LoneStarCon 2, the 1997 Worldcon: Masquerade Information
(Information provided by Peggy Kennedy, Masquerade Director)
Registration: Costumes should be pre-registered. The completed forms (included in this PR or available by writing the Masquerade Director, see address at end), must arrive at my home address before August 10th, 1997. If you don't have all the information, send the form anyhow and supply the omissions at the Con. You will need to check in at the convention Masquerade Registration Desk (location to be determined, but probably near Convention Registration, at the Convention Center) before 10 AM on Saturday, August 30 in order to stay on the competitors' list.
Awards: There are two competitions in this Masquerade: the Stage Competition, where costumes are judged for effect; and the Workmanship Competition, where they are judged for skill in their construction. Workmanship judging was established to recognize exceptional skills in crafting. It is done backstage and is strictly voluntary. If you wish your costume, prop, or any portion of them to be judged for workmanship, let your Den Mom know when you sign in at the Green Room. Additionally, we are planning to have Hall Costume Awards, which will be given out during the convention.
Re-Creations: Costumers doing Re-Creation costumes should bring a copy of the source to the convention and turn it in at check-in. This is so the Judges can judge fairly. Do not submit originals, as we cannot take responsibility for them.
Divisions: The competition will be run under the skill divisions system of Novice, Journeyman, and Master, so that costumers with less experience do not have to compete against those with more. Definitions are given below. "Major Masquerade" means WorldCon Masquerade or CostumeCon Science Fiction/Fantasy Masquerade.
Liability Releases: Everybody taking part in the Masquerade, helpers as well as costumers, will need to sign liability releases (included on the registration forms) in order to participate. For participants under eighteen years of age, the release should be signed by a parent or guardian.
Green Room: The Green Room is located close to the stage, with toilets nearby. We intend to supply the usual munchies and cold drinks, as well as a repair table, mirrors, and iron and ironing board.
Weapons: If you plan to carry a weapon, you must satisfy the Weapons Master that you can do so without danger to yourself or others. In any case, no illegal or loaded weapons (guns, bows, slings, etc.) may be used. Transportation of weapons to and from the Masquerade area must conform to the convention's weapons policy.
Props: Props will have to be carried on and off the stage by the people using them or by helpers whom they supply. We will not have storage space for large props, so you will need to bring them to the Green Room no earlier than the day of the Masquerade (time to be determined) and remove them after the show.
Sound: We will be able to play standard cassette tapes with background music and/or voice-over. Turn in your cued-up tape when you check in at the Masquerade registration desk. Be sure to label the tape with your name, costume title, and correct side to be played. It would be wise to bring a second tape for backup, just in case. I am hoping to send out standard tape labels for you to put on your cassettes.
Stage: I have been told that the stage will be available for much of the convention, except for Opening ceremonies and the afternoon and evening of the Hugo Ceremonies. Details have yet to be worked out, but I can tell you that we will have a good-sized stage and that we may have a runway. We are working on getting a follow spot and whatever other amenities the budget will stand.
Photography: Our Official Photographer is Ken Warren. We are also planning to have a Fan Photo area. Members of LoneStarCon 2 may photograph or videotape costumes for their personal use. Sales for any purpose require the written consent of the costumer and the convention. Space will be limited, and places can be reserved by writing to the Masquerade Director. As always, no flash photography will be allowed during the Masquerade.
Volunteers: Anyone who wants to volunteer to work on the Masquerade should get in touch with me via Email or Snail Mail. I need it in writing so I can remember who offered to do what. Without volunteers there cannot be a Masquerade. Please help me, the costumers, and the audience to make this an exciting event.
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