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Call for Submissions (Airdrie): Play for Christmas Production – Bert Church Theatre

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Call for Submissions (Airdrie): Play for Christmas Production – Bert Church Theatre

Bert Church LIVE Theatre seeks Theatre Company to Produce: A Christmas Show

The Bert Church Theatre seeks to engage professional theatre artists with experience in producing theatre for young audiences as the Sixth show of our upcoming 2024-2025 season, submissions selections below.

The expectation is that this theatre company will design, rehearse, and perform the production for a flat fee of $2,000 per performance with a minimum of 4 performances, but options exist for additional performances at the same rate.

If your company already has a show produced with a reel please submit your production or you could take part in the below new production process.

The Bert Church Theatre will purchase the rights for the production, supply the performance venue, and staff the front of house and a lighting and sound technician.

Three options for New Production Christmas Show Selection are Available. Please indicate your preferred new production in your application or include information on your production offering.

MUSICALS
The Christmas Skates. Book by Sarah Brandt. Music & Lyrics by Nathanael McClure
https://www.mtishows.com/the-christmas-skates
Cast: 4
Run Time: One Act (Rated PG)
It’s almost Christmas, and that means only one thing for Tom: presents! When his parents give him a pair of skates as an early gift, he is certain that it will be the best Christmas ever. But his hopes are dashed when he sees someone with newer, better skates. Meanwhile, Harvey, another kid in Tom’s town, is working to support his family and plans to give his sisters a small but meaningful gift. Harvey’s generosity and gratitude make Tom realize that this is a season for giving. With his family, Tom undertakes a “Christmas Mission” to surprise Harvey.

STRAIGHT PLAYS
Mr. Scrooge’s Christmas. Adapted by Thomas Hischak
https://www.pioneerdrama.com/SearchDetail.asp?pc=MRSCROOGES&id=9
Script Sample: https://www.pioneerdrama.com/Script_Preview/3303_MRSCROOGES_Script_Sample.pdf
Cast Size: Flexible 12-20
Run Time: Approximately 60 minutes
Emphasizing the ghost story aspect of A Christmas Carol, the play is narrated by Jacob Marley who, as he tells the audience, has been dead for seven years, but now returns to Earth to try and reform his ex-partner, Ebenezer Scrooge. The miserly Scrooge is seen frowning at carolers, chasing away charity collectors, and making life miserable for his clerk, Bob Cratchit. But Marley appears to Scrooge on Christmas Eve and sends three spirits: Christmas Past, Present and Future. Each spirit reveals a different aspect of Christmas and in the end, old Scrooge is changed and celebrates Christmas dinner with the Cratchit family.

The Velveteen Rabbit. Adapted by Scott Davidson
https://www.pioneerdrama.com/Script_Preview/6791867_VELVET3_Script_Sample.pdf
https://www.pioneerdrama.com/SearchDetail.asp?pc=VELVET3&id=1
The Velveteen Rabbit is the timeless tale of love and sacrifice as revealed through the story of a small stuffed rabbit given as a gift to a little boy. When Scott Davidson’s sparkling adaptation premiered at the Serendipity Theatre Company in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times had this to say about it: “…a quality that sets it apart from many children’s theatre experiences: a rare and welcome sweetness. The tale of a toy rabbit made real through a child’s love is both entertaining and genuinely moving thanks to Scott Davidson’s uncloying, graceful adaptation of Margery Williams’ poignant children’s classic… Heart is the key word here.” Repeatedly produced by The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, this gentle and tender fable is ideal for both the young and the young at heart. A timeless tale with a warm spirit, this play is the perfect option for Christmas, Easter, or any time of year.
Cast Size: 5
Run Time: Approximately 60 minutes

Contract Dates are as follows: January 19 – 31 – Applications and Selection

September

  • 1 Production Meeting with BCT Team

December

  • • 1 Preview run through with notes from BCT Team
    • Dec 16 & 17 Load in & Cue to Cue
    • Dec 18 & 19 Tech Run & Dress Rehearsal (optional performance addition)
    • Availability for a School Matinee preferred.
    • Dec 20 – 22 – 4 Performances (with options for additional performances)

Candidates local to Airdrie, Calgary, and immediate surrounding communities are encouraged to apply. Bert Church LIVE Theatre’s Presented Series represents the community we serve and introduces our patrons to new viewpoints, ideas, music and stories through the performing arts. Through the lens of the City of Airdrie Social Policy (POLICY NO. COM-63-C) and the 35//50 Initiative, which strives to take action toward a more equitable, diverse and inclusive future in the performing arts, we seek to annually present performances and engage artists that reflect the diversity of our community.

The successful Theatre Company will be paid under contract for their work. It is the responsibility of the company to assign, production budgets and individual artist wages.

To Apply select your desired production, send a company letter of intent, cover letter and CV (either personal or full company seasons) to bert.church@airdrie.ca

*This is a non-CAEA production. Selected candidates will be engaged under contract with Bert Church LIVE Theatre and The City of Airdrie
If you have inquiries or questions relating to roles and compensation please email bert.church@airdrie.ca

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