Masquerade

The Cosplay Masquerade is the largest, most anticipated show in Main Events. It is held on Saturday evening of the convention. Participants compete for first place with performances based on geek pop culture media. The winners are determined by a panel of qualified judges and special guests to Connecticon. There is also a walk-on show for those who compete in the craftsmanship contest during the convention. The winners of the FMV’s are also announced during the Masquerade.

It will also showcase special performances by guest musicians and other popular artists. It is a night FULL of entertainment and the hosts will keep the audience rooting for the competition. The winners are announced at the end of the event in a special awards presentation.

 

IMPORTANT: Please take some time to read the rules. There may be something that is run differently at this convention than others that you have attended.

 

Registration & Checking In

• Masquerade participants MUST check-in with Cosplay Event staff on either Friday or Saturday (Before 2:00 PM on Saturday).  You will receive one event badge per group after you have checked in. If you cannot check in during these times, then you MUST contact the Masquerade Coordinator, Devon Cody-Powers (cody-powers.d@connecticon.org).

• Cosplay Event Check-In (Cosplay HQ in the Marriott Hotel):
Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

• Check-in is required for both those who have preregistered and those who would like to register at the convention.
• All groups that have pre-registered MUST check-in during the Friday or Saturday (until noon) listed times or your spot will be given to another group.
• At-Con Registration will close at 12:00 PM on Saturday or when the remaining Masquerade spots have been filled. Pre-registration (via the form on the website) is strongly recommended because there are only a few slots open for at convention registration.

 

Divisions

Youth - Age 12 and under as of the Thursday immediately before ConnectiCon.
Adult Novice - Any participant (13 and over) who has won 2 or fewer performance awards at this or any other convention
Adult Advanced - Any participant (13 and over) who has won 3 or more performance awards at this or any other convention

• Music Cds/Flash Drives will be accepted at the check-in desk and will only be accepted during check-in times. Music CDs will NOT be accepted at the Masquerade itself. (Please see the “Music & Audio" Section)
• Any changes to entries must be done BEFORE the Masquerade. There will be no changes to participants/titles/introductions during the Masquerade practice or the Masquerade.
• Minors (those under 18 years of age) may not participate in the Masquerade unless given written permission by a legal guardian. Forms will be available at the convention. If you are a minor, please bring the signed copy with you to the check-in location, Cosplay HQ in the Marriott Hotel.
• Parents are allowed (and encouraged) to be backstage with any participants under the age of 14, especially for participants under the age of 12.
• By registering, all Masquerade participants agree to let ConnectiCon use their images for promotional purposes – Both photographs and video. All participants will be required to sign a waiver at their at-con check-in acknowledging this. If you do not sign a waiver, you will not be allowed to appear in the Masquerade. 

 

