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MUSICAL CAFE NEXT STAGES 2021 SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITY

 

 

From a juried submission process, Musical Cafe’s Next Stages program will choose one musical for robust developmental support. The chosen musical must be a work in progress with no previous full productions. Previous workshops and readings are acceptable. The musical will have two full private readings with a professional cast led by a dramaturg team consisting of a literary dramaturg and a composer/musical dramaturg. The full musical score will be presented either in recordings or performed by the composer. At the end of each reading, the creative team will receive detailed feedback led by the dramaturgs from the actors and invited audience. A few days later the dramaturgs write up their notes and share them with the creatives. A few days after, dramaturgs and creatives privately meet to discuss the work. The creatives will have time for re-writes before the second round of readings roughly two months later. 

 

Timetable:

Submissions - Open January 1st. Close Feb. 1st

Readings - Mid March and mid May. Saturdays (1-4pm) for readings and actor feedback.

Dramaturg feedback - scheduled by parties involved after each reading.

 

Musical Cafe produces the Next Stages program, providing the venue (online or physical) and dramaturgs.

 

Readings and feedback meetings will continue online until safe to meet in person. Note: the online readings were very successful in our Next Stages 2020 season.

 

Eligibility Requirements: At least one member of the creative [i.e. writing] team must be a resident of one of the following Northern California counties:  Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, or Yolo.

All creatives must join Play Cafe if selected.  About Play Cafe membership: https://www.playcafe.org/membership

 

Write to rj@rjmusic.org with questions or to request submission guidelines.

 

Free Workshop: PATTERN & CONTOUR IN MUSICALS: MOTIVATING CHARACTERS TO SING & DANCE.

presented by Allison Bergman-  Feb. 28, 4PM – 5:30PM Pacific Time.

REGISTRATION & DETAILS: https://buytickets.at/playcafeinc/470310

Free Workshop: THE CRAFT OF MUSIC & LYRICS IN STORYTELLING -  presented by  MIn Kahng. 

March 7, 4PM – 5:30PM Pacific Time.

REGISTRATION & DETAILS:

https://buytickets.at/playcafeinc/473261

WHAT WE DO

Musical Cafe is a musical theatre development and education program for Northern California-based writers and composers.

From a juried submission process, our Next Stages program chooses musicals that will each have two full private readings with an excellent cast. At each reading, the creatives receive detailed feedback and support from our team of literary and musical dramaturgs. The creatives then have time for re-writes before the second round of readings roughly two months later.

Eligibility Requirements: At least one member of the creative [i.e. writing] team must be a resident of one of the following Northern California counties:  Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, or Yolo.

 

Some of the musicals we work with are chosen for a full length, concert style public showcase.

 

Our Musical Cafe Showcase Series present new works in progress. Presented in front of an audience consisting of theatre professionals and friends of musical theatre, four shows are chosen for twenty minute semi-staged showcase performances.

 

Musical Cafe also presents classes, workshop and seminars on the myriad aspects of creating musical theatre through out the year.

 

NEW PROGRAM:  SONG SALON

Are you a musical theatre composer or lyricist seeking a safe space to share your ongoing projects and build community? Musical Cafe hosts a monthly virtual song salon to honor the craft of creating new musicals!

 

The goal is to celebrate and support each other's work!  Feedback will only be given at the writer's request. Participants are asked to uplift each other’s work with applause and positivity.  

 

We are seeking new and original musical theatre songs, either from a show you are working on, or a stand alone / cabaret style piece you would like to showcase. Songs must be five minutes or less. 

 

The door is wide open, and we would love to see your work whether you are emerging, or are a seasoned professional.

 

If you would like to be included in the salon, please email us at:  mcsongsalon@gmail.com 

WHO WE ARE

Musical Cafe is a program of Play Cafe, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help San Francisco Bay Area playwrights develop their work. The Musical Cafe team includes several production managers and a group of volunteers who sell concessions, usher, photograph, and make numerous other contributions of time and effort to ensure the success of each Showcase performance. Creatives and casts selected for a particular Showcase become an essential part of that team, and are encouraged to become part of our ongoing effort to make new, original, locally-sourced musical theatre in the Bay Area.

 

Many of the Bay Area's wonderful actors and singers have participated in Musical Cafe to date, and we are always looking for the newest, freshest actors and singers to audition for and perform with us.

 

Most importantly, our enthusiastic, energetic Musical Cafe audience members and behind-the-scene supporters have been and remain a key part of this program and whatever success we've achieved.

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Videos by John Quick

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