The Dickens classic has been translated into the Klingon Language. A huge hit in MN for 3 years now, we're bringing the show to Chicago in 2010!
About 3 years ago a group of theatre professionals teamed up with a Star Trek fan club to create "A Klingon Christmas Carol". It's a terrific play that was the first ever full-length play to be produced in the Klingon Language (tlhIngan Hol). We've put it on three times in Minnesota. It's been wildly successful beyond anything we could've imagined.
We get a lot of feedback every year we do the show, and the comment we get most often from people all over the place is "I wish you were closer to where I live". So... the idea was kicked around to take the show more places.
We want to take it to Chicago in 2010. The MN production will remain in place, so that means creating a completely new production of the show for the Windy City.
What does it take to put up a production of "A Klingon Christmas Carol"? Well... let us take you through the process...
In about June we start casting the show. It requires 13-16 professional actors. In September we have a read-through of the script (in English). By that time we have had a Klingon expert record all of the lines in the show so that a CD can be made for the actors to assist them in learning their lines. This is also the point at which we give the cast a couple of language lessons in Klingon.
The next big step comes in early October. We start to rehearse the show, mold prosthetic foreheads for the cast, start construction on the costumes and the puppet that will play "Tiny Tim" (tImHom in Klingon). We rehearse for six weeks. Along the process we add the fight scenes and learn to use the teleprompters (if someone forgets a line in Klingon, it is nearly impossible to improvise), and we pull it all together just in time to put the show up on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving). We do 16 performances over 4 weekends.
Why do we need the money? Well, while we have done this show in Minnesota before, it's a whole new ballgame to do it in multiple locations. The fact is, we have to build new costumes, prostheses and train new actors from scratch. In MN we have all that stuff already. In Chicago, we have to rent rehearsal space (something we don't pay for in MN) and a theater performance space. Producing a live show in theatre often costs more than a small budget independent film. A lot of work and effort goes into the production and a lot of people put in their share for the love of it, but the costs are still pretty hefty.
Oh, yeah! We'll be teaming with a new co-producer for the Chicago show, also... The IKV Emperor's Hand of the Klingon Assault Group. It's a Klingon fan club. We partner with a local branch of KAG to enhance the fan involvement in the show. We could not have even thought about doing the MN production of the show, nor the translation of the script, without the help and guidance of the IKV RakeHell (the MN KAG ship).
So... Some links that might interest you:
Please check out the video on here, too.
We really would love to bring the show to Chicago. Help us bring about this Klingon Invasion!
If you have any questions about the show, the language, or anything else, feel free to send a note to us ... firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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HONOR QUEST -- You will receive our special bi-weekly Newsletter * batlh Qu' * starting in June 2010 until the production's close at the end of December. The newsletter will feature snippets from auditions, rehearsals, and other secret communications from the cast and company.
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DRINK THE BLOODWINE -- You will receive a lovely blood-red extra-large Coffee Mug with the show's logo on it in both English and thlIngan Hol (the Klingon Language). PLUS, the mentions in the program and website, the autographed poster, and the signed photo of the notorious coward SQuja' (Scrooge).
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FUEL FOR THE ENGINES -- You will receive a bag of Jacked-Up Java Cookie Mix (http://www.celebrationgeneration.com/JavaCookieMix.html) from Celebration Generation Cakes, one of the 2009 sponsors of the show in Minneapolis. You will also receive your name in the program and website, the newsletter, the autographed picture of SQuja', the cast-signed poster, and your very own blood-red KCC Mug.
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LAUNCHING THE SHIP -- You will receive a pair of VIP tickets to the Opening Night of the 2010 Chicago production of "A Klingon Christmas Carol". Opening Night is on November 26, 2010. PLUS, you will receive the blood-red mug, the autographed poster and photo, and you will receive our hearty thanks in our program and website.
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WARRIOR'S UNIFORM -- You will receive a 100% Cotton T-Shirt featuring the 2010 Chicago production's Logo on the Front, and the name of the show in both English and tlhIngan Hol (The Klingon Language) on the back. In addition, you will receive a pair of VIP tickets for Opening Night, an autographed poster, a picture of SQuja' (Scrooge) with his signature upon it, a blood-red KCC mug, the newsletter full of info and goodies, and acknowledgment in the program and website. Oh! And don't forget the bag of cookie mix!
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RIDGED FOREHEAD -- You will receive your very own latex forehead made by Bill Hedrick, the make-up guru of "A Klingon Christmas Carol". Your forehead will match one of our actors, as it will be poured from one of the molds actually used in the show! Not only that, but you will get the newsletter, the signed picture of SQuja', the autographed poster, a blood-red KCC mug, a pair of VIP tickets to Opening Night, A KCC 2010 T-shirt, a package of Jacked-Up Java Cookies, and our most sincerest thanks expressed in the program and on our website.
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COMMUNICATOR MALFUNCTION -- You will receive a set of 20 Christmas Cards that have their holiday greetings written in both English and tlhIngan Hol! Nothing says "Happy Feast of the Long Night" like these! You'll also receive a battle-damaged prop from the rehearsal process. That's right. During the rehearsal process there tends to be some carnage. Luckily it is limited to our hand props. You will receive a hunk of a batleth, bloodwine mug, or some other prop... possibly even a piece of Tiny Tim (he's a puppet, you know), signed by the actor who destroyed it. You'll also receive the Newsletter, the pair of VIP tickets to Opening Night, a KCC T-shirt and mug, the autographed poster and photo, nummy chocolate/coffee/caffeine-infused cookie mix, and the undying thanks of the cast and crew as expressed in our program and website.
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HIGH SECURITY CLEARANCE -- You will receive an invitation to two by-invitation-only events: 1). You will be invited to a Meet & Greet reception with the cast about on November 22, 2010. Munchies and beverages will be served, and you'll get to hang out with every Klingon from the cast. 2). You will be invited to attend a specially selected rehearsal (date has yet to be determined) to experience what it is to go through the process of putting together a play in a constructed language from a fictional universe! You'll also get 2 VIP tickets to opening night (November 26, 2010). Oh yeah... You'll also get the Newsletter, the autographed picture of SQuja' (Scrooge), the signature-laden poster, the KCC Mug and T-shirt, the cookie mix and, of course, your name in the program and on the website.
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HIGH COUNCIL AMBASSADOR -- You will become part of the production for one night! You will be cast in a walk-on roll for one night of the production. You will have at least one line in tlhIngan Hol (the Klingon Language), and you will be fully costumed in KCC attire and will receive your very own custom-molded forehead & wig. You get to keep the wig & forehead combo. We keep the costume. To facilitate this amazing opportunity, you will also be invited to attend one language lesson with the cast, to assist in learning proper Klingon elocution techniques. You will also attend one rehearsal with the cast to learn your blocking (stage movement). In addition, you will be invited to the invitation-only events (Meet & Greet reception and rehearsal), and will receive 2 VIP tickets to opening night. So that your friends and loved-ones can witness your interstellar acting debut, you will also receive 6 complimentary tickets to the performance in which you will be appearing. Of course you'll also receive the newsletter, the photo of SQuja', the show poster, the KCC Mug of blood-red coloring, the KCC T-shirt, the cookie mix, a box of Klingon X-mas cards, and our heartfelt thanks as put forth in the printed program and the website.