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Amateur children's playwrights compete to have play produced on Long Island

The CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale is

The CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale is having a children's playwrighting competition. Credit: CM Performing Arts Center

Think you can write a play for kids? Start typing.

The CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale is sponsoring its first Children’s Playwright Competition to encourage unpublished writers by providing the opportunity to collaborate with actors, directors and others through all stages of production.

The show must have two acts and can be up to two hours long. Any music must either be original or public domain. Musicals must include sheet music for at least two-thirds of the play.

Submissions should be mailed to the CM Performing Arts Center, 931 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale, N.Y. 11769 and marked Attention Playwright Competition. They can also be emailed to with Playwright Competition as the subject line.

Entries must be received by June 15. The contest will be judged by CM Performing Arts Artistic Director Patrick Grossman, and the winner will be selected and posted on the Arts Center website by June 30.

“The contest was developed to enable aspiring playwrights in the community to have one of their plays produced in a Broadway-style setting in their own backyard,” says Terry Brennan, marketing director of the Arts Center. “It was always the vision of our founder, Noel Ruiz, to foster the growth of arts and culture in the community. The contest is something we would love to see annually, but first we want to see what the response is for this.”

The winner will work in conjunction with the resident artistic director to cast, direct and produce the piece for three weekend performances for the Arts Center’s September Children’s Theatre slot. Rehearsals will be two to three times weekly beginning this summer. At the end of the run, the author can take the material elsewhere for production. A production staff and budget will be provided, and an opening day reception for the winner, cast and staff will be provided by the Arts Center.

The winner will also receive a subscription to the Arts Center’s mainstage season and his or her name on a plaque in the theater.

For more information, visit or call 631-218-2810.

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