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 take seats in the first few rows of the theatre. 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. Most often these awards are presented for design, but judges may present them in any way they wish.
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).
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.
Excellence in Directing: 3 awards will be given.
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. These awards will continue to be presented. 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.
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 2pm on the day of the festival. Click here for the nomination form.