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2014 Schedule

The Midwest New Musicals 2014 Core Curriculum
begins in September
and meets monthly
in two, 4-hour sessions
on Saturdays and Sundays
from 10 am to 2 pm:


September 6 & 7, 2014
October 5, 2014

(only one meeting day
due to Yom Kippur)

November 1 & 2, 2014
December 6 & 7, 2014
January 3 & 4, 2015

Jan. 31 & Feb. 1, 2015

Feb. 28 & Mar. 1, 2015

April 11 & 12, 2015

May 2 & 3, 2015

June 6 & 7, 2015


Musical Theater
Bookwriting
Tutorial

meets Tuesdays
from 7 to 9 pm

March 4, 2014

March 11, 2014

March 18, 2014

March 25, 2014

April 1, 2014

April 8, 2014

April 15, 2014

April 22, 2014


Writing Theater
Lyrics
Tutorial

meets Tuesdays
from 7 to 9 pm

March 4, 2014

March 11, 2014

March 18, 2014

April 8, 2014

April 15, 2014

April 22, 2014

April 29, 2014

May 6, 2014


Writing Music for the
Theater
Tutorial

meets Mondays/Wednesdays
from 7 to 9 pm

January 13, 2014

January 22, 2014 (Wed)

January 27, 2014

February 3, 2014

February 10, 2014

February 19, 2014 (Wed)

February 24, 2014

March 3, 2014


To discuss your experience
level and receive more details
about the program, call
John Sparks at (323) 371-8205
or .

Writers Workshop:
Midwest New Musicals

Stop writing in your attic and join a
community of musical theater writers.

If you are a composer, lyricist or playwright,
Midwest New Musicals is for you.

You’ll join the ranks of local and national writers such as Mark Hollmann (Urinetown), Jan Tranen (The Minister’s Wife), Gregg Opelka (Monky Business, The Beverly Hillbillies the Musical), Dave Hudson (Dust and Dreams), Jon Steinhagen (The Arresting Dilemma of Mister K), Susan DiLallo (Once Upon a Time in New Jersey), Elizabeth Doyle (Sleepy Hollow) and many others.

Midwest New Musicals sessions meet at the Light Opera Works rehearsal center, 516 4th Street, Wilmette, Illinois.


Core Curriculum

Intensive Saturday and Sunday sessions (see dates at right) led by workshop director John Sparks. Scene and song writing assignments lead to a public presentation in the Mini-Musicals Project.

Core Curriculum non-refundable application fee is $25, when you submit samples of your work:

Bookwriter
Include resume, two short contrasting scenes (or 4-5 pages of prose if you have not written plays, screenplays or musicals) and a brief statement of purpose that defines your interest in writing the book of a musical.

Composer
Include a resume, a recording and piano-vocal score of two contrasting songs for instrumental music, including 3-4 pages of the piano score (or orchestration) and a brief statement of purpose that defines your interest in writing music for the theater.

Lyricist
Include a resume, a lyric sheet, and a recording (if possible) for two contrasting songs, and a brief statement of purpose that defines your interest in writing lyrics for the theater.

Email your samples (PDF preferred) to .

Core Curriculum Course Fee
Once your Core Curriculum application is approved, you may register. Course fee $1,200. Payment plans available. ($960 for students 30 and younger with valid ID, available by phone only: 847/920-5360).



Craft Tutorials

New this year -- classes that focus on three areas:

Musical Theater Bookwriting Tutorial

Meets on Tuesdays (see dates at right).

Learn the ABCs of musical theater structure and create an outline for a full-length work. Led by John Sparks.

Course fee $375. Payment plans available.

($300 for students 30 and younger with valid ID,
available by phone only: 847/920-5360.)

Writing Theater Lyrics Tutorial

Meets on Tuesdays (see dates at right).

Learn the ABCs of rhyme and rhythms, the value of clarity and the importance of diction in theater songs. Led by Larry Todd Johnson.

Course fee $375. Payment plans available.

($300 for students 30 and younger with valid ID,
available by phone only: 847/920-5360.)

Writing Music for the Theater

Meets on Mondays/Wednesdays (see dates at right).

Learn the ABCs of writing dramatic music and how to use music as a story-telling device.
Led by Philip Seward.

Course fee $375. Payment plans available.

($300 for students 30 and younger with valid ID,
available by phone only: 847/920-5360.)


Workshop Director

Midwest New Musicals is conducted by John Sparks, founding artistic director of the Academy for New Musical Theatre in Los Angeles, where he has taught since 1981. In 1987, he founded the musical theater writers workshop at Theatre Building Chicago, where he also served as artistic director from 1999 to 2009.

To receive more details, call John Sparks
at (323) 371-8205 or .

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