Causeacon Masquerade Rules and Policies




  1. In order to participate, you must have a Causeacon badge/wristband (Dealers, Press, and other specialty badge types are also valid).


  1. The Masquerade is for entertainment purposes only, there will be no sub-categories such as: junior, novice, advanced, master, best in show, ect. We will only be awarding a Crowd Favorite award.


  1. This Masquerade will be performance based. There will be no awards for craftsmanship. If you wish to participate in our craftsman-based contest, please refer to the Cosplay Contest.


  1. There will be a minimum of 10 skits performing at the Masquerade (more may be added later depending on time restraints). All entries must register for the Masquerade via the Causeacon website prior to the convention. No on-site entries will be registered at the convention.


  1. The first 10 entries will be registered as “reserved entries.” Once filled, additional entries will be registered as “overflow entries.”


  1. Reserved entries will be reserved a performing slot in the Masquerade, but must check in to confirm their place in the Masquerade. Check-in sessions will be held on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning at the Causeacon Information Booth (located in the Vendor Room). You will be sent an email confirming the times and location of check-in. If you fail to check-in during one of these periods, we willdrop your entry and your performing slot will be made available to an overflow entry.


  1. At the conclusion of check-in for reserved entries, any unclaimed slots will be made available to registered overflow entries on a first come, first serve basis.


  1. Changes to your skit and your cast may be made at check-in. Any changes thereafter are subject to the approval of the Masquerade Coordinator or Stage Manager. Changes to your cast after check-in will be approved under only the most extenuating of circumstances, such as illness or other emergency. Please take the time to finalize the details of your skit and organize your cast priorto check-in.


  1. A parent or legal guardian is required to accompany children 13 years of age and younger during the Masquerade.


  1. All participants must submit a permission/release/waiver form at check-into participate in the contest. This includes any individuals appearing on stage, such as stage hands or assistants. Minors under 18 years of age may participate in the Masquerade only if a permission/release form signed by the minor’s legal guardian is provided. Forms will be provided at check-in and on the Causeacon’s website prior to the convention. If your entry is missing any waiver forms at check-in, you will not be checked in.


  1. All participants appearing on stage, including stage hands or assistants must be listed in your registration form. You may not have unlisted or “secret” participants. Your participant list must remain accurate and up-to-date during your rehearsal as well as your performance during the Masquerade. Skits performing with unlisted members will be immediately disqualified.


  1. Skits and costumes must predominantly pertain in some way to anime, manga, video games or some facet of pop culture.


  1. “No costume is no costume.” Public nudity is not allowed at the convention, so come fully clothed.


  1. No real weapons of any kind are allowed. This includes air soft guns, paint ball guns, and steel weapons. Compliance with Causeacon’s weapons policy is expected. Contestants violating this rule will be immediately disqualified, as well as any other repercussions for violating weapons policy.


  1. Your costume must allow you freedom of movement so that you can go up steps or if you are handicapped use the ramp. Make certain your costume allows you to do this unassisted. For liability reasons, Causeacon staff will not assist costumers on or off the stage.


  1. A single person may not participate in more than one presentation. This is done entirely to keep the number of participants and presentations down to a quantity that will fit within the time available.


  1. Groups are limited to 8 people. This includes any individuals appearing on stage, such as stage hands or assistants. This is for the safety of the participants and equipment. Individuals not appearing on stage (including backstage) are not counted toward this limit.


  1. Skits will enter the stage at the beginning of their presentation using the stage-left entrance and exit using the stage-right exit at the conclusion of their presentation. Skits may utilize the entry and exit points as staging points throughout the duration of their presentation. If you require a different configuration for your presentation, please indicate this on your entry form.


  1. All presentations must be within the delineated area of the stage to protect the stage equipment.


  1. No jumping off the stage. Anyone not using the appropriate stage exit or returning to the stage after their presentation is over will be disqualified.


  1. Purposeful damaging of stage equipment is prohibited. Violation of this rule will result in immediate disqualification.


  1. Presentations will observe the following time limits based on the number of performing participants in their presentation:
    • 1-4 performing participants: 2 minutes (120 seconds)
    • 5-8 performing participants: 3 minutes (180 seconds)

Masquerade entries exceeding their designated time limit will be disqualified and may be asked to leave the stage. The length of the skit is measured from the first move or line until the last move or line. Participants must be present on-stage for part or all of their performance and play an active role in the progression or storyline to be considered a performing participant. Participants who do not play an active role in the progression or storyline of their performance, such as stage hands or assistants, or never appear on-stage during their performance, such as off-stage narrators, will not count towards the number of performing participants. Remember, short is good, funny is better, short and funny is best. We will not grant any extensions to this time limit. Please do not ask.

