Chapter Select

Chapter Select

Bring the best performances in your chapter to Festival! The Chapter Select Showcase features outstanding Thespian productions from chapters nationwide. 

The Chapter Select Showcase is a presentation of one-acts, each representing a chapter. All chapters that hold festivals/conferences are given the opportunity to participate in the Chapter Select Showcase, so check with your chapter director on how your troupe may qualify.

Chapter Select's twenty-five performance slots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis until the schedule is full.

Royalties: Troupes without a performance license or waiver on file will NOT be allowed to perform.

Published material: Troupes must secure written permission from the publisher for presentation at the Festival during Festival dates. Troupes are responsible for payment of royalties. Upon written request, some publishers will waive royalty fees for Festival performances.

Original works: Troupes must have a written statement of originality from the author/playwright—even if it’s you or one of your students—on file with the EdTA National Office.

Works based on non-dramatic material: Troupes must obtain permission to use said material from the publisher. This applies to textbooks, children’s books, novels, short stories, newspaper and magazine articles, etc.

Works translated from another language: Troupes must have written permission from the publisher of that translation. This applies to non-dramatic material as well as dramatic.

Music: Troupes must secure permission for all music used in a performance.

Cuttings: Troupes must secure permission to present a cutting from a play from the play’s publisher. The statement of permission must be attached to the Chapter Select Acceptance sheet.

Participating in the Chapter Select Showcase

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

Chapter Select stages up to five shows a day in the Howell Theatre throughout Festival week. Each show has forty-five minutes to perform, ten minutes to set, and five minutes to strike. Invited schools are sent the detailed instructions and a list of available set pieces. Participants must be registered for the entire Festival week.

Lighting: A follow-spot is available, but must be requested in advance. General area lighting is available (stage right, stage left, up center, center, and down center stage) as well as blue and amber washes. Special lighting effects are not available.

Sound: The theatre will provide a CD player, amplification, and speakers. Groups may use their own iPod or MP3 player through the theatre sound system. Mics are not permitted in this venue.

Sets and props: A prop is any item that will fit through a single door and can be carried by a single person. Set pieces are anything bigger. Hand props are items carried onstage by an actor in one hand. Set pieces and flats are not allowed.

To date the following shows have been invited to Chapter Select:

The Worthy Master Pierre Patelin, to be presented by Troupe 3543, Round Rock High School, Round Rock, TX
S.P.A.R., to be presented by Troupe 6565, Pinnacle High School, Phoenix, AZ
Wit, to be presented by Troupe 69, Dubuque Senior High School, Dubuque, IA
Senora Tortuga, to be presented by Troupe 8112, Mercy Academy, Louisville, KY
Laundry and Bourbon, to be presented by Troupe 5012, Horizon High School, Thornton, CO
I Never Saw Another Butterfly, to be presented by Troupe 6165, Central Bucks High School East, Doylestown, PA
These Shining Lives, to be presented by Troupe 1887, Riverton High School, Riverton, WY
Voices, to be presented by Troupe 5421, Jenison High School, Jenison, MI
I Don't Want to Talk About It, to be presented by Troupe 3674, Singapore American School, Singpore
I and You, to be presented by Troupe 3661, Benson High School, Omaha, NE
Medea, to be presented by Troupe 5976, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, Northwood, NH
Peter and the Starcatcher, to be presented by Troupe 8002, Andrean High School, Merrillville, IN
Know Your Role, to be presented by Troupe 6465, Walkersville High School, Walkersville, MD
The Cagebirds, to be presented by Troupe 5480, Gloucester County Institute of Technology, Sewell, NJ
Viral, to be presented by Troupe 2075, Mount Carmel Academy, New Orleans, LA
The Very Grey Matter of Edward Blank, to be presented by Troupe 8104, Rock Ridge High School, Ashburn, VA
Fighting Demons, to be presented by Troupe 5330, Hardin High School, Hardin, MT
The Dark Road, to be presented by Troupe 3859, Heathwood Hall Episcopal, Columbia, SC
Anonymous, to be presented by Troupe 7614, Greene County Tech, Paragould, AR
The Crucible, to be presented by Troupe 3782, Davidson Fine Arts School, Augusta, GA
Come Back, to be presented by Troupe 6136, Park High School, Cottage Grove, MN
Radium Girls, to be presented by Troupe 5727, Northwest Rankin High School, Flowood, MS
Leaving Iowa, to be presented by Troupe 7597, American Leadership Academy, Spanish Fork, UT
The Battle of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry, to be presented by Troupe 1995, Cumberland High School, Cumberland, RI
Future Here, to be presented by Troupe 196, Notre Dame High School, Clarksburg, WV
Eleemosynary, to be presented by Troupe 1983, Maize High School, Maize, KS
The Bully Plays, to be presented by Troupe 5374, Marianas High School, North Marianas Islands, Saipan
Sure Thing, to be presented by Troupe 5489, Silverado High School, Las Vegas, NV
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), to be presented by Troupe 6004, Pelham High School, Pelham, AL
Kentucky Cycle: Fire in the Hole, to be presented by Troupe 5552, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, Acton, MA
Spoon River Anthology, to be presented by Troupe 2237, Asheville High School, Asheville, NC
21 Chump Street, to be presented by Troupe 7618, Leigh High School, San Jose, CA
Where Have All the Lightning Bugs Gone?, to be presented by Troupe 7339, Fossil Ridge High School, Fort Collins, CO
Horse Girls, to be presented by Troupe 4879, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, FL
The Long Goodbye, to be presented by Troupe 750, South Eugene High School, Eugene, OR