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Thursday, September 28
 

5:00pm

Executive Board Meeting
Thursday September 28, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Caboose Room

7:00pm

Registration, Games and Social
Register for convention then kick off NSCTA by enjoying the private lounge and game room with drinks and vegas style games!  Win lots of great prizes!! 

Thursday September 28, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Niobrara Room
 
Friday, September 29
 

7:00am

Registration
Friday September 29, 2017 7:00am - 8:00am
Niobrara Room

8:00am

Welcome
Friday September 29, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
North and South Platte Banquet Room

8:30am

What is NSCTA and why are we here?
Working with the NSAA to make positive changes in our activities is a big part of what the NSCTA does.  This will be a panel discussion about the role of NSCTA in the legislative process, and how you can get involved.  

Speakers
MD

Matt Davis

Forensics, Lincoln East High School
Advocacy, Speech/Debate, Persuasion & Argumentation
MH

Matt Heimes

Forensics, Lincoln Southwest
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Becky Stahr

Theatre, York
I am a Language Arts Educator at York High School. I direct competitive play production and speech. I also direct a spring musical. | | I am the current NSCTA President. I also serve on the Nebraskan for the Arts Board of Directors.


Friday September 29, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
North and South Platte Banquet Room

9:00am

9:30am

Breakout Education
Break out of your normal routine and check out BreakoutEDU. Explore how to bring the atmosphere of Escape Rooms into your classroom through a small box and some locks. BreakoutEDU: a fun and creative way to bring critical thinking and problem solving into your classroom.

https://goo.gl/yGTG56

Speakers
CE

Carolyn Enevoldsen

Forensics, Raymond Central
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Rachel Haider

Language Arts Teacher, Crete Public Schools


Friday September 29, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
West Bound Room

9:30am

Debate Focus Group Meeting
Speakers
TH

Toni Hiemes

Debate, Lincoln Southwest


Friday September 29, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
East Bound Room

9:30am

What does a district judge expect from a performer?
The competitive triangle :how the coach, student and judge 
Work together to realize their competitive goals

Recorder
HF

Heidi Fessler

Theatre, Ansley

Speakers
LC

Linda Crandall

Retired, Holdrege High School, McCook High School
EH

Enid Hansen

Coach/Educator, Retired
JR

Janet Rose

Debate, Retired


Friday September 29, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Snake Room

9:30am

Speech/Drama 101
Attention all Newbies!  Whether you are a first-time director, or you are back in the game after an absence, this session is for you!  From script selection to judge's critiques and everything in between, we have suggestions to make your first show a great one.  These veteran coaches want to help you feel excited and confident with your show as well as provide you with peers to network with.  Bring your questions about your specific show and we'll be glad to give you ideas.  When you walk out of this session, you will be part of a network who fully supports you.

Speakers
JM

Jodi Meyer

Forensics, Fillmore Central High School


Friday September 29, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Niobrara Room

10:30am

Other Academic Speech Contests-POL/VFW/Optimists
Recorder
Speakers
CK

Clark Kolterman

Forensics, Seward High School


Friday September 29, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
West Bound Room

10:30am

The Toolbox for Beginning Speech and Debate Coaches
Starting a debate team or being a new debate coach are both daunting tasks. Discover some ways to identify the best debate events for students on your team, expand on the basics of each of the debate events, and fill your coaching toolbox with essentials for a successful season.

Recorder
TH

Toni Hiemes

Debate, Lincoln Southwest

Speakers

Friday September 29, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
East Bound Room

10:30am

Finding Literature/Texts

Title: Searching for Gold: The Laborious Hunt for the Perfect Literature

 Description: As coaches, we have all experienced the frustrating and sometimes maddening feelings that come with searching for the perfect literature. Through this session, Matthew and Joann will offer their personalized coaching maps, providing you with some handy directions and hints on where to find the gold!


