SPOTLIGHT ON FESTIVALS, INC.
YORK IN THE BIG EASY THEATER FESTIVAL
12, 2003 – MAY 25, 2003
** Note: Applicants need to reside in the vicinity of New Orleans or
cast from the area.
primary goal is to help talented, but under exposed, playwrights and directors
find an audience to appreciate their talent. We also endeavor to bring back the
fun to mounting a production. The
artists need not feel as if they are alone in the process.
Theater should be a fun and rewarding experience for everyone involved.
When a cast and crew loves what they are doing and are having fun doing it then
there is a tremendous trickle down effect from the talent to the audience
itself. It is time that we put the "experience" back in Theater
Experience! We mainly produce new
works but, on occasion, will accept seldom done or rare published works.
WHO WE ARE
On Productions is a New York City based production company formed by Frank Calo
in 1998 and is managed and produced by him.
This will be Spotlight’s 7th New York Festival under the Spotlight
is being handled by CalThor Productions.
Spotlight On, Frank Calo was the Co-Producer of Sage Theatre Company, which
produced 6 New York Festivals and had its own theater on 42nd St. from July 1998
through July 1999. In 1998 Frank
produced and directed the New York and Paris production of God’s Policemen.
Producer: SUE MARTICEK
Manager/ Creative Consultant: RICARDO
Manager/Accountant: BILL BURKE
Design: STEPHEN VOUTSAS
Design: JONATHAN CALINDAS
Manager: ANDREA HOFFMAN
Design Manager: TOMMY BARZ
festival will be located at Mama’s Blues Theater [616 North Rampart St., New
Orleans]. A 60-100 seat venue that
serves drinks and a bar menu. Dinner
can be served in the downstairs area has a full bar.
More locations may be added as the festival grows.
Blues has professional lighting and sound.
fill out the application form completely.
Spotlight On requires a $20 application fee.
The application should be submitted no later than March 1, 2003.
A complete line-up will be decided no later than March 10th.
In some instances, projects will be decided upon within one week of
submission. If your show is chosen
then a package will be sent to you with an agreement letter.
The $20 application fee is (check or money order) non-refundable.
FEES AND COMPENSATIONS
On offers 3 Plans depending on your investment.
your production is accepted there will be a $125 fee for admittance.
In return, after the first 20 tickets sold you will receive 1/3 the price
of the ticket for every ticket sold as revenue back to you.
Ticket prices will be set at $10-$12 for most shows (there might be some
instances where the price is higher or lower - tiered showcases, reading, etc.).
In other words, you will receive $4 (for $12 shows) for every ticket sold
from the 21st ticket on. Most
productions will receive at least 6 performances.
Most likely each production will sell at least 20 tickets on the first
night and after that the production will start to earn revenue back to its
$75 admittance fee and the first 40 tickets sold go to Spotlight On Production
with $2 a ticket going back to your production starting with the 41st
ticket sold. Break even for
Spotlight On is usually around 15-20 paying customers for each and every
$25 admittance fee and Spotlight On will receive the door.
Festival makes no requirement for participation in future royalties from any
works performed under its auspices but it does require that you list Spotlight
On Festival as the original producing company or if it has been performed
before the Spotlight Festival as one of the previous producing companies.
Our website address should accompany this statement - www.spotlighton.org.
would like plan number ___________
and parties will be held throughout the festival.
You will be e-mailed information when it becomes available.
There is a party planned for the festival opening that is open to all
consider ourselves a family and we treat everyone with respect and we will
consider you as part of our extended family and we ask you to do the same.
One of the Spotlight perks are our parties - we like to throw receptions
and parties before, during and after each festival!
It is one of the ways we say “thank you” to each company.
We will update you with specifics. We
also allow plenty of “schmoozing” time in our reception room.
Our website is also a very good way keep your name and production
festival is also a great opportunity to meet some of the New York theater and
notifications (within one week of the submission) of acceptance to the festival
will be mailed on or about March 10, 2003. At this time, if you are accepted to
the festival, you will receive a participant's packet. The enclosed contract
must be completed and returned to us by March 20, 2003, the signed contract must
be accompanied by a check for $150 (for Plan 1), $75 (for Plan 2) or $25 (for
Plan 3). If for any reason you
cannot perform 100% of this is refundable within the first week (March 27), 75%
within 2 weeks (April 3), 50% within 3 weeks (April 10), 25% within 4 weeks
(April 17) and none of it is refundable after 4 weeks. You may pay by certified
check, cashier's check, personal check, or money order, in U.S. funds,
collectible in a U.S. bank. Be sure
to write the name of your show on the memo line of your check or money order,
and make it payable to Spotlight On. The participation fee will go towards
initial festival promotion and ad costs.
your production/show is picked you will receive a packet that will include:
Performance schedule information
Tech schedule information
Blocking rehearsal information
Meeting dates and times
A sample of our festival brochure
Rental information from the venue (if you choose to rent rehearsal time from the
Box Office and Ticketing
On will handle all aspects of selling tickets. Tickets will be sold at the door
and in advance through a recognized ticket agency (most likely theatermania.com).
