Instructor: John Sparks
Six Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 10pm
July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7 and 14
Course Fee: $295 (per team) (discounted from regular $395)
Writing teams of two or more will be involved in this 6 week immersive experience designed to give each team a rough draft of a new musical. The first two weeks consist of detailed analyses of the characters, the plots and themes of the proposed shows. Each subsequent week requires the submission of 10 to 25 pages of dialogue, culminating in the rough draft (usually 60 – 90 pages), ready for song-spotting and the subsequent revisions that will occur as the scores develop after the workshop ends.
Each team should submit at least a sketchy outline of the proposed work prior to the first session. At a minimum the outline must clearly state the beginning, middle and end of the story, identify the central character and important supporting characters, and have the general agreement of the writing team which must consist of two or more people. There should be a brief discussion of the planned style of the show (rock opera, contemporary musical with notes on the musical genre(s) in mind – but the outline SHOULD NOT attempt to title or otherwise identify any songs the team plans prior to the workshop.
All team members must attend every session. The enrollment fee covers the whole team regardless of how many writers are involved.