Contestant Rules and Regulations

  • Contestants of all ages are eligible to audition. Parent/guardian must be present with contestants under the age of 18. Parent/guardian must provide his/her digital signature (initials) on the online registration if any performer is under 18 years of age.
  • Contestants must live, work, attend school or hone your talent in Morristown, Morris Township, or Morris Plains OR be a Morristown High School alumni.
  • If your act consists of multiple members, at least 1 member of the act must live, work, attend school, or hone your talent in Morristown, Morris Township, or Morris Plains OR be a Morristown High School alumni.
  • Professional entertainers are not eligible. A professional is anyone whose main livelihood is from the type of performance entered in the competition.
  • No Morris Educational Foundation sitting Board member or Morristown OnStage committee member or their immediate family are eligible to audition.
  • All acts will have a FOUR (4) minute limit.
  • Background music is allowed for accompaniment only. Vocals are limited to background only, no lead vocals allowed. If applicable, contestants will be required to submit a digital audio recording of their background music. Lip sync and karaoke are not permitted.
  • The following categories will be permitted for performance: singing, dancing, instrumentals, poetry, readings, comedy, drama, skits, and novelty acts.
  • Equipment provided are piano, cassette/CD player, and microphone. Contestants must bring everything else to the auditions.
  • A sound system will be provided the evening of the show. All contestants must use the sound system provided. Individual amplifiers will not be permitted the evening of the show.
  • The use of batons, pyrotechnics, dangerous equipment or live animals is prohibited.
  • All acts must be appropriate for family and TV audiences.
  • All contestants must audition in person at Morristown High School on Saturday, December 16, 2017. No one, even if part of a group, will be allowed to perform in the competition if he/she has not auditioned.
  • Prior to auditioning, all acts must read and acknowledge their agreement with the Media Release form.
  • No auditions will be seen without the registration fee paid. Early-bird registration is $20 until December 1st. ¬†After that date, the fee is $25. ¬†Registration fees can be paid by cash, check, or credit card via
  • The Morristown ONSTAGE Selection Committee will select up to 16 acts. Finalists must notify selection committee at 973-214-0433 immediately if unable to perform on the day of competition.
  • All contestants must perform the same act of audition day with the same persons, on show date, February 28, 2018.
  • Finalists MUST attend Media Day on January 6, 2018.
  • Finalists MUST be available for 1 day of pre-production video work.
  • Finalists understand that their promotion of the event is critical to its success. Leading up to event night, finalists are required to promote (via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) Morristown ONSTAGE and their participation in the event, in accordance with provided marketing and communications guidelines and tools.
  • Finalists are required to sell at a minimum 1 page of ad space at $275. This can be in different ad size configurations to make the whole.
  • Finalists are expected to arrive at the Mayo Performing Arts Center no later than 3:00 pm on show day, February 28, 2018, and will be expected to appear for rehearsal earlier that day as scheduled. Times will be announced.
  • Finalists are required to sign a Media waiver. A parent/guardian must sign for those under the age of 18.
  • Judges will score the finalists on overall talent, showmanship and creativity.
  • The show will be judged by a panel of professionals from the performing arts field and they will choose the Winner 18 and under and Winner 19 and over. The decision of the judges is final. The audience will choose the Audience Choice winner.
  • Cash prizes will be awarded approximately 1 week after the show.
  • All rules will be strictly enforced. Any violations will result in immediate disqualification.


At its discretion, these rules may be modified at any time without notice by the governing committee of Morristown ONSTAGE. Any changes to the rules will be considered final.


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