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Be the first to witness the next mega hit!
The PiTCH provides a forum for musicals in their earliest stages of development.
Imagine sitting in an intimate, cabaret-style theater in the early 1940s, sipping a glass of wine, watching Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein and Agnes de Mille present a workshop of OKLAHOMA! Imagine being able to give direct feedback to those Broadway giants that would prove vital to the development of their show.
Now imagine doing that today, with the next generation of composers, writers, and lyricists.
Welcome to The PiTCH.
The PiTCH provides a forum for musicals in their earliest stages of development and offers audiences a very unique theatrical experience: the chance to witness and participate in the development of a brand new musical.
Musicals are selected from a pool of applicants each year. Each musical creative team is provided with a week-long residency at the Festival, located in Auburn, N.Y.
On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of each week, the creative team ‘pitches’ their material to audiences in our 80-seat converted carriage house, Theater Mack – behind the Cayuga Museum. These works-in-progress are not fully staged productions. Rather, the writers themselves deliver a condensed presentation of their new musicals, which may include scenes, songs, and choreography. Each presentation is approximately an hour long.
Afterward, the audience and creative team engage in active dialogue about the piece and the process. Audiences are encouraged to provide their thoughts and opinions. This experience affords each creative team the ability to consider feedback and gain valuable insight into their show-in-development.
Don’t just witness the birth of the next mega hit, be a part of it! Purchase your PiTCH Pass today!
* Indicates Talkbacks § Indicates Signed Performances
- Who: Anyone developing a new musical. Your creative team of no more than 3 members (Writers, Lyricists, Composers) comes to Auburn, NY to spend six days immersed in the world of your new musical. After working for several days, your team ‘pitches’ your show to engaged audiences for three presentations. Audiences offer feedback and discuss your piece at length. Creative teams can consider the feedback and insight and leave with new ideas, inspiration and focused to-do lists.
- What: Presented over the course of several weeks, this new-works series provides a forum for musicals in development. Musicals are selected from a pool of applicants each year. Creative teams are given a retreat during a week-long residency to focus and work on their new piece.
- When: The 2017 season runs from July 12th – August 11th.
- Where: The PiTCH is housed in Theatre Mack, a 80-seat, cabaret style environment in Auburn, NY at 203 Genesee Street behind the Cayuga Museum. Equipped with a baby grand piano, mics, music stands and a bar, this intimate venue is the ideal setting for seeing a new musical come to life! Click here to learn more about scenic Cayuga County.
- Why: We believe in and are committed to the development of new musicals. We know that musicals aren’t just created overnight. This program focuses on the writers and creators of the piece. We bring you here, put you up and allow you to focus on what’s most important – your work.
- How: Submissions for the 2016 season of The PiTCH are now closed. Check back for more information on our 2017 season.
FLMTF: No. The purpose of The PiTCH is to provide creative teams with a retreat to focus on the development of their new musical, not to fully stage a production. As such, your material must be presented by your three-person creative team.
FLMTF: No, as long as it is clear and understandable.
FLMTF: Of course you can submit as many shows as you like. Know that each submission requires its own separate submission fee.
FLMTF: The PiTCH is looking for shows at any stage in the developmental process, especially ones at the very beginning of their process, with maybe only a few songs and a couple of scenes written. We are looking for the idea.
FLMTF: To provide 60 minutes of material to PiTCH to an audience. Although we are providing rehearsal time while you are in Auburn, we expect the presentation to come rehearsed prior to your arrival. Our rehearsal time is to edit material and tweak your performances. Scripts may be used during the performance.
FLMTF: No scenery, but hand props and hats, glasses etc. may be used. Space is limited.
FLMTF: Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival will provide transportation to and from Auburn and housing during your stay. We will also provide the performance venue, rehearsal space, venue staff, and marketing. Although Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival is marketing THE PiTCH, we encourage you also to do self-promotion for your individual show.
Overall it was an amazing experience. This week gave us the time to really work on our show in a way that we had not been able to before. It is an amazing place with so much support and wonderful energy all around.Nick Eilerman
I think the format for The PiTCH is perfect. Keep it short, and keep it to three people max. I think it’s easy on the audience and it makes the writers work a little harder. Really made me look at the script (well, the first act anyway) and say, ‘What has to be in here?’W. Joseph Matheson
It’s rare in any setting to get such smart and constructive input.Michael Ruby
As well as identifying the holes within our show the audience feedback cemented questions we had about its future. It was the perfect little bubble for us to concentrate and come back to a show we haven’t really placed focus on for nearly a year. As well as the impact on the piece, we all as a team completely fell for Auburn and the Merry-Go-Round. It is a wonderfully caring company who are passionate about producing a wide spectrum of work that caters for New York audiences as well as pushing the form as a whole.Scott Gilmour
I was delighted at how professionally everything was handled. Especially The PiTCH. It seemed like the theater was fully committed to the program and really gave you everything that was needed to accomplish the end result.William Squier
The entire experience was wonderful. It was really great to be able to have the time to write away from the distractions of the city, and I found the audience feedback SO helpful.Danny Abosch
The PiTCH truly delivered on what its mission promised. We were able to engage our material in a way that we could not have done otherwise. The PiTCH allowed us to view our project through a completely different set of lenses, helping us to understand and articulate more fully what we already had in hand, as a well as pointing to paths where we may be able to take it in the future.Jeff Strange
We were able to get so much feedback not only from audiences but from other trusted friends and colleagues. It forced us to take our piece to the next level.Jake Weinstein
The PiTCH has fostered 47 new musicals in the past four years!
