MIDDLE SCHOOL DRAMA FESTIVAL

Director’s Guide and Check List

Updated February 2018

  1. WELCOME
  2. HOW TO BEGIN
  3. DIRECTOR’S MEETING
  4. FESTIVAL PREP
  5. TECHNICAL REHEARSAL
  6. DAY OF FESTIVAL
  7. CAST EXPECTATIONS
  8. FESTIVAL FOLLOW-UP
  9. FORMS: ONLINE/HARD COPIES
  10. OVERVIEW OF FESTIVAL RULES
  11. WHAT I WISH SOMEONE TOLD ME: ADVICE FROM PAST DIRECTORS
  12. WAIVER POLICY for METG MIDDLE SCHOOL FESTIVAL

WELCOME

Welcome to the METG Middle School Drama Festival. This packet will give you all the information you will need to perform your scene or short play in the Festival. Please take the time to read the following information very carefully.


HOW TO BEGIN


FESTIVAL SITE MEETING - MARCH

This is a mandatory event for all Directors and Host Schools.  Please plan accordingly as you create your rehearsal schedule.

This is a great time to gather information about the site you are at, meet your fellow directors, and problem solve any concerns you have regarding the festival day and your production.

In preparation for the meeting:

At the site meeting:

FESTIVAL PREP

POST DIRECTOR’S MEETING - MID-MARCH UNTIL FESTIVAL DAY


TECHNICAL REHEARSAL

Remember - every site is different, every year is different… please remain flexible and work with your host school.


DAY OF FESTIVAL

You made it!  

Remember, you are setting the standard for your students. Please exemplify the Spirit of Festival.


STUDENTS - COMPANY EXPECTATIONS


FESTIVAL FOLLOW-UP

No two festival days are alike from site to site and year to year. It is in the Post-Festival reflection and conversation can affect change or assure that we continue with the elements of the day that were successful.


FORMS: ONLINE COMMUNICATIONS

In February, all Festival directors will receive a link to a shared Google Drive Folder containing:

You will also receive emails with links to:


OVERVIEW OF FESTIVAL RULES

NOTE: Safety of students performing is paramount to the Guild. If elements of the set, use of the set, or blocking seem to pose a physical hazard to the students, then the Guild reserves the right to require modifications to be made before performing, and the on-site supervisor has the right to make the decision. Please share any concerns regarding this rule at the site meeting.


WHAT I WISH SOMEONE TOLD ME: ADVICE FROM PAST DIRECTORS

Waiver Policy for METG Middle School Festival

The guiding philosophy of the METG Middle School Drama Festival is that the entire day is an educational theatre experience for all students. It is required that all student participants are present for all of the performances that are scheduled. If a student were to miss seeing a show without permission, that could disqualify the entire school for a medal.

That being said, the METG recognizes that there are sometimes unavoidable conflicts that come up during the week before festival that could not have been predicted or planned for, and there is a waiver policy in place to help address this very issue.

Participation in Festival is a major commitment,  and before asking for a waiver, the director should have a clear and thorough conversation with the student and their family, as necessary. Requesting a waiver is a last resort, and therefore should not be utilized in lieu of such a conversation.

We strongly encourage directors to talk with students and families about any special concerns for each student as they relate to Festival Day. Directors - you know your students better than the Council and Supervisors ever will. We rely on you to proactively communicate with them.

The policy for requesting a waiver for a particular student’s full attendance is as follows:

A waiver must be requested by the director by contacting the MS President in writing via email by the Tuesday before Festival, with the exceptions to that deadline being a true medical emergency (student or family member) or a death in the student’s family.

Waivers may be requested for:

Waivers will not be granted for:

Religious event notes:

If a student were participating in their own personal religious ceremony/rite during the Festival day (Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation, Naming Ceremony, etc.) a waiver would be given. However, we strongly encourage a conversation between the director and the student and their family about the reality of added responsibilities and commitments at such an important time for the family. Please encourage the student and their family to also discuss the possibility of the student participating in Festival (e.g. rehearsal schedule) with their clergy.

School-related Disciplinary Situations:

We hope this situation does not arise!

Festival Participation for students who receive a school-related disciplinary consequence during the week of the show that carries through Festival weekend, such as an in-school suspension or prohibition of afterschool activities, would be discussed only if the school grants their participation in the show, so as not to negatively impact the other participants from the school with their absence, and this exemption from a school-based consequence would need to be in writing from an administrator.