Scene Writing

SCENE WRITING


Click here to download the Florida State Junior Thespian Scene Writing Guidelines.


RULES


  1. The script must be the work of one or two students. If a collaborative effort, both must attend the adjudication.


  1. The text must contain dialogue and have two characters ONLY.


  1. Script length must be a minimum of three text pages and a maximum of 5 text pages.


  1. When submitting a scene at the State Festival level, the troupe director must upload a PDF file of the script to the registration website during the registration window. Late or emailed submissions will not be accepted, as our scene writing judges receive the scripts through the website when the registration window closes.


  1. All printed text must be in the Courier font.


  1. The student may not submit a scene that has been previously adjudicated by Florida State Junior Thespians. The scene must be original work.


  1. Scene writing will be ten minutes in length. The playwright will introduce the play and then have a discussion with the judges. 


  1. Judges may make comments on the evaluation form and/or during the verbal adjudication.


FORMAT


  1. The first page of the script will be the TITLE PAGE, including information relating to the title, playwright(s), troupe director, troupe number, school address, and completion date, and will be arranged according to the Florida State Junior Thespian guidelines.


  1. The second page of the script will be the SYNOPSIS PAGE, including information relating to the title, playwright(s), character breakdown (male/ female), and a 40 to 60 word summary of the play, and will be arranged according to the Florida State Junior Thespian guidelines.


  1. The third page of the script will be the CHARACTER PAGE, including an alphabetized list of the two characters, and will be arranged according to the Florida State Junior Thespian guidelines.


  1. The fourth and successive pages of the script will be the TEXT PAGES, and will include only the actual scene and will be arranged according to the Florida State Junior Thespian guidelines.


  1. Proper formatting is part of the adjudication, and points may be deducted accordingly.


The following topics will be considered by the adjudicators while reading your play:


Character:


  • Are goals established?

  • Is the goal pursued in a manner consistent with the character’s personality and limitations?

  • Can an audience empathize with the protagonist?

  • Are the supporting characters vital to the development and resolution of the plot?


Dialogue:


  • Is each character’s diction (choice of words) consistent with the given circumstances?

  • Is all dialogue necessary to the development of the plot and each character?


Plot:


  • Does the playwright provide all exposition necessary to understanding the characters and their situations (who, what, when, where, and why)?

  • Once the initial incident in introduced, does the rising action follow a logical sequence of events to an appropriate climax and resolution?


Stageability:


  • Will this work easily translate to the stage given the limitations of a stage play?


BEST PRACTICE IDEAS FOR SCENE WRITING


  • Please submit all student scenes to “Turn It In” or a similar program to check for plagiarism.


  • Troupe directors should read all student scenes before submitting to any festival.


SPECIAL NOTE



We are looking for great samples of Superior-ranked student projects in this category that we can use on our website as examples. If you have a great project you’re willing to share, send it as a PDF to KristenFSJT@gmail.com!