Where the spotlight shines on the fandom’s stage talents.
The Masquerade is a Variety Show-style event where costumers can show off their performance and visual media skills for the convention attendees. Each performer is required to have an act or skit to perform. This can range from a dance to a comedy routine to any performance event that the participant can come up with. Creativity and originality is encouraged.
Sign ups for the Masquerade will begin in January of 2019. Check back then, or follow us on our social media for more updates!
General Rules & Guidelines
All content must be rated G or PG. PG-13 acts are strongly discouraged and subject to review. R-rated acts are not allowed. Performances may not include excessive violence or content deemed inappropriate for a general audience.
All performances in the Masquerade must be no longer than a maximum of 5 minutes in length (without approval by the event director). Each performer will be permitted one act featuring themselves or a specific group. Second acts featuring the same performer or a similar large group are only allowed with permission from the Masquerade Director.
Audio media should follow these requirements: .mp3 or .wav format
Video media should follow these requirements: .mp4 encoded in h264 if possible. (If it can be uploaded to YouTube we can handle it)
Special requests: For special needs, please contact us to discuss.
All audio must be presented on a standard audio CD, playable on a standard CD player. If possible, please burn your audio onto a blank CD as a single track.
All participants must attend a MANDATORY closed rehearsal where performances will be practiced, reviewed, and organized, and visual media will be previewed. Any costumer unable to
attend and participate in the rehearsal must notify the event director beforehand and an alternate rehearsal may be provided for that person if available. If a costumer does not attend the rehearsal and does not provide notification, we cannot allow that costumer to take part in the Masquerade.
All participants in the rehearsal must rehearse using the costumes and accessories that they will be wearing and utilizing during the Masquerade itself. All casting in each performance must be finalized by the rehearsal. Any performance that deviates from the prior rehearsal to circumvent the rules without permission from the Director risks immediate removal from the performance and exclusion from future Furnal Equinox Masquerade-related events. The show is a performance of creativity and ingenuity in costuming and its presentation. If you aren’t sure, don’t do it without approval from the Masquerade Director.
All performers wearing form-fitting body suits must take precautions to avoid any inappropriate displays. Costumers are encouraged to have a “handler” backstage to provide them assistance with their performance and activity. This is to prevent the event staff from being overwhelmed with providing support for any number of costumers who are not able to manage alone. All peformers are required to remain “backstage” during the event if they are not currently performing. This is to avoid any costumer’s difficulty navigating in the crowd during the event. All performers participating in the Masquerade must arrive 60 minutes before the event is set
to begin. This is to provide advance time to work out last minute bugs and other unexpected complications as well as a final review to provide a flawless show. If a performer is not present thirty minutes before the Masquerade, their performance may be cut from the show.
For safety reasons, costumers are not allowed to interact with the attendees by going offstage or bringing anyone from the audience onstage during the performance unless this is approved
beforehand by the event director as part of the performance. No liquids, particles, foam or otherwise messy props may be used in a performance.
Items cannot be thrown into the audience (again, for safety purposes).
Performance content that involves political statements or are politically-oriented or politically-motivated (fandom or otherwise) are not permissible.
The performance order is decided after rehearsal, at which point it cannot be changed.
All documentation provided to the MC for the performance must be legible and in English.
Please do not submit the only recording of original media; Furnal Equinox cannot be responsible for its safety or return. Use copies instead.
The Masquerade Director reserves the right to refuse a performance or act for any reason. If you have any concern about the appropriateness of your act or your costume, ask.