Technical Theatre

SAN JUAN COLLEGE 4 CORNERS
THEATRE FESTIVAL

GENERAL RULES AND GUIDELINES
Revised 2012

I. Eligibility

Students, grades 9-12, accompanied by their adult coach, chaperone, and/or parent are eligible to participate. Provided there are sufficient numbers of one act entries in the festival, the festival is divided into two divisions: Athens and Sparta. The Athens division is primarily for, but not limited to, New Mexico AAAAA/AAAA size schools whose drama program is supported by at least one formally titled drama, performing arts, or communication class. Smaller schools may elect to compete in either Athens or Sparta divisions by circling the appropriate name on the Instructor’s Registration and Fee Form.

II. Main Activities

There are seven overall activity categories: Audience-Critic, One Act Play or Long Scene, Backstage Activities, Monologue Acting, Duet Acting, Musical Theatre Performance, and Best Sportsmanship. Students for the first six categories must be designated on the Registration Spreadsheet.

  1. Audience-Critic:
    1. Each school can submit no more than four entries in competition.
      1. To qualify for Sweepstakes, a school must have at least three entries in this category.
    2. Each participant will CLEARLY and properly complete and submit a critique sheet, provided by the festival host (will be emailed) for ONE One-Act Play/Long Scene. Each student critic may write several critiques but must select only ONE, his or her best critique, to submit.
      1. However, the selection must be made by the student. Coaches are not allowed to review critiques and enter the best.
    3. It is the responsibility of the participating student to submit the critique form he or she wishes to be judged to the Fine Arts Box Office/Main Office. DO NOT SUBMIT THEM TO A RESPONDENT. If the student submits it to anyone other than someone at the Fine Arts Box Office/Main Office Main, we will not be responsible for lost critiques.
  2. One-Act Play/Long Scene Presentation:
    1. Each school can submit no more than one one-act play/long scene in the competition. Cuttings of larger acts or plays are allowed.
      1. To qualify for Sweepstakes, a school must have an entry in this category.
    2. Each school will get a 10’ X 10’ taped square backstage to store set and props. ALL set and props MUST fit into a 10’ X 10’ square.
      1. To qualify for Sweepstakes a school must have at least three entries in this category.
      2. Friendly Entries will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. (See Section III Friendly Entries below.)
    3. Selections must be from drama by published authors. Selections should not be coach or student-written. (Foreign works may be translated by the student or coach.)
    4. Selections may be humorous or serious. Awards are given for each category: humorous and serious.
      1. To qualify for Sweepstakes a school must have both humorous and serious entries.
    5. ALL MATERIALS MUST BE MEMORIZED WHEN PRESENTED.
      1. Respondents will deduct points at their discretion for any obvious, unmotivated stops, halts, or poor timing that is OBSERVABLE and easily connected to a lack of memorization.
    6. Monologues must be no longer than 2 minutes. Students who go over 2 minutes WILL BE DISQUALIFIED AND INELIGABLE TO RECEIVE AN AWARD. He/she will be allowed to complete the monologue, but will not be able to receive an award.
    7. Performers are required to stay within the taped borders. There will be taped border lines to accommodate room size and to keep performers in the respondents’ sight. They will be approximately 18’ X 18’. Some may be slightly smaller depending on room size.
      1. No more than one table, two chairs and TWO props are allowed.
      2. SJC provides chairs and a table if requested.
      3. All props will be provided by the entrant.
    8. Students will introduce their monologues by mentioning their own names, the play title and author, and character’s name
      1. No description or explanation concerning the content or character of the piece is allowed.
      2. The introduction is NOT included in the time of the monologue.
      3. Students must wear their name tags during their monologue performance.
    9. No costumes are allowed. Dress that is professional and “hints” at the character is acceptable.
    10. A Final Round of the top six scoring students in each humorous and serious monologue acting will be held, if applicable, to determine the winner(s).
  3. Duet Acting
    1. Each school can submit no more than four entries in competition.
      1. To qualify for Sweepstakes, a school must have at least three entries in this category.
      2. Friendly Entries will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. (See Section III Friendly Entries below.)
    2. Selections must be from drama by published authors. Selections should not be coach or student-written. (Foreign works may be translated by the student or coach.)
    3. Selections may be humorous or serious. Awards are given for each category: humorous and serious.
      1. To qualify for Sweepstakes a school must have both humorous and serious entries.
    4. ALL MATERIALS MUST BE MEMORIZED WHEN PRESENTED.
      1. Respondents will deduct points at their discretion for any obvious, unmotivated stops, halts, or poor timing that is OBSERVABLE and easily connected to a lack of memorization.
    5. Duets must be no longer than 6 minutes. Students who go over 6 minutes WILL BE DISQUALIFIED AND INELIGABLE TO RECEIVE AN AWARD. The duet will be allowed to complete the scene, but will not be able to receive an award.
    6. Performers are required to stay within the taped borders. There will be taped border lines to accommodate room size and to keep performers in the respondents’ sight. They will be approximately !8’ X 18’. Some may be slightly smaller depending on room size.
      1. No more than one table, four chairs and four props are allowed.
      2. SJC provides chairs and a table if requested.
      3. Props will be provided by the entrant.
