MusicalWorks

Highlights for 2019 – 2020

  • New program for Georgia Thespians
  • Registration opens Sunday, September 29, 2019
  • Entry deadline: received by Friday, December 6, 2019 by 6:00 PM
  • Entries must be submitted by the Troupe Director
  • Contact: musicalworks@gathespians.org

This event nurtures original student-written musicals from the page to the stage. The program staff will choose one new work to be developed at Georgia Thespian Conference. Professional stage and music directors will help workshop and stage one selected submission with student actors.  

Eligibility

Writers must be active members of the International Thespian Society enrolled in high school during the current school year. All finalists must be available to attend the upcoming Georgia Thespian Conference as well as attend the Musicalworks event on Saturday morning of the conference. 

Scripts should be typed and emailed to musicalworks@gathespians.org, along with the required MP3 file. Submissions must be done in 12-font and follow the event formatting requirements. Please download and include the Entry Submission Page. Also include a Cast List which briefly describes the characters. These two pages will not count as pages of your script. 

Entries must be approved by the Troupe Director and School Administrator (ie, Principal).

Submission Guidelines

Musicals must be the original work of no more than two Thespian writers. Adaptations won’t be considered, nor will musicals that include music, lyrics, or dialogue written by anyone other than the submitting writers. Musicals can be about any subject but should have a running time of 20 minutes or less (approximately 20 typed pages, including lyrics). Writers may submit more than one musical for consideration.

Procedure

Writers should submit their audio recordings (.mp3 format required) and scripts (12-point type required). Recordings must include all sung lyrics and accompaniment, as well as dialogue. A cappella recordings will not be considered, unless the entire piece was composed to be performed a cappella. Please audio record your submission in its entirety, and submit with your script. 

All submitted MP3 files must include a Guide Vocal Track and Lead Sheet. Guide Vocal Track will be used in music rehearsals with volunteer performers, while Lead Sheet will be used for stage reading and workshopping. 

MusicalWorks Event at Conference

One selected piece from submitted works will be presented as a staged reading at conference on Saturday morning. The playwright(s) will be notified via email by the LeadCon2. The playwright will collaborate with volunteer actors and a guest director to bring the text to life. Audience members will observe the readings and participate in a guided talk-back with the guest director. The reading and talk-back process may be attended by any conference attendee. 

This selected piece will also be eligible for competition at the ITF level.

Note: the deadline for workshopped title for ITF consideration is February 22, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

Rights

All work is protected by copyright from the moment it’s created. Writers own their musicals and have exclusive control of the rights to produce, publish, and adapt them. By submitting work to Thespian Musicalworks, you agree to allow the GA Thespians (at its discretion) to mount a staged reading of your musical. All other rights remain the exclusive property of the writer.

QUALIFICATION FOR ITF: 

The New Works for PlayWorks and MusicalWorks shown at ThesCon will be awarded eligibility to compete on the International level. If the script is chosen by ITF, registration fees, which include room and board as well as admission to all ITF events, will be covered by ITF. Submissions selected by ITF will also be eligible for a travel reimbursement to aid with their travel to ITF, up to $400. Committee members will contact the selected writers about this process.