Middle Stage Fest 2017

February 18, 2017

The CETA Middle Stage Fest, now in its sixteenth year, is an exciting event for middle school drama students. At the festival, students perform monologues and scenes for panels of adjudicators and compete to earn bronze, silver and gold medals. In addition, while judges are tabulating the scores, students get to participate in high-energy theatre games. Unlike involvement in sports, it is rare for theatre students to have the opportunity to meet peers from other schools, share their passion, showcase their talent, and learn from one another. This festival brings together hundreds of students to do just that. All participating students qualify to attend CA YOUTH IN THEATRE DAY, where they meet and perform with other award-winning students from throughout the state.

Individual students may compete in up to two of four categories: monologues, duos, original oratory/poetry, and group scenes. Students will perform each of their events three times. A boxed lunch is provided for all participants.

Students get to connect with other young artists, and share their experiences in theatre. While scores are being tabulated students participate in high-energy theatre activities with a guest artist. At awards, students will receive a bronze, silver or gold medal to take home and show their friends!


Your Students Will :
• Perform & view performances
• Meet students from other schools
• Receive recognition
• Create great PR for your program
• Qualify to attend   CA YOUTH IN THEATRE DAY
• Go home excited about theatre!


Students may enter up to two of six categories
Monologues: 3 minutes maximum, One chair will be provided.
Duos: (2 person scenes) 5 minutes maximum, Two chairs will be provided.
Group Scenes: (3-15 actors) 5 minutes maximum, Four chairs will be provided.
Musical Solos: 3 minutes maximum, One chair will be provided.*
Original Oratory Jam: 2 minutes maximum, A place to ‘spit’ your original poetry, monologues, performance art or interpret classic poems and speeches. Individuals or groups.
Musical Duets: (2 person scenes) 5 minutes maximum, Two chairs will be provided.*

Performances in all six categories are conducted under audition conditions. No costumes or sets. If required by scene, small hand props are acceptable.

*Students may perform a cappella. A CD player and speakers will also be provided for use with phones/ipods.



8:00 – 8:45 Registration
8:45 – 9:00 Judges Orientation
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome

9:30 – 10:30 Session I
10:45 – 11:45 Session II
11:45-12:30 Lunch (Provided)

12:45-1:45 Session III
2:00-2:45 Workshop
3:00 – 3:30 Awards and Closing Program



Direct inquiries to:
Blake Longfellow
Director CETA Middle Stage Festival
(925) 285-1435

Are you a multi-professional organization member?
If you are current member of CETA and another theatre education organization, such as DTASC, CA State Thespians or EdTA, then as a multi-professional organization member, you receive:

  • complimentary student weekend pass for the CETA Southern High School Theatre Festival.
  • complimentary student registration fee for the CETA NorCal Festival.
  • complimentary student registration fee for the CETA Middle Stage Fest. To receive this perk, just enter the promo code (which will be provided you) when you pay your fees online.
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