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This fresh and upbeat children's TV show for K-6 elementary school learners has a HOT original soundtrack! Pre-order your CD today...

                                  Video by Brown Sofa, Brooklyn, NY

Hi everybody! My name is Angela Hall. Oodles of people know me as a recording artist but what they might not know is that I am also a NY state certified elementary school teacher. With your pledges, I aim to produce a children's TV show pilot and a few episodes. I will also complete, master, and distribute the show's Volume 1 CD soundtrack. Check out this super duper project...

THE SHOW

Tootie's Education Empire is a new concept in children's TV programming and it celebrates learning for lower and upper elementary school students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The show is fresh, energetic, and contemporary.

As the show's host, I am Tootie Tutelage. The utilization of skits, puppetry, animal wildlife visits to the set, sibling role models, families learning together as groups, experiments, cooking, humor, interviews with interesting people, adventure trips around the USA, rhythm, percussion, music, visual art, and more will be used to create show segments. The show appeals to various learning modalities. The members of the cast are fantastically cute children, adults, and puppets.

THE MUSIC

All of the songs on the CD were written by me and the music genres are varied. The simple, yet clever lyrics and melodies are catchy. Some of the song titles included on this CD are Reggae Paragraph, Seven Continents, Train Up A Child, Animals With Backbones, and Synonym Swag.

WHY DO I THINK I CAN PULL THIS OFF?

ON CAMERA EXPERIENCE AND OTHER TIDBITS...

My stage and film credits are expansive. Before becoming a school teacher, I was a performer for years and had the privilege of working on camera with some Academy Award winning directors such as the late Bob Altman and Anthony Minghella. I've worked in films directed by Spike Lee, Antonia Byrd, and Tim Robbins as well. I have performed in regional theatre and national touring companies across the United States. Shows like The Tap Dance Kid (with Savion Glover), Lil' Shop of Horrors, and Big River don my resume. I was also a featured performer in the hit Broadway show Black and Blue for two years. 

In addition to that, I already have a film crew. I will use leased access on cable TV as my initial outlet for viewership. As I said before, I am presently a classroom teacher. Knowing what is current in education will help make what I bring to the show relevant and authentic. 

And don't forget the singing... As I mentioned earlier, I am a recording artist. My father's gospel singing roots rubbed off on me. My mom is one of the best letter writers around, so songwriting is in my DNA as well. The script and the songs are solid. The puppets and cast members can really sing. It's good stuff.

WHY $50,000?

Well, quite honestly, in Hollywood land, up to a million dollars or more can be used to produce one TV show pilot. Tootie's Education Empire does not have the financial backing of a big time film producer or record label. $50,000 will get Tootie's Education Empire headed in the right direction.

SOME ITEMS YOUR PLEDGES WILL HELP FUND:

  • Film crew
  • Staff and production assistants
  • Talent
  • More puppets
  • Set design
  • Location costs and props
  • Craft services (Talent has got to eat afterall...)
  • Legal fees & licensing
  • Pre and post production administrative stuff
  • Marketing and promotion for the show and CD
  • Kickstarter rewards and ancillary costs...

...PHEW!!!!!!

FABULOUS REWARDS FOR EVERYONE...

You are going to enjoy all of the lovely goodies. There are rewards for everyone so take your time and explore the reward choices listed to the right of this column. Here is a short list of some of the rewards...Based on your pledge, you can receive a Tootie's Education Empire Exclusive Kickstarter Backer CD, an appearance on the show, an album download, a digital production pack, tickets to the CD release, a chance to record with Tootie in the studio, the opportunity to get one of the show's puppets named after you, and more!

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A FINAL NOTE...

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THROUGH MY KICKSTARTER PAGE.  I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT IF I DO NOT GET 100% OF MY GOAL, I WILL GET ZERO FUNDING. YIKES!!! THAT WOULD MEAN YOU WOULD NOT GET YOUR FANTASTIC REWARDS. DOUBLE YIKES!!! SO, TELL ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS AND SHARE THE LINK.

