1. How do I enter Regional Festival? 18. What are the On-Site Policies for festival?
2. How do I enter Middle Years Drama Festival? 19. What kind of equipment is available to me at Regional Festival?
3. How do I register for Provincial Festival? 20. Can I have a workshop to help me?
4. How do I find the Intent to Enter form? 21. Is there a minimum and/or maximum playing time for the play I enter in Festival?
5. When do my fees have to be paid? 22. Can I take pictures or video of the performances?
6. What happens if I do not get my fees in for Regional festival? 23. Is there a refund policy if I decide not to go to Regional festival?
7. What are the Non-Compliance Rules? 24. Do I have to be a member to participate in festival?
8. What if I miss the deadline for Intent to Enter festival? 25. Do my students need to be members in order to participate in Regional Festival?
9. What are the deadlines for having my original unmarked script submitted to the office? 26. What is offered to me at Regional Festival?
10. Is there a plan I can follow if I am hosting a Regional Festival? 27. When will I receive Festival information after completing the Intent to Enter form?
11. If I need help finding a play where do I go for help? 28. Who do I contact if this information does not come?
12. Is there a place I can find funding to attend festival? 29. Are there content guidelines for plays?
13. How many plays can I enter? 30. What are the rules for performing in more than one play?
14. What kind of plays can I enter? 31. What are the rules for performing in more than one region?
15. What is the deadline for submitting my registration (playbill) information? 32. What do I have access to when I become an adult member?
16. What do I do about Royalties for the play? 33. Is there a timeline I can follow?
17. What are the rules regarding making changes to a script? 34. Where can I get a Festivals Handbook and/or a Middle Years Drama Festival Handbook?
    35. What is a Joint Regional Festival?

1. How do I enter Regional Festival?

  1. On the left side of the screen click on the word "Festivals."
  2. On the left side of the screen click on the word "Regional."
  3. On the left side of the screen click "Intent To Enter."
  4. OR SKIP #2, #3 AND #4 AND CLICK ON Forms AND THEN ON "Regional
      Intent to Enter Festival."
  5. Fill out form and press Submit.
  6. You will be invoiced via fax or e-mail accordingly.

* NOTE: You are required to complete the Registration (playbill) form when you have chosen your play. As well, you must submit a completed SDA Student Participant form for each student attending your Regional Drama Festival. These Registration forms must be received in SDA's Provincial office 4 weeks prior to performing at your Regional Drama Festival.


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2. How do I enter Middle Years Drama Festival?

  1. On the left side of the screen click on the word "Festivals."
  2. On the left side of the screen click on the word "Middle Years."
  3. On the left side of the screen click on "Intent To Enter."
  4. OR SKIP #2, #3 AND #4 AND CLICK ON "Forms" AND THEN ON "Middle Years
      Intent to Enter."

  5. Fill out form and press Submit.

  6. You will be invoiced via e-mail accordingly.

* NOTE: You are required to complete the Registration (playbill) form when you have chosen your play. As well, you must submit a completed SDA Student Participant form for each student attending the Middle Years Drama Festival. The Registration Form must be received in SDA's Provincial office 4 weeks prior to performing at Middle Years Drama Festival.

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3. How do I register for Provincial Festival?

A. If you are a performing group, you do not need to register. However, any
    changes to your playbill, chaperones, etc., must be forwarded to the
    Provincial Office asap.

B. If you are an observing group*:
    1. go to the website: http://www.saskdrama.com
    2. On the left side of the screen click on "Provincial."
    3. On the left side of the screen click on "Registration."
    4. Fill in the form and press Submit.
    5. You will be invoiced via e-mail accordingly.

C. If you would like to attend one or two performances, you are not required
    to register at all. However, if you are a group of students attending one
    or two performances, complete the Provincial Festival Registration form
    indicating which performances you are attending. As well, check with
    the Provincial Office regarding student drama workshops available at
    Provincial Festival.

    Rush seating is available at the door prior to each play session.

* All observing groups must complete a SDA Student Participant form for each student attending Provincial Festival. If you have already completed a form for your Regional Festival, you are not required to complete a new form. These forms are available on the website.

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4. How do I find the Intent to Enter form?

  1. On the left side of the screen click on the word "Festivals."
  2. On the left side of the screen click on the word "Regional" or "Middle Years."
  3. On the left side of the screen click on the word "Intent to Enter."
  4. OR SKIP #2, #3 AND #4 AND CLICK ON "Forms."
  5. Fill out form and press Submit.

When the "Intent to Enter Festival" form is received in the Office, one of the following will occur:

A. Regional Festival -
* SDA will invoice you for the following fees: Your adult membership fee ($50.00 plus G.S.T.) and the $110 Intent to Enter fee
($35 non-refundable; $75 credit toward play fees). Payment is due upon receipt of your invoice. Please complete and submit a membership form (on the website).