  1. The Cosplay Contest Show is reserved for Costume Contest participants only. Any Masquerade participants who attempt to enter the stage during this event will have their entry disqualified. In addition, any Masquerade participants who attempt to enter the stage during any Masquerade presentations other than their own will be disqualified.


  1. Please remember that children will be present in the audience. Please keep your content to the equivalent of a “PG-13”-rated film. No explicit sexual references, gestures, or swearing will be allowed. Any presentation that violates this rule will be disqualified and may be asked to leave the stage during the performance of the presentation.


  1. The Masquerade emcee will read an introduction, if provided, prior to the start of your skit and a list of your skit’s participants after the conclusion of your skit. The Masquerade emcee may not be used for any part of your performance beyond this capacity.


  1. All props and materials that are taken on stage must leave the stage with you. Masquerade staff will not assist in placing or removing props from the stage. No dangerous or potentially dangerous props will be allowed. No confetti, fireworks, flash paper or other forms of pyrotechnics, rose petals, liquids, flame, or smoke and fog generators of any kind are allowed on stage.


  1. We will not provide tables. Do not ask. Chairs may be used if available. If you wish to utilize chairs for your performance, please note that on your registration form. All chairs that are taken on stage must leave the stage with you.


  1. We will not provide special lighting, such as spotlights, color washes, blackouts, and fading or dimming lights. Do not ask.


  1. A maximum of two handheld microphones with accompanying stands will be available. If you wish to use any or all microphones, please note that on your registration form. If your skit consists of any speaking parts that are unable to utilize these microphones, you must pre-record that dialogue to an mp3 file. A mix of live dialogue and pre-recorded dialogue is permitted, but your skit must remain audible throughout its duration. The clearly identified must be emailed to prior to the Masquerade. (See Submitting mp3 below)


  1. We will not provide any special type of audio equipment for your performance, including but not limited to: musical instruments, amplifiers, additional microphones of any type, and audio connections directly to any of the venue’s audio equipment.


  1. Only Causeacon staff and its associates will operate the audio equipment. Participants will not be allowed to operate the audio equipment, no exceptions.


  1. We will not provide electrical power connections on-stage.


  1. The order of skits on stage will be determined by the Masquerade staff. If you wish to perform early or late, please note that on your registration form, along with your reason for the request. Such requests are not guaranteed, but we will make every attempt to place your skit near the requested slot.


  1. All Masquerade entries must participate in Masquerade rehearsals. Registered participants will be assigned a rehearsal time at check-in. Please be on time!If you miss your time, we willdrop your entry. Participants are not required to be in costume for rehearsals, but are highly encouraged to bring all props required for their skit.


  1. The Masquerade Coordinator has the full authority to request a change to a costume or skit. Refusal to make the requested change will disqualify the person or group from the competition.


  1. Causeacon reserves the right to withdraw or disallow any skit that, in our judgment, poses a risk to the safety of performers or audience members, fails to comply with facility rules, or otherwise fails to meet the requirements of these rules and regulations.


Submitting Audio

You must submit an mp3 file to provide background music, dialogue, effects, etc. for your presentation. The mp3 files must be emailed to Causeacon’s email address, prior to Causeacon. The following restrictions must be observed:

  1. Please practice good recording techniques, respecting all nominal audio recording levels. Due to the unpredictability of the audio setup and characteristics of the Masquerade’s venue, we highly discourage the use of audio panning techniques, such as limiting certain sounds to the left or right stereo channel. Any usage of such techniques is at your own risk. Masquerade staff will not be responsible for distorted or missing audio as a result of bad recordings.
  2. Due to the variety audio media available to consumers, Masquerade staff will not be responsible for unplayable audio as a result of incompatible media. We strongly encourage you to make a backup copy on an alternate media in case your primary copy is unplayable.
  3. Once we start playing the audio track, we cannot stop until your presentation is finished. If you need pauses in the background effects, please include these pauses in your recording.

There are many tutorials available on the internet regarding making audio recordings. We highly encourage you to consult one of these tutorials if you have any questions regarding the proper methods of creating an audio recording.