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15MM BULLETIN: PRE ROUGH FINAL DRAFT REVIEW     June 14, 2020
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We know that you've been working hard on your final drafts over this past week - and now you are heading into the home stretch!

PLEASE NOTE that although BREAKOUT is now officially a BLUE show and A VIEW FROM THE MOON is now officially a RED show - you will still attend your Rough Draft Review and be subject to the Final Submission deadline for your ORIGINAL TEAM.


WHAT'S NEXT?

           RED TEAM - ROUGH FINAL DRAFT REVIEW: Wed, Jun 17 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           BLUE TEAM - ROUGH FINAL DRAFT REVIEW: Thu, Jun 18 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           RED TEAM - ROUGH FINAL DRAFT REVIEW: Wed, Jun 16 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           BLUE TEAM - ROUGH FINAL DRAFT REVIEW: Thu, Jun 17 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

For this session, we will need FOUR (4) copies, correctly formatted, collated and hole-punched - delivered to NMI no later than 6pm. The STAFF (Scott and Elise!) will read/sing through the draft OUT LOUD at this point FOR TIMING. (Do NOT upload your tracks or documents - we will have a live pianist.) If you are running longer than 15 minutes, we will make suggestions about where you can make cuts.

NOTE: This means that your show must be FINISHED for this deadline. You don't want to be making revisions after this date, just cuts.

You will have TWO DAYS to make your cuts before your final deadline.

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR BOOK, LYRIC, and MUSIC PARAMETERS ARE STILL INTACT IN YOUR FINAL DRAFT!!

NOTE: Once your show goes into rehearsal and gets staged by your director, we will have a run with the cast and time your show again. If it is running long at THAT point, any additional cuts will be chosen and implemented by your director and dramaturge. It's an important lesson to learn that once a director and cast get a hold of a script, it most definitely will get LONGER. For this reason, you will want to make sure that your show is coming in at UNDER 15 mintues if you can, or that you provide provisional cuts that can be implemented if the show is running long. But bear in mind that at this point in the process, the director will be the final word on these cuts.

ALSO NOTE: Once your show goes up in front of an audience, if the reactions of the audience make the show run longer than 15 mintues, you don't need to worry. We will NOT turn out the lights on you.


COMING SOON:

           RED TEAM - FINAL DRAFT SUBMISSION: Sat, Jun 20 from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**

           BLUE TEAM - FINAL DRAFT SUBMISSION: Sun, Jun 21 from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**

           RED TEAM - FINAL DRAFT SUBMISSION: Sat, Jun 19 from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**

           BLUE TEAM - FINAL DRAFT SUBMISSION: Sun, Jun 20 from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**

For your final draft submission, please provide eight (8) copies, correctly formatted, collated and hole-punched.

PLEASE ALSO REMEMBER TO UPLOAD REHEARSAL MP3S FOR YOUR SCORE - THIS IS A VITAL TOOL FOR YOUR ACTORS.

You are very much encouraged to attend rehearsals as much as possible and to participate in the creative process as we put your new musical on its feet. Please make sure, however, that you observe proper rehearsal etiquette by filtering all suggestions, comments, and questions through the director and music director. Also note that since many of the shows will be having virtual rehearsals - it will be harder than usual for us to provide access for the writers - but we will do the best we can.

To find the general schedule - check out the RED or BLUE SCHEDULE tab on the 15MM home page. This schedule is subject to change - so please check the tab often for updates. We will do our very best to stick to this schedule - but we apologize in advance if you show up for what you thought was a rehearsal for your show that turns out to be something else.



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15MM BULLETIN: PRE FINAL DRAFT SUBMISSION     June 18, 2020
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Thanks for a great pair of days checking out your final drafts - almost all of you came in at under 15 minutes - or close enough that we aren't worried. Well done!

Please make absolutely sure as you are making your revisions that you do not compromise your REQUIRED PARAMETERS (or else we’ll just have to put them back in!)



IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT YOUR FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Because of the unusual circumstances of the time, and because of the fact that NoHo Copy closes at 1pm on Saturday and is closed on Sunday - we are giving ALL Teams (Red and Blue) the option to submit your final drafts this coming MONDAY, June 22nd.

You must make sure that your submission will be copied and ready for pickup no later than 3pm on Monday. Remember to tell them that Elise from NMI will be picking up the scripts; and remember to tell them to make sure they print your scripts double-sided!

