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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival seeks new work

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The Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival is dedicated to supporting writers and composers in the creation of new musical theater works. To advance this mission, the festival will select a new work that is ready to be explored musically and dramatically and bring it to the stage with a professional creative team and cast. The festival will accept submissions of projects at various stages of development. The application deadline is June 1.

 The artistic board will review the submissions and announce their selection in June.

Eligibility Requirements

• Book musicals or other experimental musical theater forms are eligible.

• Original and adapted works will be accepted, providing that the rights to any material not in the public domain have been granted in writing. Please include a copy with the submission.

• Works that have already had a professional production are not eligible.

• Applicants are permitted to submit one work for consideration.

• The cast cannot exceed 10 actors.

• All members of the creative team must be over 18 years old.

Winner Receives

• The opportunity to bring your show to the stage with the professional artists provided by the festival, including the following: director, musical director, additional musicians if necessary (maximum of 2), stage manager, actors

• Transportation from New York City to the Poconos on August 6 and from the Poconos to New York City on August 8.

• Housing at East Stroudsburg University during your time with the festival. Please note: you are responsible for your own lodging and transportation for the New York City rehearsals

• A $1,000 honorarium for each member of the creative team


August 3 to August 5 – Rehearsals in New York City

August 6 – Travel to East Stroudsburg, PA (Pocono Mountains)

August 7 – Performance at 7:30pm

August 8 – Depart from East Stroudsburg, PA

Selection Process

• Applications will be accepted until June 1, 2015

• Four works will be chosen as finalists

• Members of the festival’s Artistic Board will choose the winner

• The winner will be announced in June 2015

Submission Guidelines

Click to submit your application. You will be required to provide the following:

1. Biography and resume for each creative team member (upload PDF files)

2. Synopsis including character breakdown and instrumentation

3. Song list

4. Script with lyrics or a full libretto (upload PDF file)

5. Sheet music for a minimum of 5 songs (upload PDF files)

6. Music recordings (upload MP3 file) – Please submit 20 minutes of recorded music including the 5 songs for which sheet music is submitted. Studio demos are not necessary. Piano/vocal recordings are sufficient. Clearly label the MP3 files with the name of the name and number of the song. Number them in sequence.

7. Background and future goals of the work - Submit a description of the piece including the origin of the idea, inspiration for writing, and past readings or developmental processes. In addition, please include a description of what you hope to gain from the experience with The Musical Theater Developmental Lab.

8. Rights statement – (upload PDF) Please provide proof of fully secured rights if the proposed show is an adaptation of an existing work that is not in the public domain.

Questions? Contact info@buckhillskytopfest.org

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