Nebraska Association of Community Theatres
Nebraska Association of Community Theatres



 Who may enter? 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 the festival process. Companies from city or county recreational departments, universities, colleges, military bases, etc. must have a governing board from the community separate from the umbrella organization.


What can be entered? A production entered in the festival process 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 of 10 minutes set-up time and 10 minutes strike time (in addition to the 60 minute performance time), for a total of 80 minutes. However, if a set-up or strike is intended to set mood, establish character, or entertain the audience in any way, it will be considered part of the 60 minutes performance time.


What is required to participate? In order to proceed to the next level, every production must, at each level, provide the following to the festival chair by deadline dates:

a. Proof of permission to perform the production from the leasing agent and/or author.

b. Proof of permission to perform the production as cut or altered.

c. Proof or permission to use music (incidental or other), photographic images (still, movie, video) or any other work that is protected by copyright, trademark or other law. In the case of work created specifically for a production, a statement from the work’s creator that “it is their work and permission is granted for its use” is sufficient.

d. Four copies of the performance script (please do not photocopy any scripts without prior permission).

e. Entry fees as required by specific festivals. Entry fee for NACT FESTVAL will be $ 200.00. This entry fee includes registration for ALL members of the production troupe (cast, crew and director). Registration includes admission to all shows and workshops. It does not include meals.

f. Entry-Information Sheet provided by specific festival host.

g. Technical questionnaire provided by specific festival host.

h. Affidavits of AACT/Fest Eligibility for each performer. (Participating actors must not receive any kind of payment for participation in the Festival; must not be an active member of Actor’s Equity and will not become such a member during the period involved with the Festival (includes Regional Festival and National Festival); and have not earned more than 25% of a living wage as income from work as an actor in live performances for the year preceding the first day of the Festival.)

i. Program information.

j. Each theatre entering must be a paid member of NACT (Theatre Membership of $40 for a two-year membership); and each member of the participating troupe (includes all actors, crew and director) must have a current paid individual or family membership in NACT ($20 per individual membership for 2 years of $35 per family membership - includes up to 4 family members in the same household).

k. Each theatre entering must be a paid member of AACT (American Association of Community Theatre) OR pay an entry fee of $60 (payable to AACT) to participate in the State Festival.


Adjudication Guidelines Plays are to be adjudicated based on the overall production with acting and directing values as the major elements. All types of productions (comedy, drama, original works, musicals, revues, avant-garde, “controversial”, etc) are acceptable entries to the festival and must be considered on a similar basis. Technical competence is to be given consideration as to its effectiveness as an integral part of the total production experience.


What does the host theatre provide? Each participating theatre will be provided a 10 ft. x 10 ft. off-stage storage area. The entering company will be permitted to pre-assemble any portion of the set providing that the assembled scenery never exceeds the allotted space. The host will provide two similar “on-deck” areas of 100 sq. ft. (10 ft. x 10 ft) which adjoin the performance area. It is from this “on-deck” location that productions set-up and strike. Participants should notify the festival host of any needed special assistance. Each participating theatre is responsible for furnishing set, props or furniture needed for its production. The  host theatre may provide standard articles of furniture if requested to do so in advance. The host will provide rehearsal/technical time of 80 minutes for each performing group in the performance space. The time will be scheduled in relation to the performance time. Dates and performance times for festival productions are set by NACT in advance by random drawing. The host theatre shall provide a minimum basic lighting plot that will include individually controlled cool and warm wash areas of eight to ten feet in dimension and such other instruments as necessary to completely illuminate the stage. The host theatre shall also have two follow spots available for the use of production companies. In addition, each performing group shall be allowed to use up to six dimmers or circuits for special lighting requirements. Special lighting effects are the responsibility of the entrant and permission for their use must be obtained from the host theatre. If the host provides specials, they must be available to all entrants. These specials may be set up during the company’s scheduled rehearsal period with instrument placement coordinated by the host technical director who will strike and replug light specials as necessary between productions. All other non-light special effects and scenic units must be set up and struck in the ten minute times allowed. The host theatre must have a functioning sound system with a minimum of two cassette players, stage speakers and a means of communication between light and sound booths and backstage. A CD player and house microphone are recommended but not required. No scenic devices may be hung, placed or positioned in the playing area prior to the set-up. Scenic devices used for creating special effect have no limit, but must be provided by the entering company. Scenic devices that require set-up in the “house” of the theatre must be approved by the host theatre.


*NOTE: The above information in only a PARTIAL listing of the official festival rules. A complete set of rules will be furnished to all participants, and anyone else who requests a complete copy. Please contact Karla Ott at or (402) 362-5465, for a complete set of rules.



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