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Event Details
  • How to Write a Musical, part 3 ... submit now!
    July 21, 2024
    12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Details Price Qty
-TRU Submission Fee $10.00 (USD)  
-Non-member Submission Fee $20.00 (USD)  
-TRU (new participant, balance) $75.00 (USD)  
-TRU (returning participant, balance) $65.00 (USD)  
-Non-member (new participant, balance) $80.00 (USD)  
-Non-member (returning participant, balance) $65.00 (USD)  
-Additional Collaborator (2 are included) $25.00 (USD)  
-Observer Fee (TRU Member) $35.00 (USD)  
-Observer Fee (non-member) $60.00 (USD)  

FEEDBACK WORKSHOP #3: RECKONING AND RESOLUTION 2024

PART 3: RECKONING AND RESOLUTION
Reformatted to virtual presentation on ZOOM
Sunday, 7/21, noon to 7pm eastern

Submission deadline: Wednesday 7/10
(Download application: TRUBeginnings-HWM3-app)

This workshop is dedicated to fostering a conversation about musical theater structure not only for writers but also for producers, directors and everyone involved in the creation and production of new works. Each workshop will accept up to 10 writing teams and/or producers who will share works in progress and get feedback from a panel of expert evaluators. We will provide you with a music director and tech person at TRU's expense; or reimburse your expenses up to $100. Audience members will also have a chance to offer their observations, and participate in discussions.

"Part 3: Reckoning and Resolution" will focus on the last scenes of a musical and how songs help resolve the story and the characters' journeys: 1) songs that express the resolution of a character's "want," or the overcoming of obstacles, and how it leads to a final choice; 2) "eleven o'clock numbers," the big dramatic show stopper that sums up the (usually) main character's journey; 3) the finale, an effective and emotionally satisfying way of concluding your story. We will discuss the function of songs, with special attention paid to the way they move the action. In addition, we will continually explore the delicate balance between script and song. 

Up to ten teams will present a song and scene from their shows to a professional panel of commercial producers, directors and writers, including:  

  • Ken Cerniglia, dramaturg (Hadestown, Peter & the Starcatcher), former dramaturg and literary manager of Disney Theatrical;
  • Cheryl Davis, Kleban and Larsen Award winning librettist and lyricist (Barnstormer), Audelco Award winning playwright (Maid's Door);
  • Tamra Pica, Los Angeles, off-Broadway and TV producer;
  • Tom Polum, producer (The Toxic Avenger musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), CEO and executive producer of Streaming Musicals online platform.

Bob Ost, executive director of Theater Resources Unlimited, and TRU Literary Manager Cate Cammarata will facilitate.

Writers (and producers!!!) are invited to submit no more than 25 pages of a show you are working on. We want to see the last section of your show in which we head towards the summing up and conclusion of the plot and the resolution of the characters' wants. Include MP3s of the songs within only those pages. Also send a concise synopsis of the preceding action of the show, and how it leads to the resolution in the section presented.

Submission deadline: Wednesday, 7/10. Download application: TRUBeginnings-HWM3-app, fill it out, and email to TRUPlaySubmissions@gmail.com to sign up. Submission fee is $10 for TRU members, $20 for non-members. If accepted, it will be applied to a participation fee of $100 ($85 for TRU members). Prices are discounted for those who have taken previous parts of this workshop with the show submitted.

The cost for non-participants to attend for the full day, to observe the presentations and be part of the discussions, is $60 ($35 for TRU members). 

**If accepted, you will present 10-12 minutes including one song and scene, followed by about 15 minutes of feedback. There will be a participation fee of $100 ($85 for TRU members), which includes 2 seats for the entire day workshop as well as your presentation slot. Any additional attendees from the musical team (including music director, additional collaborators and cast members) who wish to observe the entire workshop must reserve in advance and will be charged a nominal $25 per person.

NEW! We will provide you with a music director and tech person at TRU's expense; or reimburse your expenses up to $100.

SCHEDULE

noon to 12:15 am - check in.

12:15 to 1pm - Discussion: How do you bring the action of your show to an effective dramatic (and musical) conclusion? Is resolution better served by song or by dialogue? Do all shows need a big "eleven o'clock" number, or are there other ways to leave an audience emotionally satisfied?

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm - Five writing teams will explain their work’s overall concept (in 30 seconds or less) and present 10-12 minutes of a song and scene that demonstrates a resolution of the show's major conflict or a coming to terms for one of the characters, the resolution of their ongoing "want." After each presentation, panelists will provide feedback.

