Submissions Open For New Musicals Workshops
New Musicals Australia is dedicated to the production of original Australian music theatre and are accepting submissions for their second round of workshops.
Writers and composers should make those final touches to their work because submissions close on May 31 for the second workshop series of the year. Writers of musicals can develop their work and publicly presented to high level music theatre professionals.
The three key workshop initiatives include The Musical Snapshot, in which a thirty minute extract of the musical is presented in concert to an audience of professionals for immediate feedback. The works selected in the first round included La Creole (Nicholas Gentle, Julia Plummer and Cheryl Sawyer) and Houdini - The Man From Beyond (Russell Bauer and Dr Bruce Dawe) as well as Showtrain (Andrew Worboys and Zvonko Jovicic). The panel consisted of Peter Cousens, Kellie Dickerson, Matthew Robinson, Neil Gooding, Peter Casey, Dennis Watkins, Kris Stewart and Anne-Maree McDonald.
The Developmental Reading includes a five-day rehearsal period that culminates in a presentatino of a work in concert on the sixth day. James Millar and Peter Rutherford worked with a great cast to present their work A Little Touch Of Chaos.
The Workshop Presentation involves a staged reading following a ten-day workshop with professional performers and the collaboration of a director, choreographer and musical director. David Peake's work a.void was part of this workshop in the first round.
There are also Writers Forums and Industry Panels.
To be involved in the second round head to newmusicals.com.au and submit your application before May 31. NMA is based in Sydney but competitions are obviously open to all Australians - although you might have to travel to do the workshops. Worth it!