To all our directors and visiting schools:MDI Drama is pleased to host the 2017 Eastern Regional of the Maine Drama Festival on March 10-11. There are significant new rules in effect this year, so please be sure to review them if you have not already done so. The new information is in the MPA Bulletin; currently there is no updated 2016-2017 rulebook.
Festival materials are linked below in the Directors' Packet (including the Tech Director's Welcome Letter). NOTE: You will not receive a mailing from us as all pertinent documents are linked at the bottom of this page.Directors' Packet as soon as possible and by Friday, February 10. I will not accept mailed or faxed documents. I will have a formatted copy of your program page for you to proofread on Tech Day for corrections and updates.
• Master and Performance Schedules: You should review copies of the Master Schedule and Performance Schedule for the Festival weekend. These will be updated as information becomes available. Please note that no performances will begin before the top of the hour.
• Tech Day, Saturday, March 4. All schools are expected to have representatives present.
8:00 am Doors open
To install special equipment or if you are requesting lighting specials, arrive before 9:00 am.
11:00 am General meeting, facility tour and basic demonstration of equipment
All directors are required to complete the Special Installations form (see above), even if you do not plan to install specials. Items that are not in place by the time of the meeting must at least be clearly indicated to the Festival Tech Director prior to the session. All directors must have the opportunity to see what will be available for use on Festival weekend. It is strongly suggested that you bring your light and sound operators to familiarize them with the operation of our equipment. Please do not bring all of your students.
Please familiarize yourself with the new rulebook, especially the new time limits, contained in the MPA Bulletin and the Timing Protocol for set-up, performance and strike before you arrive on Tech Day.
Please bring a copy of your performance license/cutting permissions to the meeting.
• Food service during the Festival: Fresh food cooked on site will be offered during the festival weekend, and there will
be multiple selections for each meal. There are always vegetarian
options. It should be possible to eat for $6.00 - $8.00 per person, per meal. With the closest large restaurant nearly 20 miles away in Ellsworth, this is a great and simple plan. To take advantage of this wonderful service, complete the Meal Plan Order Form (coming soon!).
• Directors' Responsibilities: A reminder that the MPA wishes to stress that it
is the responsibility of visiting directors to monitor student behavior during the entirety of the competition weekend. To that end, please be sure that you have enough chaperones to be able to do so. In addition, school will be in session on Friday, March 10 during load-in and tech checks. Visiting students must remain in the gym until the guest classrooms are opened at approx. 3 p.m.
Also, it is a festival requirement that all students attend all of the performances except for the one that conflict directly with your own.
Finally, please remember that it is each visiting director's responsibility “to inform his or her students that they must secure their own money and personal possessions. The MPA, host director, and host school are not responsible for lost money or possessions.” (From the 2015-2016 Guidelines/Rulebook - Maine Drama Competition).
Please feel free to contact me by phone at 288-5011, ext. 3135 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, the last being by far the easiest and most reliable way to reach me.
I look forward to seeing you on Tech Day.
Host, 2017 Eastern Regional of the Maine Drama Festival
Forms to Complete - Please complete by Friday, February 10th
Higgins-Demas Theater Specifications
UPDATED: JCR 1/6/2016