- Find Your Way Home – Book, Music, and Lyrics by: James Kelly and Jeff Strange
- Goodbye, Dali – Book, Music, and Lyrics by: Jason Wooten
- The Odysseus Agreement – Book, Music, and Lyrics by: Jean Rohe
- Skin and Bones – Book by: Andrew Kramer, Music and Lyrics by: Ben Clark
- Emma Dare – Book, Music, and Lyrics by: Ben Feuer
- The Girl Who – By: Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie
- Funny Face
- Sunset City – Book by Wade Dooley, Music by Bobby Cronin, Lyrics by Bobby Cronin and Brett Teresa
- Relativity – Book & Lyrics by Michael Ruby, Music and Lyrics by Rob Rokicki
- Stealing Time – Book, Music and Lyrics by Tor Hyams & Lisa Rothauser
- Scarlet – Adapted by: Michelle Horgen
- Off the Wall – Book by Danny Abosch & Sarah Rebell, Music by Danny Abosch, Lyrics by Sarah Rebell
- Careless Love:A Down Home Musical – Book, Music, and Lyrics by Ryan G. Dunkin
- The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen – Book and Lyrics by Lezlie Wade, Music by Dan Green
- Freewheelers – Written by Rachel Alderman and A Broken Umbrella Theatre Ensemble, Music and Lyrics by Chrissy Gardner
- On the Air – Book and Lyrics by Cristina Farruggia & Robert Farruggia, Music by Robert Farruggia
- Learning How to Drown – Book & Lyrics by Patricia Noonan, Music by Amanda Jacobs
- Mitzvah – Book, Music & Lyrics by David Hein and Irene Sankoff
- Matchmaker, Matchmaker: I’m Willing to Settle – Music & Lyrics by Brandon James Gwinn, Book by Kelvin Moon Loh & Nikki MacCallum
- Legends and Lore – Book by Drew Silverstein & Madeline Myers, Music & Lyrics by Madeline Myers
- Ten: The Story of Grace and Joe – Book & Lyrics by Kathleen Wrinn, Music by Kathleen Wrinn & Brad Kemp, Additional Music by Jessica A. Hunt
- Beautiful Dreamer: The Stephen Foster Musical – Book and Libretto by David Lewis Newman, Music & Lyrics by Stephen Collins Foster
- One October Midnight – Music by Brian & Erin Schey, Book & Lyrics by Thom Bishop —Update! Featured at Auburn Public Theatre Halloween Production 2013
- Pump N’ Go – Book by Robin McDonald & Corinne Aquilina, Music & Lyrics by Corinne Aquilina, Additional Material by Bruce Warren
- The Take – Script by Hesse Caplinger, Songs by Jon Brown & Johnny McMurtry
- The Coincidentals – Music & Lyrics by Matt Patrick Walsh, Book by Emma Jeszke
- Love on Ice – Book by Bill Nabel, Music by Jeffrey Lodin, Lyrics by Bill Nabel & William Squier
- Flambé Dreams – Book & Lyrics by Matthew Hardy, Music by Randy Klein
- Eulogy – Book by Rachel Carrozziere, Music & Lyrics by Annie Lash
- Neurosis: The Musical – Book by Allan Rice, Music by Ben Green, Lyrics by Greg Edwards
- Off With Her Maidenhead – Book & Lyrics by Amy Claussen, Music by James Rushin
- Blood and Fire – Book & Lyrics by Jeffrey Couchman, Music by Lisa Heffter
- The Life of a Mob Wife: A Mafia Comedy – Book, Music and Lyrics by Michael Mott
- Star Child – Book by Jennifer Stafford, Music by John Freilich, Lyrics by Sarah Underwood
- Chez Morgan – Book & Lyrics by W. Joseph Matheson, Music by Logan Medland
- Non-Equity the Musical – Book & Lyrics by Danielle Trzcinski, Music by Paul D. Mills
- Salamander Leviathan – Book by Krista Knight, Music by Barry Brinegar
- The Age of Innocence – Book & Lyrics by Ted Kociolek and Walter Holland, Music by Ted Kociolek
- That Time We Found a Sasquach in the Woods – Book by Nichole Jackson, Music by Scotty Arnold, Lyrics by Brandon Michael Lowden
- Billionaire Vegans – Book & Lyrics by Linda Britt, Music by Colin Britt
- SLaM: The Hockey Rock Opera – Book & Lyrics by Lauren Walker, Music by Lauren Walker and Nancy Taube
- Gathering Blue – Book by Richard Hellesen, adapted from Lois Lowry, Music by Michael Silversher, Lyrics by Joy Sikorski
- Gettysburg – Book, Music & Lyrics by Jim & Deborah Schmitt
- Blindsided by a Diaper – Book by William Squier and Dana Hilmer, Music by Jeffrey Lodin, Lyrics by William Squier
- Benny the Baboon – Book by Molly Reynolds, Music by Natalie White, Additional Lyrics by Stephen Reynolds and David St. Louis
- Joni Loves Mitchell – Book, Music and Lyrics by Logan Medland
- Motherhood Defined – Book & Lyrics by Stacie Morgain Lewis, Music by Ben Cohn
To Submit a Show…
2016 SEASON SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.