Full ticket price is $12.00, there are exceptions to this rule and they
will be outlined upon acceptance, some discount tickets and Festival passes will
also be available, and critics and industry (this will be outlined in the
acceptance form) will be comped. One
of our benefits is a liberal comp policy for all Spotlight On participants.
All those directly involved with any production can see any other show
for free on an "as available" basis.
There will be no other comps. A
Spotlight On employee will be in charge of the box office for all shows.
You will provide an usher, who will be responsible for checking that
everyone entering your show has a valid ticket stub (this will probably be his
or her show program).
remuneration to participants will be made on or before June 15, 2003.
shows over 90 minutes (including intermission).
If you have a show over 90 minutes in length it is considered a “2 slot
show.” Shows exceeding 90 minutes
will require special consideration.
will need to keep the technical requirements of your show very simple.
The theatre is equipped with only basic lights and sound.
There is very little storage space. There is enough time for each company
to have only one blocking/ cue-to-cue technical rehearsal in the venue.
Each company must assign an individual to run the lights and sound and an
usher for each performance. A
Festival technical expert will be on hand in case of difficulties in the booth,
but running lighting and sound cues is your responsibility. There will be an
instrument check and sound check at the beginning of each day.
On will publicize the festival and coordinate all press relations, including
interviews and critics' attendance. You will be asked to submit publicity photos
and PR materials so we can send complete press packages to print and broadcast
media. You must publicize your own
show through mailers, handbills, or posters. The more you promote your show, the larger your potential audience.
SPOTLIGHT WILL PROVIDE
Lighting Designer to design a general plot with a possibility of specials for
each of the theatres.
Technical Director/Managing Producer (either 1 or 2 people) to troubleshoot any
technical and logistic problems that may occur.
Box Office Manager for all shows.
Press/Promotions Manager (either 1 or 2 people) to write press releases for the
festival, set up promotionals and design and place ads.
Will also be available for questions.
Festival Brochure will be sent out to our mailing list and given out as a
festival program. The brochure will
also be sent to press.
Festival Flyer and/or Postcard will be provided to every company and sent out to
any additional mailing lists.
disk with our logo and information that MUST go in every ad or on every flyer
hours Tech time (per production - this will be divided if you are part of an
evening of separate pieces) in the space that you will perform in.
EACH GROUP MUST PROVIDE
Usher (could be your stage manager or director)
to sign box office sheets at the end of each performance
Program for your production (it can be as simple as a sheet of paper with bios
and show information.)
Separate Flyer/Postcard for your production (must be okayed by Spotlight).
The flyer/postcard must have the line, “A Spotlight On Production” or
“Spotlight On presents.”
Representative to attend all scheduled meetings.
EACH GROUP CAN PROVIDE
Advertisement in any publication (must be okayed by Spotlight).
The ad must mention Spotlight On.
bar area of Mama Rosa’s (downstairs from Mama’s Blues) will be used as a
“reception area”. This will
serve many purposes. The Reception
Room will be a meet and greet area for cast, crew and audience.
Wine and refreshments will be offered and sold at discount prices (with
snacks supplied). All promotional
materials will be displayed. This
will also be the room to have promotional parties, press functions.
These events might have to be carefully scheduled.
We urge you to just hang out and Schmooze.
out the application/contract form.
the following support materials with the application:
Script or adaptation of proposed project.
Your best representative videotape (standard U.S. format) if you have one
Bios of all artists involved in your project
Audiotape of music (if applicable).
Any other support material you think relevant.
$20 application fee (check or money order)
application and support materials to
75th St. #2
Elmhurst, NY 11370
are available to answer any questions via e-mail at email@example.com
OUT BELOW (print
clearly or type) – fill out as much as is relevant.
TITLE OF PRODUCTION
IF NOT, HAVE YOU ALREADY OBTAINED THE RIGHTS?
GENRE (drama, comedy, musical, etc.)
HAS WORK BEEN PERFORMED BEFORE?
IF SO, WHERE AND UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES?
PLEASE GIVE US A 1-2 PARAGRAPH DESCRIPTION OF YOUR PIECE
EQUITY OR NON-EQUITY**
RUNNING TIME (including intermission)
DO YOU HAVE A STAFF SET? IF SO, PLEASE LIST
TOTAL NUMBER IN CAST
TOTAL NUMBER IN PRODUCTION
HOW DO YOU PLAN ON ADVERTISING YOUR SHOW?
want to make your theatre experience as pleasant as possible.
Spotlight On's number one rule is and has always been “No Attitudes!”
It is hard enough to put up a production without dealing with attitudes.
We’re all in this together - all we ask is that we help each other.
If you and your group are looking for a “festival family” than please