Every year between October and December, the California Educational Theatre Association adjudicates Fall productions at high schools in four areas in the Southern California Region. In addition, the festival weekend offers a variety of opportunities that encourage artistic growth for both students and teachers. These offerings include workshops led by industry professionals, adjudicated scene and monologue competition, and scholarship opportunities.  The three-day Festival showcases four MainStage plays selected from four regions of Southern California: Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire, and San Diego County.  It celebrates CETA’s Mission to  create spaces where Every California student will experience the highest standards of theatre arts education.

Plays that cannot make main stage this year (2019-2020) are:

  1. Kimberly Akimbo

  2. The Foreigner

  3. Dark of the Moon

  4. DOA

Mainstage Winner History

2018 – 2019 Mt. Carmel DOA LakesideKimberly Akimbo Fullerton Union The Foreigner John Burroughs The Dark of the Moon

2017-2018 Fullerton Union Secret in the Wings John Burroughs The Laramie Project Citrus Valley One Man, Two Guvnors La Costa Canyon The Love of Three Oranges

 2016-2017 Mira Costa  Almost, Maine Lakeside Wit Estancia Letters to Sala MurrietaValley Radium Girls

2015-2016 Chadwick Romeo and Juliet Jurupa Hills Inherit the Wind Mission Viejo The Children’s Hour Mission Vista The Triangle Factory Fire Project

2014-2015 John Burroughs Flowers for Algernon Lakeside 12 Angry WoMen Mission Viejo The Laramie Project Rancho Buena Vista I Never Saw Another Butterfly

2013-2014 Charter Oak Twentieth Century Jurupa Hills The Boys Next Door Newport HarborOur Town Rancho Buena Vista The Diviners  

2012-2013 Estancia. A Midsummer Night’s Dream Lakeside The Boys Next Door  Westview The Odd Couple ChadwickComedy of Errors 

2011-2012 John Burroughs The CrucibleHuntington Beach APA Leading Ladies Lakeside Once in a Lifetime Westview To Kill a Mockingbird 

2010-2011 Newport Harbor Noises Off Culver City The Laramie Project Rancho Buena Vista Anatomy of Gray Lakeside Emma’s Child 

2009-2010 Jurupa Valley Lend me a Tenor Culver City Nicholas NicklebyCapistrano Valley Rumors Christian The Ash Girl 

2008-2009 Highland Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead Los Osos Leading Ladies Tesoro The Merry Wives of Windsor Westview The Tempest 

2007-2008 TesoroComedy of Errors Rolling Hills Prep Don’t Drink the Water Etiwanda Pound Rancho Buena Vista A Shayna Maidel

2006-2007 Palos Verdes Rebel Without a Cause Los Osos Noises Off Temescal Canyon The Foreigner 

2005-2006 Riverside Poly Tartuffe: Born Again Torrey Pines Inherit the Wind St Francis Romeo and Juliet 

2004-2005 Temescal Canyon The Diary of Anne Frank Windward Much Ado About Nothing Villa Park The Best Man 

2003-2004 Windward The Prodigious Son Upland The Crucible Torrey Pines Metamorphoses 

2002-2003 Newport Harbor The Diviners Chapparal You Can’t Take It With You La Costa Canyon Rumors

2001-2002 Rancho Buena Vista The Crucible Etiwanda Taking Steps Palos Verdes Peninsula The American Clock

2000-2001 Mt. Carmel Do Not Go Gentle Riverside Poly Rumors Newport Harbor The Importance of Being Ernest

1999-2000 El Dorado Jane Eyre University Romeo and Juliet  La Serna The Diviners 

1998-1999 Diamond Bar Play On! La Quinta The Miracle Worker Rancho Buena Vista Six Characters in Search of an Author

1997-1998 Mt. Carmel The Crucible Upland The Diviners Palos Verdes Peninsula A Midsummer Night’s Dream

1996-1997 Rancho Bernardo Brighton Beach Memoirs La Quinta Romeo and Juliet La Serna The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

1995-1996Etiwanda Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead El Rancho God’s Country San Dieguito A View from the Bridge

1994-1995 La Serna Lend Me a Tenor Etiwanda Bullshot Crummond Rancho Bernardo Inspecting Carol

1993-1994 La Serna Rumors Upland David and Lisa La Jolla A Piece of My Heart

1992-1993 Estancia Macbeth Newport Harbor Children of a Lesser GodSunny Hills The Canterbury Tales

1991-1992 Palm Springs Rumors California A Flea in Her Ear San Dieguito The Diviners

1990-1991 Patrick Henry Brighton Beach Memoirs Chatsworth The House of Blue Leaves Sunny Hills The Dining Room

1989-1990 Arlington Equus La Jolla And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson California Dirty Works at the Crossroads

1988-1989 California The Foreigner  Palm Springs Absurd Person Singular Rancho Buena Vista A Midsummer Night’s Dream

1987-1988 Chatsworth The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Estancia The Dining RoomEisenhower To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday

1986-1987 Palisades Viet Rock  Patrick HenryThe Trial Palm Springs Noises Off

1985-1986 La Serna Amadeus El Camino Macbeth San Dieguito Foxfire 

1984-1985Beverly Hills Lady Audley’s Secret Patrick Henry The Dining Room California Voices from the High School

1983-1984 El Toro Our Town  University The Good Doctor  Palm Springs The Skin of Our Teeth 

1982-1983 Estancia The Man Who Came to Dinner Walnut  A Cry of Players  El Rancho A View from the Bridge

1981-1982 Walnut Company of Wayward Saints Palisades Strider  Patrick Henry The Rimers of Eldritch 

1980-1981 Birmingham You Can’t Take It With You Corona Tartuffe Mission ViejoSummer and Smoke

1979-1980 Granada Hills The Servant of Two Masters Mission Viejo The CrucibleUniversity Story Theatre

1978-1979 Charter Oak The Miser  Granada Hills David and Lisa Mission Viejo Dark of the Moon

1977-1978 Beverly Hills A Midsummer Night’s Dream  Buena ParkSunshine Boys  Charter Oak Johnny Belinda

1976-1977 Charter Oak The Royal Hunt of the Sun Grant Dark of the Moon Venice A Midsummer Night’s Dream

1975-1976 Beverly Hills U.S.A. Canoga ParkAll My Sons Charter Oak Life With Father

1974-1975 Beverly Hills Story Theatre Charter Oak All the Way Home Grant The Rimers of Eldritch

1973-1974 Charter Oak Dark of the Moon Hollywood Story Theatre Kearny Hamlet

1972-1973 California The House of Blue Leaves Kearny Death of a Salesman Hollywood A Midsummer Night’s Dream

1971-1972 Birmington The Serpent Canoga Park The Miser Cleveland The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 

Festival Winner History
Coming soon!