One Act Plays
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Each active Junior Thespian troupe is invited to produce a “One Act Play” to represent their school at their local District Festival each year. Qualifying One Act Plays may go on to perform at the annual FSJT State Festival.
Only one entry per troupe at the District level is permitted. A one act play must receive an excellent or superior rating at the District level to be eligible as a State-selected play.
number of one acts permitted to showcase at the State Festival will
be determined by the following schedule:
plays from affiliated schools performed at District (1 play)
7-12 plays from affiliated schools performed at District (2 plays)
13-18 plays from affiliated schools performed at District (3 plays)
19-24 plays from affiliated schools performed at District (4 plays)
26 or more plays from affiliated schools performed at District (5 plays)
One Act Play Moratorium 2017-18
The following plays may not be performed at the 2017 District Festivals or 2018 Florida State Junior Thespian Festival.
And Your Next Line Is...
Bedtime Stories (As Told by Our Dad) (Who Messed Them Up)
The Fire Exit
Homework Eats Dog and Other Woeful Tales
Wiley and the Hairy Man
The Yellow Boat
You're a Good Man Charlie Brown
Stock Set Pieces will be provided at the District and State Festival.
If you wish to purchase or build any or all of the stock pieces for
your own rehearsal purposes, go to:
At the Festival, every troupe must use the Stock Set Pieces provided by the Festival.
The following Stock Set Pieces will be provided for use at District and State Level Assessments:
(2) 4’x8’ platforms, 1’-0” high
(2) 4’x4’ platforms, 1’-0” high
(4) 1’x1’ platforms, 1’-0” high
(2) 2' unit steps (6” risers and 12” treads)
(2) 4' unit steps (6” risers and 12” treads)
(2) 4' ramp (rises to 1’-0”)
(2) 4’ pylons (1’-0” square)
(2) 6' pylons (1’-0” square)
(2) 8' pylons (1’-0” square)
(6) 16"x16"x16" cubes-weight bearing
(1) 6' standard folding table
(1) folded card table
(16) armless chairs
NO additional furniture may be used (chairs, tables, hat racks, carts, trees, etc.). A troupe may use and/or add props and set dressing (fabric pieces, cushions, lamps, rugs, books) as they wish. At their assigned dressing room start time, troupes must bring to the dressing room area all costumes, props, set dressing, and make-up. [NOTE: There will be no 6’x9’ box backstage.]
STAGE MANAGER MEETING
The entire cast and crew may be on stage during the stage manager meeting (at a time to be announced prior to the Festival.) ONLY official troupe directors and registered cast and crew are permitted backstage at any time. NO CHAPERONES.
SPIKING THE STAGE
Following the stage manager meeting, troupe directors and their student stage managers may have 30 minutes to spike the stage using color-coded spike tape supplied by the Festival Staff. During one act spike time, no set pieces may be brought onstage.
The Stock Set Pieces will be pre-set backstage in a row. Troupes may “move to the stage” any and all Stock Set Pieces they choose to use at “Five Minutes.” Any and all Stock Set Pieces must be restored to the pre-set backstage location before "clear" will be called.
The time limit for the one act performance is 40 minutes. Troupes are also allotted 5 minutes to set the stage with the Stock Set Pieces and their own additional materials. Technical crew members and actors may also move to “places” at this time. The five minutes begins and ends at the direction of the Festival Stage Manager (FSM). The FSM will confirm that the troupe is at places and announce “Troupe 88XXX may begin” to start the play and official timekeeping. "Clear" will be called when the entire set is moved back to the pre-set position and the actors have moved to the wings.
Students must run all technical portions of the one act. The student stage manager may call cues from backstage or a tech booth located front-of-house. Each school must supply a student light crew member and sound crew member (if sound is used.) All troupe directors are allowed to run sound/light boards for the one act event if they request this from the State Director in advance and if the rented venue allows it. The Sound and Light Plot for the venue will be provided to the State Selected plays two weeks prior to the Festival.
AT STATE: There will be 6 main areas of light: DSL/DC/DSR and USL/UC/USR; along with complete stage washes in two colors: one warm/one cool.
AT DISTRICTS: Stage Lighting will be provided based on the limitation of the available venue.
AT STATE: There will be a sound system to include a minimum of: one hand held microphone, a CD/MP3 player and communications system (3 headsets.)
AT DISTRICTS: Stage Sound will be provided based on the limitation of the available venue.
The use of smoke, fire, candles, fog effect, haze, or flame of any kind is prohibited. No fly system or follow spot may be used. An electrical outlet will be available stage left and stage right. Properly rated extension cords must be provided by the troupe.
COSTUMES AND MAKEUP
No costumes or makeup may be applied before entering the dressing room. Up to three designated adults may be present in the dressing room, but not in the backstage area during performance time. NO CHAPERONES ARE ALLOWED BACKSTAGE AT ANY TIME.
CAST AND CREW
The cast and crew must be the same that performed at District Festival. Extenuating circumstances should be referred to the State Director at the State Level.
One act plays must be directed by the troupe director or a troupe member. No troupe director may have communication with the performing troupe once the official time has begun.
SELECTION OF MATERIAL
Troupe directors must select material for festival that they would willingly perform in a public forum in their own districts and that is acceptable to their school principal. NOTE: There is a one-year moratorium on plays presented at the district and state level the previous year. (Posted on the State website)
All one acts must bring five copies of their printed program to the stage manager meeting which will be provided to the judges. The program must list complete names of cast members and characters as well as crew and their positions. The program’s purpose is to frame the production for the judges and to clearly identify individual students. School names as well as advertisements may appear in the program. Programs may be provided by the troupe to audience members at the performance.
There will be a minimum of four judges at every level of competition: 3 judges in the house observing the actual performance and at least one judge to monitor all technical aspects. Oral Critique will follow each play for cast/crew and troupe directors only. No other adult will be allowed in this area.
Decisions of the judges are final. Judges do not disqualify. Disqualifications will be the decision of the District Chair at the District level and the State Director at the State level.
Chaperones are not permitted in the backstage areas at any time. ONLY official troupe directors and registered cast and crew are permitted backstage at any time.
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