Competitions - Ensemble Acting

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Duet Acting

Ensemble Acting


Solo Musical

Duet Musical

Group Musical

Scene Design

Costume Design

Publicity Design


Student-Directed Scene

Costume Construction

Makeup Design

from the "FLThespian" website.
  1. Between 3 and 16 performers.
  2. Material must be drawn from published plays written for the theatre. Poetry, fiction, screenplays, and lyrics will not be allowed.
  3. Hand props may be used if required as an integral part of the scene.
  5. Not to exceed eight (8) minutes.
  6. A full copy of the published play must be brought to the room and placed on the adjudicator's table.  Without the script the students will be allowed to perform, but they will NOT be rated and will NOT be considered for showcase.
  7. Each room will be provided with eight (8) chairs and one (1) table. You are limited to the furniture in the room.
Best Scores ... Ever! (States)
Critics' Choice
no Troupe 6172 Thespian has ever earned this score in this event.
  • Garry Cohen, Chanel Letourneau & Tori Musco, "English Made Simple" (2010)
  • Nelia Berry, Alexis Blackledge, Alyssa Blackledge & Brianna Courchene, "10,000 Cigarettes" (2013)
  • Chrissy Bracken, Andrew Garces & Karly Muzik, "The Tarantino Variation" (2008)
  • Denise Foshee, Heather Johnson & Jessie Moreira, "The Art of Dining" (2006)
Judges' Criteria
  • Character/Believability
  • Emotional Commitment
  • Ensemble Play/Developed Relationships
  • Focus/Energy/Concentration
  • Staging/Blocking
  • Vocal Delivery (Volume, Clarity, Interpretation)
Best Scores ... Ever! (Districts)
Critics' Choice
  • Annalese Andrews, Johans Court & Raeann Lindsey, "Playthings" (2015)
  • Chrissy Bracken, Andrew Garces & Karly Muzik, "The Tarantino Variation" (2008)
  • Elianabeth Riley, Kat Connelly, Mylene Tomas & Nick Devries, "The Battle of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry" (2015)
  • Deysha Barbour, Jordan Bourque, Josh McCluskey & Gaby Thomas, "Phillip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread" (2014)
  • Nelia Berry, Alexis Blackledge, Alyssa Blackledge & Brianna Courchene, "10,000 Cigarettes" (2013)
  • Garry Cohen, Vince Evangelista & Sarah Hudak, "Beyond Therapy" (2011)
  • Chanel Letourneau, Garry Cohen & Tori Musco, "English Made Simple" (2010)
  • Shelby Tesio, Jamal Bailey & Chrissy Herreid, "Canker Sores & Other Distractions" (2010)
  • Garry Cohen, Sarah Hudak, Chanel Letourneau & Mark Vicciardo, "Phillip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread" (2009)
  • Denise Foshee, Heather Johnson & Jessie Moreira, "The Art of Dining" (2006)
  • Shelby Heaton, Lilyan Miller & Ellen Taylor, "Dead Boy" (2014)
  • Alexis Blackledge, Brianna Courchene & Bryan Ramos, "The Perfect Proposal" (2014)
  • Abby Hudak, Alex Duran, Alyssa Blackledge & Branna Loviglio, "The Battle of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry" (2012)
  • Jessica Courchene, Abby Fleck & Czarina Teano, "Heads" (2010)
  • Cara Dozier, Bradley Morris & Karly Muzik, "Naomi in the Living Room" (2009)
  • Josh Dohmann, Miranda Ross & Mary Powell, "'Dentity Crisis" (2008)
  • Kelly Herreid, Katy Jacobs, Erin Thiele & Meredith Watt, "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" (2006)
  • Sean Davies, Patrick Lane & Chad Lucas, "Mere Mortals" (2005)
  • Denise Foshee, Tisa Moore, Jessie Moreira, Deon Puigdomenech "Phillip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread" (2005)
  • Lizz Buikema, Tiffany Caine & Amanda Sanborn, "Fables for Friends" (2004)
  • Patrick Coy, Jessie Luczynski & Corey Monson, "Arabian Nights" (2003)
  • Jackie Gillespie, Rusty Gillespie & Yasmine Wilt, "Arsenic and Old Lace" (2001)
Sponsor's #1 Piece of Advice
Your biggest obstacle with Ensemble Acting is simple to understand and challenging to commit to solving: Rehearsal Time.  The bigger your group, the bigger the chance that one of two things is going to happen: a) someone will mentally check out and stop rehearsing or argue to reduce your rehearsals, as in: "we're good we don't have to rehearse anymore"; b) schedule conflicts will arise.
Work only with people who have proven reliability - and even then, beware!  Ensemble groups from other schools at Districts are extremely organized and this is a very, very competitive event.
Thespians' Advice
"The only thing that I can say is: Don't do what I did. My group did the most practicing 20 minutes before we went up. Yeah... we did bad. Practice hard. Ensembles are probably the most fun to practice with. You get to meet up with a few of your best friends and act. What could be better?"
--Sean Davies ('06)

"If there is anything I have learned from ensembles it is that  you have to know what you're doing. Everything about your act has to be completely flawless, from the way you move your hands to the way you talk.  Diction was a big problem for our troupe and especially my group. Pick your material early. Practice as often as possible. But most of all, have fun, that's  what acting is all about"

-- Patrick Lane ('05)

If you are a Thespian who has competed in this event, please send your advice to Mr. Gaudet to be included on this page!

What (Not) To Wear
According to the Florida State Thespians, in performances:
IE Performance Attire
We, your Florida State Thespian Student Representatives, have been informed of concerns regarding proper attire for I.E. participants. In the past, judges have found certain items of clothing inappropriate and most of all, distracting to our performances. Therefore, we find that the following attire suggestions are needed:
  • T-shirt or blouse that covers the stomach, shoulders, chest, and back.
  • Slacks, jeans, or knee-length skirts.
  • Sneakers, flats, or low heels (avoid flip-flips and other noisy and/or unsafe footwear).
  • T-shirt, Polo shirts, or dress shirts that provide full coverage.
  • Jeans or slacks worn above the hips.
  • Sneakers or dress shoes.
Participants in musical theatre categories should feel free to wear rehearsal or dance attire that provides full coverage. In any event, we find it best to avoid clothes that restrict movement onstage and make sure that your hair does not prevent the judges from seeing your face. We also recommend that you avoid noisy jewelry, distracting colors, patterns, designs, etc. Let it be about your performance and not your attire.
Be advised that wearing inappropriate and/or distracting attire could possibly interfere with your performance.
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