The Children’s Theater Program (CTP) on Islesboro will hold its third annual Playwrights’ Competition, as well as its Playwrights-in-Residence program, in 2017. The Children’s Theater Program produces three summer shows of original one-acts, monologues and poetry, performed by a coed ensemble of preteen and teen actors. 

The third annual Playwrights’ Competition is open to both amateur and professional playwrights in three categories: Amateur Youth (under age 18), Amateur Adult (18 and older) and Professional. Short one-act children’s plays are scheduled to be performed by actors age 6 to 18 at the Up-Island Church Stage during July and August.

Submission deadline is April 30. All scripts are to be the original work of the submitting playwright, 5 to 10 minutes’ performance time, written in good taste, suitable for family audiences, for a coed cast of two to five. Work can include adaptation of uncopyright, public-domain prose, poetry and drama, or material otherwise released for adaptation by its author. Those whose plays are selected are invited to direct their plays on Islesboro during rehearsal week, with room and board provided.  

CTP also offers the Playwrights-in-Residence program, led by CTP founding director Toby Martin. This program provides room and board at a 19th-century island farmhouse, with home-cooked farm-to-table meals. Applicants must be at least 18 and submit a sample of their writing — short play, prose or poetry. Those selected will be encouraged to write plays for the performances being staged in July and August. Tuition is $300, or $150 with a part-time farm work co-op exchange.

For more information, contact Toby Martin at Children’s Theater Program, P.O. Box 85, Islesboro, ME 04848, or mtm.tpsmail@yahoo.com.