International Thespian Festival main stage performance rules

To perform on the Festival main stage, a school must meet the following requirements:

  • All production participants must be officially registered delegates for the entire week of the International Thespian Festival.
  • Main stage directors must plan to arrive on Monday.
  • Main stage groups must have a stage crew to mount and strike the set.
  • Scenery, props, costumes, makeup, etc., must be supplied by the performing groups. Some riser units can be provided by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for use as scenic pieces.

Note: To give as many schools as possible the chance to perform at ITF, schools may present in only one ITF venue: main stage, Freestyle Theatre, or the Chapter Select Showcase. If your school is performing on the main stage then your school cannot perform as part of Freestyle Theatre or the Chapter Select Showcase.

The production the adjudicators see must be the same production presented at ITF.

Do not present a full-length production for screening if you are interested in a one-hour slot, and vice versa. Do not plan to substitute cast members or make major changes in your scenery, costumes, technical effects, etc., for your presentation at ITF without consulting the National Office who will submit those changes to a main stage committee.

Full-length productions

Full-length productions must not exceed two and a half hours. They may be scheduled in the afternoon and the evening, Monday through Saturday. Larger productions will be allowed a maximum of four hours to set-up. Lighter tech productions will be allowed one and a half hours.

One-hour productions

One-hour productions must not exceed sixty minutes. They may be scheduled during the afternoon and the evening, Monday through Saturday. One-hour productions will be allowed forty-five minutes to set-up. Do not mount elaborate scenery or technical effects. No special lighting or sound effects will be permitted for one-hour productions.

The Lied

Playing space: stage, 38’ deep by 48’ wide and orchestra pit, level with the stage, 13’ deep by 62’ wide.
With advanced approval, additional set-up and prep time may be allowed in the Lied shop. Schools invited to present in the Lied will be asked to present their shows twice and must provide 4,200 printed programs.

The Kimball

Playing space: 35’ deep by 42’ wide.
The orchestra pit is 7’ by 53’ and will remain covered. Shows invited to present in the Kimball may be asked to present their show two or three times and must provide 2,500 programs.

Production allocation

ITF will reimburse main stage performing groups for a portion of production expenses for one performance only. The funds may be used for costumes, makeup, props, scenery, programs, and other costs associated with producing the show at ITF.

Production expense allocations are made according to the following guide:

  • Full-length musicals, up to $2,750
  • Full-length drama/comedy, up to $1,750
  • One-hour comedy/drama/musical, up to $1,000

Transportation allocation

Each producing school will receive transportation expense allocations from ITF to assist with the costs of transporting scenery, costumes, etc. This allocation does not include reimbursement for student transportation. Transportation expense allocations will be established on the basis of AAA mileage charts.

Transportation expense allocations are made according to the following schedule:

  • Schools 0 to 500 miles from Lincoln, up to $750
  • Schools 501 to 1,000 miles from Lincoln, up to $1,250
  • Schools 1,001 to 1,500 miles from Lincoln, up to $1,750
  • Alaska and Hawaii schools, up to $2,750
  • All overseas schools, up to $3,500