Rules & Regulations

• You MUST attend the Masquerade set-up on Saturday. All information will be covered there such as rules, seating and skit order. Anyone who does not show up for the Masquerade Set-Up is considered a ‘no-show’ and will not be allowed in the Masquerade.
• The general rules for the Masquerade will be covered during the Set-Up. Make sure you listen to the directions given by the staff during this time, as well as during the event. If you do not follow the rules set up by the Coordinator and staff, you will not be allowed to participate in subsequent years.
• All characters must come from the following genres: Fantasy, sci-fi, webcomics, anime, cartoons, comics, movies and video games. If there are any questions regarding whether your costume falls into one of these categories please contact the Masquerade Coordinator (cody-powers.d@connecticon.org).
• If you need to look at stage specs, you will have the opportunity during the Masquerade Set-Up.
• If you have any special requests such as going first or last in the masquerade because of large props, etc. please email the Masquerade Coordinator. Keep in mind not all requests can be fulfilled but we will do our best to accommodate you.
• If your group needs a few minutes to practice during the Masquerade set-up please email the Masquerade Coordinator, Devon Cody-Powers (cody-powers.d@connecticon.org). A few skits will be allowed to rehearse (time permitting).
• Skits must NOT be longer than 3 minutes. If the skit goes over the time limit, it will be disqualified. Please keep this in mind when choosing music and incorporate that time limit into your skit music CD. (Please see the “Music & Audio” section)
• The number of people allowed on stage at any given time is 8. This is for your safety as the stage is not large enough to accommodate more than 8 people.
• Skits that were performed at any previous Masquerades (ConnectiCon and other conventions) cannot be performed again unless there have been some major changes and it has been cleared with the Masquerade Coordinator, Devon Cody-Powers (cody-powers.d@connecticon.org).
• Parents are allowed (and encouraged) to be backstage with any participants under the age of 14, especially for participants under the age of 12.
• Do not bring anything on stage that you cannot take off with you. This includes confetti, rose petals, etc. Keep in mind the time limit includes the setting up and removal of props. The timer begins when the skit participants enter the stage area. If you have any large props you need moved on before hand, please contact the Masquerade Coordinator, Devon Cody-Powers (cody-powers.d@connecticon.org).
• Please do not wear any messy substance that may get on another participants costume. Any body make-up or paint should not come off in casual contact.
• There will be no electrical hookups on stage so please keep your costumes self contained.
• Please keep your costumes to a reasonable size- 8 ft or 250 pounds. Make sure your costume can make it across the stage, get through the doorway without clotheslining anyone, getting stuck, etc.
• No fire, flash powder, lasers, explosives or open flame of any kind will be allowed. Electronic flashes will be permitted provided that you notify the Masquerade Coordinator in advance, and it must be announced in your MC introduction to protect those who may be affected by the flashing lights. Strobe lights are not permitted.
• Keep all content to PG-13 and under. This is a family friendly convention. No foul language, explicit gestures, nudity, etc. Use good judgment; if it would get you arrested in public, it doesn't belong here.
• You must enter and exit the stage using the areas designated by the masquerade staff. No jumping onto or off of the stage is allowed. Failure to follow these rules will result in disqualification.
• We have the right to cancel any performance at any time.
 DAMAGES: If you break any equipment or cause any damage to the facility you are responsible for paying to replace it. Be aware of cords, curtains, screens, etc. to prevent any damage.
• The weapons policy and convention rules also apply here. This is for your and other’s safety.
• Last but not least – HAVE FUN!!

 

Music & Audio

• There will be no live microphones onstage. All sound/dialogue must be pre-recorded.
• Those who wish to submit music must do so during the check-in times on Friday and Saturday.
• Any music must be turned in on a CD or flash drive. IPods/mp3 players/cell phones cannot be used to play music for the Masquerade. Your CD/flash drive MUST have your group leaders name, your entry # (will be included with the response email for pre-registered groups) and the name of the skit on it (please attach a post-it, etc. to any flash drive with the requested information). Also please make sure that the CD/flash drive that is used for the Masquerade only has the skit music file on it. Do not hand us a CD/flash drive and ask us to play track 45. That is not the tech crew’s responsibility.
• Please check that your music works after putting it onto a CD/flash drive!! Please make sure your music is in mp3 format. We have had problems with this in the past and if your music is unable to be played, you will have to make alternative arrangements.
• Please include your music cue on your entry (if applicable).
• There is a 3 minute time limit to skits. Please make sure the track is no longer then that; if it does not then it will be faded out at the end. The time limit includes any set-up/break down (carrying items off and stage) time on stage as well.
• Please pick up any flashdrives/CDs at the tech desk after the Masquerade or on Sunday.
• Please observe the PG-13 rating when recording your skit. Any content questions can be directed to the Masquerade Coordinator, Devon Cody-Powers (cody-powers.d@connecticon.org)
• EMCEE: If you'd like the Emcee to read a short introduction (35 words or less) to your skit please include this information with your entry. The Emcee is not allowed to read anything during your skit, only prior to it.

Masquerade Application

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