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Flightpath Productions

Flightpath Productions aims to provide Wake Tech students with an extracurricular outlet for writing, acting in and staging plays to add to their educational experience and expand their potential job skills. The program consists of three elements:

  • A playwriting contest
  • Auditions
  • Public performance

Contest

For the chance to win $1,000, any Wake Tech student can submit a rough draft of a play script. ILC writing experts and Communication and Theatre Department faculty members will review the submissions and select three as finalists. Those authors will receive coaching from ILC writing consultants to revise their scripts, and one of those final, polished plays will be chosen as the contest winner. In addition to the cash prize, the winning playwright will get to see his or her script produced and performed.

Plays must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • The author is currently enrolled in at least one class at Wake Tech.
  • The play is set in modern times so most characters can wear their own clothes for costumes.
  • The play is set in a single location so only one set needs to be built and no set changes are required.
  • The play cannot have more than eight characters to make scheduling easier and to accommodate small rehearsal spaces.
  • Characters must be able to be cast diversely and in a gender-blind fashion.
  • The play cannot run more than 90 minutes, and scripts that are more than 100 pages long will not be considered.
  • The play can be recorded so student actors can use footage of their performances for their online reels and resumes.

The scripts do not need to be in a final format – rough drafts are expected and accepted.

Scripts should be emailed to [email protected] by the 12 a.m. September 24 deadline.

Auditions

Any student enrolled in at least one Wake Tech class is welcome to audition to perform the selected script, and students in Wake Tech's Performing Arts Club are particularly encouraged to try out. No previous theatrical experience is required.

Rehearsal schedules will be adapted to fit the needs of the selected cast members. Auditions will be held November 1 on the Public Safety Education Campus and November 2 on the Perry Health Sciences Campus. Auditions will include several cold-reads and some memorization practice. Callbacks will be November 6.

The deadline to sign up for auditions is 12 a.m. November 1.

Performances

Wake Tech students, faculty, staff and members of the public are invited to enjoy Flightpath's production of the winning play. Performances will be at 6 p.m. February 23 and 1 p.m. February 24 in the Lecture Hall on Scott Northern Wake Campus.

Admission is free, but attendees should [email protected].

The ILC thanks the Innovation Fund and the Communication and Theatre Department for their support of Flightpath.