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Friday, March 4, 2011

Lebanon Community Theatre Playwriting contest

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Aspiring playwrights of all ages and experience are invited to submit scripts for LCT's 13 th annual play writing contest.

Plays will be judged on content, dialogue, ingenuity, use of theme, and ability to be staged. Plays with special effects, lighting or elaborate sets can not be produced.

Previous years' winning plays came from throughout Pennsylvania, the Mid-Atlantic area, and from across the United States and Canada.

The authors will maintain all literary rights to their own material.

All winning plays will be presented on the LCT stage on August 11, 12, 13, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. and at a Sunday matinee on August 14, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.

For further information call: Mary Lou Kelsey at (717) 274-0787
or send an e-mail message to contest@lct.cc

LCT's Play Writing Contest Committee and the LCT Artistic Board will judge the entries. The winners will be notified by letter near the end of June, 2011.
Each winner will receive:

a) a $100 cash prize; and

b) one season ticket for LCT's 2012 season for local winners; and

c) each of the winning plays will be performed on the LCT stage; and

d) each playwright may direct and cast their own play if they wish. Playwright directors will
be assisted by committee members; and

e) a DVD of the production of the winning plays.

All plays submitted should center on a common theme, idea or concept.
This year's theme is:


Charade - noun

* an absurd pretence intended to create a pleasant or respectable appearance: talk of unity was nothing more than a charade
* (charades) a game in which players guess a word or phrase from a written or acted clue given for each syllable and for the whole item

The title of our production will be "Sounds like... Charade".

All plays submitted must be the original work of the author and must comply with guidelines of length and appropriateness for community theatre audiences.

Plays not on theme or not written for this contest will not be judged.

Plays should be at least 10 minutes long, but must not exceed 20 minutes of production time.

Plays should have no more than three scenes using limited sets, props and costumes. Only simple on-off or fade lighting will be considered. The cast of characters must be at least two, but should not exceed eight.

Playwrights should keep in mind that they are writing for the stage and not television or film, and must use dialogue, not stage directions, to develop their play.

There is no limit to the number of plays each person can submit.

Please submit two copies of your play. Submissions should be typed and double-spaced on one side only. Both copies should be unbound and stapled on the top left corner.
Do not use any covers. Use a simple font such as Times New Roman or Courier.

All plays must be submitted by April 30, 2011 and must include on the title page a short paragraph stating how your play makes use of the theme.

Mail your plays to:


P.O Box 592

Lebanon, Pa 17042

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