The 2020 METG Strong Virtual Festival

In lieu of our planned May 2020 in-person festival the METG is pleased to announce the first-ever METG Virtual Festival. We're branding it under the tagline: "METG Strong"


General Information:
● Our hope is to provide a platform that celebrates the work of our students and teachers, with no emphasis on winners and losers. The METG is not providing this a forum to supplant our evaluative/competitive programming.
● The program will use two platforms for sharing student work: our social media pages (e.g. Instagram and Facebook) and the METG Zoom Account. As the security of our performers and audience members is paramount, the METG will NOT sponsor any live broadcasts of productions.
● Live talkbacks may be scheduled but will be moderated and will only allow for written submission of questions from participants.
● The program is open to the entire membership, including HS, MS, and Musical Theater participants.
● Programming will commence on May 18th 2020 and will be broadcast daily through June 14, 2020. The METG will host a celebration event on June 15, 2020 to wrap-up our year.


Allowable Content for Submission:

● A video recording of a rehearsal of your 2020 festival show;
● A recorded ZOOM reading/broadcast of your entire festival show or selected scene(s);
● A recorded ZOOM reading of an original script authored by a member of your company;
● A monologue performed by a member of your company; and/or
● Or other content as requested and approved by the METG (e.g. a video montage of production photos set to original music and narrated by a member of the cast)


The process to participate in the Virtual Festival is outlined below.
● Directors will fill out the METG Virtual Festival Interest Form.
● Directors must get permission from their administration to participate.
● Directors must get permission from the appropriate publishing company to film and share scenes from, or all of their production.
● Directors must get parental permission for students to be recorded and have their work shared on the METG social media pages by using this form.
● Once all permissions are obtained, the director will submit the Permission to Perform form to the METG.
● If a school needs to use the secure METG Webinar Zoom account to record their performance, they should email metg@metg.org to set up a day and time that will work for their company.
● If needed, a member of the METG Operations Team will be available to be on the school’s Zoom meeting to assist.
● Once in the Webinar, the Director will place the view in Gallery View and in Video Settings they will select to hide non video participants.
● Once the Director hits the “Record Meeting” button, the students will begin their reading.
● Any actors “on stage” in the scene should have the video (camera) ON and the mic ON.
● Any actors “off stage”, should have the video (camera) and mic OFF, until they enter.
● As long as the Host of the meeting is hiding the non video participants the meeting will record in this format.
● Members of the METG Operations Team will be available to walk Directors through the Zoom Webinar process prior to their recording if needed.

● All Zoom meetings will require a passcode and will utilize the Waiting Room feature to allow students to enter.
● Directors may also use their school approved Zoom account to record their submission and then send it to the METG.
● Other platforms, such as Google Meet, Google ScreenCastify, etc may be used as well and then submitted to the METG.
● If a school needs assistance editing their submission, the METG will provide resources to assist with the editing.
● Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. Once your content is complete it should be uploaded. The latest possible date to submit content will be June 5, 2020.
● We have created folders within Google Drive to upload your submissions: High School Division and Middle School Division.


Broadcast Information:

● The program will use two platforms for sharing student work: our social media pages (e.g. Instagram and Facebook) and the METG Zoom Account. As the security of our performers and audience members is paramount, the METG will NOT sponsor any live broadcasts of productions. Live talkbacks may be scheduled, but will be
moderated and will only allow for written submission of questions from participants.
● The METG will utilize two platforms (Vimeo, Google Drive) for collecting recordings prior to editing and broadcasting. The size of the submission will dictate the location for storage. In order to comply with requests from publishers, these storage locations will NOT be accessible to the public for repeated viewing or consumption. Access to these digital storage locations will be granted on a one-time basis.

● The METG will utilize a live streaming application to broadcast a one-time presentation of each school’s recording. Recordings will be edited prior to broadcast. Information about the broadcasts will be disseminated to the membership via email at the beginning of each week & cross-publicized on social media.
● The ONLY content that will be published on METG social media pages will content less than two-three minutes, including the following: recordings of contest winners (e.g. monologues, scene partners, tech contest winners), recordings of individual performances from musicals entered into the Marquee Awards, or other short-original
content (e.g. photo montages, one-minute mash-ups of productions, etc.)

2020 HS/MS Virtual Festival

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