http://www.playwrightsproject.org/programs/contest/ (Go to the link for all info and the process of submitting) Below is the information on who, when, where and how to write and submit your script and also tips on writing a script. Remember have fun with it and be creative!
California Young Playwrights Contest
WRITE A PLAY!
Professionals will evaluate your entry, and if you're one of the winners your play will receive a production. This is an educational program focused on the development of new plays - so if you're a winner, be prepared to revise your script with the support of a professional dramaturg (or writing mentor), director and actors.
Californians under the age of 19 as of June 1, 2020.
Collaborations and group plays will be accepted. Scripts will be evaluated in two groups. Winning writers aged 15 and older will receive full professional productions; winning younger writers will receive staged readings performed by professional actors.
Entries must be received or postmarked no later than June 1, 2020. If you are in a Playwrights Project residency that extends beyond June 1, your deadline is extended to one week after your last class. In October 2020, winning playwrights will be notified and written script evaluations will be sent to entrants who request them in their cover letters. Scripts will be produced in spring of 2021 at a professional theatre in San Diego.
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Tips for Writing Scripts
If you’ve never written a play, you’re like most kids. Keep in mind that:
Plays are about desire. We witness a journey in which characters discover what they desire, try to get it, and succeed or fail. A play works when the desire is universal - health, love, comfort, independence - and the obstacles are difficult to overcome.
Effective plays show us a story (prose tells us) through dialogue and dramatic action. If you let us watch your characters interact at key moments, you won’t need a narrator.
Plays are about people in relationships. We stay glued to our seats because events in the play cause the people, and their relationships, to change. Skip the car chases, physical violence and special effects; film does these better.
Create characters you can understand and care about. Find something to love or respect in every character, and we’ll care about your characters too. Since each should be well developed, use as few characters as possible.
Plays come from experience, imagination and knowledge. You’ve got all three. Mix them together and write about what you know, deep inside. Plays that work, regardless of their genre, style or structure, give us a sense of truth.
To start planning, ask yourself:
Part 1 of a behind the scenes documentary about Disney's The Lion King musical at the Lyceum theatre in London.
Copy and past the link to get some insight to how this amazing play was developed and created.
[“The Lion’s King” lavish blend of puppetry and animal costumes has been much-imitated by subsequent shows, all of which have enjoyed shorter lifespans. But it’s easy to forget how innovatory and imaginative Taymor’s production was considered two decades ago, especially for a Disney family musical.] - https://www.marketwatch.com/story/5-reasons-the-lion-king-just-celebrated-its-20th-anniversary-on-broadway-2017-11-06
It’s good for young actors to have role models. There are so many wonderful actors nowadays, that the only thing you have to do is to open a scene from any of their movies on YouTube and start to imitate their speech, pose, gestures, voice and emotions.
It will be very hard at first, but the more you practice the better you’ll do it. Of course, it’s impossible to copy everything, but try to pay attention to all details.
Suggestions: watch a scene from your favorite movie; I would pick a 5 minute (or less) scene. Watch it a couple times. Then start practicing it with the scene playing. Then start practicing without the video.
When you think you have it down show a family member.
A flipgrid challenge that goes with this lesson:
In the Chula Vista Elementary School district there are 9 amazing, creative, hard-working Theatre teachers: Mrs. Beltran, Miss Cherie, Mrs, Davidson, Ms. De Jerez, Mrs. Elkerton, Mrs. Lawerance, Mrs. Montgomery, Mrs. Schubert, Mrs. Tabor, and Mr. Tony