If for any reason you do need to make other arrangements - make sure to let Elise know by email.


WHAT'S NEXT?

           RED TEAM - FINAL DRAFT SUBMISSION: Sat, Jun 20 from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**

           BLUE TEAM - FINAL DRAFT SUBMISSION: Sun, Jun 21 from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**

           RED TEAM - FINAL DRAFT SUBMISSION: Sat, Jun 19 from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**

           BLUE TEAM - FINAL DRAFT SUBMISSION: Sun, Jun 20 from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**

For your final draft submission, please provide eight (8) copies, correctly formatted, collated and hole-punched.

PLEASE ALSO REMEMBER TO UPLOAD REHEARSAL MP3S FOR YOUR SCORE - THIS IS A VITAL TOOL FOR YOUR ACTORS.

Once the Final Script is submitted, there will be NO NEW PAGES. We can accomplish small changes in the room with pencils - but NO NEW PAGES.

Regarding rehearsals: we will do our best to let you know when rehearsals are happening and allow you to attend them via Zoom - but given the more flexible nature of the schedule this season, the rehearsals will not be restricted to evenings and weekends. Please check the schedule, or check in with your director to find out the current schedule and access info.


COMING SOON:

           RED TEAM - DIRECTOR MEETINGS: Sun, Jun 21 from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           BLUE TEAM - DIRECTOR MEETINGS: Mon, Jun 22 from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           RED TEAM - DIRECTOR MEETINGS: Sun, Jun 20 from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           BLUE TEAM - DIRECTOR MEETINGS: Mon, Jun 21 from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

Your DIRECTOR MEETING is a chance to meet (in person or by Zoom) with your director, who will have had a chance to take a look at your final draft. You can make sure your director knows your intentions regarding character depiction, theme, tempos, or anything else that is important to you. Your director will ask you questions about what you are looking for, and possibly make suggestions for how they want to approach the piece. At least ONE member of your team should take advantage of this meeting with your director on behalf of the team.



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15MM BULLETIN: POST SECOND DRAFT SUBMISSION     June 3, 2020
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We've been having a blast working on your second drafts!

A reminder that we still don't have your final casts ... but we are much more hopeful now that we will be able to gather our casts at NMI for the third draft and film it in our space. Fingers crossed!


WHAT'S NEXT?

           RED TEAM - SECOND ASSESSMENT: Sat, Jun 6 from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           BLUE TEAM - SECOND ASSESSMENT: Sun, Jun 7 from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           RED TEAM - SECOND ASSESSMENT: Sat, Jun 5 from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           BLUE TEAM - SECOND ASSESSMENT: Sun, Jun 6 from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

The Second Assessment will be very similar to your First Assessment Day. We will watch a video-tape of the presentation of your musical - and then give feedback. We will aim for a dinner break at some point depending on how quickly we are going.

All writers are asked to be in attendance for the entire session for your color team (RED or BLUE).

NOTE: If you want to follow along in the script - please check the 15MM Project Page for the drafts - or check in with your fellow writers to get an emailed copy.


COMING SOON:

           RED TEAM - ROUGH FINAL DRAFT REVIEW: Wed, Jun 17 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           BLUE TEAM - ROUGH FINAL DRAFT REVIEW: Thu, Jun 18 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           RED TEAM - ROUGH FINAL DRAFT REVIEW: Wed, Jun 16 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           BLUE TEAM - ROUGH FINAL DRAFT REVIEW: Thu, Jun 17 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

For this deadline, you are to UPLOAD an integrated script/score of your final draft. The staff will do a cold read/sing-through of your material to check for your final timing. If your musical is running long, suggestions for possible cuts will be discussed. You won't have time to revise after this deadline - but you will have time to respond to suggestions for cuts (and optional cuts).

FOR EMPHASIS: Your musical needs to be FINISHED for this deadline. The final couple of days are only to give you an opportunity to make EDITS if your final draft is running longer than fifteen minutes.



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15MM BULLETIN: PRE SECOND DRAFT SUBMISSION     May 20, 2020
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We know you've all been busy rewriting since the First Assessment! This is a reminder that there is no formatting REVIEW of this draft – so we are expecting you to review your own documents to make sure they adhere to ANMT formatting guidelines.

Attached is your PARAMETER CHECK document - please make sure to also prepare that and upload it with the rest of your documents. The parameters are forever, gang - so please don't put them off for another draft!

