Mar 072015

ECP wants you to reveal your inner artist!

Do you have artistic skills that are crying out for a unique outlet?

Do you want to share your talent with the ECP community?

Well, now is your chance!

ECP is reaching out to the many folks in Vermont who have supported our theater, and anyone who appreciates the value a vibrant community theater brings to people who care about the arts – and who might want to contribute their own artistic expression to our family.

ECP is in the process of updating our logo. To that end, we are opening the process up to the public. If you would like to take a crack at designing our new logo, please send your contribution to The winning design will be announced in mid-April.   The winner will win a free pass to all of ECP’s shows for the 2015-2016 season.


  1. The logo must represent the spirit of our theater (community, camaraderie, artistic expression, achievement, etc.); it doesn’t have to be literal, but it should capture our essence at a glance.
  2. It must contain the words “Essex Community Players” somewhere on the artwork.
  3. The acronym “ECP” can also be part of the logo, but the full name of our company must be included somewhere on the design (can be smaller than the acronym “ECP”).
  4. All wording must be in a legible font.
  5. In good taste.
  6. Simple. A “busy” logo (i.e., one that contains too much detail or too many images) is a logo that doesn’t do its job.
  7. Scalable – it should look good whether it’s at the top of a piece of stationery or on a huge banner.
  8. Versatile: As with scale, the logo should be impactful wherever it is to be placed – on a Web site, on a tee shirt, on a play’s program, etc.
  9. Memorable: The logo should capture the viewer’s attention and leave an impression.

The purpose of a logo is to communicate a lot with a minimum of complexity.  As Shakespeare said, “brevity is the soul of wit.” That is particularly true in the visual world of logos.

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The second opportunity is for writers out there to script a holiday show to be performed in early December 2015. If you are a budding Hemingway – or just have a talent for writing sketches – this opportunity is for you.  The winner will win a free pass to all of ECP’s shows for the 2015-2016 season.

Our holiday shows strive to be family-oriented; to that end, we encourage roles for children, young adults and grown-ups of all ages.

Typically, we build the show around specific songs or sketches.

We try to be inclusive in our holiday shows, so, the majority of songs tend to be secular. However, so many of the traditional songs we love have a Christian focus, and we don’t want to ignore the heritage of many in our community. We do, however, strive to create balance that opens our celebration to those of all faiths.

Because our holiday show is built primarily around musical numbers, the scripted portion tends to be a series of scenes, sketches or dialogue that act as connective tissue, embedding the songs into a cohesive scenario or plot structure.

Additionally, since, like everybody else, performers tend to be busy at the holidays, we have found it useful to make our shows “modular” in nature – that is, cast members can rehearse their songs or sketches away from a formal rehearsal structure; the various pieces are assembled for a few final rehearsals.

Finally, the ideal scenario would be to have live accompaniment – whether that’s simply a piano or a small ensemble.

The script should:

  1. Be no longer than 90 minutes (not including intermission);
  2. Be family-friendly;
  3. Be fairly simple in terms of tech/set requirements;
  4. Contain somewhere around 15 musical numbers (assuming the average musical number is three minutes long):
    1. Because the selection of some songs may be determined by what occurs at auditions (both the people who show up and the numbers they propose to perform), some of these numbers, and the “connective tissue” of dialogue that embeds the music into the plot, can be loosely-structured. But a strong basic structure –a specific time/place/situational setting, a small cast of characters whose function is to create the connective tissue and some fundamental dialogue that propels the action – is required. The stronger the structure, the easier it will be to plug songs or sketches proposed by auditioners into the final show.
    2. At least half the songs should be proposed within the script, with the surrounding dialogue/set-up sketched out as specifically as possible.

That’s it! Send your submissions to, and, in the subject line of the email, enter the words “holiday script submission.”

Good luck!


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