Play Festival Adjudication
Two adjudicators for each site will be chosen by the NCTC staff and board. Adjudicators are trained by the NCTC staff and are expected to serve the mission of the Festival, by providing a positive experience for all participants. Adjudicators are not permitted to see a participant’s entry prior to the Festival performance.
Adjudicators are charged with recognizing hard work, celebrating achievement, and encouraging further growth. Adjudicators will watch each performance and, at the end of each performance, the cast and director/teacher will sit in a designated area (usually in the front of the house). The adjudicators will provide brief verbal feedback to the group, addressing the following questions: What were the strongest acting/staging elements of this piece? If you continue to work on this piece, where might you concentrate your efforts (and why)? When I think back and remember this show, what will I remember most?
Written feedback will also be provided, and mailed to you at a later date. Click here to review the adjudication form, to see what the judges are looking for from each performance.
An awards ceremony will take place approximately one hour after the conclusion of the last play. Awards will be announced, but certificates and written feedback will be sent to teachers after the Festival, to allow participants to leave for home as quickly as possible.
All awards are determined by the judges, unless otherwise noted. The following awards will be presented:
- Theatre Arts Awards: 10 awards will be given – these are “judge’s choice” awards and may honor excellence in a variety of ways.
- Excellence in Ensemble Acting: 2 awards will be given.
- Excellence in Acting: 10 awards will be given, 5 to female actors and 5 to male actors.
- Excellence in Student Design and Production: Up to 10 awards may be given. Presented by the NCTC Board (more information below).
- Outstanding Achievement in Student Design and Production: Two awards may be given. Presented by the NCTC Board (more information below). Recipients of these awards will receive a scholarship to attend NCTC College Discovery Day.
- Outstanding Achievement in Ensemble Acting: 1 award will be presented.
- Outstanding Achievement in Acting: 2 awards will be presented, 1 to a female actor and 1 to a male actor. Recipients of these awards will receive a scholarship to attend NCTC College Discovery Day.
- Excellence in Directing: 3 awards will be given.
- Honorable Mention Distinguished Play: This production may have the opportunity to advance to the State Festival, in the event that one of the Distinguished Play recipients may not attend.
- Distinguished Play Award: Two awards will be presented; one by the judges and one by the participants, if minimum voting requirements are met (see Cast Your Vote below). These two productions will be invited to participate in the NCTC State High School Play Festival.
Cast Your Vote: Each school has the opportunity to “Cast Your Vote” for one of the Distinguished Plays that will represent your site at the State Festival. Participation in this process is completely voluntary; schools are not required to participate. Your school must have at least one representative in the audience for each play, in order to participate. A representative may be a student, teacher, parent, or any person that can represent your vote. The NCTC representative will conduct a role call prior to each performance. We encourage all students to watch all plays. Your group will deliberate and decide on one vote for your school (even if you bring two shows to the festival, you are limited to one vote). The NCTC representative will give each teacher one index card with your school name and a line for your vote, which you will return to the representative within 15 minutes after the last performance. Votes will remain confidential. No votes will be accepted until the conclusion of the festival. At least 50% of the schools at your site must participate in “Cast Your Vote” for the award to be presented (otherwise the judges will choose both Distinguished Plays). You may not vote for your own show, but you will be able to vote for your favorite of all the others.
Student Achievement in Design and Production Awards: Design and Production is typically recognized in the Theatre Arts Awards category, with the award often shared by the whole cast or the adult design team. The Student Achievement in Design and Production Awards will recognize achievement that may not be easily seen onstage. This could be excellence in stage management, public relations, design, crew leadership, etc. Awards will be presented to students who have demonstrated excellent skills and (when appropriate) leadership qualities, which enhanced your Festival production. For these awards, teachers may nominate students and the NCTC representatives will evaluate the nominations and determine award recipients. The NCTC representative(s) may choose to award up to 10 Excellence in Student Design and Production awards and up to 2 awards for Outstanding Achievement. The students receiving the Outstanding Awards will receive a scholarship to attend NCTC College Discovery Day.
Teachers may nominate up to three students (or up to three teams of students) by completing the nomination form. Nominations must be printed out and submitted to the NCTC representative no later than 9:00am on the second day of the festival. Click here for the nomination form.
Over $250,000 in scholarships awarded at the 2012 NCTC State High School Play Festival!
In 2012, NCTC continued scholarship partnerships with Lenoir-Rhyne University, Greensboro College and Catawba College. At the 2012 NCTC State High School Play Festival, the two students (one male and one female) who were presented with the Outstanding Achievement in Acting awards received scholarship offers from all three of these colleges! Lenoir-Rhyne University and Catawba College each offered the students $20,000 theatre scholarships and Greensboro College offered $30,000 scholarships.
In addition, Greensboro College awarded four $30,000 scholarships to students planning to study Design/Tech, Costuming, Theatre Education, or Stage Directing/Management at Greensboro College.
All of these scholarships are contingent upon meeting admissions requirements and enrollment in the respective schools. They will be spread over four years and are theatre-department specific.
NCTC thanks Lenoir-Rhyne University (Mia Self, Theatre Program Coordinator), Catawba College (Christopher Zink, Theatre Department Chair) and Greensboro College (David Schram, Theatre Department Chair) for their support of the High School Play Festival and theatre students across the state!