I cannot recall a time when I felt more creatively inspired or more humbled by the generosity of others than my time with ShowSearch.
ShowSearch is the Foundation’s juried competition for new short musicals by high school and college age creators. ShowSearch starts with an online competition, in which unedited 10-minute videos of musicals in development are submitted to the Foundation. Submissions are judged on storytelling, musicality and originality.
Six finalists are selected; three from the high school age group (13 to 17), and three from the college age group (18 to 25). Each finalist is paired with a top musical theatre professional for a month-long intensive mentorship. Mentors have included: Broadway and film songwriter MICHELE BROURMAN (Land Before Time series), Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), RYAN SCOTT OLIVER Date), BRENDAN MILBURN and VALERIE VIGODA (Ernest Shackleton Loves Me), JOHN BUCCHINO (A Catered Affair) and JEFF MARX (Avenue Q).
The polished short musicals have a staged reading cast, produced and directed by top Los Angeles musical theatre professionals. Venues have included…, Santa Monica College’s Main Stage and UCLA’s Little Theater.
All ShowSearch finalists receive cash awards, with the winner in each category receiving an additional award.
Attendance at the culminating ShowSearch Event has increased steadily with a recent SRO audience. Pictured at left are 2017 high school winners Jessica Nava and Maria Hernandez, participants in the Pathway program at VAPA Legacy High School. They have since rewritten Grandma’s Keeper as a full-length musical.