Rules & Regulations


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  1. Competition Sets
  2. Music
  3. Timing
  4. Performers
  5. Risers
  6. Tech Staging
  7. Sound
  8. Lighting
  9. Equipment
  10. House Rules


Groups may present any type of performance they wish. There is no minimum or maximum number of songs required. All choirs will be judged without regard to group size, school size, instrumentation, etc. We will try to combine groups by number of performers and skill level in each session where achievable.


Any kind of musical accompaniment may be used for all groups, including student and professional bands, pre-recorded tracks on a personal electronic device, or flash drive (please provide your own dongle) should be given to your student host and forwarded to the theater tech booth prior to the start of your division. It needs to be Start and Stop commands and cued up ready to go.


Two front row seats will be reserved for the director. Directors may conduct any portion of their show from the floor or the stage, and may accompany their groups if they wish.


The total time allotted onstage varies by division. Times include set-up, performance and clearing the stage. 

  • Middle School & Novice Divisions = 20 minutes
  • Intermediate Groups & Tenor/Bass groups = 25 minutes
  • Advanced Treble & Mixed Tier 2/AA = 30 minutes
  • Mixed Tier 1/AAA = 35 minutes

All groups will be timed. The penalty for going over the allotted time limit is a 1% deduction of the total points possible for every 15 seconds or portion thereof. e.g. 1 minute over time = 4% deduction.


“Performers” are defined as singers and dancers on stage. (Do not include student band members in your performer count when registering.) Advanced Groups with exactly 40 members have the option of competing in the Tier 2/AA division (40 members or less) or Tier 1/ AAA division (over 40 members).


Back-up band members and accompanists are not required to be students and may perform with any number of choirs. Directors also have the option to accompany their choirs. Do not include staff or chaperones your count.


Middle School Divisions: The risers will automatically be set up for all groups and MAY NOT be moved. four rows (four risers across) of Stageright 4' x 8' risers (8", 16", 24" and 36") spaced 12 feet from the leading edge of the stage. In addition, two sets of 24-in. (two step) stairs will be provided (and may be moved). If you do not need the 4th row of risers, simply do not use them.


High School Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Treble, and Tenor/Bass Divisions: The risers will
automatically be set up for all groups and MAY NOT be moved. Four rows (four risers across) of StagerRight 4' x 8' risers (12", 24", 36" and 48") spaced 12 feet from the leading edge of the stage. In addition, two sets of 24" and two sets of 36" (two step) stairs will be provided (and may be moved). For Intermediate, Advanced Treble and Tenor/Bass Divisions, if you do not need the 4th row of risers, they will be removed for you – indicate this on your tech forms and submit by the submission deadline.


Advanced Mixed Tier 1 & 2 Divisions: Advanced groups MAY alter riser set up with prior approval by submitting the Riser Configuration form no later than the submission deadline. Additional risers MUST be indicated on the Riser Configuration Form. Groups without prior approval will not be allowed to alter the riser setup.


To maintain a reasonable schedule and fairness, this rule of indicating custom riser set-ups by March 1, 2024, will be strictly enforced. 


Our Stage Manager will have a copy of each choir's pre-submitted Riser Configuration Form and the Los Al tech crew will assist with your onstage set-up and take-down. Please note that any changes to your submitted Riser Configuration form must be approved by the Event Coordinator 24 hours before your group takes the stage. Groups may use the stage wings to place props and or change costumes during their performance. 


All groups must use the house sound system provided. There are five cordless microphones on stands in front of the curtains which may be moved at each group’s discretion. In addition, there are non-adjustable, general area mics overhead. 


Groups should email or submit their Lighting Cue Sheets in advance. We will do everything possible to provide excellent lighting for your show. Please bring a back-up copy of your Lighting Cue Form and turn it in during load-in time. It is recommended that a representative sit with the lighting board technician to clarify any request. 


Los Alamitos Choir will provide the following: Groups should NOT bring these items!

  • A complete drum kit
  • 10 music stands
  • 10 chairs
  • 6-ft. Kawai grand piano
  • Roland 350 amp 

The use of special effects must be pre-approved by the Event Director and our Stage Manager by the submission deadline. Use of special effects must stay within the boundaries of the stage and must be removed following the performance to avoid penalties. A 10-point penalty will be levied for each infraction. 


Absolutely NO FOOD, DRINK (other than water), PHOTOGRAPHY OR VIDEOGRAPHY will be allowed in the theater. This will be strictly enforced. We ask that you have your chaperones help your students with this policy. This rule applies to ALL audience members, including parents, friends and spectators. Groups will be penalized for infractions of this rule (at the discretion of the Xtravaganza officials/Director).


Xtravaganza officials reserve the right to use any and all photos taken during our competition for publicity purposes, online, printed format, or other social media outlet. Videos of each choir's performance will be available for purchase on our streaming site.


Each group MUST have a completed Liability Form on file before participating in our event. (You many combine the names of all your attending groups onto one Waiver Form.)


Any equipment vehicles or trailers remaining on campus overnight require a completed Truck Waiver be on file with our school facilities department before your vehicle enters our campus.


In keeping with the California school code, the presence or use of alcohol or any controlled substance by any participants or guests in any place on campus will be cause for disqualification of that school from the competition. Any point deductions for infractions during the competitions are also at the discretion of the Event Director.


All rules & guidelines may be changed at the discretion of the Event Committee at in order to provide a safe competition and quality performance experience for all.