Call for applications: Cabaret and Beyond Festival mentorship program in South Africa

After the three-month program, the CCA will select some of the works for the CAB Festival showcase. Applicants must provide reference materials demonstrating their ability to write or compose for musical theatre, meaning they understand songwriting in a dramatic setting.

Interested candidates should apply here before August 14 and participants will be announced on August 22. Any specific questions should be emailed to the CAB Festival Project Manager Roland Perold via [email protected]

Successful candidates will:

  • Attend bi-monthly Zoom sessions from September 4 to December 11 on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. and get ready to share their songs in development during these sessions.
  • Receive feedback from your peers as well as professional insights from the panel during Zoom sessions.
  • Take part in a three-month writing collective that takes place online and is facilitated by Perold.
  • Write two songs, one of which must be a rhythmic number from a musical theater piece they wish to develop or are in the process of developing. It can be the beginning of a music book or a collection of works related to a strong theme or central idea.

Selected CAB Festival participants will receive a stipend of R3,500 to write two songs that CCA has the opportunity to stage during the 2023 CAB Festival showcase. Composers can write up to a maximum of four voice. The showcase will be performed by two men, two women and a live pianist. An independent jury will judge the songs presented during the showcase, and a 2023 winner will be announced.

During the previous program, two composers were chosen to receive development grants with dramaturgical support from Janice Honeyman. Their subsequent chamber musicals received professional staging in Durban and Gqebera in March 2022, an opportunity never before offered to local emerging musical theater writers.

This year, expert advice will be provided by Johannesburg-based director Lesedi Job and Cape Town-based producer and composer Jaco Griessel. During the online mentoring sessions, Job will provide dramaturgical insights as participants share their works in development. Job is a respected theater maker with a keen interest in musical theater and winner of the Naledi Theater Award for her direction of When the swallows cry. Griessel was a Mandela-Rhodes Fellow for composition and is actively involved in promoting chamber musicals in South Africa. Griessel designed and implemented a tertiary level musical theater writing course for LAMTA Academy in Camps Bay, the first of its kind in South Africa.

“The positive audience response and excellent attendance bodes well for the future of new writing in the genre,” Perold said. “There is a real dynamic with this project which has caused a stir across the country with its high quality intimate productions. The public took notice. »

CCA Director Ismail Mahomed described the CAB Festival as a support mechanism for creatives who need space to test their skills and grow together. “The arts need support and guidance, but ultimately we also want to create avenues that help writers and composers work independently and add to the theatrical landscape by telling their own stories.”

See the original call here.