CETA Middle Stage Fest 2022

March 26, 2022

The CETA Middle Stage Fest, now in its twenty-first year, is an exciting event for middle school drama students. At the festival, students perform monologues, duo scenes, and musical theatre numbers for panels of adjudicators and compete to earn bronze, silver and gold places. This year’s festival will be a hybrid* event. We’re combining the best elements of last year’s virtual Fest with the live and in-person experiences so many of us crave. Teachers and students may choose the participation level they are most comfortable with.  (View our COVID Safety Plan here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vSXFE6Bwjk9_FCT4mEcw3Ueb4qDAE4t5yIfJO

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. We’ll celebrate the 21st anniversary of this fabulous event on the eve of World Theatre Day, March 26!


Individual students may compete in up to two of four categories: monologues, duo scenes, musical theatre solos, and musical theatre duets. Students will record and submit their performances using Flipgrid by March 4 at Midnight.

Students get to connect with other young artists and share their experiences in theatre during workshops and games. The event will culminate with an awards ceremony including the best performances in each category.

Workshop Options

Your Students Will :

  • Perform & view performances
  • Meet students from other schools
  • Receive recognition (in-person attendees will receive a CETA t-shirt, in-person contestants will earn medals based on adjudication scores, and digital certificates will available for teachers to share and/or print for their students)
  • Create great PR for your program
  • End the day excited about theatre!


Students may enter up to two of four categories

Monologues: 1 minute maximum

Duos: (2 person scenes) 3 minutes maximum

Musical Theatre Solos: 1 minutes maximum

Musical Theatre Duets: (2 person scenes) 3 minutes maximum

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

Lunch will not be served, but our snack bar will be open. We’ll have items like water, soda, coffee, hot chocolate, candy, and chips. All items will be $1 - cash only.

Location: Katherine L. Albiani Middle School
 9140 Bradshaw Road
Elk Grove, CA 95624

March 26, 2022 *Schedule:

1:00 – 1:15  Welcome

1:15 - 2:00   Workshop I (Acting, Musical, and Technical)

2:00 – 2:10  Break

2:10 - 2:55   Workshop 2 (Acting, Musical, and Technical)

2:55 – 3:10  Break

3:10 – 3:55  Theatre Scavenger Hunt and Games (Tech Rehearsal for All Festival Performances)

4:00 – 5:00  Awards and Closing Program

Important Dates:

Friday, February 18, 2022 – Deadline for registration.

Friday, March 4, 2022 – Deadline for students to submit Flipgrid videos.

Saturday, March 5, 2022 – Deadline for teachers to verify student submissions.

Sunday, March 6, 2022 – Access to submissions sent to adjudicators. Two-week scoring window opens.

Saturday, March 19, 2022 – Deadline for adjudications to be completed.

Saturday, March 26, 2022 – In-person MSF Workshops and Awards Ceremony.

Direct inquiries to:

Site Coordinator: Michelle Campbell @ mmcampbe@egusd.net

Carol Hovey

Registrar, CETA Middle Stage Fest


Registration Deadline: February 18, 2022

Click here to Register for Middle Stage Fest NOW!


*Should health and safety protocols necessitate we pivot to an entirely virtual event, here is a tentative schedule for the day:

1:00 – 1:15  Welcome

1:15 - 2:00   Workshop I (Acting, Musical, and Technical)

2:00 – 2:05  Break

2:05 - 2:50   Workshop 2 (Acting, Musical, and Technical)

2:50 – 3:00  Break

3:00 – 3:30  Theatre Scavenger Hunt and Games

3:30 – 4:00  Awards and Closing Program