Welcome to the Sasquan Masquerade!
The Worldcon Masquerade is a judged costuming competition and stage show. Entrants are divided into divisions based on the costuming skill levels of the participants, and judged by a panel selected by the Masquerade Director, Sharon Sbarsky.
Our Masquerade will be held on Friday, August 21st, 2015. This is a very popular show, but there will be plenty of seating in the INB Performing Arts Center, so bring all your friends! The Theater doors will open at 7:30 pm and the show will start at 8 pm sharp.
If you are considering entering please read more details. Please pre-register online to be sure to reserve a spot. It will be required that you check in at the Masquerade Registration Desk in the Convention Center to schedule your required rehearsal.
For first timers, here’s a little about what to expect at the Masquerade Event:
- Kevin Roche will be the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. The show starts with a brief introduction of the competition’s Division System.
- Kevin will introduce each Young Fan, and they will present their costumes individually on stage. There will be a brief break while the Judges confer about the Young Fan entries, and then all of those entrants will be acknowledged on stage. We hope to be able to release the Young Fan entrants less than an hour after the show starts.
- The show proceeds with all the other entries in an order selected by the Masquerade Director. The entries range from less than half a minute to a few minutes, depending upon the complexity of the presentation, and whether it is presented by an individual or a group. This run-through is estimated to be 2.5 to 3 hours. The judges then leave the hall to deliberate on the awards.
- We are planning a great Half Time show of music by Guest of Honor Tom Smith. You’ll want to stay for this!
- The judges will come back with a list of the winners in each division and category. Awards will be given for both Workmanship and Presentation, and the winners will be called on stage to receive their ribbon awards.
We will be using the International Costumers’ Guild (ICG) Fairness Guidelines Division System for entries. As a reference, please visit the Fairness Guidelines website.
This ensures that:
- Young fen (those 12 and under at the beginning of the convention) compete with each other
- Novices (those competing for the first time or having not won any ribbons for any costumes on stage) compete against each other
- Journeymen (those competing with one to three world class wins for any costumes on stage) compete against each other; and
- Masters or Craftsmen (those who are in the costuming and/or clothing business, or have three or more world class wins as a journeyman or any world class wins as a master or craftsman) compete against each other.
However, anyone may compete at a more difficult level if they choose, and anyone may win “Best in Show” should the judges decide to give a Best in Show (and there have been novices who have won “Best in Show”). There will be detailed Workmanship judging in all divisions.
Remember, if we run out of rehearsal slots, we may need to limit the number of entries, so sign up early to secure your spot in the Masquerade. You must check in at the convention, so read the information for Entrants carefully.
And don’t forget – one of the best ways to participate in the production of the Masquerade is to volunteer! We can’t do it without you – and we’ll need help for all aspects of the Masquerade. Want to see everything up close and personal? We can use your help in the Green Room. Want to be in the middle of the action? Become part of the stage crew for the evening, wearing black, being by the stage and insuring the safety of our Entrants. Want to document the costumes in photos? We’ll have a fan photo area. Want to do more? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll chat.
We’re looking forward to a great Masquerade, with a special category based on Guest of Honor David Gerrold’s books and stories. So join us ― we’ll have a blast!
More About Costuming
If you would like to learn more about costuming, and perhaps pick up a few tips, you may find the following web sites useful: