Bert Church LIVE Theatre seeks Theatre Company to Produce: A Spring TYA Show
The Bert Church Theatre seeks to engage professional theatre artists with experience in producing theatre for young audiences as the Eleventh 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.
Four options for New Production Spring Show Selection are Available. Please indicate your preferred new show in your application or include information on your production offering.
OPTION 1 – The Emperor’s New Clothes (Ahrens & Flaherty’s). Book & Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Music by Stephen Flaherty
Run Time: One Act (Rated G)
The incomparably imaginative creators of Seussical, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, bring one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved tales to life in The Emperor’s New Clothes. Developed by Kansas City’s Coterie Theatre, leaders in the Theatre for Young Audiences genre, this winsome musical is a crowd-pleaser for all ages.
Fourteen-year-old Emperor Marcus the Third is nervous to take the throne. Deciding that he can only gain confidence by dressing in the finest attire, Marcus commands his Royal Clothesmaker to fashion him in the most royal wardrobe. Taking advantage of Marcus’ uncertainty and immaturity, a Swindler promises to make magic clothes that are “invisible to fools, liars, and anyone you should ignore,” for a large and hefty price. Only Arno, the simple-hearted mop boy, can help Marcus out of this royal mess and teach him an important lesson about outward appearance.
OPTION 2 – Madagascar – A Musical Adventure TYA. Book by Kevin Del Aguila. Music & Lyrics by George Noriega and Joel Somellian
Run Time: One Act (Rated G)
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.
Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends – Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo – have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape – with the help of some prodigious penguins – to explore the world.
OPTION 3 – The Epic Quest of the Damsels in Distress. Adapted by Kenneth Wasemann
Cast Size: FLEXIBLE CAST OF 24 (8M, 10F, PLUS 6 ROLES THAT CAN BE ANY), DOUBLING, EXTRAS
Run Time: Approximately 60 minutes
It’s hard being a girl! Especially in a fairy-tale land where everyone expects you to be a damsel in distress. Well, these four young ladies are just not having it!
Our story opens with Isadora, who doesn’t like seeming helpless after being abandoned in the forest by her father. She much prefers feeling strong and self-sufficient, especially once she pulls an ancient sword from a stone! Isadora soon meets Beatrice, a lady-in-waiting, who honestly finds life in the castle quite boring. Winifred joins the spirited pair next, having always lived alone in the forest, concocting potions and practicing spells. The trio is joined by the notorious Masked Maven, a young woman with many secrets.
Seeking excitement, the foursome journey on a comical adventure through a fairy-tale land of magic and monsters, royal fanfare and fairies, as they prove they can ably find their own way through the world, strong and independent. Along the way, they encounter angry villagers, arrogant princes, mischievous fairies, and even a dragon or two!
Loads of tongue-in-cheek humor adds spirit to this fast-paced comedy with four female leads and a simple single set.
OPTION 4 – The Commedia Tales of King Arthur. By Lane Riosley
Cast Size: 4
Run Time: Approximately 60 minutes
Punchin loves to play Merlin, employing his big, magical nose as a wand to control Rosetta’s stick horse as she plays young Arthur. Columbine and Arlequin join in the fun to bring us Lancelot, the king, Guenevere, and even an ogre guarding the castle! As always, the players revel in creating much onstage merriment with witty word play, teasing, and wigs flying off!
Commedia dell’arte, Italian for “comedy of the professional artists,” was a popular form of improvisational theatre that began in Italy in the 15th century and continued in its appeal for centuries. At that time, all performances were unscripted and held outdoors, with only simple props and no scenery. The influence of commedia dell’arte is evident in much of our contemporary comedy, most notably in the great commedia artists of the 20th century, the Marx Brothers.
When presented today, the commedia players — such as Arlequin, Punchin, Rosetta, Pantalone and Columbine — are portrayed as poor travelers who have made all their props from objects they’ve found. Their costumes, with the commedia diamond pattern always evident, are partly hand-made and partly inherited from wealthier people who either tired of that fashion or thought better of it. The various talents of the actors’ acrobatics, dance, music, quick wit and insight into human nature, all make the plays as entertaining and relevant today as they were to the people of Renaissance Europe, when commedia dell’arte was at its height of popularity.
Contract Dates are as follows:
January 19 – 31 – Applications and Selection
January or February 2025
• 1 Production Meeting with BCT Team
• 1 Preview run through with notes from BCT Team
• April 22 Load in & Cueing
• April 23 & 24 Cue to Cue & Dress Rehearsal (optional performance addition)
• Availability for a School Matinee preferred.
• April 25 – 27– 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 email@example.com
*This is a non-CAEA production. Selected candidates will be engaged under contract with Bert Church LIVE Theatre and The City of Airdrie
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