Baltimore Rock Opera Society invites public to help pick its next production

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A flyer for the pitch party, courtesy of Baltimore Rock Opera Society

Recent history affirms the Baltimore Rock Opera Society isn’t lacking in creativity when crafting its original productions, with everything from gory b-movie horror to battles at sea to an intergalactic search for a new planet hospitable to humans.

But even with no shortage of ideas, there’s always room for more feedback and input on the ones they come up with. That’s why next week, BROS is opening up its annual pitch party to the public for the first time in years.

The options, per a release, exhibit the troupe’s creativity: “a dark metal splatter horror quest, a fantastical western, a disco high school murder mystery, a kaiju rom-com, a dystopian sci-fi, and a samurai hip-hopera.”

Each pitch will include a presentation with a quick walk through the plot, the conceptual vision and any art or music already in development. Attendees can then chime in with a vote for their favorite one.

This is part of an effort to bring in potential new volunteers, and to give everyone a look at how the company’s productions work. While BROS typically sources ideas from the dedicated volunteers behind its full-length shows, artistic director Aran Keating said in an email that they have allowed for outside input and pitches before–they just don’t typically advertise the option.

BROS tried out a public pitch party in 2012, but has made it members-only since, Keating said. Now better-established after years of performing–and set to get their own dedicated home at some point in the near future–the BROS are opening the pitch process up “as wide as possible,” he said.

The party begins 7 p.m. next Friday at The Crown, located at 1910 N. Charles St. Anyone looking to vote should arrive before 8 p.m. and hear all six presentations.

After the votes have been cast, everyone can stick around for The Crown’s monthly second-Friday dance party, TECHNIQ, featuring a local DJ.

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Ethan McLeod

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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