BROS challenging people to create and submit three-minute rock operas

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Image courtesy of Baltimore Rock Opera Society.

The Baltimore Rock Opera Society is challenging people to create their own rock opera video, but here’s the catch: participants can only use objects that are available in their homes.

After seeing people tap into creative outlets during quarantine, such as the Getty Museum Challenge, which called on folks to recreate artistic masterpieces at home, BROS decided to take a crack at creating their own contest, the group said in a news release.

“We’ve had to put most of our projects on hold as a result of the quarantine, and we know we’re not the only ones getting itchy to create something,” Aran Keating, BROS executive director, said in a statement. “We hope this gives people a fun outlet to create some fun and weird art until we can be unleashed on the world again.”

BROS’ Online Opera Series Challenge calls on participants to submit a rock opera video that tells a story with distinct characters and music in three minutes or less.

Beyond those constraints, participants should strive to make the different components of their rock opera work as one connected piece, Tyler Merchant, marketing director for BROS, told Baltimore Fishbowl.

“A good rock opera–and good visual stories in general–should be a cohesive piece of work,” Merchant said. “The most successful submissions will have music, story, and characters that all fit together and share the same feel and tone. But we want to encourage participants to experiment, so they should feel free to take risks.”

All music used in the videos should either be original music, original covers or parodies, or recordings from the public domain to avoid copyright violations when BROS shares them online, Merchant said.

BROS leaders will select their favorites, and members of the public will then vote online to select a winner. That winner will be offered the opportunity to remake their video with BROS’ resources and premiere it online.

That could include a new soundtrack performed by musicians, a new dance number, or added special effects, according to BROS’ website.

Merchant added that there may also be an in-person premiere event, depending on safety guidelines and Maryland’s restrictions at the time.

Voting will begin May 31 and close June 15. The winner will then be announced on June 17.

Although participants can only use objects from their homes, they can collaborate remotely with “quaranteam” members outside of their household.

“Working remotely with other collaborators is highly encouraged but so is just throwing together the most insane story you can think of with your partner and their cat,” BROS said in a news release.

Merchant added that BROS encourages participants not to break social distancing, so the only people who should be in your video are members of your household or your remote “quaranteam.” Participants are discouraged from inviting people over to work on or be featured in the video.

Submissions can be set via email or file share to [email protected] The submission deadline is May 24 at 11:59 pm.

For more information about the challenge, visit baltimorerockopera.org.

Marcus Dieterle


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