|The producers of Short & Sweet, Australia's - and the world's - biggest short play festival have announced entries are open for the 2007 season.
And the newest addition to the amazing theatrical success story is a short musical theatre section - Short, Sweet & Song!
To be coordinated by music theatre and cabaret star (and senior NIDA teacher) Avigail Herman, the new strand of the festival will create a showcase for the wealth of writers, composers and singer-actors in Sydney and beyond.
The week-long stream will take place in the middle of the summer festival from February 6.
Entries could include Broadway-style musicals, rock operas, film adaptations, bio musicals, operettas, singing satires, comedies or dramas - even multi-media and avant-garde contemporary pieces. A band of musicians will be provided for each entry. Rule number one, though - as for all Short and Sweet plays - is that each must run 10 minutes or less!
Now in its 6th year, the Short and Sweet phenomenon has grown from humble beginnings as a local Sydney fringe theatre programme to a national - and now international - festival. Sydney (January-February) and Melbourne (November) festivals showcase up to 80 plays at a time involving hundreds of actors, writers, directors and theatre technicians and creative artists. Shorter and Sweeter (the best of version) has filled the Sydney Opera House Studio and Arts Centre and is shortly to tour to the Singapore Arts Festival. Fast and Fresh - the high school version - just completed a sell out season at the Riverside Theatre and further spin-offs (including Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane) beckon.
Created by Mark Cleary, Artistic Director of the Newtown Theatre, Short & Sweet is flourishing as a boisterous and energetic festival that annually draws over 1200 scripts submitted from around the world. As a platform for new writers, local actors and directors it has no equal!
Writers, composers, actors, musicians, directors and other performing artists can register their interest and find more information at Short & Sweet.