The World of Theatre can be overwhelming to those just getting involved.  Here is a little primer on the terms you can expect to hear when involved in high school theatre…

GEORGIA THEATRE CONFERENCE (GTC)

The mission of the Georgia Theatre Conference (www.georgiatheatreconference.com), is “to encourage and coordinate a close relationship among the community, educational, and professional theatres in the state of Georgia; to aid in maintaining the highest possible quality of live theatre; and to promote and facilitate education in varied phases of the theatre. Membership is open to all individuals and groups who desire to participate in the work and programs of the Conference.

The Conference’s annual convention takes place in various locations in Georgia. Consistently, it  includes a Festival of One Act Plays. Milton High School will be competing for recognition as the best one-act performance in the state. Students also have the opportunity to see other performances and to attend many workshops on acting, auditioning, technical theater, dance and more. They can also obtain information about auditions for college scholarships and admissions.

* Please check Milton Theatre Calendar for Dates Also see www.georgiatheatreconference.com for additional information

ONE ACT

A One Act Play is cast and produced from the Advanced Drama Class. It runs for a few in house performances, and then competes at the Regional 5 AAAAAA Level (with other schools in the same Region). Finally, if the show wins Regionals, it goes on to compete in the One Act State Competition. * Please check Milton Theatre Calendar for Dates See http://www.ghsa.net/one-act-plays for additional information. Also, see http://www.ghsa.net/one-act-play-rules-and-procedures for rules and regulations.

DROM

DROM is a semi-formal, end of the year (typically in May)celebration and awards ceremony for the students and the parents of the Milton Theatre Program. Multiple acknowledgments and awards are given out, and some fun skits are performed by the students. Look for invitations in the spring and plan on having a wonderful evening. *Please see Milton Theatre Calendar for Specific Date.

THES CON

Georgia Thespians is an organization for high school and middle school students dedicated to excellence in theatre arts. It is a chapter of the Educational Theatre Association. Their annual conference, commonly referred to as ThesCon, takes place in February in Columbus, GA. This conference features numerous productions presented by high schools from throughout the state plus a variety of workshops led by theatre professionals from around the country. Students will also perform and view individual performance and tech events, audition for scholarships, talk to college representatives from around the country, shop with commercial vendors selling theatre merchandise, and hang out with over 3,000 other Georgia Thespians. * Please check Milton Theatre Calendar for dates. ** For more information see http://gathespians.org/

Shuler Hensley Competition and Awards Information

What are the Shuler Hensley Awards?

Fashioned after Broadway’s Tony Awards, the Shuler Hensely Awards are part of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, designed to celebrate and recognize excellence in Georgia’s high school musical theater programs.

Who is Shuler Hensley?

The Awards are named after Broadway star and Atlanta native, Shuler Hensley.

Who founded the Shuler Hensley Awards?

The Shuler Awards were conceived and developed in 2009 by the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation’s ArtsBridge education program.

Where are the Shuler Hensley Awards?

Is this a competition?

The program is designed to celebrate high school musical theater, not to compete schools against each other. School productions are evaluated on how well each production is meeting or exceeding its own potential. Each production is adjudicated and scored against itself for consideration, rather than against all other school productions, charging schools to create the best possible work in their unique circumstance and environment. The program uses the awards show format but emphasizes celebration, community and camaraderie among all schools. During the awards evening, there are moments when the student nominees perform together, and each participating school is asked to assign two students to perform with others for the opening and finale numbers of the event.

When are the Awards? When is the adjudication period?

The awards are traditionally the second or third week of April. The date is chosen based on the facility’s availability. The adjudication period is between September and March.

How are the recipients identified?

Productions are evaluated by a panel of adjudicators selected from the professional arts community of Georgia. Local school faculty and administrators are not eligible to serve as adjudicators. Schools are evaluated in 15 categories and the results are tabulated by Frazier and Deeter, LLC.

Do magnet arts programs or big-budget schools have an advantage?

Judges evaluate how well a school does, based on that school’s unique resources and challenges. Criteria emphasizes achievement and not budget or size of production. Many schools other than the arts magnets produce great work in the judging categories and a large number of traditional schools have been recognized with nominations and awards. Judges discern how well magnet schools utilize the resources available to them and will also recognize schools that have fewer resources, but still present excellent work.

Is there a participation fee?

No, schools are not charged a participation fee. Tickets to the Awards are $15 each.