In June 2012, a group of friends got together, called themselves Camerosity Improv Theater, and did the best seventy-odd minutes of improvised theater that any of them had ever done before. It was magic. Now we need your help to make magic again.
In August (provisionally August 16th and 17th, but dates subject to change), we hope to present our second full-length performance. Our first show, Camerosity: A Night of Improvised Theater, was a huge success. We aim to replicate that success, but we need your help. Last year we performed with the help of Lane Community College's Student Productions Association, but this year we want to spread our wings and for that we need to secure funding to rent a performance space and promote our show: Camerosity, Too!
We want you to be a part of this show, and not just as our audience. We want you guys to be part of the rehearsal process, and we're committed to keeping backers in the loop with frequent video updates from our rehearsals. We're also inviting some backers into our actual rehearsals to learn improv with us! We believe that truly great improv comes out of participation and engagement, and we want you to be participating and engaging with us as we try to catch lightning in a bottle a second time.
What the Heck is Camerosity?
"Camerosity" was a word made up by the Kodak company in the early 40's to encode the date of manufacture on each of their products. Each letter in the word "Camerosity" stood for a different number, and the date was included in the serial number of or stamped somewhere on the product using that code.
The only reason that matters is because Camerosity Improv Theater uses old Kodak slide projectors in each of their shows. Unlike most other short-form improvised performances, Camerosity doesn't rely on audience suggestions to create scenes. Instead, a random assortment of vintage film slides are selected by the audience before the show and the actors use those as backdrops or scene suggestions. By adopting the name Camerosity, we pay homage to the rich history of film photography and projection technology that inspires us.
What Will My Money be Used For?
Here's the skeleton budget for our show. This is not meant to be an exact accounting of our budget (which can change as circumstances do), but rather a rough estimate of where we're going to be spending our funds.
- $400.00 - performance space and related costs
- $50.00 - PR (posters, mostly)
- $50.00 - printing programs
- $100.00 - printing and postage for backer rewards
- $50.00 - Kickstarter / Amazon fees
We also have some stretch goals in mind and budgeted for if we're able to seriously exceed our funding goal. Those will be announced as we approach our funding goal.
Risks and challenges
Improv shows are pretty simple to put up; there aren't any fancy costumes or props to worry about. All we need is a space to rehearse in and a space to perform in. We're planning on rehearsing in each other's homes and backyards during the summer, so we're fairly certain rehearsal space won't get pulled out from under us. The performance space in Lane Community College's Blue Door Theater is already reserved, we just need to pay for it. We have close ties with the LCC Performing Arts department, so we have maximum flexibility if something does need to be rescheduled. If we have a personnel crisis, we have a large pool of talented and friendly improvisers locally to draw on.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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