Pitching a Show

As a theater group, Wandering Minds likes to do shows. How do we pick these shows? That’s where you come in. For mainstages, special projects, and other pitch situations (i.e. one-act festivals) shows are pitched to the general membership and then voted upon by the whole group, all-American style. A pitch is a show proposal, using the guidelines below.

PITCHING PREREQUISITES

We currently require all show pitchers to have been a Wandering Minds member for at least two semesters. If you are pitching with a co-director, at least ONE member of the pitching team must have been a member for two semesters.


PITCHING GOALS

  1. Convince us [WM voters] that your show is humanly possible
  2. Convince us that your show is awesome

That is it. Not too bad, right?

1. THINGS THAT DEMONSTRATE THAT YOUR SHOW IS HUMANLY POSSIBLE:

  • A character breakdown
    (How many actors/actresses do we need? Do that many exist in the world? Double casting? Can any roles be gender bent?)
  • Run time
    (Will the show run for five hours? five minutes?)
  • A breakdown of the technical requirements of your show for each technical department
    (i.e., describe what the set looks like, what props/costumes/sound effects are needed, the lighting requirements, etc.)
  • Your schedule/amount of time you’re able to commit to directing
    (i.e., prove that you’ll be able to put in the time to get this show together!)
  • Preferred location 
    (WM executive board will let you know which spaces we have booked. Let us know which you think is the best fit for your show)

Be prepared to answer questions from other members during your pitch. Generally, you should be a near-expert on your show, though it’s OK if you don’t have all the specifics worked out completely.

 

2. THINGS THAT DEMONSTRATE THAT YOUR SHOW IS AWESOME. 

  • Why do you want us to do the show? What makes it special?
    Be specific: every show is ‘well-written’ or ‘entertaining’ in someone’s hands. Is the dialogue moving? Are the characters amazing (and thus great acting opportunities abound)? Is the show smart and fun, and if so, how do you think that will radiate throughout the group? Why does this show fit our group?
  • What kind of tech opportunities are possible and encouraged by the production?
    If you can take the things that make you love the show and transfer those feels to the voters, you will have succeeded. If it’s a special project, tell us what makes it different from a mainstage production, i.e. why it’s a special project (charity show, audience interaction, etc…).

PRACTICING YOUR PITCH

Things to include:
  1. Everything you answered in the Pitch Form
  2. Why WM voters should choose your pitch
  3. Time for questions from membership

You’ll be asked to present your pitch at our voting GM at the end of the semester. Some people decide to create a powerpoint to go along with their pitch, while others prefer to just get up there and talk. Either way, you’ll want to have roughly 5 minutes of material prepared.


STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

This is a lot of information. What do you do if you have questions about pitching?

Contact e-board.

Reach out to any E-Board member with questions about the pitch process. If you have questions about tech or are worried about a particular technical element within your show, contact the Tech Advisor, who can help you iron out any tech issues before your pitch.