Welcome to the MarsCon Masquerade Contest, and thank you for entering.
Please fill out the form(s)—include any presentation music/voice over, etc.—and return
bring to the Bridge before 3PM on Saturday or to the Masquerade Orientation meeting.
Contest signup, and Masquerade Orientation will be held at 4 pm Saturday in the
Masquerade Lounge. If you are entering, this is mandatory attendance.
Here we will go over “tips and tricks” for stage presentation as well as small repairs and
Tech (not a rehearsal). If possible take a look at the stage before orientation.
Rules and Guidelines
In case of Emergency see rule #1.
The MarsCon Masquerade contest follows, for the most part, the guidelines of the
ICG (International Costumers Guild), following their categories of competition:
Even if you have never competed before, it is at the discretion of the judges as to
what category you will be placed in. If they place you in a higher category, consider
that as a compliment to your skills!
Beginner / Novice: Never have entered a costume competition, or have
never won in that category.
Advanced / Journeyman: Have entered several competitions, or have won
in Novice category elsewhere.
Expert / Master / Professional: Have won in Advanced/Journeyman
categories elsewhere, or have done costuming for a long period of time, or
are a professional costumer/prop/make-up artist.
In addition to the category awards presented above there will be at
least 2 more awards presented outside the above categories.
You also can opt not to be judged and enter
just as an “Exhibit” – this gives you a chance
to show off that fabulous costume, without the tension of competition.
EVERY contestant MUST be registered, BY 3PM on Saturday of the con.
The registration form included here, will ask for your name, your badge name and
number, contact info (phone, e-mail and address). It will also ask for the name of the
entry character’s name/source (i.e comic book, movie, book, anime, etc.)
It REALLY helps to include pictures/documentation, as not all judges are acquainted
with ALL characters out there.
There will be a Masquerade orientation meeting on Saturday at 4pm. There the
Masquerade Director will go over the rules and regs, answer questions, etc. and collect
registrations. This won’t take too long, and afterwards there will be a bit of instruction
for newbies (those who haven‘t entered a costume contest before), tips and tricks about
being on stage, etc. (“old pros” need not stay, unless you want to stay and help
encourage the “newbies”.)
You don’t have to have a skit, or act, etc.
BUT, if you do, Masquerade contest skits will run NO MORE than 30 seconds per
single person, 2 minutes per group (up to 4 – see Masquerade Director if you want to
add more). Note: a skit or act will add points to your judging score.
If your presentation includes voice and/or music, record it beforehand. Trust me, even
if you have an “operatic” voice, most Main Stage areas are horrible for acoustics, and
you’re usually not heard past the first row or two.
Record your material on a labeled flash drives (as an .mp3 or .wav) and hand one copy
in with your registration BY 3PM ON SAT. This will be given to our sound tech who will
set it up further. There will be no mikes, and no allowance for dialogue, songs spoken
from the stage. (period).
No liquids of any kind, no thrown props/objects will be allowed on stage. This is for
safetys sake. NO live weapons allowed (even peace bonded – make a prop version
please), no pointing anything at the audience.
Remember, by participating you are already reaching and improving your skills and
bringing life to your creation, HAVE FUN!
Trophies will be awarded.
MarsCon is a fan-run science fiction convention for all ages held every March (sometimes in late February)
in the Twin Cities area. At MarsCon you’ll find panel discussions, parties, guest of honor presentations, music
of many kinds, our art show, film/anime room, science room, dealers room, charity auction, and masquerade.
The Dementia track is virtually a con in itself, and attracts a nation-wide audience.
“Visions of the Future”
February 28 - March 1, 2020
Hilton Minneapolis/St Paul Airport/Mall of America
3800 American Blvd. E.
Bloomington, MN 55425
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