Riverwalk script submission window for Season 31 (2019/2020) is open now through August 31, 2018.
If you've done this before you know the drill:
Each potential director is allowed to propose up to three scripts for each venue (Rotary Main Stage and Dart Black Box), that's a total of six submissions; you don't have to submit that many if you only have a couple solid ideas. Please fill out a proposal form for EACH script you are submitting, and be sure to include as much information as possible. The selection committee wants to see that you're excited about the show and have done research, thought about the story's impact on the community, and have a well thought-out vision for the production.
Frequently Asked Questions:
"I've submitted in the past and haven't been selected...so what sort of shows are you looking for?"
Riverwalk Theatre is community driven, we aim to entertain and provide something for everyone in Lansing. That means we're looking for shows that the whole family will enjoy, stories from diverse backgrounds, thought provoking dramas, stories about women, side splitting comedies, and familiar favorites. It's important to us that our stages reflect the backgrounds and diversity of the Lansing community. What might that look like as a cohesive season? Our selection committee has provided some examples to get your inspiration flowing:
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown- Musical
The Drowsy Chaperone- Musical
Once On This Island- Musical
The Miracle Worker- Drama
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress- Comedy
The Front Page- Comedy
Unnecessary Farce- Comedy
While we are encouraging directors to consider proposing at least one title from our suggestions, we will be discussing and evaluating each submission's potential.
"I've never directed before...will I still be considered?"
Absolutely! Every director starts somewhere. We take many things into consideration when selecting productions aside from the title and that includes how prepared the potential director is as well as their theatrical background. Coming prepared with things like a preliminary set design, potential production team members and ideas on how to connect the community to the production go a long way in showing your thought process behind the production. Be sure to elaborate on how your previous experience on or back stage has prepared you to direct the production you've submitted.
New this year:
Please be aware that due to some last minute developments there is only one selection committee and only one submission form this year. On the submission form please indicate which stage you prefer the script be considered for or if you have no preference... but be aware of the budget differences for each venue. (We will still accept the stage-specific forms, if you have one of those.)
Tips for the Dart Black Box stage:
-Very minimal set: we would prefer to see a preliminary set design with your script submission, your staging must accommodate 80 chairs in the audience.
-Black Box productions are not just for "small shows". The space is small and intimate but it's a space that allows for a truly unique experience for the audience. Any genre can go in the Black Box.
-Black Box productions now run for 8 performances... the same as the main stage, and are included in a Season Ticket option.
-Auditions are not required for Black Box productions, you may pre-cast or hold auditions.
Tips for the Rotary Main stage:
-A larger stage allows for larger set pieces, keep in mind that it is a thrust stage so the audience of almost 250 will be on three sides.
-Main stage productions require auditions.
We look forward to reading your submissions, please be aware that we will be scheduling director interviews for the end of September.
Thank you for your continued involvement at Riverwalk Theatre.
(Forms may be downloaded and completed electronically.)
Rita Deibler and Matt Ottinger
Season Selection Committee Chairs