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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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