Independent Submissions - this is for producers who have produced before and are comfortable casting, rehearsing, and marketing their own productions, while the venue, additional marketing, basic lights and sound, and front of house provided by the festival. These producers keep 50% of ticket sales to distribute as they wish, with the remainder going to cover costs of the festival. For this track, you put in more work, and get a greater reward. The festival will select 9 independent submissions to take part in this year's festival.
Mentored Submissions - these are writers and composers who haven't produced before, and would like to be paired with a director, musical director, actors and marketing personnel. For mentored productions, CMTF and Underscore Theatre produces your show. The festival's producers will help facilitate all aspects of your production, and 50% of your show's ticket revenue will be distributed evenly between all the players of the production, including actors, directors, stage managers, designers, accompanists and the submitting playwrights.
There is no application fee. Selected productions will be asked to pay a production fee: one-act productions will pay $300, and full-length productions pay $500. The production fee covers the cost of venue rental, marketing, and the opening night party. This fee is the same for mentored and independent submissions.
Show requirements: Submitted productions must either be one-act (45-60 minutes) or full length (75-100 minutes) productions. These must be new (or relatively underexposed) musicals! During the run of the festival, each show will receive 10 minutes to set up and 10 minutes to strike their productions between each performance.
Productions selected to perform in the festival will be given four guaranteed performances between July 8th and August 2nd, 2015 at the Den Theatre. Productions are assigned a board op and a slot to tech before the performances begin. Each participating company will receive 50% of their production's ticket revenue, distributed as outlined above.
Historical perspective: Last year, our best-selling productions earned about 4x their production fee, while our average earned about 2x their production fee. No groups earned less than their production fee.
All shows will be running in rep with 8 total productions, with limited on-site prop/set storage available. Remember, you only have 10 minutes to set up your show. We'll provide a piano and basic audio equipment, you provide the material.