CHART YOUR COURSE FOR 2015-2016

1516compass2015-2016 OREGON THESPIAN EVENTS

Camp Thespis – August 10-12 – Camp Angelos near Corbett

Leadership Summit – September 19-20 – Rex Putnam HS, Milwaukie

Improv Festival – September 26 – Lakeridge HS, Lake Oswego

EdTA Conference for Troupe Directors (St Pete Beach, FL) – October 1-4

OTEA Conference for Troupe Directors – October 9 – Location TBA

Judges Training – January 16 – Rex Putnam HS (North) / McNary HS (South)

Regionals – February 6 – NW at Wilson HS, Portland; NE at Clackamas HS, Clackamas; S at Central HS, Salem (co-hosted by Dallas HS).

State Festival – March 31, April 1-2 – Salem, OR

Thespian Board Meetings will be August 9 (Camp Angelos), December 13 (Milwaukie HS), January 24 (Rex Putnam HS), March 5 (McNary HS), and May 15 (TBA).

Remember that Troupe Directors are welcome at all Board Meetings, which are generally from Noon to 4 pm on their scheduled dates.  The August 9 meeting at Camp Angelos will begin at 2 pm.

The Results Are In: WE WIN!

A “THESTIteam trophyVAL” BY THE NUMBERS: Over 1300 Thespians and Junior Thespians from 60 Middle and High Schools; 25 workshop and performance venues at 7 different sites throughout Downtown Salem;  57 unique workshops taught  by 21 guest artists and organizations, in addition to Thespian Troupes; 3 Main Stage Productions; 37 One Acts; 4 hours of sonnets on the Capitol steps; Several flash mobs;  124 Showcase Auditions, resulting in 20 Showcase Performances; 79 Tech/Design Presentations;  5 Honor Troupes;  $10,900 in college scholarships awarded to students; $1239.73 raised in 1 minute for South Albany HS; and $2000 raised for Broadway Cares!

WAY TO ACT WELL YOUR PART, OREGON THESPIANS!

Get ready for STATE 2016: March 31-April 2, 2016

Your Guide to the Whole THESTIVAL!

QR-code (1)Once again, our State Festival has gone mobile with GUIDEBOOK, the app that lets you carry everything you need for a fun and full weekend in the palm of your hand.  Create your own schedule, search workshop and play titles to find exactly what you’re looking for, and — most importantly — keep up to date with every last-minute change or update!

Click here (or scan the code at left) to download GUIDEBOOK. The Thestival begins soon!

You can use the following PDF files to create your own printed schedule of Workshops and One Acts.  Download and print the documents before you come to State. No printed schedules will be distributed at the Festival!

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE PDF

ONE ACT SCHEDULE PDF

During workshop times, you’ll also have a chance to meet STEVE!  Artists and representatives at our State Thespian Educational Vendor Expo are excited to meet you!

LOOKING FOR TECH CHALLENGE INFORMATION?  CLICK HERE!

Get Ready for a GREAT State!

be-preparedRegistrations are in!  Over 1200 Thespians will be gathering in Salem April 9-11 for the 2015 Oregon Thespians State Festival:  “I WISH TO GO TO THE THESTIVAL!”

Troupe Directors will receive Showcase Audition and Tech Entry schedules for Thursday, April 9, as will those who signed up to give an Honor Troupe presentation.

In addition, your Troupe can sign up to present one or more SHAKESPEARE SONNETS at the Capitol Building between 12:30 and 4:30 on Thursday, April 9.  To sign up to present, CLICK HERE, list your school name, contact email and phone number, and which sonnet you will be performing.  Each signup represents one sonnet.  We can take up to 10 signups per 30-minute slot.  It’s okay if sonnets are repeated.  How you present your sonnet is entirely up to you.  Any group size works, from solo readings to ensemble interpretations.  The more theatrical the better!  More information will be sent to the email address you list on your signup at this site.

TROUPE DIRECTORS:  The updated CODE OF CONDUCT FORM and HEALTH/RELEASE FORM are now online.  Each of your participants must fill out each of these forms and you need to turn in copies at registration (you may wish to keep a set of copies for yourself).  Click here for more information.

PARADE OF TROUPES:  We have changed the way we need you to submit your slide and extended the deadline to April 1.  Please click this link and upload your slide online.  Even if you’ve already emailed your slide, upload it at this link.  Make sure your slide fits the criteria, or it will not be included in this year’s Parade of Troupes.  Click here for more information.

Do you WISH TO GO TO THE THESTIVAL?

sketch masksThe 2015 Oregon Thespians State Festival is April 9-11 in Salem, and now is the time to begin planning your participation!

