Here’s a brief rundown of what you can expect from your show.
For the most part, shows are double bills. The running order is roughly:
- Welcome and intro from a TOsketchfest producer
- Troupe 1
- Intermission ~10 minutes
- Troupe 2
The performance order is not necessarily what appears on the show page on our website. When you arrive for tech time, your Technical Director will reconfirm your performance order.
Usually, a TOsketchfest producer will act as the “host” for the show. They will intro each troupe and kill time with the audience between troupes if needed. There is no back-stage wrangler, so the onus is on you and your troupe to be ready to hit the stage when the host introduces you.
If you have a particularly elaborate set-up or you are planning to make a big mess (we encourage you not to, but if it is absolutely necessary…) please notify the technical director and the host so they are prepared.
A Note About Set Lenghts
Again, it is extremely important that you perform the set length that was sent to you with your performance details, and not a minute more. When a troupe runs long, not only does it put the whole festival schedule off track, but it also exhausts the audience and disrespects the performers who follow you.
Please time your set and factor in some time for scene changes and uproarious laughter. If your set runs long the technical director can cut you off at the next appropriate opportunity, regardless of where you are in your set. In addition, if you seriously run over your allotted set length, TOsketchfest will disqualify your troupe from festival awards.
Recording Your Set
You are very welcome (and encouraged) to take the opportunity to record your set at the Festival. Here’s what you should know:
- You must let us know in advance!! Email Aaron and he’ll make sure that the Technical Director and Box Office know what to expect.
- In order to accommodate cameras and camera people, we can strike up to two seats: these can be either comp seats for your crew to sit in or seats that we remove from the house to make space for tripods etc.
- And here’s one better… we’ve partnered with Make Hay Media if you’d like to hire professionals to do the job. See “Record Your Show“
As a rule, personal comps are not available to performers in the festival. There are two exceptions to this rule:
- Camera crews and their equipment. See above.
- We will accommodate requests for comp tickets for legitimate members of the entertainment industry (producers, casting directors, agents etc.) You must send your request to Festival Producer, Julianne in advance so that she can arrange for tickets and Industry credentials for your guest.