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Jr. Thespians Thespys

The Thespys are intended to be a non-competitive, educational program offering Festival delegates the opportunity to receive constructive feedback on prepared theatrical material and technical designs. The goal for participating students is to find their talent, strengths, and weaknesses and to grow as theatre artists. The assessment forms are the same as used by the Educational Theatre Association Thespys ( Students receiving Superior in the Louisiana Thespys and meet the guidelines for the Thespys are eligible to participate in the Thespys at the International Thespian Festival in Bloomington, IN during June. These guidelines can be found online at


Students may choose from the following Thespys: Monologue, Duet Acting, Solo Musical Theatre,  Group Musical Theatre, Dance (Solo, Duet or Group)


The following are the only ways to qualify for Thespys at the Jr. Thespian Festival:

Must be registered for the entire Festival and complete application on Open Water platform. 

Participants may be registered for only one performance Thespy. 

All Performance Thespys are limited to 5 minutes after the correct introduction; the exception is Monologue which has a 3 minute total limit. The 5 minutes begins after the correct introduction. Any performances that go over the time limit will be disqualified. However, they will be allowed to complete their performance. The disqualification will be noted on the critique sheet. There will be no 1,2,3,4, or 5-minute warnings. 

All participants must use the correct introduction which should ONLY include: entrant’s name, troupe number, the title of selection(s), and the name of the playwright, composer or lyricist.

No theatrical makeup is allowed in any event. Costumes are not allowed. Entrants must wear all black clothing when performing or presenting their IE, so the judges can clearly tell an entrant is not wearing a costume. Clothing should be appropriate to the situation and should easily accommodate the action of a scene such as sitting, kneeling, dancing, lying down, etc. Students should also wear black shoes. Students should refrain from wearing anything that might distract the judges.


Props of any kind or not allowed and will result in disqualification.

All EdTA Rules and Regulations must be followed for each event.

Each act must have permission to perform their selection from the publisher. Click here for acceptable material.

Must register and pay an Thespy fee of $15.00.

Must meet the Festival deadline.

Each school may register as many as five (5) acts in the Thespys. 

Only the Thespy participant and one director will be allowed in the room for each Thespy.


Substitutions of students are not allowed.

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

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Events Offered at LA Jr. Thespian Festival

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