Fellow Directors,

The time to begin gearing up for this year’s MTA Festival being held January 11-14, 2018 in Columbus, MS is fast approaching! As the chair persons for the Theatre for Youth Festival, we are writing to encourage you to register your students to be a part of this richly rewarding event.

The Theatre for Youth Festival is intended for theatre troupes who wish to perform to an elementary school audience. As such, we are requesting that the material you wish to produce be appropriate for grades K-6, and adhere to a time limit of only thirty minutes. We are currently working to ensure that your production will be seen by elementary audiences during that day, so limited entries will be accepted, on a first-come-first-served basis only. The deadline for the this festival is November 22.

Though the festival is non-competitive in nature, adjudicative feedback sessions will be held. Two “Best Play” awards will be given, highlighting a secondary performance group, as well as a community theatre/college group. All-Star awards will be given; in addition to special awards highlighting technical or performance achievement will be given at the adjudicator’s discretion.

Any group may enter, and the fee for entry is $50, if you are registered for the full weekend. If not, the entry is $75. We look forward to seeing you there. It’s important to remember that as we gear up for the big competition that we not forget about the younger audiences that will one day fill our troupes with talent!

Thanks in advance,

Sherri Marengo (redheadactingup@yahoo.com)
Just Over the Rainbow Theatre
Theatre for Youth Chair

Dana Jones (danadjones@lamark12.org)
Lamar County Schools
Theatre for Youth Vice Chair