We want to bring people, laughter, and money to University Ave. by producing SEVEN shows in 2012-2013!
WHAT IS HAPPY MINNESOTA?
HAPPY MINNESOTA is an initiative by Dangerous Productions (run by Tyler Olsen and a bunch of other great folks (see below), to bring people, money, and laughter to the Central Corridor in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Over the next year, we want to create, produce, and perform 7 original events along University Avenue, in an attempt to drive people INTO the area, as major construction drives them OUT.
We've already produced 5 successful shows (go to http://www.happymn.com/ and click on "Past Happy Shows" for info and videos), and we're just getting started! The shows are all fun, family friendly, and more than a little crazy, and we've already seen and heard that they'r ehaving an impact on the area (patrons at just one HAPPY MINNESOTA show shopped, ate, or drank at TWENTY TWO local businesses!)
The seven shows we're looking to produce are:
HAPPY AUTO-ADVENTURE- an hour-long, multisensory experience created by the brains at MYNDWYRM- strap on a pair of headphones and go on a custom-built tour of University Avenue!
HAPPY CAFE- The show that started it all! A failing cafe, a cake contest, and a ten million dollar prize are the ingredients in this out-of-control farce. 5 actors play 27 characters in the laugh riot, performed at a vacant business on University!
HAPPY PRESENTS- Our first showcase for out-of town artists, HAPPY welcome theatrical clown and lunatic Gabe McKinney, to present his hilarious one-man show!
HAPPY CRAZIER NEW YEAR- that's right, last year's smash hit returns for another evening of drinking, dance parties, frogs, and cabbage in this interactive and insane party-with-a-plot!
HAPPY UNIVERSITY- brainchild of Dangerous Productions League member Chris Rowe, this workshop series will feature tons of local artists and teachers, who will offer weekend intensives in a variety of theatrical forms!
HAPPY CABARET- once again we'll be teaming up with a local restaurant to present an evening of comedy, music, and who knows what. Admission will be free- you buy food and drink!
HAPPY SURPRISE- what, you think we're going to tell you EVERYTHING? What fun would that be?
What We Need & What You Get
So, where is this money going?
To People, pure and simple. Up until this point, artists working on HAPPY shows have been essentially volunteering their time, because this project is about the lending a hand to the businesses and folks who are desperate for help, and all the artists here at HAPPY want to see everybody do well. But we at Dangerous Productions want to make sure the Artists get paid well, too- these are some of the most talented folks in the Twin Cities, and deserve to get paid well for their amazing work.
What do you get?
1. You get to be part of an awesome project. HAPPY MINNESOTA is about people, laughter, and helping out a neighborhood that really needs it right now.
2. You get to be an official member of the HAPPY team. That means that when we announce something, we'll yell it in your ear first. If we decide to do something totally random at a moment's notice (which happens often), you'll get an email. And when we're looking for a place to party after the shows, we'll show up at your house first.
3. Prizes! Your own dance party button, the chance to decide the title of the next HAPPY show, your own inflatable turtle, a home troll-making kit... The possibilities are ENDLESS!
Are you ready for some magic? The $5,000 is actually $25,000. Woah! Did you see that? But how? Well...
Performance has a long history as an economic engine for an area. People that go see shows don't just pay for tickets- they pay for parking, for gas, for dinner, for drinks afterwards- you name it! For every dollar they spend at the theater, they spend FIVE in the community! So that $5,000 turns into $25,000- now THAT'S Impact!
And of course, every dollar we raise OVER the $5,000- that's also worth $5. There is literally NO LIMIT to the amount of money that we can pour into this area, and believe me, the businesses will be grateful for it!
I'm out of cash at the moment! What else can I do?
1. Share the video and this site. Spend ten minutes sending it to EVERYBODY you know.
2. Tell people about the project!
3. Come to Happy Shows! Don't let money be a barrier there, either- if you want to come, but are short on cash, we'll gladly work out a deal- you can usher, or chop cabbage, or help put up posters- whatever!
4. Shop at the businesses along University- they have Target, Cub, Rainbow, as well as a BAJILLION little restaurants that are GREAT- if you're in the neighborhood, swing by and pick something up, or stay and eat. Every little bit helps!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Being listed as on of the "Royal 100" in all Happy Programs. 100 people at $10 each- that's $1000. At every Happy Event, you'll also get to team up with fellow Royal 100-ers and yell "WE ARE HAPPY", a la those chiseled spartan dudes. Don't worry- we won't try to kill you afterwards.Estimated delivery:
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An official HAPPY troll making kit! Everything you need to turn your chin into a crazy, snaggle-toothed troll to terrorize your family! Magica; abilities insinuated, but not included.Estimated delivery:
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Your own dance party button. That's right, we said it. A little button to stick anywhere you want, to start a dance party, anywhere you want.Estimated delivery:
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A dance party button, a troll, and an official HAPPY MINNESOTA T-shirt, for showing off just how cool you are... Don't blame us for what happens if you engage all three things at the same time!Estimated delivery:
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All of the above, and a HAPPY season pass- one ticket to every Happy Show (a grand total of 6 tickets, plus one free workshop!), with first dibs on seats. This is getting completely out of control...Estimated delivery:
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A Happy Character, all of your own. You'll get together with the Happy team when a show starts rolling, and you'll get to not only NAME a character, but also list a physical attribute, country of origin, and pivotal life experience, that the actor & writers will then weave into the story of the show!Estimated delivery:
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You get to choose the title of the final HAPPY Show! We're not kidding. You name the show (it must have the word "Happy" in it) and we'll create it. Plus all the other stuff.Estimated delivery:
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HAPPY AMBULANCE SERVICE. This is a show that we've been wanting to do for a year. 3 actors, 4 audience members, and an ambulance, for one hour. Let your imagination run wild. Dinner, plasma, and personal protection equipment provided.Estimated delivery:
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