Illinois High School Theatre Festival Participation Guidelines Minimize
  • Festival participants are expected to attend and be a part of Festival-sponsored activities and performances.

  • Take full advantage of the Festival by arriving on time for workshops and performances. Tickets for performances are valid only until published performance times. At published curtain times, empty seats will be filled by participants who do not have tickets (except for All-State).

  • If you, or your school, have performance tickets that you are not going to use or swap, please turn them in to the swap desk at least 30 minutes before curtain time.

  • Information about the Swap Desk for ticket exchange can be found in the Festival program.

  • As an audience member, you are part of the performance, but you are not a performer. Therefore, good manners toward those on stage are extremely important.

  • No one may save seats for any performance.

  • No food or drink is allowed in the theatres and workshop spaces, with the exception of bottled water.

  • The use of any audio or video recording device or camera in any theatre is prohibited. This includes cell phones.

  • Please plan to maintain a full schedule for both Friday and Saturday. Get plenty of rest so that you do not find yourself losing interest or energy in the middle of the day. Many professionals and schools have donated time to provide quality workshops and shows. Please show your appreciation by attending every event that you can.

  • You must wear your Festival badge to all events, including Friday night activities. On the front, your badge must include your full name and school name, and on the back should appear your sponsor’s name and Festival phone contact. Note: A sponsor, monitor, or University staff member has the right to ask to see your badge. Replacement badges must be purchased at Festival headquarters (for $3) if originals are lost. Replacement Festival Program books are also available (for $4).

  • The use of drugs/alcohol during attendance at the Festival is absolutely prohibited. Parents of a student who is found in violation will be contacted and requested to remove the student immediately—no matter what time of the day or night.

  • Smoking is prohibited in all University buildings.

  • Students are not allowed to smoke on campus or in the hotels.

  • Students should travel in groups of at least three and inform their chaperone of their schedule. Emergency phones are located throughout the campus and will connect you to the campus police if needed. (Refer to back of name badge for numbers.)

  • Curfew: City ordinance requires that no minor be on the streets without an adult after 11:00 pm on Thursday and 11:59 pm on Friday. In an effort to keep hotel behavior consistent among all schools and to keep the Festival a positive experience for everyone, the Festival has established a housing curfew. All students are expected to be in their rooms and quiet by 12:00 am Thursday and 1:00 am Friday.

  • Please remember that you are representatives of your school’s theatre program and conduct yourselves accordingly. The Festival is a time to share new ideas and concepts. It is expected that you will be polite and receptive at all performances and workshops.

  • Also, courteous behavior is expected area hotels, restaurants, and stores.

  • No calls, texting, or tweeting during performances or workshops! Students found using phones during performances will have their phones confiscated. (Confiscated phones can be picked up at the Festival Headquarters.