Recorder
Speakers

Friday September 29, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Snake Room

10:30am

Theatre Focus Group Meeting
Speakers
BB

Brenda Broeker

Theatre, Lincoln North Star


Friday September 29, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Niobrara Room

11:30am

Awards Luncheon and Memorial
Friday September 29, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
North and South Platte Banquet Rooms

1:30pm

Curricular Focus Group Meeting
Friday September 29, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
West Bound Room

1:30pm

Congressional Debate
Do you have students that  like to talk politics?Why not give them the tools that they need to discuss and make changes? Take a chance on Congressional Debate!

Recorder
Speakers
JR

Janet Rose

Debate, Retired


Friday September 29, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
East Bound Room

1:30pm

Everything's An Argument
This session is useful for the classroom as well as for competition.  No matter what kind of speeches you're writing, you're making arguments. It's a widely held fallacy that only Persusasion utilizes argumentation, but that's just not so.  We'll be looking at how to make effective arguments in all kinds of speeches, and in so doing, try to improve the structure and efficacy of whatever event you're working on.

Recorder
Speakers
MD

Matt Davis

Forensics, Lincoln East High School
Advocacy, Speech/Debate, Persuasion & Argumentation


Friday September 29, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Snake Room

1:30pm

Creative Liberty
Recorder
GM

Gregg Moeller

Forensics, Wisner-Pilger

Speakers
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Jonathan Anderson

One-Act/Speech, Kearney High School
TR

Taryn Retzlaff

Theatre, Norfolk High School
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Becky Stahr

Theatre, York
I am a Language Arts Educator at York High School. I direct competitive play production and speech. I also direct a spring musical. | | I am the current NSCTA President. I also serve on the Nebraskan for the Arts Board of Directors.


Friday September 29, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Niobrara Room

2:30pm

Google Classroom
Take a quick look at how Google Classroom can work for you in your content area, and how you can make it work for you with your fine arts programs.  See how sharing videos, cuts, rehearsal info, etc. can help make your one act program grow.

Recorder
AD

Ardys Dunsmoor

Forensics, McCool Junction High School

Speakers

Friday September 29, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
West Bound Room

2:30pm

Speech & Debate Round Table -- My Best Idea
In this interactive session, speech and debate coaches will be asked to share their "best idea" for coaching, teaching, team building, etc . . . All ideas will be compiled into a document that will be shared with all coaches attending. We will also look at the new NSDA Connect. This resource is available to all coaches -- you do not need to be an NSDA/NFL member school to participate in this amazing resource. Please bring your best ideas and your electronic device of choice.

Recorder
TH

Toni Hiemes

Debate, Lincoln Southwest

Friday September 29, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
East Bound Room

2:30pm

Speech Focus Group Meeting
Speakers
MH

Matt Heimes

Forensics, Lincoln Southwest


Friday September 29, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Snake Room

2:30pm

How to build a successful program.
Kate Diaz, freshly retired after 43 years of coaching mock trial, speech and theater at Ogalalla, shares her wealth of knowledge on how to build it maintain it not lose your sanity. 

Recorder
MH

Mitch Hofer

Forensics, Crofton Community Schools

Speakers

Friday September 29, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Niobrara Room

3:30pm

NE High School Awards-Annual Resource for Teachers

Teachers are invited to learn more about resources available through OPA's Nebraska High School Theatre Awards program. 

Overview: The Nebraska High School Theatre Awards is designed to support and celebrate theatre education in Nebraska. Since Omaha Performing Arts launched the program in 2013, its grown into a statewide network that provides a variety of learning opportunities to choose from each year, including:

  • Master classes and in-school workshops with Broadway teaching artists
  • Free tickets to Broadway touring shows when available
  • Audition and college prep resources
  • Backstage learning experiences
  • Adjudication of musicals, plays and one-acts by performing arts professionals
  • Digital learning activities
  • Professional development for teachers
  • Performance opportunities at the annual showcase at the Orpheum Theater (free housing and meals provided)
  • Opportunity to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in NYC (all expenses paid)

All learning experiences offered through the program are optional and included as a part of registration – the goal is to give teachers and students plenty of options to choose from.

