Applications for the 2013 Project CenteStage™ are no longer being accepted.
What's it All About?
Project CenterStage™ 2013 is a unique combination of Musical Theatre, New Media, Cloud Technology and inter-school collaboration.
Fifty high-schools from literally everywhere will be selected to collaborate. They each will produce their own unique vision of the exact same show, to be performed by all 50 schools in the Spring of 2013 -- with many schools streaming their performances live on the exact same night.
In addition, the 2013 Project CenterStage will also entail a massive new media, cloud technology, video, and web effort.
Each Project Center Stage school will create their own performance website from a cloud-based content management system, and be able to record AND live stream video of their performances. Schools thousands of miles apart will be able to get to know each other via video conferencing, watch each other's rehearsals and performances, partner and work together online, interact in real time, contribute to Channel PCS (the project's instructional video bank), attend and create live webinars, and much more.
Don't worry if you haven't had much (or any) experience in the above areas. One of the core objectives of the project is to help you learn and apply these content platforms and skillsets to live theater, and of course theater ed.
Unlimited performance opportunities: During Project CenterStage, Schools can perform their show as many times as they would like -- even touring their show to remote audiences who might rarely get the chance to see live musical theater. They can also stream their performances live into other classrooms, hospitals, community centers, or other venues of their choosing.
Schools do not need a live orchestra. To maximize video editing and sync opportunities, all the shows will be performed with a professionally recorded backing track pit band on CD. We will perfect this with you. If you must use a live band, please let us know in your questionnaire -- some accommodations can be arranged.
Over 1,000 young actors, singers, dancers and techies will be required for Project CenterStage 2013, not to mention the 50 talented directing teams who, as they are reading this, are probably already envisioning just how cool this could be.
Just the FAQs
Q: How will schools be selected?
A: We want to involve as many schools who really want to participate in Project CenterStage as possible. Selection will be based on a simple online questionnaire about your theater program, facility, staff and students. Don't worry, no school program will be regarded as too big, or too small. We are hoping for the widest possible range of programs, from every corner of America. You can also submit some brief video (or audio) material showcasing your students, recent shows, etc., but this is not required.
Q: When will schools know if they have been selected?
A: Most schools will know within 2 weeks after they apply. Some schools will have new directors in the fall, or won't be able to commit until AFTER school starts, so we want to keep some slots open for those groups. If you MUST know by a certain date because of scheduling or other reasons, you should let us know when you fill out your questionnaire.
Q: Is this a contest?
A: No, quite the opposite. One of the core objectives of Project CenterStage 2013 will be to use new media and cloud technologies to stimulate collaboration between the participants -- sharing skills, advice, solving mutual problems, and creating new ideas -- all toward bettering everyone's experience and all the productions.
Q: What will the participation fees be?
A: We haven't completely worked out all the costs for next year yet, but it should be somewhere around $200 per group. The fee will include a complete performance kit of scripts and cds, and includes ALL performance royalties through May of 2013, no matter how many performances you decide to do. We will also create some unique fundraising ideas for the schools that participate to benefit their individual programs.
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