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2014 Outstanding Musical - 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Shorewood HS

2014 Outstanding Musical - 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Shorewood HS

Rules and Guidelines

 

Eligibility

All high schools that produce a musical located within 100 miles of Overture Center, located at 201 State Street, Madison, are eligible to participate. 

 

If you are not located within this region, but would like to partcipate please contact Karra Beach at [email protected] or 608.258.4455. 

 

Productions entered must fall into one of the following categories:

  1. A published musical, operetta or revue that is currently held by a licensing house in the public domain.
  2. An original piece which features an original script, music and/or lyrics and which is covered under a valid copyright.
  3. An original theatrical compilation of musical/text material from other sources that is presented with the approval or permission of the original creators and their representatives.  This excludes show choir, choral or vocal jazz arrangements.

 

Musical productions for each season must take place between July 1, 2014 and May 4, 2015.  Summer productions are eligible for the following year's Tommy Awards.

 

How the Program Works

For each submitted musical, a team of 3 adjudicators is assigned to review the musical.  The production is critiqued based on a predetermined rubric. Each reviewer submits a completed critique form that also includes nominations for Tommy Awards.  For a complete list of awards please see Award Categories.  The comments are compiled into one document and sent to the school.  In the spring, Overture Center announces the recipients for the Tommy Awards.  Awards are distributed during an annual ceremony that features performances by outstanding musicals, musical numbers/scenes and performers.  Please see Awards Ceremony.  

 

Teacher/Director Responsibilities

Teachers and directors of schools participating in the Tommy Awards will be required to:

  1. Act as the primary liaison between Overture Center and your school's community (faculty, students, parents, etc).
  2. Provide Overture Center with digital production photographs for use at the final awards ceremony.
  3. Distribute important updates and information related to The Tommy Awards to your students and community.
  4. Respond to correspondence from Overture Center in a timely manner.
  5. Be responsible for making production sheet music available to Overture Center, if requested.
  6. Schedule and coordinate rehearsals with your students prior to the final awards ceremony, if performing or participating in any way.
  7. Attend periodic informational meetings held at Overture Center during the year, if requested.
  8. Attend rehearsals for the final awards ceremony.

 

Student Liaison Responsibilities:

  1. Act as a liaison between Overture Center and your fellow students.
  2. Distribute information regarding the Making it on Broadway workshop series to fellow students.
  3. Respond to correspondence from Overture Center in a timely manner.
  4. Assist the Teacher/Director with collecting student information needed for the Tommy Awards.
  5. Attend informational meetings held at Overture Center during the year, if requested.

 

Parent Liaison Responsibilities:

  1. Act as a liaison between Overture Center and your community.
  2. Distribute information regarding the Tommy Awards program and awards ceremony to fellow parents and members of your community.
  3. Respond to correspondence from Overture Center in a timely manner.
  4. Attend informational meetings held at Overture Center during the year, if requested.

 

Applications

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2014/15 Tommy Awards.   Applications for all musicals taking place between July 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 must be received by September 12, 2014.  Applications for all musicals taking place between January 1, 2015 and May 4, 2015 must be received by December 22, 2014.

A $100 application fee must be submitted with each application.

For further information or to download applications please see the How To Participate page.

 

Tickets for Reviewers

Three reviewers will attend each production on behalf of the Tommy Awards.  Each school must provide Overture Center with six complimentary tickets (two for each reviewer) on the date(s) selected by Overture.  Tickets should be held at the box office for reviewers to pick up before the performance under the name "Overture Center for the Arts."

 

Conflict of Interest

Reviewers are required to alert Overture Center immediately if there is a conflict of interest with a participating school.

 

Photography Release

During the course of the program, there may be times when Overture Center will need to photograph/videotape students, faculty, and other staff and volunteers.  Please be aware that by participating in the program, teachers and students are giving full rights and permissions to Overture Center for the use of such video and photos.  Please also be aware that Overture Center may use a school’s name and students’ names in any press releases associated with the Tommy Awards.