The MHST Critics Program is intended to bring recognition to high school students and schools in Maryland
theatre activities/performances during the current school year through a student review process of high school shows which
will be published in local papers and even the MHST Newsletters.
MHST will use the following rules:
Each participating school will:
- Submit dates of plays or musicals for review by student critics. Two of the reviews will be published in the Washington
Post as well as, hopefully, other local papers.
- Name faculty mentors (not required) to attend and assist MHST mentors with two shows under review during the current Season.
- Select student critics who must agree to review a minimum of six (6) shows by other schools during the current Season.
- Attend all MHSTEA training sessions.
- The participation fee for the student critic program for each school shall be $100.
- On review nights, schools will provide the following for student reviewers:
choice seating for student reiewers
a regular to large-size classroom close to the location of the performance for student critics for the hour before the
performance, at intermission, and for one-hour immediately after the show.
if possible, some light refreshments and beverages for the reviewers
directions to your school must be sent to MHST at least two weeks prior to the performance
student or faculty usher(s) to direct student reviewers to both their seat for a show as well as the critic review room
a free ticket for all MHST reviewers (which we will designate by fax and personal IDs)
pertinent addresses for mailing, teacher-director phone number, name of Principal, fax and e-mail numbers.
- Before a play is reviewed, schools shall send any information about the history of the show they are performing as well
as any information pertaining to the show written by historians, critics, or biographers of the playwright(s). This will help
our mentors prepare for discussion of your show with student reviewers.
- Input by mentors and reViewers may be used by County Officials or MHST for recognition purposes throughout the year and
with concomitant recognition programs.