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Section 252 – Selection and Standards

Fine Art By-Laws
Sections 199-263

    • TAPPS does not publish a list of approved plays.
    • TAPPS coaches may select plays from the provider of their choice.
    • TAPPS plays must conform to TAPPS standards.
    • TAPPS plays must be approved by the school. 
    • TAPPS plays must be published or be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. 
    • Cutting is permissible for use in TAPPS competition.
    • Adaptations are permissible for use in TAPPS competition.
    • Cutting and Adaptation should be in keeping with the Publisher’s Licensure. Some plays do not allow changes to gender, time, place, etc. It is the Director’s responsibility to follow all License requirements as presented by the publisher and failure to adhere to licensure is grounds for disqualification and additional sanctions as determined by TAPPS.
    • An original published version of the script (no Xerox or digital copies) with final cuttings an adaptations for the judge to review must be submitted as directed by the contest manager by the published deadline for each district and championship meet. If revisions are extensive, an unmarked script should accompany the final version so that the judge may reference it in preparing to view and critique the show.  The only time scripts are submitted to the TAPPS office are when a director requests a reading of the script or if TAPPS requires a script for review in case of necessary ruling. 
    • Directors may submit questions to  If the director requests or the committee deems that a show be read, the school must submit a $50 reading fee and submit the script to TAPPS by September 15. Rulings of the committee are based on the information given at that time and may not prevent disqualification if actual performance merits review.
    • TAPPS membership includes schools from across the state and with different standards for acceptable content and presentation.  While many plays may involve content or themes that reflect a fallen world, directors should consider if the show glorifies those themes or employs them merely for shock value. TAPPS shall determine if the resolution reflects a redemptive process, one in which good triumphs over evil or one which brings social awareness to an issue.  Finally, schools should consider if the integrity of the piece remains if permissible cuts or adaptations are made.   TAPPS has determined certain subject matter, themes, content, or portrayal including but not limited to the following list, will not be acceptable for performance in TAPPS OAP competition:
      • Profanity or using the Lord’s name in vain (in an irreverent or disrespectful manner or as an expletive) even as euphemism is prohibited
      • Abortion
      • Adultery
      • Homosexuality
      • Incest
      • Suicide
      • Teen Pregnancy
    • For prohibited technical items, including props, see Section 254.  

    • Plays should meet the minimum community standards for the school and TAPPS.
    • All plays selected for performance in TAPPS competition must have the Script Submission Form
    • Please note that the ultimate responsibility for the appropriateness of a script and performance rests on the director and the school administrator who sign the Script Submission Form. Disqualification and sanctions may still be assessed if TAPPS deems necessary.
    • Documentation is required at each level of competition prior to the school’s performance which include the following:
      • Proof of Copyright Registration with the U.S. Copyright Office or Publisher’s information
      • Licence to perform the production for TAPPS OAP competition
      • Licence to allows cuttings, adaptations, etc., if any.
      • Proof of Payment of Royalties
      • Music Log