Apply for an internship with the Press Skits

Student Internship Program

Florida Capitol Press Club’s Annual Press Skits

Application deadline: Nov. 25, 2016

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Capitol Press Club of Florida is a diverse group of journalists who cover the seat of state government in Tallahassee. Each year, the press club produces and stars in the Capitol Press Club Skits, which pokes fun at politicians to raise money for the Barbara L. Frye Scholarship Fund. The comedy variety show features skits, videos and parody songs created and performed by Tallahassee journalists. The Capitol Press Club is looking to hire student interns to assist our adult amateur actors with the 2017 production. This director is Terrence Pride.

Interviews for select applicants will be held the week of Nov. 28. The positions available are:

  • Assistant Director/Stage Manager ($500 stipend)
  • Musical Director ($500 stipend)

Both positions will be paid in two installments: half on Jan. 30 and the other half after successful completion of the show and wrap-up duties.

Students chosen to participate in the internship program will assist with the production of the annual Florida Capitol Press Club Skits on March 14, 2017. There will be approximately one dozen rehearsals and meetings from December through March, with time demands increasing closer to the show. Student interns are expected to attend all rehearsals unless absences are cleared with the press club liaison and excused in advance. Multiple absences or unsatisfactory performance may result in dismissal from the internship program. The assistant director should be someone who will remain in Tallahassee and be willing to become skits director in 2018.

HOW TO APPLY

Email a resume that includes work/experience in comedy or musical theater, relevant coursework, applicable skills and three references (name, title, organization/school, phone number and email address). One reference must be a professor or member of the staff at your current school. See below for full job description.

Applications should be emailed to barbarafryescholarship@gmail.com by Nov. 25.

Questions and comments about the internship program and application process can be emailed to the same address or by contacting Press Skits Director Terrence Pride at (305) 542-4841.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/STAGE MANAGER

The assistant director’s job is to assist the director with all tasks in setting the vision and improving the production value of the annual skits. In addition, the assistant director/stage manager would be the main liaison between the director and the actors on the night of the production. The assistant manager would also coordinate with the professional staff at the venue, including sound, lighting and set crews. It is essential that the production’s director and assistant director/stage manager have an ongoing and mutually supportive collaboration. The director communicates his or her vision of the show, and the assistant director/stage manager uses his or her understanding of the show’s demands to help the director (and cast) be successful.  Prior experience in theater production is required. Experience in comedy or musical productions preferred.

 MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Beyond the expected musical expertise, the music director must have strong communication and organizational skills and be able to work collaboratively with the show’s director, cast and band. It is essential that the production’s director and musical director have an ongoing and mutually supportive collaboration. The director communicates his or her vision of the show, and the music director uses his or her understanding of the show’s musical demands to help the director (and cast) be successful.  The musical director works with the director in scheduling rehearsals, which cast members need to be there, and what the directors expect to accomplish at each rehearsal. 

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2016 Barbara Frye Scholarship (deadline passed)

The application deadline for 2016 Barbara Frye Scholarships has passed. Winners will be announced no later than December 2016.

Who: Graduating high school seniors and college students planning to pursue a career in journalism can apply for scholarship awards up to $2,000. Students who attended a high school in Florida or attend or expect to attend a college or university in Florida are eligible to apply, including graduate students.

What: Awards up to $2,000 will be granted on the basis of merit and dedication to a journalism career, and financial need may be considered. Past winners and applicants may re-apply if they are still eligible.

When: The application window for the 2016-2017 academic year is now open. Applications must be received by Sept. 23, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. Winners will be announced no later than December.

Where: E-mail your application to barbarafryescholarship@gmail.com

Why: Because you’re a talented aspiring journalist, and we would like to help future generations of journalists hone their craft.

How: Download the application form and instructions here. (Dropbox login not required. Download will begin automatically after a few seconds of clicking “no thanks” to signing up.) The application requires an updated resume, a letter of recommendation, answers to two essay questions and three samples of your work.

