Songs for a New Now

Composers... now it is your turn!


In December, we showcased local playwright talent with our first annual Innovative Theatre Challenge.  Now it is time to turn our focus to the music!  Dig up the song you started (but never finished), write down the tune that his been rattling around in your mind, or compose the music that goes with the lyrics that speak to who you are today!

Submit a new work that will compete to be included in Theatre in the Park's first ever regional music review

Songs for a New... Now.

Composers have one month to compose and submit a song online.  You do NOT need to sing your song for submission, but a recording would be helpful! We are ultimately looking for the sheet music. 

Selected songs will be sung by local talent in a music review on the indoor Theatre in the Park stage at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center starting in mid April 2021.  Audition information for those interested in performing will be available January 11, 2021.

Composers, please review the information below before submitting your original song.


Here are a few things we ask you to keep in mind when composing:


  • The song must be original.

  • The song cannot have been previously produced.

  • Please keep the song to four minutes or less.

  • All styles of music are encouraged.

  • Preferred max of four singers: SATB, Quartet, solos, duets, etc...

  • It is likely we will have a piano, drums, and guitar combo for the show.  If additional instrumentation is needed, we could potentially ask additional musicians to join us if the song is selected.

  • Sheet music of vocals and accompaniment will need to be submitted by January 31, 2021 at 11:59pm. 

Process and Important Dates:

  • Monday, January 11, 2021: Audition information announced

  • Monday, January 25, 2021: Auditions OPEN online

  • Sunday, January 31, 2021: Songs DUE by 11:59pm

  • Saturday, February 6, 2021: Audition video DUE by 11:59pm

  • Tuesday, February 9, 2021: In Person callbacks (if needed) 6p-9p

  • Friday, February 12, 2021: Song Selection announced and Cast announced

  • Sunday, March 14, 2021: Rehearsals begin

  • Sunday, April 11, 2021: Tech week begins

  • Friday, April 16, 2021: Opening night


Ready to submit?