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Familiarize yourself with the

Rules and Regulations.



  • Your play must be appropriate for an event that is sponsored by the Department of Education and the NBTA. If you would not do the play at your school in front of the student body and your administration, then it cannot be done at the festival. You must consider language, appropriate material, and cultural sensitivity.

  • Offensive language and inappropriate material are not acceptable and may result in disqualification from awards.



  • All New Brunswick public Middle and High Schools are eligible to enter the festival.

  • Productions may be directed by teachers, student teachers, students, or a community volunteer approved by the school administration.

  • Individual directors may direct two plays.

  • All participants must be registered students in your school.

  • Teachers may not appear in a play or do voiceovers.



  • Middle Schools may register a maximum of three plays.

  • High Schools may register a maximum of three plays.

    • The first two plays will be registered on a first received-first registered basis.

    • Third plays will be scheduled at Memorial Hall, UNB.



  • To be eligible for recognition, each production must be over 25 minutes and no longer than 60 minutes.

  • Each play has 20 minutes to set up and 10 minutes to strike. There will be an official timer for each of these elements. These times will be posted so that directors, cast, and crew will be aware of any problems before the Recognition Ceremony.

  • If the play does not comply with the time regulations, it will be disqualified from all categories except acting.

  • The play begins when the lights come up, a line is spoken, or music is played. If there is any dispute, the posted time will be considered accurate. Remember that the festival audience is usually very enthusiastic, so please factor this into your playing time.

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