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Nebraska State Thespian Convention 2018
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Improv Challenge Guidelines
WHO: First 15 teams to register-1 per school
Limit one team per school.
- Teams are limited to 6 actually performing at one time, although if you have alternates or extras, that’s fine—you will need to decide as a team who will actually perform. Must have at least one female on the team.
- Teams register by selecting Improv on the Registration Form.
- Teams need a funny but school appropriate name.
- Audience is encouraged to watch the events.
- Profanity, sexually explicit scenarios, or other inappropriate material will result in forfeiting of the round. Decisions on what is profane etc., etc. is up to the improv judge(s).
- All rounds will be judged by outside judges that are professional improvers and are not known to the students.
- Each team will meet briefly to pick up their tally sheets for rounds and start event assignments.
There will be three preliminary rounds Each round will consist of one improvisational exercise event. A judge will be posted at
each of the three events to tally points for each team. At the end of each round, teams rotate to the next event to start a new round.
Once all three rounds are completed, the top teams with the most points will be advanced to the lightning round.
Top five teams will compete in the same improvisational event for all three judges at once. The team with the highest numerical score from rounds 1-3, plus the lightning round wins.
Ballots and Winners
The top 3 winning teams will be announced at awards. Ballots for all teams will be available after the awards.
Welcome to the Nebraska Thespians Improv Finals!
In an effort to continue pushing the boundaries of the improvisation finals competition, finalists will once again perform with actors from other schools. All finalists will be randomly grouped with two performers from other schools to create eight 3 person teams. Each new team will perform a 34 minute scene, working together to showcase their improv talents.
The format for the finals scenes is very minimal. Each of the three team members will select a suggestion, at random, from one of the following categories: Person (Occupation), Place (Location), Thing (Object). The goal for each team is to incorporate all 3 suggestions into their scene while also upholding the principles of great improv!
Each of the three performers on the team will be awarded points based on how well they contributed to their scene. Keep in mind that being funny may get laughs but if you are ignoring your teammates, you will not score very well.
This year each judge will have 10 points to award per round. It is the judges’ discretion on how many points each performer receives.
For example: giving person on team A3 points , team B 5 points and team C 2 points indicates team member B did the best in the scene and A and C struggled to move the scene forward. Or if it was given that team members A and B are awarded 3 points and C 4, it would indicate everyone did pretty well, but C had some extra creative moments.
Points awarded to each actor will be added to their school’s total. All points will be tallied at the end of the finals competition. The school with the most points will be this year’s winner!
All participating teams will be onstage during the competition, so be ready to perform!
The Emcee will create the teams by calling one performer from three separate schools and the have each performer select one of the three suggestions for their scene. The performers will each read their suggestion allowed to the audience and the scene will begin.
Each actor from each school will perform one time. There will be 8 scenes with 3 actors in each scene.
Scenes will be 34 minutes (Judges will end the scene)
The Judges will be watching for use the following improv tools:
Did the actor listen well? (Listening)
Did the actor work with the ensemble? (Yes, And)
Did the actor work to “save”/help fellow scene mates? (TrustDid the actor make strong choices? (Use Statements, rather than questions)
Did the actor use action (physical offerings) to give depth to the scene?
Above all, have fun! Improv is an exciting and challenging art form that takes minutes to learn and years to master. Enjoy this opportunity to play and learn!
National Individual Events (NIES) is an educational program that offers Thespians the opportunity to receive constructive feedback on prepared theatrical material and technical designs.
The performance Individual Events include:
- Duo Acting
- Group Acting
- Solo Musical Theatre
- Duet Musical Theatre
- Group Musical Theatre.The technical Individual Events include:
- Costume Construction
- Costume Design
- Lighting Design
- Scenic Design
- Short Film
- Sound Design
- Stage Management
- Theatre Marketing.
Rules for all performance events
1. Individual Events have strict time limits. After the introduction (slating), time begins with the first word, musical note or acting action (if it precedes the first word or note). If a student exceeds the time limit, the judge will notate the time on the form and a final eligibility ruling will be determined in the tabulation room. If the student exceeds the time limit by 30 seconds, the timekeeper must stop the performance. No warnings are required from the timekeeper.
a. Time limits for performance events are as follows: i. Monologues, 3 minutes;
ii. All other performance events, 5 minutes.
- Each entrant is permitted to participate in only one event.
- Entrants who qualify for Individual Events through participation in a Chapter Conference/Festival must present exactly the same work at both the chapter and national levels. Other qualifying entrants are expected to present the works listed on their registration.
- Substitutions are not allowed. Entrants who qualified at a Chapter Conference/Festival and who are listed on the chapter qualifier form are the only ones qualified to perform at ITF.
a. However, in the category of Group Musical and Group Acting, drops will be allowed, but no substitutions are permitted in any category.
- Acceptable material for all Individual Performance Events:
- Published scripts written for the theatre ONLY. If the participant is using a piece that is also a movie, theperformance must be from the play/musical, not the movie script.
- Songs from a musical that have been written for the theatre (regardless of its previous publication as aclassical or popular song – e.g., Forever Plaid, Mamma Mia, etc.).
- It’s difficult to address every situation in this document, but fundamentally, the guide is that the piecemust either:
i. Have publisher permission (NOT author-only permission); orii. Be available for sale in a libretto, play, vocal selection, or musical score.
- Unacceptable material for Individual Performance Events:a. Poetry
c. Scripts or songs from films
d. Scripts or songs from television
e. Stand-alone monologues found on the internet or in monologue books
f. Popular songs not used in a published work for the theatre
g. Classical songs not used in a published work for the theatre
h. Props or costumes - including the use of hair, non-prescription glasses, earrings or other personal items.
- Disqualification. The Individual Event program is meant to challenge, inspire, and educate students. As you’ll note throughout this document, there are very clear rules to ensure equity among all participants. Violations of these rules can lead to disqualification.
- Disqualification reasons can be noted by individual adjudicators. The judges should note the issue(s) under their printed name and signature.
- Regardless of individual disqualification reason(s), it is the responsibility of the tabulation room officials (or pre-defined designate) to rule on any disqualifications.
- Disqualifications at the International Thespian Festival will be ruled by Deputy Executive Director Doug Berlon.
- Filming. Individual Events may not be filmed for rebroadcast or other use.
Technical rules (excluding short film)
The entrant must prepare a presentation and design for one published work written for the theatre. Designs for performances of original work, poetry, fiction, screenplays, television, or any other medium are not permitted.
- Time limits for technical events are as follows: a. Presentation, 8 minutes.b. Question and answer, 4 minutes.
- The entrant must give an oral presentation no longer than 8 minutes justifying the design and guiding theadjudicator through the entrant’s creative process. Notecards are permitted. The introduction to the presentation must include only the entrant’s name, troupe number, title of show, and writer(s). A thirty-second oral synopsis should be prepared as part of the presentation. After the presentation, adjudicators will have up to four minutes to ask questions. The overall session, including the introduction and follow-up questions, cannot exceed twelve minutes.
- Students from states requiring electronic submissions may present their work electronically. However, they must bring their own equipment.a. For costume construction, students must bring the actual costume constructed.b. For stage management, students must bring the actual prompt book used during the production.
- Read and follow exactly the task sheet for your technical entry.
- Complete the checklist sheet, sign it, and have your troupe director sign it.
- Put the checklist sheet at the front of your production book or artifact binder.
- Wear professional all-black clothing and shoes for the presentation before the adjudicators.