I emailed the Dragon Con office a few weeks ago with the following question but haven't received a reply, so here it is again:
Has the con considered a talent show event? That is, one that features character performance, with costumes as a supporting element instead of the focus? The masquerade encourages skits and sketches; however, microphones are not permitted and contestants are barred from addressing the audience.
Under these rules, if someone(s) wanted to re-enact a scene from a favorite show or movie, they'd be left with ripping the sound track of it and lip synching their way through it. While that's do-able, isn't that a little grade school-ish? Wouldn't encouraging a live, mic'd performance work better, where the actor(s) had time to prepare a version of a scene and deliver it?