Applications are now open for writers hoping to be part of this year’s edition of Aria Entertainment’s popular new musical showcase From Page to Stage.
Submissions for the 2016 season, which is due to play the Tristan Bates Theatre in London’s Covent Garden later this year, are open until 3 June.
Now in its fourth year and following on from a 2015 season that proved to be the event’s most successful to date, this year’s From Page to Stage will include one headline new British musical that will be staged in full for a two-week run.
The 2016 season will also feature showcases of parts of new musicals in development and presented with minimal staging; three rehearsed staged readings from scripts; and a gala night showcasing some of the best individual songs from musicals submitted to the season.
Last year’s season included a two-week run of The Stationmaster, a new musical with music and lyrics by Tim Connor and book by Susannah Pearse.
Producer Katy Lipson says: “From Page to Stage is proving year after year how much writing talent we have in the UK. Each year we are sent over 150 new pieces and each year we reach more and more audiences. This year we are delighted to be expanding into the North West of England and are looking for a piece which specifically incorporates or has a Northern element to it; this will be workshopped and presented at The Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester over a week long period in September 2016.”
To apply for inclusion in the 2016 season writers should provide a 100-word synopsis of their musical plus three MP3s from their show; three sample scenes; and one example of the writer’s piano/vocal sheet music. Applicants should note that funding restrictions mean the event’s organisers are unable to accommodate casts of more than eight.
Scripts must not have had a full-scale production, they must be written and submitted in English and must not be ‘jukebox musicals’.