2020 MARYLAND STATE THESPIAN FESTIVAL

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UpDate! COLLEGE AUDITIONS

College auditions are now open to students in tenth through twelfth grades. These auditions provide students with access to collegiate programs of study, summer pre-college programs, and additional scholarships. The cost to participate is $15 per auditioning thespian.


UpDate! sHUTTLE pASSES

There is an $11 per person charge for each weekend shuttle pass. Shuttles will run from Towson University on Friday night and to Towson University on Saturday morning from the Baltimore Sheraton North or Holiday Inn Express (Towson). You must have a shuttle pass to board the shuttles. Please order your shuttle passes through the registration system. Under registration, click on Services and click on Shuttle Bus Pass. Add the appropriate number of passes for all of you students, chaperones, and yourself. The shuttle passes will be added to your shopping cart. You will pick up your shuttle passes at registration on Friday morning.


UpDate! Bus and vehicle parking

All vehicles will have to pay a $10 parking fee for Friday only. We will need to provide your pass for you. Please make sure you order your pass through the registration system. Under registration, click on Services and click on Bus/Vehicle Parking. The parking pass will be added to your shopping cart. You will pick up your bus parking permit at registration on Friday morning.


NEW! EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE

We are so excited to offer this awesome new event to our festival line up. Experimental Theatre is an awesome opportunity for your students to stretch their creative muscles. Each piece will be adjudicated and then workshopped with the adjudicator. We are looking for your students to present their original plays either performed on stage or presented as readers theatre, devised theatre, or social justice pieces that are a minimum of 20 minutes and not to exceed a maximum of 30 minutes. These pieces can be either student or teacher directed but must be approved by the Troupe Director. Since the event will be held in the Dance Studio Theatre with an installed Marley floor, there are restrictions in regards to set pieces, props, etc that can be used.

Cost: $25


UPDATE! ONE ACT FESTIVAL

All schools performing a one act will be required to submit the supplementary one act application. This application must include a synopsis of the title performed, proof of licensing rights approval and a signed principal permission form. As a reminder there is a three year moratorium for One Act productions. One Acts that were produced for the 2018 or 2019 festival cannot be performed again until 2021 or 2022 respectively. Please check the one act moratorium list on our website to make sure your selected one act can be performed this year.


NEW! MARYLAND THESPIAN DISTINGUISHED SENIOR

We are exited to announce the inaugural recognition of the states most ambitious and talented Senior Thespians - the Maryland Thespian Distinguished Senior Award! Each troupe director may select one deserving senior for recognition as a Maryland Thespian Distinguished Senior. Seniors will receive a medal, honored on stage, and their nomination will be posted in Guidebook. What a great way to bring recognition to a deserving student! You will need to complete the submission process below and register your student for this award on the Maryland Thespian Registration System.

Cost: $20


SCHEDULE UPDATE! BREAKS

We all need a break during festival and we have devised a schedule that provides 2-hour lunch and dinner breaks for students to rest and recharge. Teachers please monitor your students’ activities and assist them in finding workshops and/or events that interest them. Last year there were a multitude of students just hanging out on their phones and/or wandering around in unauthorized areas of the building. We have also been asked by Towson University for teachers to remind students that students should not be found on the third floor of the building. Thank you in advance for your help in keeping your students engaged in workshops and events at the festival.


NEW! INTERNATIONAL THESPIAN EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Please make sure your students are aware of the rule changes for the 2019/2020 IE’s especially in regards to obtaining rights to perform their titles. In the IE Guide provided they will find crucial information regarding their specific events and material they can and cannot use. In addition, all students must wear all black including their shoes (NO white and/or colored soled black shoes or black shoes with white or colored stripes can be worn).