The Actorsingers

Presenting Community Theatre since 1955

Welcome to Actorsingers Inaugural Pitch-A-Thon information page!

Deadline to register for the Pitch-A-Thon is Monday Sept 30, 2019 at 11:59 PM

Pitch-A-Thon is Saturday Oct 5, 2019  

 

What is the Pitch-A-Thon?

An Actorsingers event where prospective Directors, Music Directors and Choreographers  pitch a show they are passionate about to be considered for production by Actorsingers as a Mainstage, Fringe, Teen, Youth or NHCTA Festival entry production. Pitches may be made by a complete team, partial team or an individual.  

 

Why change the way Actorsingers has traditionally selected shows?

The Pitch-A-Thon is an Actorsingers inaugural event coordinated by the Actorsingers Play Reading Committee, with the vision that local Directors who are passionate about a show will propose a wider variety of shows which the play reading committee can choose from. Additionally Actorsingers will have their performances known farther in advance than usual,  which may allow us to make production planning more efficient.

 

Who can participate?

Pitchers 

  • Pitchers are Directors, Music Directors or Choreographers
  • Full teams of 3 Directors, partial teams or individuals (Directors, Music Directors or Choreographers) may pitch 

Audience 

  • We expect the event to be open to the public to experience the pitches first hand
  • Actorsingers board of directors have been invited to attend to experience the pitches first hand

 

Who will you pitching to ?
  • You will be pitching to the Actorsingers 2020-2021 play reading committee which consists of 6 committee members

 

How does the selection process work ?
  • The Actorsingers play reading committee will review all the pitches in each category and recommend to the Actorsingers Board of Directors their 1st and 2nd choice in each category
  • The Board of Directors will make the final selection which may include a final interview with the board if needed
  • The Board of Directors will target to make final Junior show selection by end of October 2019 
  • The Board of Directors will target to make final selections for all non Junior shows by the end of November or early December 2019

 

What are the show categories for 2020-2021 ?
  • Junior Musical (3rd-8th grade) - (March 27-29, 2020 @ Janice B. Streeter Theatre / Court St., Nashua NH)
  • Teen Musical  -  (July 10-12, 2020 @ Janice B. Streeter Theatre / Court St., Nashua NH)
  • Fringe Musical  -  (August 21-23, 2020 @ Janice B. Streeter Theatre / Court St., Nashua NH)
  • 2020 NHCTA A/S festival submission  - ~ Sept TBA 2020 @ venue TBA , Concord NH
  • Fall Musical  2020/2021 season -  (Nov 13-15, 2020 @ Keefe Center for the Arts, Nashua NH)
  • Spring Musical 2020/2021 season - (May 14-16, 2021 @ Keefe Center for the Arts, Nashua NH)
  • Actorsingers Choice (we will choose what category we feel is the best fit for your pitch) 

 

What is the time limit? 
  • Each pitch will have a time limit of 5 minutes
  • You will need to WOW the play selection committee in the limited time you have
  • Be creative! Maybe do a monologue from the show or dance number or explain why you are so passionate about the show, something that will make your pitched show memorable
  • Save the essential boring stuff for your on-line pitch submission form

 

How many pitches can a director, music director or choreographer submit ?
  • The play reading committee has set a limit of 5 pitches you may be part of including teams, partial teams, or individual pitches
  • The play reading committee wants you to be pitching shows you are truly passionate about! 

 

When is the Pitch-A-Thon event?
  • We are currently planning the event to be Saturday Oct.5, 2019  starting at 10 am

 

Where is the Pitch-A-Thon event?
  • We are currently planning the event to be held at Actorsingers Hall @ 219 Lake Street in Nashua NH
  • *If the event needs a larger venue due to the number of pitches submitted and expected audience the event venue may change

 

Can the same show be pitched by multiple teams?
  • Absolutely

 

Are production teams required for pitches?
  • Please do not include production teams in pitches beyond Directors, Music Directors and Choreographers
  • If your pitch is selected you will have plenty of time to solicit and seek board approval for Producers, Technical Directors, stage managers, costumers, props masters, etc 
  • In the past we have encouraged Directors to find as many production team members as possible but feel for the pitch-a-thon that will result in many of the same people being asked to be part of multiple teams putting the cart before the horse
  • By not needing a production team ready for your pitch we hope it will create a more level playing field for pitchers and allow them to focus on the Show Pitch!

 

What type of show should I pitch for a Mainstage Show?
  • Must be a Musical
  • Can have a large ensemble cast due to the size of the venue (Keefe Center for the Arts)
  • Rights should be available for Community Theatre a minimum 4 months before selected category performance date
  • In general A/S must have not performed the show on mainstage in the past 10 years (see reference section below)

 

What type of show should I pitch for a Fringe Show ?
  • Must be a Musical
  • Ideally a show that will attract young adult audiences, but does not need to be
  • May be a show that is rarely done, but does not need to be
  • May be a show that is considered "edgy" but does not need to be 
  • Should be a show that will play well with the intimate 3/4 thrust theatre venue 
  • Can have a medium size ensemble cast due to the size of the venue (Janice B. Street Theatre)
  • Rights should be available for Community Theatre a minimum 4 months before selected category performance date

 

What type of show should I pitch for a Teen Show ?
  • Must be a Musical
  • Appropriate for actors/actresses ages 13-19
  • Should be a show that will play well with the intimate 3/4 thrust theatre venue 
  • Can have a medium size ensemble cast due to the size of the venue (Janice B. Street Theatre)
  • Rights should be available for Community Theatre a minimum 4 months before selected category performance date

 

What type of show should I pitch for a Youth Show ?
  • Must be a Musical
  • Appropriate for actors/actresses grades 3-8
  • Should be a show that will play well with the intimate 3/4 thrust theatre venue 
  • Must have a medium size ensemble cast due to the number of children that could be cast
  • Rights should be available for Community Theatre a minimum 4 months before selected category performance date

 

What type of show should I pitch for a NHCTA submission for Actorsingers ?
  • Can be a straight play or a musical
  • Can be max of 60 minutes long or rights holder allows you to reduce to 60 minutes for festival purposes 
  • Format: Max 10 minutes setup; Max 60 minutes performance; Max 10 minutes strike
  • Rights should be available for Community Theatre / Festival a minimum 4 months before selected category performance date

 

How do I register to pitch?
  • Fill out on-line submission form by Sept 30, 2019 
    • Link to Pitch-A-Thon online registration form is here
  • Attend with your team the Oct. 5 2019 Pitch-A-Thon 
    • You will be assigned a time slot at minimum the day before the Pitch-A-Thon
  • Questions? e-mail pitch@actorsingers.org 

 

Other 
  • Remember we need to see your passion in the Pitch!
  • The pitches may be recorded for purposes of the selection committee to review the pitches
  • Actorsingers reserves the right not to select any of the pitches in a specific category
  • Please look at the reference pages below for additional useful info on rights holder companies and past Actorsingers shows

 

Reference pages:
  • List of Rights Holders
    • rights holders to musicals - rights holders are dynamic, so be sure to do your own research, this list contains many of the musical rights holders but may not include all.