Middle Years Festival

Middle Years Festivals Schedule | May 7 - 8, 2024


Admission – General Public – $6.00 – Centennial Auditorium in A. E. Peacock Collegiate, Moose Jaw

Performances begin at 1:00 PM.  Doors open at 12:45.  

Tickets may be purchased at Centennial Auditorium before the performances only.  

School groups – email dramainfo@sasktel.net for more information.

Performances TBA

Do you and your students want to perform at Middle Years Festival (Performing Group)?

  • You must complete an Intent to Enter Festival Application: Click on Middle Years Festival Intent to Enter Application to access the form
  • An invoice will be e-mailed as indicated on your completed Intent to Enter Middle Years Festival Application.
  • You are also required to complete a Registration Form no later than 5 weeks prior to Middle Years Festival. Click on Middle Years Festival Registration to access the form.

Is there a time limit for my performance?

  • Yes, performances cannot be longer than 30 minutes.
    Contact the Provincial Office for more information

Do you and your students want to attend a performance at the Middle Years Festival as an Observing Group?

  • Complete a SDA’s Middle Years Festival Observer Application. Click on Middle Years Festival Observer Application
  • There is no cost for school observing groups that are attending performances only, however, you must register your group as indicated above.

Are there any forms my students must complete before attending Middle Years Festival?

  • Yes, if you are a performing group, each of your students must complete an SDA Student Participant Form before the beginning of the Festival. 
  • No, if you and your students are only attending performances, there are no other forms required other than the initial Observer Application for the class.

Is there a Festival Pass that will allow entry to performances on all days of the Festival?

  • Performing Groups are eligible to attend performances on any day. There is no extra cost.
  • When registering as an Observing Group, please check the appropriate boxes to indicate your preference.
  • When your application form is received in the Provincial Office, an invoice will be e-mailed as indicated on your completed Performing of Observing Application.
  • There is no cost to attend the Middle Years Festival for School Observing Groups.
  • No. There is not a Middle Years Festival Pass available.

For more information contact the Provincial Office:

Saskatchewan Drama Association 

Box 17, 1 Mack Street, Regina Beach, SK   S0G 4C0

306-525-0151                dramainfo@sasktel.net

What methods can I use to pay my invoice?

  • SDA accepts School or School Division cheques, money orders, or Direct Deposit from your School Division. SDA is unable to accept e-transfers or credit cards payments. 
  • Late payment fees will be applied to unpaid invoices at a rate of $5.00 per month.
  • Invoices are due when you receive them.
  • Contact SDA’s Provincial Office to make payment arrangements: 306-525-0151 or dramainfo@sasktel.net

How long are the performances each day?

  • Each play session begins at 1:00 p.m. If there is an evening session, the play session will begin at 7:00 p.m. The plays are usually over between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. each afternoon or 9:30 and 10:00 p.m. each evening.
  • After the performances are complete, there is a public production workshop held in the Theatre.
  • Following the workshop, a private meeting with the Clinicians and Adult Directors is held in the Theatre. Audience and students are required to leave the Theatre at this time.
  • Note: Exact performance times vary from day to day and will not be known until closer to the beginning of festival. The time for the public production workshop and directors meeting will vary depending on the number of plays scheduled to perform.
  • Refer to SDA’s Middle Years Performance Schedule available on our website.

What can me and my students do for lunch and/or other food needs?

You have the following options:

  • You and your students may bring a bag lunch and eat it in a designated area.
  • You can purchase a lunch at the various venues available in Moose Jaw.
  • If you are staying at a hotel in Moose Jaw, you could arrange for lunch to be purchased and brought to the venue for you and your students.
  •  Lunch options may be available at A.E. Peacock Collegiate – more information will be provided closer to the beginning of Middle Years Festival.

Is there parking available at the Centennial Auditorium

This information is subject to change without notice.

  • You must make arrangements in order to park a bus, large van, etc. by contacting the Centennial auditorium to advise you of the options available
  • There is free parking on the street.

Can tickets be purchased at the door for performances?

  • Yes, tickets are available at the door only. It is a per person, per play session charge.  There is not an individual charge to see each play.
    The tickets may be purchased any time during the day at the Festival site only.
  • The doors open fifteen (15) minutes prior to each play session.
  • We can only accept cash for tickets at the door.

Mission Statement

SDA's Middle Years Drama Festival will celebrate drama in our schools and offer opportunities for growth and development for both students and teachers in a non-competitive environment.

Middle Years Objectives

  1. To enhance and support Saskatchewan Arts Education Curriculum.
  2. To build a greater understanding about the relationship between drama, life and community.
  3. To create an appreciation of theatre through a variety of approaches and styles.
  4. To develop technical theatre skills and improve the quality of elementary school productions in a non-competitive environment.
  5. To promote greater public awareness of drama in our schools.
  6. To provide professional development opportunities for teachers working in drama and arts education.

Middle Years Festival Focus

  1. Showcase grade 5 – 9 drama productions of Thirty (30) minutes or less.
  2. Provide professional development by working with theatre professionals.
  3. An opportunity to view and respond to plays, to discuss theatre techniques with peers and theatre professionals through workshops.
  4. Model good audience etiquette and build appreciation for other productions.
  5. Respond to the festival challenge and learn how to use rehearsal techniques effectively.
  6. Meet other students and teachers in drama and share experiences in the world of theatre.
  7. Learn more about technical theatre skills.
  8. Students will receive Certificates of Merit to recognize creativity and achievement in theatre.

Middle Years Drama Festival

Date: Refer to Festivals Dates and Locations information  for current dates.

Location: Centennial Auditorium in A. E. Peacock Collegiate, Moose Jaw

Cost: The cost is a per-play amount for Performing Groups (subject to change without notice). Please check with the Provincial Office. Your Intent to Enter Application includes performance space, dressing room space, morning drama workshops, and clinicians’ workshops.

All adult directors and or Supervising Teachers (not Chaperones) must have a current SDA Adult Membership.   The adult membership application is available on SDA’s website.

Middle Years Application

The deadline for Middle Years Intent to Enter Festival Application (Performing Groups) is January 31st annually.

The deadline for Middle Years Observing Groups attending performances only is April 15th annually.

We will accept a maximum of 4 plays for each play session. (1 play/school, on a first come first served basis.)

Performing Groups must complete a Middle Years Play Registration form no later than five (5) weeks before attending the festival. The Play Registration form is used to produce the Festival program, and provide information to Clinicians, and Centennial Auditorium staff.