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Skyline Theatre Company is seeking unproduced and original script submissions for consideration for its March 2022 production of a new musical in development as part of New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s state-wide annual Stages Festival. The deadline for submission is October 1, 2021.

The selected piece will be presented live in front of an audience on Skyline’s stage in Bergen County by a cast of professional actors after a standard “29-hour reading” rehearsal period. A post-performance Q&A session with the performers and creative team will also be held to provide feedback for future development of the piece. The musical will be Skyline’s sole production in the 2022 Stages Festival.

“We at Skyline Theatre Company have been proud over the last several years to bring a new musical in development to life as our production during the New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival,” said Skyline’s Associate Artistic Director David C. Neal. “This is truly a unique opportunity for a theatremaker’s work to be showcased during a high-profile festival, and we are confident we will have some excellent submissions and can’t wait to start receiving the submissions.”

In order to be eligible, the submission must have a complete script, a piano score, and no less than 75% of the score available on demo tracks that accurately represent the music and style of the entire show. Any and all underlying rights clearances for any pre-existing material used (music, score, material, etc.) must be secured. Additionally, the script should require no more than 8 actors to perform, and a precise casting plot indicating doubling is required for larger casts. The estimated running time must be between 75 and 150 minutes. Although not required, additional consideration will be given to New Jersey-based creatives and/or New Jersey-relevant subject matter.

Stages Festival Submission Requirements

Submitters are asked to provide Skyline with the following information and material via email in PDF format and with links to demo recordings (i.e., Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.):

  1. Title page and full list of creative team of composers, lyricists and book writers (including if there is either a director or a music director already attached to the project)
  2. Brief synopsis (less than 1 page)
  3. Character breakdown
  4. The complete script (all scenes, songs and lyrics on the page, along with demo track numbers
  5. Demo tracks of songs
  6. Creative team’s story behind the musical’s origination and any additional information the creators wish to share with Skyline (less than 3 pages)
  7. Submitter’s email and telephone contact information

Please submit all required information in one email to [email protected] on or before October 1, 2021 with subject line: SUBMISSION STAGES 2022. For questions about submissions or eligibility, please email the address above with QUESTION STAGES 2022.

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​​​​​​​Founded in 1995, the mission of Skyline Theatre Company is to bring together professional artists to create quality theatre that entertains and inspires an audience. We make commitments to the education of young people in all aspects of the arts and to cultivating and nurturing new artists and their works.

Skyline Theatre Company is a proud Associate Equity Theatre Member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Skyline Theatre Company depends on private donations, corporate sponsorships, grants, and supportive audiences to fund its programming. Funding is made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on Arts/Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.

Skyline Theatre Company enjoys warm support for bringing inspirational, professional theatre to Bergen County and Northern New Jersey.

This production will be a part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance 2022 Stages Festival, made possible by support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Bank of America; The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; OceanFirst Foundation; the George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust; New Jersey Historical Commission; and Fund for the New Jersey Blind.

The New Jersey Theatre Alliance annual Stages Festival is the state’s largest annual theatre festival, which provides free and discounted theatre events for all ages throughout the months of March, April, and May. A full listing of events will be found at the NJTA’s website. The Stages Festival offers dozens of in-person and online performances, workshops, classes, and events at theatres, libraries, and other community venues throughout the state. The program was developed to encourage New Jersey’s residents to attend their local professional theatres by making the experience affordable, accessible, and fun.

For more information, visit https://skylinetheatrecompany.org/open-call-for-new-musicals/.