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Janet and Mark are sought after playwrights and composers for commissioned works.
What theme, book adaptation, or new title are you looking to produce?
Janet and Mark will meet all of your creative needs: cast size, style of show, show length , etc. They will also work within your time schedule and deliver an industry standard script, a beautifully engraved piano/vocal score, demo CD and musical accompaninment tracks.
The following theatres have commissioned Janet and Mark and premiered their works to great success and audience acclaim:
"How I Became a Pirate" Commissioned by FIRST STAGE CHILDREN'S THEATRE Milwaukee, Wisconsin
"Working with Mark and Janet is always a rewarding experience. They are so supportive and always willing to accommodate us as we have questions or comments about the script that we are working with. It is amazing that in this big business world there are still people like Mark and Janet that are dedicated to their product and even more dedicated to their clients.
As a performer, producer, director and just general theater “Junkie” I love working with Mark and Janet! From the first seconds of hearing and reading “How I Became a Pirate” I knew that I had found a team that was producing and would continue to produce outstanding theater for every age. Great music, amazing scripts, fun characters and an overall excellent experience awaits anyone that will work with this team!"
- Shawn Mortenson, Production & Programs Manager and Youth Theatre Director at the SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem, Utah
"Cinderella: The Tale of the Glass Slipper" Commissioned by Casa Manana Theatre, Fort Worth, Texas
"Mr. Scrooge! A Musical Christmas Carol" Commissioned by THE COLUMBUS CHILDREN'S THEATRE
"Talent always shows!"
Bill Goldsmith, Producing Director, Columbus Children's Theatre
"Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale" Commissioned by THE CHILDREN'S THEATRE OF CINCINNATI
"We especially like working with Janet and Mark because we know that everything about their shows is always top notch! Their scripts are inventive with great humor and wit in their songs. Their music styles are fun and their materials are flawless. If there are things we feel like we need to change, they are accessible and most willing to discuss anything with us to make our productions successful! Jingle Arrgh the Way – A Christmas Pirate Adventure will be our fifth show with them – testament to the fact that we like our partnership!"
- Debbie Bell, Producing Director of the South Carolina Children's Theatre in Greenville, SC:
"River of Freedom" Commissioned by The Mercantile Library Association of Cincinnati for the "Harriet Beecher Stowe Anniversary Festival"
Janet & Mark with Stephen Schwartz
Janet & Mark & Friend
"Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Crown Jewel" Commissioned by the KALAMAZOO CIVIC THEATRE
"Snow White and the Prince" Commissioned by CASA MANANA THEATRE in Fort Worth, Texas
"Sleepy Hollow: A Musical Tale" Commissioned by KALAMAZOO CIVIC THEATRE, Michigan
"Janet and Mark’s musicals are dynamic, energetic and simply well-written. How I Became A Pirate can be performed by an adult cast or by a youth cast. The music is challenging and yet fun and the book is hilarious but still delivers the message about home in a meaningful way.
What do we like about working with Mark and Janet? Everything! When we commissioned them for Sleepy Hollow, A Musical Tale, I had read over 12 scripts of the story by other writers but none were right for us. Janet and Mark agreed to write a musical version and the creative spin they put on the story works incredibly well. The music is haunting and hopeful. Frightening and fun. When they hit on the concept and had started writing the opening number, they called me and talked me through the story outline and sang the start of the opening number to me a cappella. Janet and Mark really listened to me and met the needs of our theatre program.
A long-time director and volunteer at the theatre still talks about Sleepy Hollow, A Musical Tale and how strong the production was! She felt that the music had depth and challenged the singers in a very successful way."
- Nicki Poer, Director of Education and Outreach at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre Michigan
"The Magical Adventures of Merlin" Commissioned by THE CHILDREN'S THEATRE OF CINCINNATI
"Mark and Janet write such amazing works that it makes it extremely easy and enjoyable for any director to put their works on stage.
The music is contagious and the characters are delightful. I highly recommend any production written by this dynamic team!"
- Angela Powell Walker, Producing Artistic Director of The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati: