PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

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All Star Monologues (up to 3 per school)

  1. Each individual performer will prepare a memorized monologue not longer than 2 minutes in performance time.

  2. The monologue must be selected from a play or musical published for the stage.

  3. Actors will receive verbal feedback on the live performance of their monologues.

  4. Actors are auditioning for our All-Star Cast, which will be selected to perform their monologues on camera at the end of the day, and provided with a professionally produced file for their acting reel.

 

Cold Reading Auditions (up to 3 per school)

  1. Each individual performer will be assigned a performance time, and will be provided with a copy of a brief scene and a randomly assigned scene partner, likely to be from a different school.

  2. The scene we provide will be from a play or musical published for the stage.

  3. The pair will have five minutes to review the scene together, and will then perform it for a panel.

  4. They will receive verbal feedback on their performance.

  5. An All-Star Cast List will be posted at the end of the day, listing the top Cold Reading Duet Acting Auditions.

 

Staged Reading (1 per school)

  1. Teams of 4-7 students will register to take part in a staged reading.

  2. One student will be designated as the director.

  3. The material will be provided by the CFT Festival three weeks prior to the performance date.

  4. The short plays do not have to be memorized, but should be dynamic and entertaining.

  5. Stage movement and props are allowed.

  6. CFT will provide 7 chairs, 7 music stands, and mentors to provide verbal feedback for the readers and both verbal and written feedback for the playwright.

  7. Mentors will select one participant to be the Student Director of the Year.

 

Central Florida Idol Solo Musical Showcase (up to 3 per school)

  1. Individual performers will prepare a vocal performance of a song from a musical published for the stage and perform it live on our public mall stage.

  2. CFT will provide a single sturdy chair, a handheld wireless microphone on a stand, area microphones, a piano, and playback for recorded tracks.

  3. Performers may bring an accompanist to use our piano or any other instrument they choose to bring.

  4. We are open to the use of props and costumes within the rules of the festival.

  5. SPECIAL NOTE: Solo Musical Showcase selections need to be “family-friendly” because we are performing them on the public stage at the mall.

 

One Act Playwriting: 30 Minute Plays (High School Only; up to 3 per school)

  1. An individual playwright will create a 15-30 page script, featuring a complete story, and taking place in a single setting.

  2. The script should be emailed to CentralFloridaTheater@gmail.com at the time of the school’s registration.

  3. We will provide a format sample on the website.

  4. Mentors will provide verbal and written feedback, and one play will be selected to be produced as a staged reading at Penguin Point. (The playwright will be paid a $50 royalty per performance.)

 

One Act Playwriting: 10 Minute Plays (up to 3 per school)

  1. An individual playwright will create a 5-10 page script, featuring a complete story taking place in a single setting and containing 2-6 characters.

  2. The script should be emailed to CentralFloridaTheater@gmail.com at the time of the school’s registration.

  3. We will provide a format sample on the website.

  1. Mentors will provide verbal and written feedback, and one play will be selected to be produced as a staged reading at Penguin Point. (The playwright will be paid a $50 royalty per performance.)

 

Arts Advocacy & Arts Activism (1 per school)

  1. An individual student will create a 5-minute presentation in which they will pitch an Arts Advocacy plan supporting theater education in their state, county, town, or school; or pitch an Arts Activism plan, in which they will describe a creative way to use the arts to benefit a social issue such as racism, homelessness, etc.

  2. The plan should be accompanied by a full written description of the project including any supporting materials the student can provide. Supporting materials might include a proposed budget for the project, news articles highlighting a need for the project, a sample flyer to advertise the project, etc.—be creative!

  3. Our team of mentors will give verbal feedback.

  4. Recognition will be given in a variety of categories.

 

Technical Theater Showcase (up to 3 per school)

  1. An individual technician will share their portfolio of work with a panel of mentors who will provide them with verbal feedback.

  2. Designs should be based on plays or musicals published for the stage.

  3. Technical theater work may include (but is not limited to) stage management, directing, set, publicity, costume, makeup, lighting, and/or sound design.

  4. Portfolios can be digital, printed, or a combination of both, and 3D projects such as set models and original costumes are welcome.

  5. CFT will provide a table, an easel, and a flat screen TV with an HDMI cable if you wish to plug in your jump drive or tablet.

  6. Recognition will be given in a variety of categories.

 

Mystery Box Costume Construction Challenge (1 per school)

  1. An individual costumer will bring their sewing machine, a human model who is a registered student at the festival, and a box no larger than 24” cubed. The box may contain anything the costumer thinks they may need to construct a costume: fabric, thread, trim, scissors, etc. (Pretty much anything, except NO ACTUAL PRE-MADE COSTUME ITEMS AND NO GLITTER).

  2. CFT will provide a folding table, a chair, and an electrical outlet. At the posted start time, we will announce the name of the play we are constructing costumes for, and we will provide a list of possible characters to choose from.

  3. You will then have 3 hours to design and create a costume for that character.

  4. Costumers will be asked to defend their design choices. This challenge calls for both creativity and quality sewing.

  5. Mentors we be available to help you as needed, and you will be allowed to trade supplies with other designers if you wish.

  6. When time is up, the models will wear the newly created costumes on our runway stage.

  7. Recognition will be given in a variety of categories, and the top costumer will receive a $50 gift certificate to Duckie’s Vintage.

 

Makeup Design Challenge (up to 3 per school)

  1. An individual makeup artist will bring their own personal makeup kit. The artist must be sure to pack everything they’ll need to prepare their face, apply makeup, and remove it afterward.

  2. They may wish to bring their phone so that they can take photos to document each step in their application process.

  3. They will be applying makeup to their own face for this challenge. No airbrush, prosthetics, or glitter allowed.

  4. CFT will provide a folding table, a chair, and a photographer to document the final project.

  5. At the posted start time, we will announce a genre of musical theater that artists will be designing for, and will provide a list of six plays to choose from. (For instance, if the genre is “Musicals of the 1960’s,” the list might include Hair, Bye Bye Birdie, The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Hello Dolly, and Cabaret. You’ll find out what genre and shows we are designing for at the posted start time that day.)

  6. The artist will select one character from one of the listed plays and will design and apply the makeup for that character.

  7. Mentors will be available to guide makeup artists throughout the process, but will not supply or apply any makeup for you.

  8. Recognition will be given in a variety of categories, and the top artist will receive a $50 gift certificate to Duckie’s Vintage.

 

Broadway Costumed Character Showcase (up to 3 per school)

  1. Individual students will create or assemble (in advance of the festival) their own costume representing their favorite character from a stage play or musical.

  2. At the scheduled time, they will provide mentors with a typed paragraph describing their methods and sources in creating the costume. (This can include building it from scratch, thrifting for individual pieces, and other creative ideas.)

  3. Character makeup and hair design are optional and not required part of the project.

  4. They will walk our runway wearing their costume.

  5. Awards will be given in a variety of categories, and the top designer will receive a $50 gift certificate to Duckie’s Vintage.