    7. Students will introduce their duets by mentioning their own names, the play title and author, and characters’ names.
      1. No description or explanation concerning the content or character of the piece is allowed.
      2. The introduction is NOT included in the four to six minutes.
      3. Students must wear their name tags during their duet performance.
    8. No costumes are allowed. Dress that is professional and “hints” at the character is acceptable.
    9. A Final Round of the top six scoring students in each humorous and serious duet acting will be held, if applicable, to determine the winner(s).
  4. Musical Theatre:
    1. Each school can submit no more than two entries in duet musical theatre performance and two entries in solo musical theatre performance – for no more than four entries total.
      1. This category does not determine qualification for Sweepstakes.
      2. Friendly Entries will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. (See Section III Friendly Entries below.)
    2. Selections must be from published musicals. Selections should not be coach or student-written. (Foreign works may be translated by the student or coach.)
    3. ALL MATERIALS MUST BE MEMORIZED WHEN PRESENTED.
      1. Respondents will deduct points at their discretion for any obvious, unmotivated stops, halts, or poor timing that is OBSERVABLE and easily connected to a lack of memorization.
    4. Solo entries must be no longer than 3 minutes. Duet entries must be no longer than 6 minutes. Students who go over the time limit WILL BE DISQUALIFIED AND INELIGABLE TO RECEIVE AN AWARD. They will be allowed to complete the scene, but will not be able to receive an award.
    5. Entrants must bring a CD with the music played and recorded. A CD player will be provided. If it is a burned CD, it might be safer to bring a player that you know the CD will play on. We will NOT be responsible if a CD does not play on our CD player and will move ahead with the next student entry if the CD cannot be played.
    6. Performers are required to stay within the taped borders. There will be taped border lines to accommodate room size and to keep performers in the respondents’ sight. They will be approximately !8’ X 18’. Some may be slightly smaller depending on room size.
      1. No more than one table, two chairs and two props are allowed.
      2. SJC provides chairs and a table if requested.
      3. Props will be provided by the entrant.
    7. Students will introduce their pieces by mentioning their own names, the musical title and author, and characters’ names.
      1. No description or explanation concerning the content or character of the piece is allowed.
      2. The introduction is NOT included in the time of the performance.
      3. Students must wear their name tags during their performance.
    8. No costumes are allowed. Dress that is professional and “hints” at the character is acceptable.
    9. Athens and Sparta Divisions may be combined for this category; this is up to the discretion of the Festival Director.
    10. A Final Round will be held, if applicable, to determine the winner(s).
  5. Backstage Activities:
    1. Each school can enter only one student in the Stage Manager category.
    2. Each school can enter no more than two students in each of the other three backstage activities: Set and Props; Lights and Sound; Costume, Makeup, and Hair.
      1. Only the Stage Manager category counts toward Sweepstakes.
    3. During a 40-minute required “technical rehearsal” meeting, students will be given instructions on how to operate lighting and sound equipment. They will be given the chance to practice set-up and strike, incorporate cues, and run the show. During the performances students will be expected to operate the equipment.
    4. Respondents backstage will observe student stagehands and time setup and strike.
      1. Once the backstage stage manager respondent confers with performance respondents and house manager, he/she will tell student stage manager to begin and will start the timing.
      2. After the performance and once the set is back in the taped square and take-down is complete, the student stage manager will check in with the backstage respondent to end the time.
    5. Getting in costume, makeup, and hair should be completed in the time a school is “on deck,” not earlier. Please do not begin to dress or apply makeup and hair before you enter the costume and makeup room.
    6. Although awards are given for Costumes, Makeup and Hair; Lights and Sound; and Set and Props execution, these awards do not count towards Sweepstakes placement. Only the Stage Manager award counts towards Sweepstakes.
  6. Best Sportsmanship:
    1. A Class Act: Best Sportsmanship will be awarded to the school that demonstrates the best overall sportsmanship.
    2. This includes active participation in activities, showing support and respect for peers, being respectful and courteous audience members, having awareness and respect for the space and performances, and overall integrity and professionalism at the festival.

III. Friendly Entries

  1. “Friendly entries,” which are monologue acting, duet acting, or musical theatre performance are performed for practice or experience only, and may be accepted at the discretion of the festival director as time and space permit.
    1. Entries will be considered after receiving a written request from a coach at least two weeks before the festival.
    2. Friendly entries will receive critique sheets from respondents, but will not qualify for “place” or for awards in any event.
    3. A school may have no more than 2 monologue acting, 2 duet acting, and 2 musical theatre performance entries.

IV. Awards

(NOTE: If for any reason the Festival Respondents, Director, or Officials determine that there are not enough entrants for a given category or categories and/or placement, or participant presentation(s) do not satisfy the general caliber of a given category or categories, the Festival Officials are not obligated to offer an award or points for such categories.)

