Applicants: Show proposals may be submitted by any student who has been involved in Summer Independent or SummerStock. The creative team may be college under-graduates studying in the field. Preference will be given to teams with a long history with the Village Theatre KIDSTAGE program. The majority of the creative team should be students who have been trained at KIDSTAGE. The strongest teams have existing relationships with mentors and history working in the Village Theatre shops.
- Include two to three show titles
- Focus the proposal on your first choice
- Why did you choose the show?
- Why do you want to tell this story now?
- Who is the audience?
- Character outline
- Concept (if any) for the show
- Production challenges and how you might meet them
- Bios of students filling key positions: Director, Music Director, Choreographer, Stage Manager, Production Manager, Set Designer, Costume Designer, Lighting Designer, Props-master, Sound Designer.
- 4 copies of the script and ideally a CD of the score.
- The show must be marketable and attract both student participants and the public.
- The show should have a cast size of approximately 18-22 cast members, but this can be negotiated.
- The show needs to be done on a very small materials budget.
- The show will be performed at First Stage in Issaquah and Second Stage in Everett.
For questions, please contact:
Suzie C. Bixler firstname.lastname@example.org, (425) 392-2900 x107
About Summer Independent:
The Summer Independent program is a professionally-mentored program unique to Village Theatre. It the pinnacle experience for students who come with a background in live theatre, and it provides autonomy, resources, and mentorship to select, mount, and produce their own full-scale show from start to finish. Students take on every aspect of production, from performing, directing, and stage management, to designing and building sets, creating costumes, running sound and lights, marketing, production management, and more. Village Theatre's entire professional staff — from the shops to the marketing office to the stage managers and beyond — are involved in mentoring the artistic team, all of whom are considered professional interns. The Summer Independent program is an entry point to professional theatre for the entire production team and Summer Independent performers are challenged with the goal of reaching the highest professional standards possible. The program is a breeding ground for tomorrow's top talents. In the last few years, Summer Independent participants have gone on to college at The Juilliard School, Boston Conservatory, University of Washington, Carnegie Mellon University, Western Washington University, Pennsylvania State, Point Park College, Whitman College, New York University, Yale, Cornish College for the Arts, and Cal Arts. Many have performed professionally both locally and nationally at venues such as Village Theatre Mainstage, Seattle Opera, The Paramount Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, On and Off-Broadway, movies, and television. Past Summer Independent shows have included: Assassins, Urinetown, Chicago, … Spelling Bee, Pippin, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, The Fantasticks, Lost In Yonkers, Little Shop of Horrors, Sweeney Todd, All Shook Up, The Spitfire Grill, and West Side Story.
The Summer Independent artistic team members, ideally, have previously participated as TAP students and/or have some experience working on productions at Village Theatre Mainstage or KIDSTAGE.