LUNCH BREAK
(Zoom break, leg stretch)

3:30 pm to 4:15 pm -
Discussion: The dramatic journey of characters: how wants and goals may evolve over the course of a show. Panelists will comment and invite audience feedback.

4:15 pm to 6:30 pm
- Five writing teams will explain their work’s overall concept (in 30 seconds or less) and present 10-12 minutes of a song and scene that musicalizes the action leading to the resolution, or leads up to (and includes) a satisfying finale that leaves the audience with a sense of completion.

Panelists
  • KEN CERNIGLIA

    is a veteran dramaturg, writer, and creative executive. He dramaturged the innovative Broadway hits Hadestown (8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical) and Peter and the Starcatcher (5 Tony Awards). As resident dramaturg and literary manager for Disney Theatrical Productions for 16 years, he developed over 60 titles for Broadway, touring, international, and licensed productions, including The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Freaky Friday, Aladdin, Newsies,  The Little Mermaid, High School Musical, and Tarzan. He recently conceived and developed Marvel Spotlight, a collection of one-act plays with teenage super hero protagonists who tackle real-world problems in a diverse society. Other dramaturgy includes the chamber opera Blood Moon (PROTOTYPE 2020); the new musical Bridges (Berkeley Playhouse); Passion Trilogy (Fisher Ensemble/Loyola Marymount University); and Bud, Not Buddy, The Gift of Nothing, The Cricket in Times Square, and OLIVERio: A Twist on Dickens (Kennedy Center). Ken is a frequent guest lecturer, artist, and adjudicator at conferences, universities, and festivals around the world. He is immediate past president of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), co-founder of the American Theatre Archive Project, and Artistic Director of Two Turns Theatre Company. He holds a Ph.D. in theatre history and criticism from the University of Washington.

  • CHERYL L. DAVIS

    received the Kleban Award as a librettist for her musical¬†Barnstormer, (written with Douglas J. Cohen) about Bessie Coleman, the first Black woman flyer. The show received a Jonathan Larson Award through the Lark Play Development Center. Her play¬†Maid‚Äôs Door¬†received great reviews,¬†won seven Audelco Awards, and was a finalist for the Francesca Primus Prize. Her play¬†The Color of¬†Justice (commissioned by Theatreworks/USA), received excellent reviews in the New York Times and Daily News, and tours regularly.¬†Her musical¬†Bridges, which was commissioned by the Berkeley Playhouse, received its world premiere in February 2016 to great reviews and three award nominations from the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle.¬†She received a Writers‚Äô Guild Award for her work on ‚ÄúAs the World Turns‚ÄĚ, and was¬†also¬†nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award. Her work has been read and performed internationally, including at the Cleveland Play House, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Kennedy Center.¬†¬†She is the General Counsel of the Authors Guild.

  • TAMRA PICA

    producer and casting director for Write Act Repertory. Tamra's theater and television work spans 33 years and over 250 productions as a prop designer, AEA Stage Manager, producer and casting director of plays, musicals, dance and ice shows. She produces both Off Broadway, as well as, managing the Los Angeles theater presence for Write Act.  Recent credits include the long-running Frankenstein, Wicked City Blues, and Swing.  Other credits include: Lili Marlene, Caldwell’s Bomb for the New York Venus/Adonis Theater Festival, Renewal, Your Name on My Lips at Theater for the New City and the long running musical Fabulous! Queen of the New Musicals where she served as a casting director and producer.  Alongside theater, Tamra’s work production, casting, and development television work can be seen for companies such as Disney, Sony, Cartoon Network, NBC Studios, TBS, CBS, MTV, ABC and FOX.  She currently works on the animated Disney series Mira, Royal Detective.

  • TOM POLUM

    co-founder and CEO of Streaming Musicals, producer of the films of Emma, Marry Harry, No One Called Ahead, Pride and Prejudice.  www.StreamingMusicals.com.  Author of Mambo Italiano which had it's world premiere at the Westchester Broadway Theatre.  Outer Critic's winner Best off-Broadway musical for The Toxic Avenger; produced the Houston production of The Toxic Avenger, following the off-Broadway New York premiere of  the show about the first superhero from New Jersey by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) and David Bryan (keyboardist and founding member of Bon Jovi) and directed by Tony Award-winner John Rando. He also co-produced Last Call, a musical documentary by Broadway director Christopher Ashley (Xanadu, Rocky Horror Show, All Shook Up) and is developing the musical comedies Mambo Italiano (based on the Canadian film starring Paul Sorvino) and Zombie Honeymoon, as well as other musicals, including Heloise and Abelard, The Toxic Avenger Christmas Chaos and Finding Frida Kahlo. Past credits include the tour of Broadway’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony nomination for Best Musical).

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