How to Participate: Any Nebraska middle school or high school can participate, but online registration is required. Space is limited and registrations will be confirmed on a first-come, first served basis. To register visit NebraskaHSTA.org.

Cost: Schools are asked to pay a $100 registration fee, which covers their schools participation in all aspects of the program. Schools demonstrating financial need may be eligible for discounted or free registration, reimbursement for the cost of busing, and other benefits.

Questions? Email NHSTA@omahaperformingarts.org or call Bill Grennan, OPA Education Coordinator, at 402-661-8447. 



Friday September 29, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm
North and South Platte Banquet Rooms

3:30pm

Advocacy
Want to have a voice in making changes in Speech, Debate, or Play Production?  This is the meeting for that.  We will discuss your concerns in all of these activities and determine a slate of potential proposals to be forwarded to the NSAA with the support of NSCTA.

Speakers
MD

Matt Davis

Forensics, Lincoln East High School
Advocacy, Speech/Debate, Persuasion & Argumentation


Friday September 29, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Caboose Room

3:30pm

3:30pm

3:30pm

Middle School Speech - Mini Breakout

Middle School Speech is one of the fastest-growing trends today.  From just a couple of meets a decade ago, the activity has grown to nearly a dozen annual contests, and more are added each year.  What does it take to start a program?  How does it differ from high school speech?  How can you take your existing team to the next level?  We’ll show you how to carve out time and resources for your program, how to recognize speaking attributes, where to compete, and our best tips for coaching 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.  Find out how to give our future speakers a head start! 


Handout: 
https://docs.google.com/document/d/12AxUFuqo1b8QlNrQHeG1UIDjV-z9tkf_Go3qyHT14nk/edit


Speakers
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Chris Kabes

Speech & One-Act, Bergan Catholic
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Heidi Thomas

Forensics, Arapahoe Public Schools
A new and riveting plot line!


Friday September 29, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
North and South Platte Banquet Rooms

3:30pm

Speech 101 - Mini Breakout
If you are beginning your coaching career in Speech this year, this session is for you! We will give you tips and assistance with many things we would have loved to know our first year! We will have a panel of presenters ready to guide you through your season as well as help you with any questions you may have.

Speakers
JM

Jodi Meyer

Forensics, Fillmore Central High School


Friday September 29, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
North and South Platte Banquet Rooms

3:30pm

Play 101 - Mini Breakout
In case you miss our session at 9:30 or if you come up with additional questions, we will take this time to address your comments individually!  Stop by for some networking!

Friday September 29, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
North and South Platte Banquet Rooms

4:00pm

Intrapersonal Communication/Mindfulness in the Classroom
The teenage years are a time where identities was formed, changed, shaped, and swayed by both internal and external factors; however, teens often don't take the time or don't have the skills to self-reflect on who they are, how they're perceived, or where they're at mentally and emotionally.  As one of Howard Gardner's multiple intelligences, intrapersonal intelligence is a crucial skill to cultivate and hone.  Specifically, teaching mindfulness in the classroom has a myriad of benefits for our students to handle stress, anxiety, and other emotionals.  This session will focus on some lessons and strategies to help foster intrapersonal communication and mindfulness.

Recorder
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Brian Mohr

Curriculum, Grand Island Northwest
I love teaching Speech and Oral Communication. I have a BA in Communication Studies from Hastings College. The more I teach, the more I realize the valuable skills students develop to set them up for success in the their academic, professional, civic, and personal lives.

Friday September 29, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
West Bound Room

4:00pm

The Art of Persuasive Speaking in Debate and Speech
Description: Often the essential elements of persuasion and genuine commitment to an idea or an argument get lost in the heat of competition. Explore techniques that are easy to teach and deploy to get your students back on track and find unique ways to be more a genuine and passionate advocate in competition.

Recorder
Speakers

Friday September 29, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
East Bound Room

4:00pm

Hosting a District Tournament
This session will show you best tips and trick for hosting a District Speech Tournament.  Ben Stewart from SpeechWire will be on hand to answer any questions about tabbing a District Tournament.

