Main stage guidelines

Note: To give as many schools as possible a chance to present at Festival, schools may present in only one venue: main stage, Freestyle Theatre, or the Chapter Select Showcase.

All production participants must be officially registered delegates for the entire week of Thespian Festival 2016. All directors of main stage productions must register for arrival on Monday, June 20. Build your set to travel. All main stage groups must have a stage crew to mount and strike the set. Some riser units can be provided by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for use as scenic pieces. All other scenery, props, costumes, makeup, etc., must be supplied by the performing groups and will not be provided. Shows presenting in the Lied must provide 3,800 printed programs. Shows presenting in the Kimball must provide 1,700 programs.

Note: Schools invited to present in the Lied or the Kimball will be asked to present their shows two times.

Full-length Productions
Full-length main stage productions must not exceed two and a half hours and may be scheduled in the afternoon and evening, Tuesday through Saturday. Productions will be allowed a maximum of four hours to set up.

One-hour Productions

One-hour productions on the main stage must not exceed a playing time of sixty minutes and will be scheduled during the afternoon and evening, Tuesday through Saturday. One-hour productions will be allowed only forty-five minutes to set-up. Please do not mount elaborate scenery or technical effects. These productions should emphasize acting, and less focus should be placed on technical elements. No special lighting or sound effects will be permitted for one-hour main stage productions.

The Lied Stage
Full-length Lied Center productions will be performed on a playing area on the stage: 38’ deep by 48’ wide. Or productions will be on the orchestra pit: level with the stage, 13’ deep by 62’ wide. Additional set-up and prep time may be allowed in the Lied shop with advance approval.

The Kimball Stage
Productions presented on the Kimball stage will play on an area 42’ wide by 35’ deep. The orchestra pit is 7’ by 53’ and will remain covered.

What We See is What We Get
The production the adjudicators see must be the same production presented at Festival. Do not present a full-length production for screening if you are interested in a one-hour slot, and vice versa. If your production is screened and accepted, do not plan to substitute cast members or make major changes in your scenery, costumes, technical effects, etc., for your presentation at Festival without consulting with the Festival Director.

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

Production expense allocations are made according to the following schedule:

  • 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 Festival 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