Job Posting: Composer, Kid Switchblade Productions & Bygone Theatre

ABOUT THE SHOW: Kid Switchblade Productions & Bygone Theatre are looking for a composer for the dark new musical, Kill Sister Kill. A nun, doing God’s work in the filthy streets of New York City in the late 1970s, reunites with her once-troubled sister to celebrate her engagement.

The arrival of a vulgar, depraved punk and his kid brother despoils their happy reunion. After watching the murder of her sister and being brutally attacked herself, the Woman of God turns her attention to revenge, rebuilding herself as a hell-bent woman seeking vengeance.

The show premiered at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2013 and is now being re-written and expanded with new music. We are looking for a composer to start immediately and to be an active part of the creative team.

COMPANY INFO: Kid Switchblade Productions: If it isn’t offensive, it isn’t interesting. Kid Switchblade Productions are a brother-duo team of writer/ director, Andrew “Drac” and Jamieson Child. They are drawn to the dark, sleazy, horrific and hilarious, producing all things 1970’s low-budget cinema inspired. Previous original shows include No commercial Interruptions (2010) and Sister, Sister (2009).

Bygone Theatre: Bygone Theatre was founded in late 2012 by Emily Dix and Matt McGrath. The company focuses on 20th century productions and creates period accurate shows. To date they have produced Doubt: A Parable (January 2013), Dial M For Murder (August 2013) and Rope (November 2014) as well as the successful Retro Radio Hour series. Bygone’s love of cinema and all things vintage brought them to this production.

POSITION INFO: The composer will be responsible for the entire score of the musical, and may be asked to come on as music director as well. There may be an opportunity to assist with the writing of some lyrics. As this is a low-budget production, funding is relying significantly on fundraising and grants. Payment will depend on the success of these funding ventures and may only exist in a profit-share format.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Formal music training
  • Experience in composition
  • Understanding of the Fringe circuit & amateur theatre scene
  • Familiarity with 1970s genre & rock music as well as traditional musical theatre styles
  • Ability to work quickly and effectively
  • A positive attitude and sense of humour

OPPORTUNITY: The successful candidate will have an opportunity to be a key part of the creation of a new Canadian musical.

HOW TO APPLY: Send a resume along with a cover letter highlighting your musical experience and detailing why you would like to be involved with this production. Samples of previous work (score, video or cd) are strongly encouraged. Submissions should be sent to:

Emily Dix (Producer) emily@bygonetheatre.com

Deadline: January 30, 2015

We thank all applicants for their interest; those selected for an interview will be contacted mid-January.