A reminder that you need to email me to let me know your three top time slot choices for your EXIT INTERVIEW with me and John. Here are the time slots left that you can choose from:

THURSDAY, JULY 16
1:00pm Julia Koyfman
1:50pm Stacey Weingarten
2:40pm
3:30pm
6:00pm
6:50pm
7:40pm
8:30pm

FRIDAY, JULY 17
10:00am
10:50am
11:40am
12:30pm
2:00pm
2:50pm
3:40pm
4:30pm
6:00pm
6:50pm
7:40pm
8:30pm Lalit Sritara


WHAT'S NEXT?

           RED TEAM - SECOND DRAFT SUBMISSION: Wed, May 27 at 6:00 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**
**This is an UPLOAD deadline only**

           BLUE TEAM - SECOND DRAFT SUBMISSION: Thu, May 28 at 6:00 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**
**This is an UPLOAD deadline only**

           RED TEAM - SECOND DRAFT SUBMISSION: Wed, May 26 from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**

           BLUE TEAM - SECOND DRAFT SUBMISSION: Thu, May 27 from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**

IMPORTANT CHANGE: due to the extension of the Safer-At-Home orders in Los Angeles, we are unfortunately NOT going to be able to gather actors at NMI to rehearse the second drafts. For that reason - we have also decided to hold off on final decisions regarding final casting - to give us a bit more time to figure out how we are going to be able to present your wonderful shows.

This means that WE DO NOT NEED PAPER COPIES for this round (boy, are we saving a lot of trees this year!).

For this submission, please once again UPLOAD YOUR INTEGRATED SCRIPT AND SCORE, as well as your REHEARSAL TRACKS.

For this round, please ALSO upload PERFORMANCE TRACKS for each song. Your singers will use the rehearsal tracks for their own rehearsals, but will hopefully record the presentations using your performance tracks.


COMING SOON:

           RED TEAM - SECOND ASSESSMENT: Sat, Jun 6 from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           BLUE TEAM - SECOND ASSESSMENT: Sun, Jun 7 from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           RED TEAM - SECOND ASSESSMENT: Sat, Jun 5 from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           BLUE TEAM - SECOND ASSESSMENT: Sun, Jun 6 from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

For the Second Assessment days, you will see a recorded presentation of your material - and sorry, but this will not necessarily be your final cast - but they will still be giving you a good representation of your current draft.

All writers are asked to be logged in to Zoom for the entire session for your Program (RED or BLUE).

NOTE: If you want to follow along with your fellow writers presentations - you will find their integrated script/scores online.



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15MM BULLETIN: POST FIRST ASSESSMENT     May 12, 2020
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Congratulations to all the 15MM teams for surviving the marathon First Assessment days! We really appreciate how receptive you all were to the feedback you got from your expanded collaborative team including me, Scott, Jake (and Johnny for the Blue team). By now you should have all received an email from me with links to your presentations and feedback sessions.

So - you now have a very luxurious nearly-three weeks to assimilate all the feedback and write your second drafts - but I do STRONGLY recommend that you plan about a two week revision process and then a week to check prosody and formatting and integration and clarity and all of that good stuff that will make your second drafts easily rehearsible by your ACTUAL casts. (Remember that there will be NO formatting review for the second draft so you need to do all that work as a team!)


WHAT'S NEXT?

           RED TEAM - SECOND DRAFT SUBMISSION: Wed, May 27 at 6:00 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**
**This is an UPLOAD deadline only**

           BLUE TEAM - SECOND DRAFT SUBMISSION: Thu, May 28 at 6:00 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**
**This is an UPLOAD deadline only**

           RED TEAM - SECOND DRAFT SUBMISSION: Wed, May 26 from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**

           BLUE TEAM - SECOND DRAFT SUBMISSION: Thu, May 27 from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**

For now, we are assuming that we will need PAPER copies of the integrated script/scores for in-person rehearsals with our casts. (We will keep you posted if that changes - but please PLAN TIME for getting copies made.)
Please submit eight (8) copies, correctly formatted, collated and hole-punched.

This is a DROP-OFF DEADLINE ONLY. For those scores/scripts we receive by the end of the session, we will schedule rehearsals. If your script and score are not turned in on time, we will not rehearse your project until after the next deadline. We really mean it – we will not accept late submissions.
NOTE: There is no FORMATTING REVIEW of this draft (like we had for the first draft) – so we are expecting you to review your own copies to make sure they adhere to ANMT formatting guidelines, and that they have been copied, collated, and numbered appropriately.