2015 scholarship winners announced

December 7, 2015

Barbara L. Frye Journalism Scholarship Announces 2015 Winners

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Capitol Press Corps is pleased to announce it has awarded the 2015 Barbara L. Frye Scholarship to 15 aspiring journalists from eight different high schools and colleges.

The awards provide $2,000 in scholarships to college students and graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a career in reporting and writing. Students who attended high school in Florida or are enrolled at a Florida college or university are eligible to apply. This year’s winners represent students from five universities and three Florida high schools.

Money for the scholarships is raised by the Capitol Press Corps members through the “(Sometimes) Annual Capitol Press Skits,” held each year during the legislative session. The event pokes fun at politicians and policy at the state Capitol.

The scholarship is named after Barbara L. Frye, the Tallahassee bureau chief for United Press International for 38 years. Frye was the first woman to work full time in the Florida Capitol Press Corps and covered 11 governors — from Spessard L. Holland to Bob Graham. Frye was elected to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame in 1984 and was a member of the inaugural class of the Florida Press Association Hall of Fame in 1990.

To view the 2015 winners click here.

Big Changes Ahead for Press Skits 2016

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We are introducing some exciting changes for the 61st Annual Press Skits in 2016 that will help us get back to our roots and make the event more accessible and fun for ALL of our guests.

First the basics:

Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Times: Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Place: The Moon, 1105 E Lafayette St, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Cost: $70 for floor seats, $30 for general admission (plus fees, more on this below)

How to purchase tickets: The Moon website or box office (on sale NOW)

How to contact us: presscorpstickets@gmail.com

“So how did you guys come up with this new price structure? How can I buy a table? What am I going to eat? What is the long answer to why there are all these changes?”

We’re glad you asked all of those questions! Gather ’round for the long answer.

We got rid of the tables.

We have philosophical and financial reasons for doing so. The Press Corps voted, and collectively we decided to get back to having seats first-come, first-served with a slight tweak. That is how we arrived at this new two-tier system. The $70 floor seats (plus $7 in service charges, total $77) are self-explainable: you will be sitting on the floor closest to the stage. General admission is $30 (plus $5 in service charges, total $35) and covers all other seating. That is a $5 reduction from last year for GA, and we also expanded GA seating to include the mezzanine levels that cost $70 last year.

All seats are first-come, first-served within the two tiers.

There will be tables throughout the venue like normal, but none of the seats around these tables will be reserved for any particular person or business. If you and your friends want to sit together, we suggest you get there early and stake your claim. Yes, the House and Senate majority and minority leaders, governor and Cabinet will have reserved seating up front and center, if they choose. But they will have to pay the $70 like everyone else and their staff and colleagues will be subject to the same rules as everyone else.

But the drinks will still flow freely.

Of course, we will have four bars open like normal. People who have GA tickets will have access to all four bars, including the two on the floor, at all times.

And so will parking.

All parking at the Moon’s lots is first-come, first-served. And it’s free. No reserved parking at all. (Unless your name is Richard Lynn Scott and then, well, your SUV kind of makes its own rules.) Once those lots fill up, head across the street to the strip mall lots.

Plus no more growling stomachs in GA.

That brings us to the food. Last year, there were folks seated at tables who said the food was a waste of money. Others sat in general admission and said they were starving and wished there were food options available. We heard you! The Moon kitchen will be open up front, and there will also be a food truck on the Silver Moon patio. Food for all! Just pay for and grab what you want.

So join us!

Tickets are on sale now at The Moon. You can pay online on their website or pay in person at the box office that is open Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. and whenever the Moon is open for events. If you need to pay by check, you will also send it to The Moon even if the check needs to be made payable to the Florida Capitol Press Corps. But be sure to check with us or The Moon first to make sure the check includes applicable fees and service charges ($77 for floor, $35 for GA).

We are looking forward to a great year. If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to send us an email at presscorpstickets@gmail.com.