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Friday, January 3, 2020

Sound Bites 7.0 seeks 10-minute musicals

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Theatre Now defines a 10-minute musical as any piece that can be performed, has a beginning, middle, and end story arch, and includes music. Having produced 60 pieces, we want musicals that are diverse, current, test the musical form and communicate a well-crafted story in ten minutes. We accept musicals across all styles and genres, as well as consider foreign language and/or bilingual scripts.

Please review the following criteria thoroughly before sending your submission:

  • Ten-minute musicals will be accepted from September 1st 2019 - January 6th, 2020.
  • Submissions won’t be considered before or after the deadline.
  • Musical theatre writers can only submit up to two scripts.
  • The story must have a beginning, middle, and end.
  • We also accept submissions for works in foreign languages or that are bilingual. Although the application process is still in English, the work itself may be submitted and, if selected, performed in any other language.  
  • Each piece must include music.
  • Scripts can only utilize up to ten actors. (Actors may play more than one character.)
  • We won't accept physical scripts, all submission must be submitted via this website. 
  • Each musical must be no more than ten minutes long. If you submit material longer than ten minutes, be prepared to cut material if accepted into the festival.  
  • Longer one-acts or full-length musicals will not be considered.
  • A musical may be a previously produced work with a production history.
  • Though we have no formal script formatting guidelines, all scripts must be easy to read.
  • The volume of submissions prevents us from providing feedback on all submissions.
  • If your piece is visual (ie. Choreography heavy), please include video footage. 

All writers will be contacted via email the week of January 13, 2020 on the status of their submission and receive one of three emails:

  • EIGHT musicals will receive an acceptance email into the festival and will be provided additional information to confirm their involvement. 
  • FOUR musicals will receive a WAIT LIST email. These selections will be mentioned in the festival program as runner ups. In the event an accepted musical declines their participation, a selected wait listed musical will be notified to serve as a replacement.
  • The remaining musicals will receive a "not selected" email and are encouraged to submit again next year.

*All criteria is subject to change and without notice.*


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