Troupe Directors should review the REGISTRATION SITE and plan to submit a final and accurate registration by March 12.

Middle School groups can also register by March 12 for JUNIOR THESPIAN DAY during the State Festival.

March 12 is also the deadline for SCHOLARSHIP and STO APPLICATIONS, as well as HONOR TROUPE applications!

Important!  If you qualified for the State Showcase auditions, your Troupe Director needs to confirm your participation at THIS SITE.  You will be scheduled an audition time on Thursday, April 9.  Your time will be sent to your Troupe Director during the week prior to Spring Break.

Watch here for more information and updates on how you can make your wishes come true, and rock the Oregon Thespians State “Thestival” in April!

 

REGIONALS 2015

keep-calm-and-just-bring-it-20It’s time for Oregon’s Thespians to bring their best to one of the largest state-wide auditions in the country.  REGIONALS is the first step in the State Showcase Audition process.  10% of those who perform will advance to the final audition in Salem on April 9.  An additional 10% will be recognized as Regional Finalists.  EVERYONE will receive valuable feedback from specially selected judges, drawn from Oregon’s dynamic theatre community.

Review the important information found here to make the most of your Regionals Experience.  We look forward to seeing you on February 7!

Reminder:  This year, Oregon Thespians is adopting the “all black” rule that has been instituted at several other states and at the National Thespian Festival.  All entrants are asked to dress in “professional black,” appropriate to the movement needs of their scene.  Black pants and a black t-shirt are fine.

You may want to review the student information handout for Regionals, which highlights a few important reminders.

Important LINKS now LIVE!

Useful Links3As we head into the new year and Thespian Season heats up, there are several important links for online registrations and activities that are now live.  Check them out.  Note that only Troupe Directors may register their Troupe for Thespian Events.

Troupe Directors: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR REGIONALS BY JANUARY 15

Judge Candidates: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR JUDGE TRAINING DAY

Troupe Directors:  CLICK HERE TO RECOMMEND A JUDGE WE SHOULD RECRUIT

Artists / College Reps / Organizations: CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR STATE THESPIAN EDUCATIONAL VENDOR EXPO (STEVE!)

Students:  Note that January 15 is also the final day to submit a play to the Playwriting Competition.  Click here for more information!

Explore the tabs above to learn more about Regionals (February 7), Judging, and our State Festival in April!  Gear up for 2015, Thespians!

 

College Search 101

collegeaheadThe search is on as Juniors begin fielding piles of brochures in the mail, and Seniors put the finishing touches on application essays.  Finding the right college can be a daunting task, and raises countless questions.

Is a four-year college right for me?  Do I want a liberal arts education?  What kind of major am I looking for?  Does the food service include soft-serve?

If you’re in the midst of these questions, you’ve no doubt heard at least one person tell you “Wherever you go, it will be whatever you make of it.”  Truer words never spoken.

But the first part of that equation … “wherever you go” … can be a tough first step to navigate.  Fortunately, your friends at EdTA have compiled a treasury of resources and it’s all available for you online.  Click here for EdTA’s College Resource Center.

From searching to applying to paying for college … there’s great information here for everyone, including teachers and parents.  Check it out!

Taking Time for Teachers

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The annual Oregon Theatre Educators Association conference was held last weekend in Lincoln City, and a grand worthwhile time was had by all.  But don’t take our word for it, check out THIS BLOG ENTRY from EdTA Executive Director Julie Woffington, who was our special guest at this event.  Team Oregon is definitely poised for a banner year of Thespian and Theatre Education activity.

While Thespians remains a student-centered organization, serving our students’ educators is important to sustain the level of work we’ve established.  That’s what OTEA is all about.  For more information, click the tab above, or check out Julie’s blog entry.  Special thanks to Board Member Scott Walker for heading up this terrific event!

 

Advocacy Begins at Home

dyk_comp_image_1Now that our 2014-2015 Thespian Year is off to a great start, it’s time to turn our attention to the goals established at Leadership Summit.  One of these is to focus on ADVOCACY.  We will be planning activities at the State level, in preparation for our annual visit to Salem, but ADVOCACY BEGINS AT HOME, and EdTA has a wealth of resources you can use to help your audiences better understand the real value of those productions they enjoy watching.

It’s not enough to just know the value of what we get to do, as Thespians, through the Theatre Education opportunities we’re afforded … we need to make sure others know and understand that value as well!  Tell your story!

Visit this site for important information you can share, including graphics you can download to include in your show programs, and activities your Troupe can undertake now to keep Theatre and Theatre Education opportunities alive for Oregon’s current and future Thespians!