What is NHETG and Festival?
The New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild is an organization of high school students and teachers whose goal is to encourage excellence in high school theatre. The major events each year are the Fall Workshops and the New Hampshire Drama Festival held in the spring. High school theatre groups from all over the state meet to perform 40 minute one-act plays or cuttings from full length plays at several one-day regional festival. Regional finalists participate at the two-day State Festival. At all of the festivals, students have a chance to meet other thespians, share and discuss their productions. Individual awards are given to students. Two shows are chosen from the state festival to go on to the three-day New England Theatre Festival.
Choosing a Play
For those already thinking of festival, here are a few things to keep in mind. The play may be no longer than 40 minutes and zero seconds from the first dramatic moment to the last dramatic moments. Dramatic moments include music before the house lights go out and actors interacting with the audience before the house lights go out. Many choose to do a single act of a play or a cutting. Be certain to get the publishers written permission, otherwise this may be a copyright infringement. If there are further questions, don’t hesitate to contact a board member.
Festival VS Competition
The Board of the NHETG believes very strongly that theatre is an art form, not a sport. In support of this premise we think of the festivals as a celebration of theatre where students and directors get to share theatre and learn from each others work. Granted, shows are chosen to go on to the next level of festival but we do not believe this is the primary goal of the festival. The primary goals are education and fun. Please help maintain the spirit of festival by discouraging the use of the “C” word in this regard.