Nebraska Association of Community Theatres
Nebraska Association of Community Theatres

The basic rundown of Festival

Any amateur theatre company organized for at least one year prior to the state festival, which has produced at least two shows prior to the state festival entry, and is governed by a board from the community, is eligible to enter. A show entered in the festival may be a cutting of a full-length play or musical, a one-act play, or any performance of a theatrical nature. The total length of the play, including introductions, scene changes and curtain calls may not exceed 60 minutes. Each production is allowed a maximum time of 10 minutes for set-up and 10 minutes for strike (in addition to the 60 minute performance time) for a total of 80 minutes.

Because the NACT Festival is a part of the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) Festival cycle. There are numerous festival rules that must be adhered to. Click here for the condensed Festival rules which will hopefully answer some questions you may have regarding the process if you have never entered a production, or need "refreshing" on the guidelines. You may also connect to the AACT Website at to read and/or download a copy of the entire AACTFest Handbook.


Theatre members should be receiving a copy of the Entry Form, along with a copy of Condensed Festival Rules and a Letter of Intent from
Festival chair Karla Ott in the near future.

A summary of the entry fees for a production is a follows: $200.00 entry fee (this covers registration fees for ALL individual members of the performing production, including actors, crew & directors); $60.00 AACT Entry Fee, if your theatre is NOT a current member of AACT. (If your theatre IS a current member of AACT, you do NOT pay this $60.00 fee); $40.00 NACT Theatre membership dues, if your theatre is NOT a current NACT member. (If your Theatre IS a current NACT member, you do not pay this membership fee); $20.00 individual membership dues for each person in the performing production, including actors, crew & directors, OR $35.00 family membership for family members in the performing production. **NOTE: There may be an additional charge (approx. $8.00 - $12.00) for each person attending the Sunday Awards Brunch/Lunch, if a meal is scheduled. Details on the brunch/lunch and awards ceremony will be distributed later. Please note that the Entry fee does NOT include motel charges, or meals (other than hors d'oeuvres at the Friday and Saturday evening socials.)
If you haven't ever participated in a Festival, we assure you that it will be a great experience! If you have participated before, we welcome you to another fun-filled adventure.

If you have any questions please contact Karla Ott or Suzan DeCamp.

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