General Masquerade information, rules, and an entry form were included with Broadside Four, mailed in January. Contact the Masquerade at 6445 Cardinal Lane, Columbia, MD 21044 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request information or additional entry forms.
The stage will be located on the east side of Exhibit Hall E, with the Green Room directly behind it [see figure one]. Ceiling height in the Masquerade Green Room is 12 feet, however the standard doors leading into the Green Room from the lower Pratt Street Lobby are only 6 feet, 8 inches. If you have a prop that cannot clear these doors, we can make special arrangements for you to bring it in through the loading dock. However, you will only be able to do this on the morning of the Masquerade (Saturday, August 8th) and you will need to contact us as soon as possible to make the arrangements.
Unless other arrangements are made, you should plan to enter stage right, and exit stage left-where you will go directly to the photo area. There will be no entrances or exits from the front of the stage. You will be able to return to the Green Room or go into Hall E after you have finished the photo line.
The ceiling height at the back of the stage will be 18 feet and 31 feet at the front. The stage itself will be 4 feet high, giving you a vertical clearance of 14 feet at the back and 27 feet at the front of the stage. Please keep these figures in mind when planning your presentation. We hope to have video reinforcement (large screen projection television) on each side of the stage and additional units located elsewhere in Hall E.
The stage [see figure two] will have an effective working area of 30 feet in depth and 32 feet in width. From the floor, there will be a set of steps 8 feet wide, with each step 8 inches high and 12 inches deep. Three steps will take you to an intermediate level 8 feet wide by 4 feet deep, 2 feet above the floor. Three additional steps will take you to a stage level (4 feet above the floor) platform 8 feet wide by 6 feet deep. The wing area, shielded from the audience by a curtain, will be 16 feet wide by 16 feet deep.
The Master of Ceremonies, Marty Gear, and his podium will on a platform downstage left, but off the working area of the stage. In this way, it should be possible to allow a complete blackout of the stage for entrances or exits, even when the Master of Ceremonies is making announcements.