • 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 costume designer may use fabric swatches or costume pieces they already have.
  • 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. Costume Designers should create looks for at least 3-4 characters, but do not need to create a costume for every character within a play. Tri-fold boards are encouraged, but not required. The METG is open to you expressing your creativity in whatever way works best for you.
  • Designs must be approved by a teacher/administrator from the entrant’s school.
  • Entrants will each have 3 minutes to “sell” their vision to a panel of qualified judges, so be sure to practice your pitch!

For students who register for VIRTUAL:

  • Students may enter a Set Design or Costume Design.
  • 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 whatever digital medium works best for them.
  • 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.
  • 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 costume designer may use fabric swatches or costume pieces they already have.
  • 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. Costume Designers should create looks for at least 3-4 characters, but do not need to create a costume for every character within a play. Tri-fold boards are encouraged, but not required. The METG is open to you expressing your creativity in whatever way works best for you.
  • Designs must be approved by a teacher/administrator from the entrant’s school.
  • Entrants will each have 3 minutes to “sell” their vision to a panel of qualified judges, so be sure to practice your pitch! Your time begins after your slate.
  • Your slate should be presented as follows:
    • "My identification number in the Middle School Excellence in Technical Theater Contest is (give number). I am presenting (design element) from (title of play or musical)." DO NOT USE YOUR NAME IN YOUR SLATE.

Judging:

  • Submissions will be judged on the student's design and interpretation of the material. Presentations should be organized, precise, and cohesive.
  • Judges will be looking to see that the student has a clear understanding of the play and their chosen technical element and has used that element to support and enhance the production.
  • Students should be prepared to answer any questions from the judges about their presentation.

Prizes:

Winning submissions will receive a cash prize.

Fees:*

For member schools there is a $10.00 entry fee per student per design.

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

*As always, the METG is committed to providing barrier-free access to student programming for all students regardless of their financial means. If the registration fee poses a hardship, please contact metg@metg.org to request a waiver.

Deadlines and Important Dates:

The deadline to register is November 14, 2021.

If you register for the VIRTUAL option, the deadline to submit your video is December 3, 2021.

If you are one of the top students, you will be contacted to participate in a panel with the adjudicators on Zoom which will take place on the week of December 13th. Please keep those evenings open. As soon as the exact date is available, it will be posted here.

The Winner Announcement video will be posted to the METG website on December 22, 2021.

Contest Date and Location:

The Middle School Excellence in Technical Theater Contest will take place on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Norwood High School in Norwood, MA.

Link to Registration Form:

Middle School Contest Day Registration Form

Middle School Excellence In Technical Theater Contest

The Middle School Division offers two technical design contests for students in grades 5-9: Costume Design and Set Design.

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