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High School Theatre Festival – 2019

50th Annual Boise State University

Invitational High School Theatre Festival

Monday and Tuesday, March 11 and 12, 2019

The Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing invites you and your students to our annual Boise State University High School Theatre Festival, Monday and Tuesday, March 11 and 12, 2019. High School Festival is always an exciting and event-filled two days that will feature numerous and varied workshops.  

I am very pleased to invite you and your students to attend the 2019 High School Theatre Arts Festival on
Monday, March 11 and Tuesday, March 12 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm in the Student Union Building. Once again
the Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing promises an exciting and event-filled festival that will feature numerous and
varied events that apply to every aspect of the Theatre.

This year’s registration cost for each student will be $25 for both days or $15 for one day. There will be a
performance of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on March 11, at 10:00 am in the Special Events Center, Student Union.

As usual, all faculty, staff members and chaperones attend the festival free of charge. To register, please
complete the registration form by clicking on the link below, and return to the Festival Coordinator.
The final registration and payment deadline is Friday February 22, 2019.

All registration payments are required in advance. Please send payment with the registration form (Checks, Credit Cards or Purchase Order forms will be accepted) via email to or mail to:  Boise State Theatre Arts Department, Attention: Margaret LeMay, 1910 University Drive, Boise, ID 83725-1565.
Credit card payments can be faxed to Margaret LeMay at 208-426-1771, or phoned in at 208-426-3957.

Our festival coordinator this year is Kelly Edwards, BA Theatre Arts major. Please contact Kelly at if you have any questions or comments about registration, workshops, or other topics.

We will keep a similar schedule to previous years, meaning 50-minute workshops throughout the day, although
we may combine time-slots for longer events. As we begin organizing the Festival, we would love to hear from
you about any ideas you might have or if you would like to conduct a workshop.

We hope that you and your students will be able to attend these events. You can reach our Management
Assistant, Margaret LeMay at 208-426-3957 or Or you may contact me directly
at 208-426-1500 or

We look forward to seeing you.

Richard Klautsch, Chair
Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing
Boise State University



These are examples of the diverse workshops we will be offering at the Festival this year:

  • Knot Tying – Demonstrating a variety of knots and discussing their uses within a theatre space.
  • Wacky World of Wombats – Students will learn about the different vocal variables and how to manipulate the voice to create a cartoon character (or any character)!
  • How Not to Kill Each Other – Handling Prop Weapons Responsibly – Students will learn how to safely and responsibly handle weapons on and off stage.
  • ZenSation – Preparing the body, mind and voice for performance.
  • Road Kill 101: An Introduction to wounds, bruises, and scars – An introduction to stage gore, you will get hands on experience, learning how to create wounds, scars and bruises.  Come join us for a horrific experience!
  • Warm-Up Games and Short-Form Improv – Students will learn the importance of warming up for a performance and honing their improvisational skills by thinking on their feet.
  • Out Damned Spot! –Stage Blood and How to Make it Go Away – Students will learn how to make stage blood, and more importantly, how to clean-up afterwards.
  • Princes and Paupers – This workshop will introduce students to the basic steps of learning a stage dialect. We will briefly cover both Standard British and Cockney dialect.
  • Mambo Madness – Learn Fosse-style musical theatre/jazz from the musical, Damn Yankees. It’s time to move and groove.
  • Stage Management – That weird unforeseen force that keeps theatre together but that no one understands or appreciates. Students will gain insight, helpful hints, and problem-solving strategies.
  • Sound Shaping – This workshop will use action words to help students increase physical/vocal expressiveness and add dynamic qualities to character and text. Participants should be prepared to MOVE!
  • Scene Work – Students will be taking a scene, working it through, examining different points of view and progressing it to final “versions”. Scene will be provided.
  • and more….