STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHY RULES
CHOICE OF PLAYS
The Board of Directors of Florida Thespians voted to remove the list of titles the students can choose from for their technical events.
This was for a few reasons: It brings us closer in line with EdTA and their events so students can participate in the International Thespian Excellence Awards (THESPYs) at the National level. It offers students a chance to find titles and themes that appeal to them. Finally, it gives students a chance to be inclusive in their play selection, so we can reflect our diverse student body in Florida.
The musical theatre selection must come from a musical theatre production which has been written and produced for the musical theatre stage. Upon request, you must show proof of the origin of the source material.
1. The student choreography may select any song from the list from any acceptable musical (see above).
2. Students must submit a prompt book for the dance. The submitted prompt book
must include, but is not limited to:
A. Thematic statement of the dance
B. Character summary: include relationships with each other and their
surroundings, using the characters who are present in the musical number.
C. Floor plan for the dance: provide a complete ground plan to a scale as you
would stage it in full performance for the dance.
Examples of additional materials that may be included in the prompt book:
A. Staging/movement notes written above the staff on the songs’ sheet music.
B. Chronological listing of formation changes within the song.
C. Chart of the music and notation the dance steps in a list format
3. Only (1) one student may be the Choreographer . NO COLLABORATION.
4. Student Choreographer MUST choose performers who are participating in one other
event at the district level in order for them to qualify for state.
5. Be prepared to answer questions based on the performance of the dance.
6. Time limit: five (5) minutes for the required uninterrupted performance. The remainder
of the time is designated for justification and questions. The event shall not exceed ten
7. 1 to 16 performers.
8. The Choreographer may not perform in the dance.
1. One (1) chair per character in the chosen dance.
2. One sturdy table provided.
3. Prop(s) may be used, at the student choreographers’ discretion, if it is an integral part
of the dance: for example, a cane or hat commonly used in a Fosse style dance.