Taipei Symphony Orchestra soliciting scripts for new musical

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TSO Director Ho Kang-kuo (何康國)/CNA file photo

TSO Director Ho Kang-kuo (何康國)/CNA file photo

Taipei, June 20 (CNA) The Taipei Symphony Orchestra (TSO) said Wednesday that it is inviting public submissions of scripts for a Chinese-language musical that it plans to produce and perform next year.

The goal is to create musicals by reinventing local classics and sparking innovative ideas, TSO Director Ho Kang-kuo (何康國) said.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the young people's creativity in an artistic musical that audiences will like," Ho said.

The musical script selected from the submissions will be performed next year by TSO at Zhongshan Hall in Taipei without the use of microphones in an attempt to imitate L'Orfeo, an opera written in 1607 by Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi, Ho said.

According to the TSO website, the selection process will be carried out in two phases, starting with the acceptance of script outlines June 20 to July 31.

The submissions must be under 1,000 words and should include a storyboard that contains at least 15 pieces from a TSO Chinese art song database, the website says.

By August 31, a shortlist of a maximum of 10 scripts will be compiled and the writers will each be paid NT$10,000 (US$331), the website says. In the second phase of the competition, the shortlisted writers will be expected to submit a full script, at least 90 minutes long, by December 31, according to the terms of the competition.

The final selections will be made by the end of February 2019 and TSO will pay NT$200,000 for the full rights, its website says.

The first production will be staged in December 2019, according to the website.

(By Huang Jui-hung, Wei Ke-chi and William Yen)

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