About this project
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GRIMM: A New Musical was initially presented in the Spring of 2009 at St. John’s University by the Chappell Players Theatre Group, a student-run organization in Jamaica, Queens. The Chappell Players, as part of their mission to cultivate a love of the performing arts and provide a practicum in theatrical staging, decided to launch the show as their children's theatre project. As their first student-written musical, GRIMM was very successful, playing to sold out houses at the 400-seat Little Theatre on campus, and involving hundreds of kids and teachers from the local schools in the community around St. John’s. Although GRIMM is a musical that appeals to children, its message is universal: Be careful, be cautious, be kind, and let your heart lead.
Our show was recently accepted into the NY International Fringe Festival, and is slated to be presented in August of 2012. The New York International Fringe Festival (www.fringenyc.org) is the largest multi-arts festival in North America, with more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues. We are so excited and so humbled to have the opportunity to present our show at the festival -- the problem is that we need money in order to produce it.
We have set our fundraising goal at $5,000.00. Some of the costs we are up against are: renting rehearsal space; purchasing materials to build the set, costumes and props; printing scripts for the cast; printing publicity for the show; paying the $650 festival participant’s fee; securing insurance for the company and fireproofing for our set materials – as required by the festival – and of course other incidental costs that will arise.
We are hoping that this will be the first project of our newly formed theatre company, the BIG Theatre Company. The BIG Theatre Company was founded by Chappell Player graduates, with the simple mission to Believe In Great theatre. We believe in our process, our productions, our artists, and our audience. We believe that greatness comes in many forms, and we hope that people who are involved with us and our work are moved, supported, and challenged to see the world in a new way.
Anyone who contributes to our project will receive a personalized Thank You from the production team (a handwritten card if you’re willing to provide your mailing address – or an email if you’d rather not), as well as recognition as a supporter in the Playbill of our show.
Thank you for considering to support us and our production of GRIMM. We hope that you believe in us enough to join our team and help us reach our goal. We are thrilled at the chance to produce a work that has been such a labor of love for us all, and we want more than anything to share it with you.
The GRIMM Production Team
Olivia Hartle, Director and Executive Producer
Ken Kruper, Music Director, Writer and Composer
Jon Randhawa, Production Designer, Publicity Designer and Co-Creator
Joe Cantalupo, Technical Director and Lighting Designer
Sarah Goncalves, Company Manager and Dramaturge
Vikki De Meo, Stage Manager
Keith Plokhoy, Set Designer
Ben Danielowski, Sound Designer
Mike Wirsch, Assistant Producer
Daria Coney, Public Relations
Production Assistants: Nicole Nole, Taylor Pedane, Alexa Peyton, Justin Phillips
Synopsis: Familiar stories from the Brothers Grimm are entwined with a new cast of characters and set to a stirring original score. Twin sisters and rivals, Angelica and Catherine, vie for the crown in this haunting tale of good vs. evil.
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