Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival
Schools wishing to participate in the one-act contest must be members of the WHSFA, and must begin their qualification process by entering the district level in mid-October, followed by the sectional level in late October/early November. One-act plays advancing to the State level are scheduled throughout the day Friday and Saturday, concurrent with workshops. All students attending the festival are welcome to watch. One-act performances are a great educational opportunity for students and their directors to receive constructive criticism from trained theatre professionals.
Middle level schools may attend a high school one-act festival in their area district, or may be adjudicated in-house, and/or may attend the State Festival (space permitting) as an exhibition attendee. At the State Festival, middle level schools may earn a Merit or Excellence award, and participating students will receive a ribbon representing the award their school earned.
Tech Challenge is a great way to test your technical skills in a fun and friendly competition with your peers. Actors, designers, directors, technicians, and theatre enthusiasts are invited to participate. Pre-registration for this contest is not necessary, but participants must be pre-registered with the festival.
See the "Results" section below.
Tech Olympics at the WHSTF is generously facilitated and presented by ETC - Electronic Theatre Controls.
Examples of Events
- Focus a Light (Individual)
- Knot Tying (Individual)
- Costume Quick Change (Pair)
- Wire a Plug (Individual)
- Cable Relay (Team of 4)
- Sound Setup (Pair)
Schools interested in having a full-length play or musical showcased during the festival may apply by October 22, 2020. Visit the application form page (click button to right) to learn more about the process. Any showcase(s) selected will be announced in early November, with details announced here.
Safety & Security
Online safety and security are a top priority for the festival. We have worked with experts experienced with online events for young people to ensure the safest experience possible for all, and will be asking all participants (inclusive of adult facilitators) to uphold stringest standards for safety, including a reporting mechandism for issues.
Harassment & Discrimination Policy
The Wisconsin High School Forensic Association is committed to fostering safe and supportive learning environments for all student participants and adults at our interscholastic events. This requires mutual respect on the part of all people present. Accordingly, WHSFA prohibits all forms of harassment and discrimination by and to any person, whether written or oral, based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by any applicable federal, state, or local law. Individuals found to have violated this policy will be subject to a full range of sanctions, up to and including removal from the festival premises.
If you have a concern about how people are treating you that you want to make known to the WHSFA and, if appropriate, legal authorities, or you have witnessed behavior inconsistent with the Harassment and Discrimination Policy, please report to the festival information area, and request to meet with an equity officer. You will be asked to complete a form sharing your information and describing the violation. You will then discuss the grievance informally and on a verbal basis with an equity officer, who shall in turn, investigate the complaint. Whenever possible, connect with an equity officer directly first.