  1. First, second, and third place awards will be given (as funding permits) in the following categories:
    1. Audience-Critic
    2. One-Act/Long Scene Presentation
    3. Monologue Acting
      1. A first, second, and third place are awarded in both humorous and serious categories.
    4. Duet Acting
      1. A first, second, and third place are awarded in both humorous and serious categories.
    5. Musical Theatre Performance
      1. A first, second, and third place are awarded in both solo and duet performances.
    6. Stage Manager
    7. Costumes, Makeup and Hair
    8. Set and Props
    9. Lights and Sound

*Please note: Categories six through eight are for the execution of each category, not the design of each category. Coaches may design the technical aspects of the production, but students must be stagehands and handle these technical elements efficiently in order to qualify for awards.

  1. A Sweepstakes award will be presented (as funding permits) in Athens and Sparta divisions.
    1. To be eligible for Sweepstakes, a high school must participate in all five activities and must have at least:
      1. Three entries in Audience-Critic
      2. One One-Act Play/Long Scene
      3. Three entries in Monologue Acting (with both humorous and serious entries)
      4. Three entries in Duet Acting (with both humorous and serious entries)
      5. A designated Stage Manager for the One Act Play/Long Scene
  2. Award determination for Monologue Acting, Duet Acting, and Musical Theatre Performance
    1. Awards will be given on a point averaging basis to determine “place.”
      1. Respondents’ critique sheets will be averaged on a point basis, rounded up to the hundredth point.
    2. Place is determined and points given for each place as follows:
      1. 1st= 5 points
      2. 2nd= 3 points
      3. 3rd= 2 points
      4. 4th= 1 point
    3. In the event of a tie, all points will be EQUALLY shared at that level and the next descending level.
    4. Remember that there are TWO FIRST PLACES IN MONOLOGUE AND DUET that count towards overall point tally: Monologue has First Place Humorous and Serious; Duet has First Place Humorous and Serious. The places that remain in each category are “at large.”
  3. Award determination for One-Act Play/Long Scene Presentations
    1. Awards will be given on a point averaging basis to determine “place.”
      1. Respondents’ critique sheets will be averaged on a point basis, rounded up to the hundredth point.
    2. Awards will be given on a point averaging basis to determine “place.”
      1. 1st= 5 points
      2. 2nd= 3 points
      3. 3rd= 2 points
      4. 4th= 1 point
    3. In the event of a tie, all points will be EQUALLY shared at that level and the next descending level.
    4. After the Place-Point assignment is made, each One-Act play’s score is doubled (X2) for final point value.
  4. Award determination for Sweepstakes
    1. The school with the highest point and placement value will receive this award.
  5. Backstage awards
    1. For Backstage achievement awards each place within each category goes to a different school.
    2. Awards are given on a point averaging basis to determine “place.”
      1. Respondents’ critique sheets will be averaged on a point basis, rounded up to the hundredth point.
    3. Awards will be given on a point averaging basis to determine “place.”
      1. 1st= 5 points
      2. 2nd= 3 points
      3. 3rd= 2 points
      4. 4th= 1 point
    4. In the event of a tie, all points will be EQUALLY shared at that level and the next descending level.
    5. The Stage Manager Activity only will be counted towards Sweepstakes.

V. Timing

Each school is responsible for the overall preparedness and timing factors of their own entries. Neither respondents nor timekeepers will try to overtly distract or get the attention of a performer during the performance simply to make the performer aware of time limits. Please remember: any entry going over the specified time limit for the monologue acting, duet acting, and musical theatre will be DISQUALIFIED AND UNABLE TO RECEIVE AN AWARD. They will, however, be allowed to finish their performance.

VI. Conduct/Etiquette

  1. All respondents, coaches, students, and chaperones are expected to display good examples of fair play, good “sportsmanship,” respectfulness, and responsibility. Poor conduct and etiquette during the oral response of One-Act plays by either students or coaches will not be tolerated. Any obvious rule violation may result in the disqualification of an entire school entry or individual(s) entry as appropriate. If there are any disputes, the decision of the Festival Director is final.
  2. Latecomers will not be seated.
  3. It is suggested that all schools, if not on deck or in a response session, attend all shows in order to provide an audience for those schools which are performing.
  4. Appropriate audience etiquette will be expected from all audience members.

VII. Criteria for each Event/Activity

Critique sheets will be sent out after registration is confirmed. If you need them before that time, email the Festival Director.

For questions, concerns, or for more information, please write or call:

San Juan College Director of Theatre
4601 College Boulevard
Farmington, NM 87402
Telephone: 505.566.3242 FAX: 505.566.3529
E-mail: mookfiddlerm@sanjuancollege.edu


For more information, please call Mollie Mook-Fiddler at 505-566-3242. Or send us an email at mookfiddlerm@sanjuancollege.edu.