Matt Davis, Matt Heimes and Brian Gibson will also be available to answer questions about preparing for a district contest or any other contest.

Recorder
avatar for Tami Maytum

Tami Maytum

Theatre & Speech, Malcolm
I still consider myself somewhat of a "newbie" in the areas of speech and one act (especially speech). Handed these programs 6 years ago as "other duties as assigned", Malcolm speech and theatre are now back on the map. I may have some great ideas and suggestions, but I am st... Read More →

Speakers
MD

Matt Davis

Forensics, Lincoln East High School
Advocacy, Speech/Debate, Persuasion & Argumentation
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Brian Gibson

Forensics, Northwest High School
MH

Matt Heimes

Forensics, Lincoln Southwest


Friday September 29, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Snake Room

4:00pm

Team Teaching in Musical Theatre

Team Teaching in Musical Theatre (Omaha Performing Arts)

In this interactive session, participants will learn about different approaches to team teaching and explore ways to bring the musical theatre rehearsal process out of divided artistic disciplines and into the world of collaboration. The centerpiece of this workshop is a modeled team-taught rehearsal, which will allow participants to experience firsthand the benefits of this collaborative and multidisciplinary approach. Participants will then unpack the experience to discover a concrete set of best practices in team teaching. The session will leave participants with team teaching tools and tips that can be incorporated throughout the rehearsal process.


Recorder
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Rachel H Fox

Theatre, Central Valley

Speakers

Friday September 29, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Niobrara Room

5:00pm

Break
Your chance to freshen up, get ready for dinner, keynote and murder mystery. 

Friday September 29, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
TBA

5:30pm

Dinner with Keynote and Raffle - Artifacts: A Lifetime of NSCTA
Tyler Thompson: Gering High School head speech Tyler Thompson has always loved vintage TV, especially shows like “Gilligan’s Island.” While full of corny dialogue and outlandish plots, these shows can still teach us valuable lessons, if we know where to look and bother to take the chance. Like the cast of characters stranded on that uncharted island, after embarking on that fated “three hour tour,” speech, drama, and debate coaches are often left to rely on their own creativity and pluck to ensure success for their students and teams. In his keynote address, Thompson will share an uplifting vision for how coaches and directors can tackle challenges like the Skipper, Gilligan, the millionaire and his wife, Ginger, and the professor and MaryAnne always did--with ingenuity, good humor, and a sense of community--while not turning into another famous castaway, Tom Hanks, who talked to a volleyball and performed oral surgery with an ice skate. Ouch. So, be prepared to laugh, be prepared to learn, and be prepared to take a chance on this winning Class B coach as he helps you set sail on your own voyage toward a successful 2017-2018 season. Ships ahoy!

Speakers
TH

Toni Hiemes

Debate, Lincoln Southwest
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Tyler Thompson

Speech/One Act, Gering High School


Friday September 29, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
North and South Platte Banquet Rooms

8:00pm

Social, Trivia Game and Murder Mystery
Hello All!
Thank you for signing up to be a part of our 2nd Annual Mel Shoemaker Memorial Fundraising event -- the Murder Mystery Party!  A reminder that the suggested donation is $5 and you can either give that to Becky Stahr, the registration table, or to me and we will make sure that it gets to the proper account.  
This year's event is called "Lethal Luau" and the link to your table numbers and character names are below.  As always, we have more women than men, so girls--you are playing guys!
Costumes are highly encouraged as they make the night even more entertaining--and the character descriptions and costume suggestions are in the attached invite pages.  Though, there are no requirements for those playing Nadia to come up with a two-piece swimsuit ;)   
I can't wait to see everyone on Friday night--it will be a great time!Brenda

It's never too late to take part in this funfilled event.  


Friday September 29, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
North and South Platte Banquet Rooms
 
Saturday, September 30
 

9:00am

Recruiting
Coaches constantly compete for kids. How do you help students decide to give your program a try? Spend some time talking about "tried and true" methods and help brainstorm for new ways to attract kids to your program.

