The WOAF is always scheduled for the first weekend of June.
Each Saturday session will include performances of three to five plays and the adjudication period after the conclusion of the plays. Audience members with tickets may vote in the Saturday sessions for their favorite play. These data will be used to determine the "Wild Card" finalist - a play that received high audience votes but did not get selected by the judges for the finals.
Sunday finals will include performances from four to six finalists (including the "Wild Card") followed by a 30-minute break where food and beverages will be served as the judges determine the winners. Audience members with tickets may vote in the Sunday finals for their favorite play, which will determine the Audience Choice Award independent from the judges' selections.
A short awards ceremony will follow where winners of the best overall script (determined before the festival), production/director, ensemble, and performance awards along with the audience choice award will be presented.
Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash or check (no credit cards; show driver's license with check) up to 30 minutes before each adjudication session and the finals. No reservations are necessary.
Prices are as follows:
$12 per adjudication session ($10 students/seniors)
$20 for finals (includes food/beverages; $15 students/seniors)
$55 festival pass for both days ($50 students/seniors)
Playwrights, directors, cast/crew may sit in the audience for their own session on Saturday without paying for tickets and in the finals if their play is selected as a finalist. However, only ticket holders may participate in audience voting.
Montgomery Hall Fine Arts Center at SMCM
The Watermelon One-Act Festival will be hosted by St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM) at the Bruce Davis Theater located in the Montgomery Hall Fine Arts Center. The SMCM address is 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City, MD 20686. The beautiful campus of SMCM is nestled on the banks of the St. Mary's River and historic St. Mary's City.