2017 High School Play Festival Registration

The 2017 High School Play Festival is sold out!

Registration for the NCTC High School Play Festival is limited to NCTC member schools.

A list of current NCTC member schools can be found here. If you have additional questions about your membership status, please contact amanda@nctc.org.

See the list of schools who paid their dues on-time (by July 31) and are eligible to register during the early registration period.

Festival Eligibility


Individual teacher membership is appreciated, but schools must pay organization membership dues in order to be eligible for the Festival. All students participating must be enrolled in the registered school and must be in grades 9-12. Teachers may not combine groups of students from different schools. North Carolina public schools, private schools, magnet schools and charter schools are able to register for the NCTC High School Play Festival, if they are members of NCTC. All other groups will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must contact NCTC to seek permission to register. Request permission by emailing angelahays@nctc.org by August 1. 

It is the participant's responsibility to make arrangements with the author and/or publisher for the right to use the play they are performing and to pay any required royalties. Written proof of such permission must be provided if requested by NCTC. This rule also applies to music used within the production, cuttings made to the script, and use of source material for a new play based on an existing story. Neither NCTC nor the host site shall be held responsible for any unpaid royalties. 

Participants may not rehearse a production on the host site stage prior to the Festival. This statement does not apply to a host school performing at their own site, on their own stage. 

2017 Registration Fees and Payment

Early Registration – Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 10AM – $355/show

All NCTC organizational memberships run from July 1-June 30 and schools that pay their NCTC organizational membership dues on time (by July 31, 2017) are permitted to register at a reduced rate, during the early registration period. 

Late Registration – Opens Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 10AM – $425/show

Schools will pay their organizational membership dues when registering in this period. 

Each school may register up to 2 productions, but must register both shows together.

2017 Festival Sites

October 27-28, 2017

Catawba College

Kings Mountain High School
Kings Mountain

Rocky River High School
Mint Hill

Union Pines High School

November 3-4, 2017

Gardner-Webb University  
Boiling Springs

Washington High School

Watauga High School

Weaver Academy Greensboro

State Festival: November 16-17, 2017

Greensboro College

How to Register


Step 1: Review the Festival Overview Information.

Step 2: Review the Festival Rules and Preparation (even if you are a Festival veteran, please read the rules and take note of any changes!).

Step 3: Review the Cancellation Policy (below).

Step 4: Verify your Festival eligibility. See the list of schools who paid their dues on-time (by July 31) and are eligible to register during the early registration period.

Step 5: Complete Registration. 

The 2017 Festival is sold out.

Step 6: Once you submit your registration, you will get an email from NCTC General Manager Amanda Clark, within 8 business hours. This email will let you know if you have secured a slot or slots in the Festival, as well as the site where you’ll be performing.

Step 7: Make Payment by October 11. If you chose the “Paying by Check” option, it is your responsibility to make sure NCTC receives your school’s payment. You will get an invoice with your site assignment, via email.  NCTC does not need a purchase order, and these are not an acceptable form of payment. You will receive a receipt via email when your payment is received. Please do not ask a bookkeeper to contact NCTC about payment; teachers assume responsibility for communication within their school. It is the responsibility of the teacher to ensure that payment is made to NCTC. It is not the responsibility of NCTC to obtain payment.

Cancellation Policy

Once registered, you are responsible for making the payment for your show(s), even if you cancel a production. If you decide to cancel a production, please notify angelahays@nctc.org as soon as possible. You will still be responsible for the payment for that show, but NCTC will try to adjust the schedule for the benefit of other participating schools. No refunds will be given and you are pledging to pay fees when you register. If a show is cancelled and the payment is not received, your school will not be permitted to register for future NCTC programs and Festivals.

Site Scheduling

Site schedules vary, and you should plan to attend the entire Festival, which will run from very early each morning until late evening. When registering, teachers will select their top choices for Festival site (first, second, third choice). Schools may make a request for performance day or time during registration. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. Please limit these requests; only list a request if you have a major conflict. All registrations and special requests are processed in the order in which they are received.

Please see your site page for your schedule. If you wish to re-schedule a performance, you’ll need to contact the other schools at your site and ask for a swap. If you are able to arrange a switch, please inform your host and amanda@nctc.org 

We strongly encourage you to attend the entire Festival, not only to be able to “Cast Your Vote” for the Audience Choice Distinguished Play, and to receive a "Festival Spirit Award," but additionally because it’s a great chance for your students to bond with kids from other schools who share the same interests. They’ll get to hear valuable feedback from the adjudicators after each show, and we feel that this is equally as important as their own performance. There are also fun roll calls, theatre games during the breaks, colleges recruiting on-site and other fun activities for them to participate in!

*Special Discount Offer for New Teachers/Schools!

New teachers who wish to participate in the Play Festival for the first time, and teachers who have not taken students to the Festival in the last 5 years (2012-2016) can save 50% on registration by using the promo code NEWHSPF50. Savings applies to Festival registration only, your NCTC membership must be paid in full. The discount can only be applied to registration for 1 show; if you choose to register 2 shows, the second will be a regular-priced entry. This offer applies to new registrations only; teachers who already received Festival confirmation for 2017 may not take advantage of this offer.

Statewide Sponsors

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.