NOTE about COPIES: NoHo Copy (www.nohocopy.com) at Vineland and Camarillo has the best prices we know of for scripts – especially if you can leave them overnight. They will also deliver them to us for free, or we can pick them up (I go right by there on my way in to NMI every day). Caveats: don’t just send an email – you will need to CALL them to confirm or they will ignore your email. Pay attention to their hours – they are NOT open in the evenings; close early on Saturdays, and are closed all day Sunday – so using them takes planning. Make sure they know that you want double-sided; 3-hole punch; no brads. Be really clear with them – they are great and cheap – but often sloppy about details.

IF NOHO COPY HAS NOT RE-OPENED IN TIME: let's stay in touch and arrange to get your drafts to us in time for us to print them at NMI.

AS WITH THE PREVIOUS DRAFT, PLEASE ALSO UPLOAD YOUR SCRIPT, SCORE, and MP3 FILES TO YOUR PROJECT PAGE ON THE NMI SITE.

Note that usually we are thrilled to have writers attend rehearsals - but under the current circumstances we will be trying to keep the number of bodies in the room to a minimum - so you will be welcome to attend via ZOOM only - and only AFTER the first rehearsal day. (We would like our actors to have one day to work with their brand new scripts without the pressure of performing for YOU - but after that first day, you are most welcome!) The rehearsals that you can attend will begin on Saturday, May 30. Unfortunately, we can't be sure in advance which shows will be rehearsing on which days and times - but your directors may be able to update you as the scheules get set.


COMING SOON:

           RED TEAM - SECOND ASSESSMENT: Sat, Jun 6 from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           BLUE TEAM - SECOND ASSESSMENT: Sun, Jun 7 from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           RED TEAM - SECOND ASSESSMENT: Sat, Jun 5 from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           BLUE TEAM - SECOND ASSESSMENT: Sun, Jun 6 from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

Rinse, lather, and repeat. Everything that was true at the First Assessment will be true again (except that this time you will have your actual creative teams: director, music director, and cast).

I would also like to start planning your EXIT INTERVIEWS with John and me. These will be individula 40-minute meetings in which we will ask you for your feedback on the program; give you our feedback about your participation; and talk about your potential future at NMI. Please check the time slots below and send me an email with your top THREE choices for your time slot.

THURSDAY, JULY 16

1:00pm

1:50pm

2:40pm

3:30pm

6:00pm

6:50pm

7:40pm

8:30pm

FRIDAY, JULY 17

10:00am

10:50am

11:40am

12:30pm

2:00pm

2:50pm

3:40pm

4:30pm

6:00pm

6:50pm

7:40pm

8:30pm



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15MM BULLETIN: PRE FIRST ASSESSMENT     May 7, 2020
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Thanks to all of you for submitting your First Drafts - and congrats! We have been having fun working with these shows this week.


WHAT'S NEXT?

           RED TEAM - FIRST ASSESSMENT: Sat, May 9 from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           BLUE TEAM - FIRST ASSESSMENT: Sun, May 10 from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           RED TEAM - FIRST ASSESSMENT: Sat, May 8 from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           BLUE TEAM - FIRST ASSESSMENT: Sun, May 9 from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED to login to the entire First Assessment session for your program (RED or BLUE). It’s going to be a long day, so take your vitamins and have some Red Bull handy!

For each show, we will begin by playing a recording of our read/sing-through of your show with your "temporary" cast - and then you will get feedback. We will go through all three shows that way. We will do our best to aim for a dinner break at around 6pm - but don’t hold us to that!

REALLY REALLY IMPORTANT NOTE: It doesn’t matter what order we do the presentations or the feedback sessions because everyone is required to stay for the entire session. If your team goes first, you are still expected to stay for the feedback for the other teams. Remember – you often get even more useful information while listening to someone else’s feedback than you do listening to your own (because you aren’t emotionally invested in the material).

Bear in mind that your first draft will have very minimal rehearsal -- just enough so that actors can sing it and read it coherently. There will be no dramaturgy during this short rehearsal period: the intention will be to prepare to read and sing your project just exactly the way you have written it. That means typos and all, so be warned! We mean it – if your script says “Please tell me you lore me!” – then at the assessment, the actor will say “Please tell me you lore me!” If a lyric is missing, your singer will stop singing. If an accidental is missing on a note, your singer will sing the note as written – even if it is clearly wrong. This sort of thing is really, really painful to listen to – but it is the only way we have found to make the point of how important it is to make sure your submission is accurate.

ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THE ENTIRE SESSION


COMING SOON:

           RED TEAM - SECOND DRAFT SUBMISSION: Wed, May 27 at 6:00 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**
**This is an UPLOAD deadline only**

           BLUE TEAM - SECOND DRAFT SUBMISSION: Thu, May 28 at 6:00 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**
**This is an UPLOAD deadline only**

           RED TEAM - SECOND DRAFT SUBMISSION: Wed, May 26 from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**

           BLUE TEAM - SECOND DRAFT SUBMISSION: Thu, May 27 from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**

After the First Assessment – you will have nearly three weeks to process all your feedback and write your second drafts. (What a luxury! So much time!) There is no “review” moment for the second drafts – just the Second Draft Submission drop-off date.

NOTE that we are very HOPEFUL that the second draft rehearsals (with your actual casts!) will be in PERSON at NMI - so please plan on getting us paper copies of the scripts (more news later about how many copies once we know for sure that it's happening.)

You are also invited to the next round of rehearsals. Please note that we may not be able to get you an exact rehearsal schedule in advance (which shows we will be doing at what time on what days) - but you are more than welcome to attend any and all rehearsals that you can, either in person or via Zoom.



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15MM BULLETIN: POST ROUGH DRAFT REVIEW     May 4, 2020
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Thanks for making it through the marathon Rough Draft Reviews these past two days! We know it's tedious - but trust us when we say it will really pay off in the future! When your shows are professionally formatted, they will be so much easier to rehearse, and look so much better to potential producers! So keep working on getting it all done - it gets easier the more you do it!


WHAT'S NEXT?

           RED TEAM - FIRST DRAFT SUBMISSION: Mon, May 4 at 6:00 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**
**This is an UPLOAD deadline only**

           BLUE TEAM - FIRST DRAFT SUBMISSION: Tue, May 5 at 6:00 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**
**This is an UPLOAD deadline only**

           RED TEAM - FIRST DRAFT SUBMISSION: Mon, May 3 at 6:00 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**
**This is an UPLOAD deadline only**

           BLUE TEAM - FIRST DRAFT SUBMISSION: Tue, May 4 at 6:00 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**
**This is an UPLOAD deadline only**

The RED Program's formatting corrections and changes are due on Monday night, and BLUE Program's are due Tuesday night. For this First Draft Submission, you are to UPLOAD your corrected integrated script/score. You must ALSO upload your sound files - you will get a much better result from your actors if you give them the rehearsal tools they need! If your songs have harmonies, upload SEPARATE SOUND FILES for each harmony part. Please remember to use a reed instrument for the vocal guide (oboe and clarinet are great).

This is an UPLOAD. For those correctly-formatted scores/scripts we receive before the First Draft Submission time period is over, we will schedule rehearsals. If you do not upload your integrated script/scores by the 10:30 deadline (at the very latest), we will not rehearse your project until after the next deadline, which is the Second Draft Submission. We really mean it – we will not accept late submissions.

Please also note that because of the current technological challenges, we won't be making the rehearsals available for you to attend via Zoom. Also note that we will be presenting exactly what is on the page - typos and all - so having you at the rehearsal to tell us what you MEANT won't be helpful in this round. So please feel free to use the rest of this week to relax, breathe, and do your laundry.


COMING SOON:

           RED TEAM - FIRST ASSESSMENT: Sat, May 9 from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           BLUE TEAM - FIRST ASSESSMENT: Sun, May 10 from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           RED TEAM - FIRST ASSESSMENT: Sat, May 8 from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           BLUE TEAM - FIRST ASSESSMENT: Sun, May 9 from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED to log in to the Zoom session for the entire First Assessment session for your Program (RED or BLUE) . It’s going to be a long day, so take your vitamins and have some Red Bull on hand!

We will begin by playing you the videos of your "temporary" cast presenting all of the shows for your Program; then we will give you feedback on all of the shows. (We will take a dinner break at some point.)

REALLY REALLY IMPORTANT NOTE: It doesn’t matter what order we do the presentations or the feedback sessions because everyone is required to stay for the entire session. If your team goes first, you are still expected to stay for the feedback for the other teams. Remember – you often get even more useful information while listening to someone else’s feedback than you do listening to your own (because you aren’t emotionally invested in the material).