Recorder
JU

Johanna Utterback

Theatre, Eustis-Farnam Schools

Speakers
DC

David Cooper

Forensics, North Platte High School
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Keli Margritz

Forensics, Aurora High School


Saturday September 30, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Middle and South Loup Rooms

9:00am

Board Events
In the world of public address, oratory may hold the most prestige for being a compelling event for an audience, but--if done well--informative and entertainment can have just as much impact.  In this session, A.J. and Quinten will share their insight into preparing a powerful board event.


Saturday September 30, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
East Bound Room

9:00am

Props/Set
Learn from seasoned directors and set designers from Class A to D about what works for them and how they get the set done.  No matter what the show you will leave with ideas on how to design, what to take into consideration, basic set pieces and how to build them and with what.

Recorder
Speakers
BB

Brenda Broeker

Theatre, Lincoln North Star
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Rachel H Fox

Theatre, Central Valley
JG

Jeanne Gentry

Theatre, Hyannis Area Schools


Saturday September 30, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
North Loup Room

9:00am

“One Act for Newbies” N-ever E-ver W-anted to B-e I-n this E-xtra duty S-ituation
Whether you have previous theater experience and are a first year director or just got handed it due to “other duties” as assigned, this session is for you. Come and ask the questions you need answers to and hear some of my firsthand experiences as I head into my 6th year. No matter how much experience one has or how many years someone has been directing, there’s still a bit of newbie in all of us.

Recorder
CK

Chase King

Forensics, Elba High School

Speakers
avatar for Tami Maytum

Tami Maytum

Theatre & Speech, Malcolm
I still consider myself somewhat of a "newbie" in the areas of speech and one act (especially speech). Handed these programs 6 years ago as "other duties as assigned", Malcolm speech and theatre are now back on the map. I may have some great ideas and suggestions, but I am st... Read More →


Saturday September 30, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Niobrara Room

10:00am

Lettering in your program
Play production, speech and debate are competitive activities that should be treated similar to athletics.  This includes developing a lettering system.  This session will help you determine criteria to help create a lettering system that works for your team.

Recorder
LL

Lori Long

Theatre, Gothenburg Jr/Sr High School

Speakers
CE

Carolyn Enevoldsen

Forensics, Raymond Central
avatar for Tami Maytum

Tami Maytum

Theatre & Speech, Malcolm
I still consider myself somewhat of a "newbie" in the areas of speech and one act (especially speech). Handed these programs 6 years ago as "other duties as assigned", Malcolm speech and theatre are now back on the map. I may have some great ideas and suggestions, but I am st... Read More →
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Jessica Schlichtemeier

Speech/Theater, Conestoga High School
I've been a language arts teacher at Conestoga High School since the fall of 2005 and took over as the theatre director the following year. This fall will mark my 15th production at CHS. Conestoga did not have a speech program when I started teaching, and was cooping with a nei... Read More →



Saturday September 30, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Middle and South Loup Rooms

10:00am

Public Address and Limited Prep
Recorder
avatar for Kris Simon

Kris Simon

Speech/One Act, Centura Public School

Speakers
LS

Luis Sotelo

Forensics, Lexington Public Schools


Saturday September 30, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
East Bound Room

10:00am

The Power of POI
Because it is relatively new in high school forensics, POI (Program of Oral Interpretation) is an event that can be seen as scary or unusual. In this session we will encourage educators and coaches to embrace this newbie event with open arms. POI is an incredibly influential event, one that has successfully combined elements of persuasion and interpretation. It demonstrates the power of successful storytelling, and shows us how well-crafted narratives can have a true impact on our current culture. Above all else, POI is FUN! It's an event that appeals to almost all speech students and captures the true essence and heart  of forensics!

Recorder
JM

Jodi Meyer

Forensics, Fillmore Central High School

Speakers
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Peggy Belt

Forensics Coach/Lang. Arts Teacher, Norfolk Senior High School


Saturday September 30, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Snake Room

10:00am

Crane River Theatre
Speakers

Saturday September 30, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Niobrara Room

11:00am

12:30pm

Executive Committee Meeting
Saturday September 30, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Caboose Room