B. Middle Years Festival -
* SDA will invoice you for the following fees: Your*adult membership fee($50.00 + GST) plus the Middle Years Registration.
Payment is due upon receipt of your invoice. Please complete and submit the membership form (on the website).

*You must submit an adult membership for each adult who will be directing the play or designated as the supervising teacher.

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5. When do my fees have to be paid?

All Fees and memberships are due when they are billed.

However, deadlines for receiving payment in SDA's Provincial Office are as follows:

• All Intent to Enter Fees for Regional Festival are due by December 1st each year.
• All Fees for Middle Years Festival are due by March 31st each year.
• All Adult membership Fees are due October 31st each year.
• All other fees and last minute memberships are due two weeks prior to performance in your Regional or Middle Years Festival.


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6. What happens if I do not get my fees in for Regional festival?

See Non-Compliance Rules in the Festivals Handbook Page 12.

It states:
• Your entry will fail to qualify for adjudication and major awards if your production has failed to pay registration fees prior to Regional Festival.
• If you do not pay your membership fees or intent to enter fees you will not have a spot reserved for you in your chosen region. Many regions have waiting lists of potential participants.


See Question 7 below for more details on Non-Compliance Rules.


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7. What are the Non-Compliance Rules?

The Festivals Handbook Page 12, Non Compliance Rules states:
Non-compliance will result in your failure to qualify for either performance or major
awards.

  1. Your entry will fail to qualify for adjudication and major awards if your
      production has failed to pay registration fees and failed to submit all
      of your Student Participant Forms prior to Regional Festival.

  2. Your entry will fail to qualify for major awards if:
        a. proofs of royalty and performance rights (or letter requesting
            performance rights) are not forwarded to the Provincial Office prior
            to Regional festival.
        b. changes and/or cuts are made to the script and performed without
            written authorization from the licensing agent or playwright.
        c. your performance uses a strobe light, loud noises (gunshots, explosions,
            etc.), smoke machine or dry ice without previously informing the audience
            by posting and/or inclusion in the program. If the program has already
            been printed, an announcement must be made immediately prior to
            performance.
        d. your group uses an open flame in the theatre/school, before, during or
            after your performance, regardless of local school/house rules or prior
            permission received from any other source.
            The "Open Flame" refers to the use of lighters, incense burners, oil
            lamps, lanterns, cigarettes, pipes, candles, loaded starter pistols,
            cap guns, fuel, etc. The performance will be stopped immediately.

  3. At the Festival Policy:
      Failure to comply with SDA's Policies will result in the participant(s):
        a. Being removed from the theatre, social event and/or workshop for
            one or more sessions.
        b. Being barred from the festival site immediately by authorized personnel,
            regardless of whether or not this action results in the cancellation of
            the person's school performance.

Note:
These policies vary slightly for Middle Years Participants. See Section 2A of the Middle Years Drama Festival Handbook.


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8. What if I miss the deadline for Intent to Enter festival?

Fill out all necessary forms (intent to enter and Adult membership) and submit to the Saskatchewan Drama Association. We will do our best to find a regional festival for you to attend although it might not be your preferred region. Certain regions fill up quickly. Those wishing to participate in the Middle Years Festival will be accommodated if space allows. Always check with the Provincial Office if you would like to enter more than one play in any Festival (Regional or Middle Years).


Deadline for submission of Regional Intent to Enter Form is October 15th and Middle
Years Intent to Enter is January 31st each year.


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9. What are the deadlines for having my original unmarked script
     submitted to the office?

Scripts meeting all the requirements noted in the Festivals Handbook, Page 15
must be received in SDA's Provincial Office four weeks prior to Regional or Middle Years Festival, with the exception of original works and collectives (See Section 2E #1-Regional Festivals Handbook and Section 2D #1 - Middle Years' Festival Handbook).


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10. Is there a plan I can follow if I am hosting a Regional Festival?

Under Page 9 in the Festivals Handbook you will find items enclosed in Regional Festival Host Packages. Under Section 1C in the Festivals Handbook you will find items sent to Regional Festival participants. Also refer to Page 23 Regional Host Coordinator - Terms of Reference.

You should also attend the Host/Participant Workshop provided to you and participants by the Provincial Office each Fall.


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11. If I need help finding a play where do I go for help?

  1. Go to the Saskatchewan Drama Association website main page.
  2. On the left side of the screen click on the word "Library."
  3. If you are an Adult Member or your school has an Associate Membership
      you can access the Mary Ellen Burgess Library. You are able to borrow any
      scripts we have.
  4. We also have publisher links which can be found under links on the main page
      located on the left side of the screen. Here you are able to directly link up to
      any the publishing companies and find appropriate plays.
  5. Phone the Provincial Office and we will attempt to provide you with a
      selection of plays to consider.