Bear in mind that your first draft will have very minimal rehearsal -- just enough so that actors can sing it and read it coherently. There will be no dramaturgy during this short rehearsal period: the intention will be to prepare to read and sing your project just exactly the way you have written it. That means typos and all, so be warned! We mean it – if your script says “Please tell me you lore me!” – then at the assessment, the actor will say “Please tell me you lore me!” If a lyric is missing, your singer will stop singing. If an accidental is missing on a note, your singer will sing the note as written – even if it is clearly wrong. This sort of thing is really, really painful to listen to – but it is the only way we have found to make the point of how important it is to make sure your submission is accurate.

ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ZOOM IN TO THE ENTIRE SESSION FOR YOUR PROGRAM.



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15MM BULLETIN: PRE ROUGH DRAFT REVIEW     April 28, 2020
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We know that you are all working frantically - and we are very much looking forward to your first drafts! And please note: you are only required to Zoom in to the sessions designed for your program (RED or BLUE). You are certainly welcome to attend the other program - but you are not required to do so.


WHAT'S NEXT?

           RED TEAM - ROUGH DRAFT REVIEW: Fri, May 1 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           BLUE TEAM - ROUGH DRAFT REVIEW: Sat, May 2 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           RED TEAM - ROUGH DRAFT REVIEW: Fri, Apr 30 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           BLUE TEAM - ROUGH DRAFT REVIEW: Sat, May 1 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

A reminder that your ENTIRE TEAM needs to log-in to the Zoom meeting promptly at the beginning of the Rough Draft Review session having already UPLOADED your completed script and piano/vocal score to your spot on the 15 Minute Musicals Project Page. COMPOSERS: You must also upload REHEARSAL TRACKS with VOCAL GUIDES for all of your songs (ONE track per song for this deadline). Please NUMBER the songs in order and use clarinet or oboe for the vocal guide. These tracks do not have to be pretty - just use the output from your notation software.

Scott, Elise, and Ron will cold read/sing-each show and then give notes about formatting and clarity issues. There will be no artistic feedback at this session. Feedback will be limited to technical points which will allow the script and score to be playable and readable by actors and pianists. You will not be doing any rewriting after this process; just reformatting.

Let me repeat for emphasis: you are NOT to rewrite your draft between the Rough Draft Review deadline and the First Draft Submission. You are to make ONLY the changes that are requested by the staff (formatting changes; or possibly key changes or changes to melodic lines if you have clearly written outside the range of your actors).

NOTE: You will be expected to remain for the entire time period, even if your show goes first and you feel that you are “done”. First of all, you will learn by seeing formatting mistakes others have made and the basic formatting requirements will become more and more clear with this repetition, but secondly – it’s FUN to watch Elise, Scott, and Ron sight-sing and cold-read through the shows. HONEST. (NOTE: it will be especially interesting this year beacuse we are fighting the latency issues with Zoom - so wish us luck!!!)

A NOTE ABOUT YOUR SCORE:

We’re expecting you to have a full piano/vocal score, with cues, cover page, vocal ranges, and complete dialogue. We know that you’re probably getting concerned right about now about finishing. Here’s what that probably means: Work on completing a score in which there is accompaniment in EVERY bar of the score, even if that means cutting-and-pasting accompaniment which you know you’ll want to go back and punch up later.


COMING SOON:

           RED TEAM - FIRST DRAFT SUBMISSION: Mon, May 4 at 6:00 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**
**This is an UPLOAD deadline only**

           BLUE TEAM - FIRST DRAFT SUBMISSION: Tue, May 5 at 6:00 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**
**This is an UPLOAD deadline only**

           RED TEAM - FIRST DRAFT SUBMISSION: Mon, May 3 at 6:00 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**
**This is an UPLOAD deadline only**

           BLUE TEAM - FIRST DRAFT SUBMISSION: Tue, May 4 at 6:00 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**
**This is an UPLOAD deadline only**

You will have only a couple of days to make your formatting corrections and changes before the First Draft Submission. For that First Draft, you are to UPLOAD your completed integrated script/score to your tab on the 15 Minute Musicals Project Page. You must ALSO upload your REHEARSAL SOUND FILES (with vocal guides) to your project folder. Don't forget the sound files - your actors will need them to do your songs justice! If your songs have harmonies, upload SEPARATE SOUND FILES for each harmony part.

