Acceptable Material 

Acceptable material:


Non-musical NIEs performance events:

1. Selections from full-length or one-act plays and musicals, and published by:


• Broadway Play Publishing Inc

• Dramatic Publishing

• Dramatists Play Service

• Heuer Publishing

• Music Theatre International

• Pioneer Drama

• Playscripts, Inc.

• Rodgers & Hammerstein Theatricals

• Samuel French, Inc.

• Smith and Kraus

• Stage Partners

• Stage Rights

• Tams-Witmark

• The Musical Company

• Theatrefolk

• Theatrical Rights Worldwide

• YouthPLAYS

• Any public domain play written prior to 1923 2.


2. The only D.M. Larson selection available for use in NIEs are from the plays listed below. All other D.M. Larson monologues will result in a disqualification.


• Beauty IS a Beast - ISBN-13: 978-1511495967

• Big Nose - ISBN-13: 978-1542471077

• Death of an Insurance Salesman - ISBN-13: 978-1518665547

• Ebony Scrooge - ISBN-13: 978-1537655239

• Flowers in the Desert - ISBN-13: 978-1530169085

• Holka Polka! - ISBN-13: 978-1502445490

• Operation Redneck - ISBN-13: 978-1540824349

• Somebody Famous - ISBN-13: 978-1539753483

• Superhero Support Group - ISBN-13: 978-1540471772

• My William Shatner Man Crush - ISBN-13: 978-1505910155

• To Be A Star - ISBN-13: 978-1541300200


3. Exceptions can be made for publishing companies not listed above (e.g., foreign publishing houses). Exceptions will need to be submitted nationally by April 1, 2019. Each chapter will have their own requirement for timing for their exceptions, but all exceptions will need to be approved by the Events Assistant Manager, Becca Wren. The form can be found in Appendix B (page 29).

4. The following are unacceptable material for non-musical NIEs performance events:


• Author-only permission.

• Any play (or monologue from a musical) not published by one of the publishers listed above or by a pre-approved publishing company.


5. The following are unacceptable resources for non-musical NIEs performance events:


• Use of set pieces, props, or costumes, including the use of hair, non-prescription glasses, earrings, or other personal items.


Acceptable material

Musical NIEs performance events:

• Songs from a musical that have been used in a musical (regardless of its previous publication as a classical or popular song – e.g., Forever Plaid, Mamma Mia, etc.).

• It must be publically available for sale in a vocal selection or musical score.

• There must be a copyright mark on the music.


The following are unacceptable material for musical NIEs performance events:

• A cappella songs UNLESS originally written to be performed a cappella in the script.

• Songs from films.

• Songs from television.

• Popular songs not used in a published work for the theatre.

• Classical songs not used in a published work for the theatre.

• Tracks with any background vocals.


The following are unacceptable resources for musical NIEs performance events:


 It’s difficult to address every situation in this document, but fundamentally, the guide is that the piece must either have:

1. publisher permission (NOT author-only permission); or

2. available for sale in a libretto, play, vocal selection, or musical score.


Students may play a role of any gender regardless of the gender with which they identify. It is important to note that all copyright rules are to be enforced; for example, the student cannot change pronouns without the express, written consent from the publisher.


Disqualification. The NIEs program is meant to challenge, inspire, and educate students. As you’ll note throughout this document, there are very clear rules to ensure equity among all participants. Violations of these rules can lead to disqualification. a. Disqualification reasons can be noted by individual adjudicators. The adjudicator should note the issue(s) under their printed name and signature. b. Regardless of individual disqualification reason(s), it is the responsibility of the tabulation room officials (or pre-defined designate) to rule on any disqualifications. c. Disqualifications at the International Thespian Festival will be ruled by Events Assistant Manager, Becca Wren.

Please visit the Educational Theater Association website for up to date specific event guidelines.

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