South Orange County Roleabout Festival
Selected sophomores, juniors and seniors perform scenes, monologues and cold readings in competition against other South Orange County high school theatre students. Held every year at Mission Viejo High School.
CETA Festival, Dates TBA
Every year over the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday weekend, the southern region of the California Educational Theatre Association holds a three-day festival. High school drama students and their teachers have the opportunity to participate in workshops on Saturday. Comedy Sportz teams perform Saturday evening, and one school from each of the Southern California regions, LA County, Orange County, the Inland Empire and San Diego County is invited to present a play in its entirety on the main stage. Eight other schools are selected to perform a ten-minute scene from their production. There is a also scene competition for those not performing on the main stage takes place, and students can enter a Film Festival competition. Seniors are eligible to audition for schools and industry professionals, and awards for all aspects of the festival are handed out on Sunday. In 2008, Tesoro was honored by CETA with an invitation to perform A Comedy of Errors on the main stage and then Tesoro wowed everyone when the following year Tesoro was asked to bring our production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. For more information, go to www.cetoweb.org.
Fullerton Junior College, Dates TBA
Known as FJC, this is a two-day festival held at Fullerton Junior College in the spring. Students perform comedic and dramatic monologues and scenes, musical theatre excerpts and improvisational comedy, competing against theatre students from other high schools. Students also compete in set, costume, lighting, makeup and graphic design. In the past, Tesoro has been honored with a variety of awards from FJC. Tesoro Theatre students are transported by bus from Tesoro to FJC on Friday morning, and the competition begins Friday afternoon. They are bused back to school by approximately 6:00 p.m. on Friday and are again transported to FJC by bus from Tesoro early Saturday morning and return in the evening. Each school has a designated area where the students can relax between activities. Parents are asked to chaperone and “camp sit” during the festival. Chaperones will also have an opportunity to watch the students perform.