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A Klingon Xmas Carol is coming to Cincinnati! The folks who produced last year's hit "Don't Cross The Streams" are making it happen!
A Klingon Xmas Carol is coming to Cincinnati! The folks who produced last year's hit "Don't Cross The Streams" are making it happen!
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A Klingon Christmas Carol is the first play to be performed entirely in Klingon. Yes, you read that correctly. With the exception of a Vulcan narrator, this play is performed completely in the tlhIngan Hol (Klingon language). Adapted by a theatre group called Commedia Beauregard in Minnesota, the show has recently completed a four year run in Chicago and is entering its fifth year. And now, Hugo West Theatricals wants to bring the production to Cincinnati, Ohio!

Who is behind Hugo West Theatricals? This is the same group that presented Don't Cross The Streams: The Cease & Desist Musical in 2012 and 2013. The show was met with critical acclaim, sellout houses and enthusiastic patrons. 

Because of that response and success, the Hugo West Theatricals team is now excited to produce A Klingon Christmas Carol in Cincinnati. We will be performing on December 11-15 and 18-22 at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in the historic Over-The-Rhine district. The show is a retelling of the classic Charles Dickens tale in the original Klingon. All of your favorite characters from A Christmas Carol are here: Scrooge, Cratchit, Tiny Tim, The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet To Come, Fezziwig, Marley...and they all have weird looking foreheads. The play is presented in the Klingon language, but not to worry! English translation is provided in supertitles so that you can follow along. It's a one of a kind Holiday experience that you won't want to miss!

So, why this show? As with any artistic endeavor, there should be a challenge. This show presents a number of challenges. First and foremost, there is the challenge of learning the Klingon language and teaching it to 14 actors. Second, there is competition, as there will be three different iterations of Charles Dickens' classic work presented in Cincinnati this December, our Klingon version being one of them. But third, and the reason for this fundraiser, is the amount of money needed to present this remarkable and unique piece of work.

We have a number of preliminary expenses to cover. They vary from our deposit on the rights to the production to wigs and custom-made foreheads (yes, just like those from TV and film). We even need to build a puppet version of one of the most sympathetic characters in literature, Tiny Tim, or TiMHoM. In all, we need to raise $3,500 to meet our initial budgetary demands.

What does producing this show bring to Cincinnati? A number of items:

1. A cultural event unlike any other. It bridges the gap between fans of Star Trek, theatre, and Charles Dickens, all in a Holiday themed show.

2. A different option around the holidays. While it is a story that has been told in many venues, A Klingon Christmas Carol is certain to provide a wonderful alternative to the normal fare.

3. More people to the Over The Rhine area of Downtown Cincinnati. This part of town has seen huge success with its recent revitalization project. With this programming, even more people will make their way to this thriving community.

We appreciate the support. Thank you for helping us with this project!

Risks and challenges

Some items have been taken care of already. The deposit for the rights have been paid, and foreheads have been ordered but not paid off.

What may hinder us is on the production side. For example, we do not currently have a lighting provider. The money will help with that, but we might not be able to secure the company for the time that we need. In that case, we will still present the production. It won't have the same feel, but we will make it work. The most important part is telling the story.

Regardless, we will perform this show. We have the manpower to present it, so it will happen!

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    Honor - Your name gets printed in our program! You will be listed at the beq (Klingon for Crewman) level.

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    tlhIngan vagh jen - That's Klingon for "Klingon high five"! At just five dollars, you will receive a high five from the Klingon of your choice at any performance you attend. Note: Klingons will only give you one high five. After that, you're on your own. Plus, your name in the program! You will be listed at the beq (Klingon for Crewman) level.

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    Hug a Klingon - For your $10 pledge, you will be able to hug a Klingon at one of our performances. Oddly, there is no word in the Klingon language that translates directly to "hug," so...much like the Klingon high five, this is at your own discretion. You will also receive our thanks in the program! You will be recognized at the bu' (Sergeant) level.

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    Klingon Video Christmas Card! - Okay, so you might not be able to make it to our show here in Cincinnati, which means you can't get a hug from a Klingon. So what might you get out of donating $10 to our cause? How about a personalized video Christmas card from us Klingons to you? We'll put your name into a specially made video that will warm even SQuja''s heart! You'll receive the link by the time we open the show, and you'll be able to share it with all of your friends!

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    tlhIngan HoD - Klingon Captain! What does this get you? Well, everyone knows Klingon Captains love to give orders. With this $25 pledge, you will be able to do just that! We will provide you with a set list of Klingon orders, coach you on how to say the order in Klingon, and then sit back and watch! This will be good for after the performance that you attend. Examples of what they might do: Recite you a Klingon love poem, Curse at your friend, Dance to Gangnam Style, etc.! As a Klingon Captain, you will also receive thanks in our program at the Captain level, and a high five from your Klingon subordinate!

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    tlhIngan Hol ghoj - Learn the Klingon language! Ever wanted to learn the Klingon language but were afraid to ask? Never fear (because Klingons have none)! At the $40 level, you will be able to do just that! You will be able to attend our language lesson with the cast on one evening in November. You won't be able to learn the whole language, but we'll teach you the important words. And yes... we'll teach you one or two words of profanity. You'll also receive one ticket to any performance, and recognition in the program at the Captain level!

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    batlh Quch - Forehead of Honor! For your pledge of $85, you will receive your very own Klingon forehead, molded by the same artist who designs for our show! Plus, your name in the program at the Captain level, and 1 ticket to the show of your choice!

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    batlh QoQ - Music of honor! A song in the Klingon language, featuring your name, performed live at one of our performances! The song will be performed by Il Troubadore, a variety band that performs in many different styles...including Klingon! Google Il Troubadore to find out more about this outstanding group! This is a one of a kind opportunity that you won't want to miss! In addition, you will receive 2 tickets to the performance that night, and your name will be added to the program. You will be added at the Brigadier ('ech) level. Note: This is subject to the evening that Il Troubadore will be able to perform during the run of Klingon Christmas Carol, which is Dec. 11 (Opening night) and Dec. 22 (Closing night)

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    qun 'ay' - Piece of History! Get your own battle trophy! You will receive a performance-used, partially destroyed batleth, signed by the actor who brought it to its final end. Plus, your name in the program at the Captain level! And one ticket to the performance of your choice!

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    An Evening with the Klingons - You will become part of the production for one night! You will be cast in a walk-on role 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. 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). You will receive 2 VIP tickets to any performance! So that your friends and loved-ones can witness your interstellar acting debut, you will also receive 2 complimentary tickets to the performance in which you will be appearing! Also, our heartfelt thanks as put forth in the printed program, as you will be listed at the vaunted Fleet Admiral level!

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