Scene Writing

SCENE WRITING


Click here to download the Florida State Junior Thespian Scene Writing Guidelines.


RULES

  1. The script must be the work of one or two students. If a collaborative effort, both must attend the adjudication.

  2. The text must contain dialogue and have two characters ONLY.

  3. Script length must be a minimum of (3) TEXT pages and a maximum of (5) TEXT pages.

  4. When submitting a scene at the state level, the troupe director must upload a PDF file of the script to the registration website during the registration window. Late or emailed submissions will not be accepted, as our scene writing judges receive the scripts through the website when the registration window closes.

  5. All printed text must be in the Courier font.

MATERIALS

  1. No furniture will be provided.

FORMAT

  1. The first page of the script will be the TITLE PAGE, including information relating to the title, playwright(s), troupe director, troupe number, school address, and completion date, and will be arranged according to the Florida State Junior Thespian guidelines.

  2. The second page of the script will be the SYNOPSIS PAGE, including information relating to the title, playwright(s), character breakdown (male/ female), and a forty- to sixty-word summary of the play, and will be arranged according to the Florida State Junior Thespian guidelines.

  3. The third page of the script will be the CHARACTER PAGE, including an alphabetized list of the two characters, and will be arranged according to the Florida State Junior Thespian guidelines.

  4. The fourth and successive pages of the script will be the TEXT PAGES, and will include only the actual scene and will be arranged according to the Florida State Junior Thespian guidelines.

  5. The script will contain only pages specified by the Florida State Junior Thespian guidelines.

  6. A script that is improperly formatted is in violation of the specified Florida State Junior Thespian guidelines and is subject to disqualification prior to adjudication.

  7. Judges may make comments in the margins of the scene, on the evaluation form and/or during the verbal adjudication.

  8. The student may not submit a scene that has been previously adjudicated by Florida State Junior Thespians. The scene must be original work.

  9. All scenes submitted WILL NOT be returned.

  10. Scene writing will be 10 minutes in length with just the playwright and the judges. The playwright will introduce the play and then have a discussion with the judges.  Observers may be in the room for this event.



The following topics will be considered by the adjudicators while reading your play:

  1. Character:

    1. Are goals established?

    2. Is the goal pursued in a manner consistent with the character’s personality and limitations?

    3. Can an audience empathize with the protagonist?

    4. Are the supporting characters vital to the development and resolution of the plot?

  2. Dialogue:

    1. Is each character’s diction (choice of words) consistent with the given circumstances?

    2. Is all dialogue necessary to the development of the plot and each character?

  3. Plot:

    1. Does the playwright provide all exposition necessary to understanding the characters and their situations (who, what, when, where why)?

    2. Once the initial incident in introduced, does the rising action follow a logical sequence of events to an appropriate climax and resolution?

  4. Stageability:

    1. Will this work easily translate to the stage given the limitations of a stage play?


SPECIAL NOTE

We are looking for great examples of Superior-ranked student projects in this category that we can use on our website as examples. If you have a great project you’re willing to share, send it as a PDF to JamesFSJT@gmail.com!