Want to be a part of the 2021 Cannonball Festival?

Welcome to our Cannonball Information Page. This page contains exactly 61% what you need to know about putting your play in CYPT’s Annual Cannonball Festival! The other 39% can be explained to you at our upcoming information meeting on September 21, 2020 at 7pm on Zoom. Email cypt@cypt.ca to sign up!


What is Cannonball?

Cannonball is a festival of youth-driven theatre now entering its sixth year at Calgary Young People’s Theatre. It is a completely free opportunity for youth artists to create the theatre they want to make! Each year, several one act plays are chosen to be part of this festival which takes place in May.

Each show selected is allowed to audition for actors, and is provided a small budget to be used on design elements. Our team will coach you through the process of writing, directing, designing, and stage managing, so no experience is necessary!

But wait. What about the pandemic?

Great question. Look, we won’t lie to you. There’s a chance the 2021 Cannonball festival won’t happen. We will be following AHS guidance on this, and we will make a decision in January about whether the festival will actually happen, but right now we are accepting applications in the hopes that it will. If Cannonball does move forward, it may have to do so in slightly different ways (including socially distanced rehearsals, performances, etc.), or we may have to consider live-streaming each performance, or we might actually be able to do this live in a theatre in May of 2021 as planned! For now, we’re going to move forward with caution and we encourage you to apply with that knowledge.

Who can submit to Cannonball?

Any youth can submit to direct, write, design, stage manage, act, or work backstage. Directors are welcome to submit new plays by youth playwrights, or existing works if the performance rights are available. If you have more questions about obtaining rights, please attend our meeting on Sept 21!

The definition of youth is a bit flexible, but our focus is on youth. We’ll consider applications from artists under the age of 19, and will sometimes consider applications from recent graduates. We have had youth directors and playwrights as young as 13 and as old as 19 present their work in the festival. Applicants over the age of 19 are encouraged to submit to Sage Theatre’s Ignite Festival!

Can plays that were part of the cancelled 2020 festival be a part?

Yep! First choice in this year’s festival will go to plays that were cancelled in the 2020 Festival due to COVID-19. If you were the project leader, please send an email to cypt@cypt.ca to express your interest. Let us know if all the participants you had lined up for 2020 still want to go for it, and if anything has changed from your 2020 plans.

When is the submission deadline?

Submissions for the 2021 Cannonball Festival are due September 30, 2020.

What should I include in my submission?

Well that’s a fabulous question. To answer that, please read this short guide to submitting for Cannonball.