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12. Is there a place I can find funding to attend festival?

  1. On the main page click on the word "links" which is located on the left side
      of the screen.
  2. On the left side of the screen click on the word "misc. links."
  3. Here you will find places you can apply for funding.
  4. Check with your local Community/Arts Group and/or School Division
      Cultural/Arts Committee.


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13. How many plays can I enter?

Once you have paid your Intent to Enter fees you are guaranteed one spot in a Regional Festival. Your Regional Host will determine whether you can enter more than one play. Additional fees will apply to each play that is entered.

To find out who will be hosting the region of your choice, go to the Saskatchewan Drama Association web page:
  1. On the left side of the screen click on the word "Festivals."
  2. On the left side of the screen click on the word "Regional."
  3. On the left side of the screen click on the word "Dates & Locations."

If you wish to enter more than one play in the Middle Years Drama Festival, check with the Provincial Office for availability.


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14. What kind of plays can I enter?

The plays must fit the time frame allotted. For instance you can choose to do a full length but only present one act in order to fit into the time allotted.

See the Festivals handbook - Page 13 Section 2 C - Guidelines (Regional and Provincial handbooks) and Section 2 C (Middle Years Festival handbook) for the types of dramatic work that may be presented at festival. These include: one act plays, adaptations of a longer play, musicals, collectives, radio plays, and monologues forming a complete work.


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15. What is the deadline for submitting my registration
       (playbill) information?

Regional and Middle Years Festival Play Registration (Playbill), one for each play, must be submitted at least four weeks Prior to Regional or Middle Years Festival.

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16. What do I do about Royalties for the play?

All performance rights (including royalties) must be obtained by the participating group. Scripts must be performed as authorized in the license, a copy of which must be forwarded to the Provincial Office. You either contact the publisher or the author to pay the royalties in order to obtain permission to perform. This includes unpublished works as well. You must inform the provincial office if your play is royalty free.

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17. What are the rules regarding making changes to a script?

Before you make changes to a script you must obtain approval from the author/licensing agent unless your script already indicates that changes can be made. However, all changes, minimal or extensive must be sent to the Provincial Office to ensure that the adjudicators/clinicians are aware of the changes. See Page 15 of the Festivals Handbook or Section 2D, #2 of the Middle Years Handbook.

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18. What are the On-Site Policies for Festival?

All participants in SDA sponsored programs should be aware of, and willing to comply
with the following (See Page 18 in the Regional/Provincial Festivals Handbook and Section 2F in the Middle Years Festival Handbook):

  1.
  Under no circumstances will SDA tolerate anything but courtesy and
        professionalism from all participants at all times - backstage, onstage,
        in the audience or during production workshops.
  2.   Common sense prevails at all times.
  3.   The 'cause' of the arts comes before the 'whims' of the individual.
  4.   Students are responsible to their teacher/adult director/chaperone for
        their actions and behaviour.
  5.   Adult leadership is valuable. Exhibiting respect for and cooperation with all
        Festival participants, adjudicators, directors and support staff, as well as
        the property of others, will encourage similar student response.
  6.   Generally accepted theatre etiquette should be promoted and encouraged.
  7.   Students must be adequately supervised at all times.
  8.   The possession and/or consumption of alcohol, banned substances and
        smoking is strictly forbidden on Festival site.
  9.   Participants must comply with the rules of the host facility.
  10. Abusive language and/or physical violence will not be tolerated on Festival site.
  11. Damage to or destruction of property will not be tolerated on Festival site.
  12. Spike tape will remain in place after the completion of your play. Removal
       of the spike tape will not be included as part of the strike time. The Stage
       Coordinator will be responsible for the removal of spike tape at the end
       of each session.
  13. Adhere to SDA's Code of Conduct.

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19. What kind of equipment is available to me at Regional Festival?

Always check with the host to see if they have the equipment you require. SDA only guarantees a general wash for lighting. The host is not responsible for buying extra equipment for regional or provincial festivals. You may rent or bring your own equipment for your play if you choose. However, any cost incurred is your responsibility and must not come out of your regional host's budget. It is generally accepted practice that any equipment brought to Regional Festival also must be made available to all other performing groups in your region.

You will be invited to tour the facilities provided at your region. You are encouraged to attend a Host/Participant workshop provided by the Provincial Office each Fall. The Provincial Office will provide you with a diagram of the host facility including lighting and sound equipment, school rules and any other pertinent information provided to the Provincial Office by your regional host.

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20. Can I have a workshop to help me?

Yes!
Check with the Provincial Office (306-525-0151) on availability.


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21. Is there a minimum and/or maximum playing time for the play I enter in Festival?

Regional - The minimum playing time is 20 minutes. The maximum playing time is 60 minutes --- this includes the curtain call. The 60 minutes does not include Set and Strike.
Middle Years - The maximum playing time is 30 minutes. There is no minimum playing time for Middle Years.

For other General Regulations and Guidelines see Section 2 - Festival Rules, Regulations, and Guidelines in the Regional Festivals or Middle Years Handbooks.


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22. Can I take pictures or video of the performances?

Under no circumstances may you at any time during the performance take pictures or video for the following reasons:
  1. Unauthorized recording of any kind of copyrighted work is strictly
      prohibited by law.
  2. Taking pictures/videos is distracting to the performers and adjudicators/
      clinicians as well as to the audience.

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23. Is there a refund policy if I decide not to go to Regional festival?

If you withdraw more than 30 days prior to your Regional Festival, you will receive the play registration fee ($75.00) and student and student director memberships (if paid).
However, you will not be refunded the $35 Intent to Enter fee or adult membership fees. If you withdraw after the 30 days, you are responsible to the region to pay the entire registration fee. As well, you are responsible to pay your adult membership(s).

NOTE: You must complete the Withdrawal Form obtained from the Provincial Office to be officially withdrawn from Festival and receive any refund.


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24. Do I have to be a member to participate in Festival?

Yes, you need to purchase an Adult membership.
Membership forms are available on the website by clicking on "Forms" and then on "Membership."


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25. Do my students need to be members in order to participate
       in Regional Festival?


Yes, your students must buy a student membership, which is $8.00 per person. If your student is in more than one play they only pay one membership. Student directors must have a teacher/adult supervisor registered for their play. Membership forms are available on the website.

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26. What is offered to me at Regional Festival?

You have the opportunity to perform your play before an audience and adjudicators. There is a Front of House adjudicator and a Back Stage Adjudicator, which will determine the awards. The adjudicators will also conduct a production workshop for each play, which is usually open to the public to observe. Some regions provide other drama workshops for participants. As well, many regions provide a social evening for participants and a closing awards banquet. If your play is the recipient of the Best Overall Production, you will continue on to compete in Provincial Festival representing your region.

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27. When will I receive Festival information after completing the
       Intent to Enter form?

You will receive information as soon as your form has been submitted to the Provincial Office. If you do not hear from the Provincial Office within 4 working days, contact us immediately. See the Festivals Handbook Pages 8-9, C and D, regarding information you will receive regarding festival.

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28. Who do I contact if this information does not come?

If you need any information please contact the Provincial Office either by
email, phone or fax. Email: dramainfo@sasktel.net, Phone: (306)525-0151,
Fax: (306)525-6277


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29. Are there content guidelines for plays?

The Festivals Handbook states on Page 14, Section 1D: Language and content guidelines for participating groups are set annually by each region in order to reflect acceptable community standards. Directors must chose plays in respect of those Regional Motions and which do not compromise the status of the Saskatchewan Drama Association.

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30. What are the rules for performing in more than one play?

The Festivals Handbook states on Page 14, Section 1D: Groups presenting more than one play at regional Festival must ensure that the leads in each play are different.

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31. What are the rules for performing in more than one region?

The Festivals Handbook states in Page 14, Section 1D: Groups may present in more than one Region, but can only be considered for awards in one Region.

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32. What do I have access to when I become an adult member?

$50.00 Adult Membership provides:
1. Access to all SDA programs.
2. Unlimited borrowing from the Mary Ellen Burgess Library (plays and resources).
3. Annual publications.
4. Voting privileges at SDA's Annual General Meeting.

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33. Is there a timeline I can follow?

Under Page 24 Section 3B #L. of the SDA Festivals Handbook you will find a monthly timeline. As well, you will be forwarded a "Festivals of Action Plan" to follow.

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34. Where can I get a Festivals Handbook and/or a SDA Middle Years'
       Drama Festival Handbook?

To obtain a copy of either Handbook please contact the provincial office in Regina
by email, phone or fax. Email: sda@sasktel.net, Phone: (306) 525-0151,
Fax: (306) 525-6277. If you are entering a Festival, a Handbook will be sent to you free of charge. Otherwise, you will be billed $15.00 per Handbook.


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35. What is a Joint Regional Festival?

A Joint Regional Festival enables Regional Festivals to share costs such as adjudicators' fees, venue costs, lighting costs, etc. while still providing a viable festival for its participants. More information is found under "Guidelines" in the Festivals Handbook (page 13), or by contacting the Provincial Office or the Festivals Chairperson.

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