Theaterfest at Valpo

Fourteenth Annual Theaterfest: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Valparaiso University German faculty and students invite you to participate in the Fourteenth Annual Theaterfest, where your students can showcase their theatrical and German skills, meet German students from other high schools, and have a glimpse into what university-level German students are like.

Awards will be given in two categories (assuming there are entries in both categories): intermediate students (German II - III) and advanced students (German IV - V).

Theaterfest 2012



When: Thursday, April 20, 2017, 9 am - 1 pm (arrival beginning at 8:15 am; event starts at 9:00 am)
What: Drama competition: 10 - 15 minute dramatic scenes memorized and presented in German. Scenes might be adaptations or excerpts from well-known plays in the German repertoire, short plays written specifically for language learners, or even original works composed by the students and / or instructor.
Where: Valparaiso University: in the Center for the Arts. [NOTE: This year we will likely be on the main stage.]
Who: High School students of German from northwest Indiana schools. One school may enter up to three performances in the competition.
Why: Let's show our students that they aren't alone in their study and use of German. There is a whole community learning and using German every day! This event addresses all five "Cs" and all of the standards!

Your responsibility:

  • E-mail me now to let me know that you will be coming (
  • Register officially by Friday, February 24, 2017. We need a headcount by this date so that we can order lunches and make other preparations. Download the Registration Form in PDF format--print off and send in.
  • Obtain permission from your school to attend. Arrange transportation to Valpo.
  • Collect $9 registration fee (includes lunch) for each student not on free or reduced lunch (German instructors are our guests). These funds can be brought with you to Theaterfest.
  • Rehearse your students! Check the Judges Sheet to share our criteria with your students.

Valpo's responsibility:

  • Organize event logistics and welcome your students.
  • Plan for a box lunch for everyone.
  • Arrange for Valpo student hosts and judges.
  • Hand out awards for best intermediate level performance and advanced level performance.