This is an UPLOAD DEADLINE ONLY. For those correctly-formatted scores/scripts uploaded before the First Draft Submission time period is over, we will schedule rehearsals. If your script and score are not in the accepted format, we will not rehearse your project until after the next deadline, which is the Second Draft Submission. We really mean it – we will not accept late submissions.

Please note that because of the difficulties of rehearsing this first round this year, we will NOT be Zooming the initial rehearsals (we promise we'll get to that in the later drafts).



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15MM BULLETIN: POST DEADLINES     April 19, 2020
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Congratulations to all teams for making it through the exciting (and sometimes frustrating) initial process of outlining, green lighting, rough first book draft, and song lists. And thanks to all of you for sticking with the process and getting to the other side. I'm sure we are going to have six great shows!


WHAT'S NEXT?

           RED TEAM - ROUGH DRAFT REVIEW: Fri, May 1 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           BLUE TEAM - ROUGH DRAFT REVIEW: Sat, May 2 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           RED TEAM - ROUGH DRAFT REVIEW: Fri, Apr 30 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

           BLUE TEAM - ROUGH DRAFT REVIEW: Sat, May 1 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
**ALL WRITERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION**

What you should all be working on next is writing songs, and then revising the book to incorporate those songs as you work toward a first draft of your musical.

The next deadline is the Rough Draft Review. PLEASE NOTE: this is not an uploading or emailing deadline – for this deadline, all the members of your team need to attend the Zoom meeting for the entire session for your program (RED or BLUE).

Let me reiterate:

ALL WRITERS MUST BE AT THE ZOOM MEETING FOR THE ENTIRE ROUGH DRAFT REVIEW.

Prior to the start time for the Rough Draft Review, you must UPLOAD your Integrated Script/Score for your First Draft to your team folder on the 15 Minute Musicals Project Page.

The staff will mumble through a completely cold reading of all the shows in order to make notes about formatting and clarity issues. There will be no artistic feedback at this session. Feedback will be limited to technical points which will allow the script and score to be playable and readable by actors and pianists. You will not be doing any rewriting before the next deadline; just reformatting. Let me repeat for emphasis: you are NOT to rewrite your draft between the Rough Draft Review deadline and the First Draft Submission. You are to make ONLY the changes that are requested by the staff (formatting changes; or possibly key changes or changes to melodic lines if you have clearly written outside the range of your actors).

NOTE: You will be expected to remain for the entire time period, even if your show goes first and you feel that you are 'done'. First of all, you will learn by seeing formatting mistakes others have made and the basic formatting requirements will become more and more clear with this repetition, but secondly – it’s FUN to watch Elise, Scott, and Ross sight-sing and cold-read through the shows. HONEST.

A NOTE ABOUT YOUR SCORE:

We’re expecting you to have a full piano/vocal score, with cues, cover page, vocal ranges, and complete dialogue. We know that you’re probably getting concerned right about now about finishing. Here’s what that probably means: Work on completing a score in which there is accompaniment in EVERY bar of the score, even if that means cutting-and-pasting accompaniment which you know you’ll want to go back and punch up later.


COMING SOON:

           RED TEAM - FIRST DRAFT SUBMISSION: Mon, May 4 at 6:00 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**
**This is an UPLOAD deadline only**

           BLUE TEAM - FIRST DRAFT SUBMISSION: Tue, May 5 at 6:00 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**
**This is an UPLOAD deadline only**

           RED TEAM - FIRST DRAFT SUBMISSION: Mon, May 3 at 6:00 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**
**This is an UPLOAD deadline only**

           BLUE TEAM - FIRST DRAFT SUBMISSION: Tue, May 4 at 6:00 pm
**This is a DROP-OFF deadline**
**This is an UPLOAD deadline only**

After the Rough Draft Review, you will submit your draft for the First Draft Submission. For this draft, you are to UPLOAD your perfectly formatted Integrated Script/Score to your team folder on the 15MM Project Page (please delete your rough draft copy before uploading the First Draft.

This is an UPLOAD DEADLINE ONLY. For those correctly-formatted scores/scripts which are uploaded before the First Draft Submission time period is over, we will schedule rehearsals. If your script and score are not in the accepted format, we will not rehearse your project until after the next deadline, which is the Second Draft Submission. We really mean it – we will not accept late submissions.



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15MM BULLETIN: POST LAUNCH     April 5, 2020
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Congratulations on surviving the 15 Minute Musicals Launch! The road ahead will be intense, but rewarding. Stay focused, respectful, and above all - COMMUNICATE - and you'll have a great experience.

