Individual Events

Individual Events

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Individual Events” are performance and technical events that students from each troupe may enter into competition at their local District Festival. Each troupe may create its own criteria for deciding which students will represent their school in Individual Events. Each District has its own formula for deciding how many Individual Events a troupe may bring to its local District Festival, and in how many Individual Events a student from that troupe may participate. This formula is based on the size of both the District and the limitations of the venue in which it hosts these events.


Qualifying Individual Events from each District are invited to perform at the annual FSJT State Festival. Florida State Junior Thespians currently allows each troupe to register up to 8 superior-ranked Performance Events and up to 4 superior-ranked Technical Events. (In the event a troupe does not have enough superior-ranked events to fill this slate, exceptions can be made for up to four excellent-rated events to attend the FSJT State Festival.)


Performance event categories are:Monologue, Duet Acting, Ensemble Acting, Solo Musical, Duet Musical, Small Group Musical, Large Group Musical, Pantomime, and Improvisation.

Technical event categories are: Set Design, Costume Design, Marketing/Publicity Design, Scene Writing, and Makeup Design.



GENERAL RULES

NOTICE: Students will NOT be allowed to use adult language in any performance at the District or State Level.  The piece will be disqualified from competition, a letter will be sent to the school principal if this occurs. This is not a negotiable point.

The Rules

  1. A “slate,” or introduction, is required for each performance piece and MUST include ONLY the entrant's name(s), title of selection, and troupe number.  Do not give the name of school or other information.  The official time for the event will start after the mention of the troupe number. (Example: "My name is John Doe. I will sing "Music of the Night" from Phantom of the Opera." I am from Troupe #1234.)

  2. No student may enter the same Individual Event category twice. 

  3. The number of entries and events allowed per troupe and per student in the Individual Events Competition will be determined annually by the State Board. Each District may set its own number of entries and events for its local festival, based upon the size of the District and the limitations of the venue where the Festival is held.

  4. Students are not allowed to wear clothing that displays their school's name, school's initials or any identification of their troupe apart from the troupe number.  Students may wear clothing that displays their District number.  This applies to ALL Individual Events. 

  5. Students receiving a Superior rating at the District level are eligible to perform at the State level.  Final selection will be the troupe director’s decision. (In the event a troupe does not have enough superior-ranked events to fill this slate, exceptions can be made for up to four excellent-rated events to attend the FSJT State Festival.)

  6. No changes or additions after registration deadline. There may be financial penalties at both the District and State Festival for changed or dropped events.

  7. All Individual Events presented at State Festival must be the same title and cutting, with the same participants, that received an Excellent/Superior at District Festival.  Any exceptions to this rule require a written request to the State Director two weeks prior to the Festival. 

  8. The troupe director is responsible for insuring that the material is appropriate for presentation in a public forum at their own middle school. The principal will be asked to certify that the material chosen meets the community standards of the school and community. 

  9. No costumes may be used.  Costumes are defined as clothing which is unique to the character(s) in the specific play, scene, and/or musical number (EXAMPLE: 1950's style clothing for a scene from Grease.); or clothing that helps to establish information about the character(s) (i.e. mood, personality, period, etc.) in the specific play, scene and/or musical number (EXAMPLE: mismatched clothing or "nerd" clothing for The Nerd.) Dance clothing (leotards, tights, dance skirts, sweats, etc.) may be worn UNLESS they would be covered under the description listed above.

  10. Props and accessories may be used if they are an integral part of the blocking and/or choreography.