Masquerade Technical Information

The Masquerade will be in the Regency Ballroom on the second floor of the Fairmont Hotel. The air-wall that divides the Regency Ballroom into two halves will be in place. The Masquerade will be in one half of the ballroom, while the other half will include the Masquerade Green Room. See this sketch of the planned room and stage layout for a more details.

The following are important technical concerns for entrants in the Masquerade.

  • There will be NO live mikes on the stage. All sound/music must be pre-recorded and brought by the entrants to the pre-masquerade meeting.
  • Music/soundtracks must be burned on to a CD-ROM in MP3 or WAV format. Also, bring 2 copies of the disc, just in case.
  • Do not bring us a commercial CD with a note along the lines of “Track 3, 45 seconds in, please” because the correct playing of it cannot be guaranteed. Please take the time to edit your music exactly how you want it.
  • Label the disk with your real name, your entry name and a contact phone number (preferably a mobile number).
  • At the Pre-Masquerade Meeting, the Director will collect music/soundtracks from you. Since you’ve brought two copies, hang on to one, and give the other to the Director.
  • The lighting setup is very basic. Tech cannot accommodate any special lighting needs. What you’ve seen during the day is pretty much what you’ll get. (We’re talking “lights up” and “lights down” and nothing else.)
  • The MCs will be willing and able to read out a short piece of commentary/description before and/or during your number, if you wish. There is a section for your script on the MC form. Please print legibly, or type up something ahead of time to attach to the MC form. Pre-printed text (in 14-16 point font) is highly encouraged.
  • In the Green Room, the MCs will check in and meet with all entrants to confirm how to pronounce your name, how you want to be introduced, etc.
  • If you have large props, or a costume that limits your mobility, please bring your own assistants to help you/it/them on and off the stage. Although we will have a limited number of backstage ninjas available, we cannot guarantee they will give you the same level of service your own dedicated crew would give.
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By Rossi on 04.07.11 9:44 am

What are the dimensions of the stage?

By Kevin on 04.07.11 12:35 pm


We’re still determining which room will hold the Masquerade. When we’ve done that, we can finalize the stage dimensions. Expect to hear an answer on this later this month. When this issue is resolved, we’ll update this page and make an announcement on the main page. You may want to subscribe to our RSS feed to receive updates. (See “Subscribe” on the right side of our pages.)

By Gregorius on 06.11.11 6:25 am

So… if I have a bit of commentary for my costume, should I pre-record it myself and burn it to a CD, or have the MC do the talking?

By Radar on 06.11.11 9:30 am


You can do either one. From a technical standpoint, it’s easier to write down what you want to have the MC say, and it’s something you can easily edit just in case you change your mind.

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