A reminder that the online hub of activity and information on the 15 Minute Musicals is at the NMI website. Here is the procedure for logging on:

1. Go to http://nmi.org and click the login link; and login with your NMI credentials
2. Find the section called 'Your Project Page Links', and then click the link to the page '15 Minute Musicals Project Page'

This is also where you will be uploading all of your files, starting with your OUTLINE which is due Tuesday night.


WHAT'S NEXT?

          OUTLINE DEADLINE: Tue, Apr 7 at 10:00 pm
**This is an UPLOAD deadline only**

          OUTLINE DEADLINE: Mon, Apr 5 at 10:00 pm
**This is an UPLOAD deadline only**

Deadline for bookwriter to upload outline to the appropriate folder on the NMI 15-MM page - in correct ANMT format - and also email it to admin@nmi.org and collaborators. DO NOT PROCEED WITHOUT GREEN LIGHT ON OUTLINE.

Please remember to use the SAMPLE OUTLINE FORMAT, and to list which actor-type you intend to play which role. Also remember the simple but powerful adage: Musicals are about people who want things, what they do to get them, and whether they get them or not.

A gentle word of warning: please do not be surprised if your outline requires four or five or even six revisions before it receives a green light. We are well aware that the longer it takes to receive a green light, the less time the lyricist and composer have before their deadlines. However, experience has shown us that without a rock solid outline, the entire rest of the process is on shaky ground. As maddening as it is not to receive a green light, please trust the process.

And PLEASE: take our admonitions about character descriptions and use of props seriously.

Regarding the characters – we asked you NOT to specify their physicality for a reason. We can’t promise you a balding, fat, skinny, wrinkled, whatever kind of trait you are describing. What you want to do is create character with PERSONALTIES – not physical traits. I invite you to be creative here. Rather than having someone’s self-esteem issues revolve around the fact that they are fat (which is just overdone) – why not have it revolve around something that they PERCEIVE to be an issue that isn’t necessarily even true and/or can be ACTED rather than needing to be physically true (like one leg is longer than the other one; or they are color blind; or they are afraid to look other people in the eyes – or ANYTHING that can be PERFORMED but doesn’t need to be CAST with a specific character type).

And finally – always remember that you want a lead character with a STRONG WANT (not something generic or non-specific) – and it needs to be something they can ACTIVELY PURSUE. You remember my Book Lab, right? If your want is to “be happy” – you can’t do anything specific to pursue that in this room at this moment. If your want is to be kissed for the first time – that is something you can actively pursue. Be specific. And make sure that the important pivotal moment of the show – in which your character gets what he wants; or decides to want something different; or learns something – make sure that moment happens IN FRONT of us (not in between scenes) and that your lead character is an ACTIVE PARTICIPANT in making it happen. In other words – make sure your lead character doesn’t just have things HAPPEN TO him. Make him an ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN HIS FATE.


COMING SOON:

          ROUGH BOOK DEADLINE: Tue, Apr 14 at 10:00 pm
**This is an UPLOAD deadline only**

          ROUGH BOOK DEADLINE: Mon, Apr 12 at 10:00 pm
**This is an UPLOAD deadline only**

Once you've received a green lit outline, it's time for the bookwriter to write a rough draft of the book. This is a ROUGH draft. Write it quickly. Don't agonize over polishing this dialogue -- there'll be time for that later. All you need to do is to accomplish the outline and explore the characters.

NOTE: At this point in the process, we have found that it is NOT useful for you to become 'inspired' and to deviate from the outline because you feel you have a better idea for how to realize your 15 minute musical. If you start deviating from your outline, you run the risk of following your inspiration and winding up with a new idea that, although potentially promising, is structurally unrealized and this will ultimately slow down your process. If you feel your inspiration is so great that you simply cannot accomplish the green-lit outline - then write a new outline and submit it for green light before you proceed. More likely, the better advice would be to make a note of your inspiration, and save it for your next draft, and keep focused on your goal at this moment which is to ACCOMPLISH YOUR OUTLINE.

Once the rough draft of the book is done, the whole team should get together and work on song spotting to come up with a proposed song list (no greenlight required for either the rough draft of the book or the song spotting!). Remember that the WHOLE TEAM should take part in this process, not just the lyricist and composer. Your bookwriter is a vital tool for making sure the song choices have a strong story function.