The 2015 Middle School Play Festival will be held on Saturday, March 21; locations TBA.
The 2014 Middle School Play Festival was on Saturday, March 15 at Kings Mountain High School (Kings Mountain) and Pinecrest High School (Southern Pines).
At the NCTC Festival, schools from all across the state come together to share their talents and celebrate their collective achievements.
The basic premise of the Festival is that schools load-in their set into a backstage area that is approximately 10′x10′, before taking the stage to perform their play. Students have 45 minutes to tell their story and leave the stage completely clear. Following their performance, students receive verbal and written feedback from industry experts. When not performing, students watch performances from other schools, learn from their peers and make new theatre friends. You can read more about festival preparation and rules here.
At the end of the Festival, numerous awards are presented in an exciting ceremony that celebrates the achievements of all participants. You can read more about awards and adjudication here.
Festival participation 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Individual teacher membership is appreciated, but schools must pay organizational membership dues in order to be eligible for the Festival.
North Carolina public schools, private schools, magnet schools and charter schools are eligible to register for the 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 email@example.com prior to December 15; no special cases will be considered after this date. Teachers may not combine groups of students from different schools. All students participating must be enrolled in the registered school and must be in grades 6-8.
2014 Registration Fees and Procedures (2015 Info Coming Soon)
Early Registration – Opened January 7 at 12pm – $335/show
All NCTC organizational memberships run from July 1-June 30 and schools that paid their NCTC organizational membership dues on time (by August 15, 2013) are permitted to register at a reduced rate and during the early registration period.
Late Registration – Opened January 10 at 12pm – $365/show
Play Festival registration fills up very quickly. It is possible all slots could be taken during the early registration period. If any Festival slots remain after early registration, late registration will be open to schools that were not eligible for early registration, and for those who did not take advantage of the opportunity. Schools will pay their organizational membership dues when registering in this period.
The deadline for Play Festival payments (submitted to NCTC) is Wednesday, February 26 by 5pm. Purchase orders are not needed and are not an acceptable form of payment. Each school may register up to 2 productions. Read more about registration here.
How Festival Participation Aligns with the NC Essential Standards for Theatre Arts Education
The Festival platform gives teachers the opportunity to fulfill the NC Essential Standards for Theatre Arts and enhances critical thinking skills through an exciting, hands-on learning experience. The Play Festival rehearsal and performance process teaches students the processes needed to think creatively and critically, and develop and test innovative ideas and to use movement, voice, and writing to communicate ideas and feelings. Students are taught to understand how to design technical theatre components, such as costumes, sets, props, makeup, lighting, and sound, when they design and construct the production design elements for their Festival show.
By watching performances from other schools, students develop critical thinking skills and learn to understand the traditions, roles, and conventions of theatre as an art form. At the Festival, young artists analyze literary texts and performances and also analyze theatre in terms of the social, historical, and cultural contexts in which it was created.
In addition to these essential lessons, students receive valuable feedback from industry experts which helps to improve the quality of theatre programs in schools across the state, and encourages students to strive for excellence.
New Participants – The Play Festival can seem complicated and overwhelming at first, but we are here to help. If you are a new participant this year and have any questions, please contact us and we will help you with process, and can even connect you with an experienced participant to help you in your first year. Email Executive Director Angie Hays at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about your membership status, contact NCTC General Manager Amanda Clark at email@example.com.
If you have questions about festival rules and procedures, contact NCTC Executive Director Angie Hays at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 Middle School Play Festival Sponsors