Submissions

Oregon Cabaret Theatre is always interested in fresh new works, provided they fit our rather specific requirements regarding style, size and complexity. Here are some guidelines:

  • Style - 95% of our productions are musicals, although we are also open to specialty comedy pieces (like Greater Tuna, Bullshot Crummond, Irma Vep). Themes can vary greatly. Entertainment value needs to be high which usually means fairly light-hearted themes, though not necessarily fluff. Strong shows with serious material (Quilters, Woody Guthrie's American Song) also work. Straight dramas are better left to other theatres. Shows need to have fairly broad appeal. Some need to be family-friendly, some can be more adult-sophisticated.
  • Size - This is an important issue. Casts larger than 6 or bands of more than 3 or 4 are generally too big for us, both spatially and financially.
  • Complexity - We are well-known as a theatre with excellent production values, and our sets and costumes are always first-rate. However, our stage is not large and we have no backstage or wings and a limited ability to fly. Therefore shows requiring a lot of changes of location are challenging for us.

The best thing to do is to look over the list of shows we have produced (History) to get an idea of what we do. If you think your show would appeal to us, first submit a synopsis including size of cast, size of band and set/costume requirements to Artistic Director Jim Giancarlo at jim@oregoncabaret.com . If it seems like a good possible fit we will then ask to read a script, listen to music CD or view video. This saves everyone time and expense.