GRACE AND PEACE,

ANGELA

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND CREDITS

Brown Sofa Video - Video Production
Levite Music Studio - Sound Recording 
Perfektech - Kickstarter Graphics/ Web Design
Puppets For Goodness Sake - Customized Puppet Design
Dreams that Breathe - Trademarks/ Copyrights
Cedric Wooten Photography - Puppet Photography
 
Cast Appearances
Tootie Tutelage - Angela Hall
Skyler - Brianna Turner
Simona - Joann Fields
JR (Johnny Rascal) - Jonathan Hall

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    "THANK YOU SONG" DIGITAL PDF WITH LYRIC SHEET + DOWNLOAD OF THE SINGLE "REGGAE PARAGRAPH" - You receive a "Thank You Song" written by me exclusively for Kickstarter backers. A video of the the show's puppets and me singing the song will come to you (with a lyric sheet) as a digital pdf. You also receive a download of the CD single "Reggae Paragraph."

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    TOOTIE'S EDUCATION EMPIRE DOG TAG - You receive a stainless steel, full color dog tag with an offset printed likeness of Johnny (the puppet dog) or the Tootie's Education Empire blue castle logo. Your dog tag comes with a clear epoxy coating, 30" ball chain, and key ring.

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    TOOTIE'S EDUCATION EMPIRE CD DOWNLOAD + DIGITAL PRODUCTION PACK + AUTOGRAPHED POSTER - When you pledge $10 or more, you receive a Tootie's Education Empire album download with a bonus KICKSTARTER BACKER dedication track. You also get an autographed 11 x 17 poster of puppet cast members. On top of that, you get a DIGITAL PRODUCTION PACK which includes a digital pdf of all of the song lyrics from the CD, unreleased production photos of the filming process, video footage of scene outtakes from the show, behind the scenes commentary from my recording engineer as he is mixing the CD in the studio, and more. Your digital production pack includes a video of the "Thank You Song" with lyric sheet.

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    A DOZEN RINGTONES- You receive instrumental versions of the cuts from the Tootie's Education Empire CD as ringtones. You also receive a personalized autographed 8 x 10 photo of Angela Hall aka "Tootie Tutelage".

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    (ADMIT 2) NYC PREVIEW SCREENING OF TOOTIE'S EDUCATION EMPIRE SHOW FOOTAGE + TOOTIE'S EDUCATION EMPIRE ALBUM DOWNLOAD + DIGITAL PRODUCTION PACK + AUTOGRAPHED 11 x 17 POSTER - I want my Kickstarter backers to be involved in the creative process. You and a guest will be invited to screen scenes from the pilot and give important feedback. The NYC preview screening will be held Sat. Feb. 2, 2013. (You will be forwarded details concerning the time and place as we approach the event.) You also receive a Tootie's Education Empire album download with an EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER BACKER dedication track, an autographed 11 x 17 puppet cast poster, and a digital production pack (with the "Thank You Song" included). The digital production pack includes a digital pdf of all of the songs from the CD, unreleased production photos from the filming proccess, video footage of scene outtakes form the show, behind the scenes commentary from my recording engineer as he's mixing the CD in the studio, and more! Your album download, poster, and digital production pack will be mailed Nov. 2012.

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    TOOTIE'S EDUCATION EMPIRE CD IN A HARD JEWEL CASE + ALBUM DOWNLOAD + AUTOGRAPHED 24 x 36 POSTER + DIGITAL PRODUCTION PACK - Find joy in knowing that you are one of the first on the entire globe to receive a Tootie's Education Empire EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER BACKER CD in a hard jewel case. Your CD comes shrink-wrapped with lyrics to all of the songs. The CD has a bonus EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER BACKER dedication track. You also receive an autographed 24 x 36 puppet cast poster. You get an album download and a digital production pack too. Your digital production pack includes the "Thank You Song" with lyric sheet, a digital pdf of the lyrics from the CD, unreleased production photos, video footage of the show's outtakes, and behind the scenes commentary. (International supporters, please add $15 for shipping.)

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    NYC "REGGAE PARAGRAPH" VIDEO SHOOT ADMIT FOR 2 ON SATURDAY, OCT. 20 + TOOTIE'S EDUCATION EMPIRE CD IN A HARD JEWEL CASE + AUTOGRAPHED 24 x 36 POSTER + DIGITAL PRODUCTION PACK - We need TV extras and lots of them. We need adults and children to make it happen. So, we want our Kickstarter backers to have the opportunity of being involved in the video before casting notices go out! The song "Reggae Paragraph" will be one of the songs featured in the pilot. You and a guest will take part in the filming of the Reggae Paragraph video segment on Saturday, Oct. 20. (We encourage child participants ages 6 and up. Please note that children ages 6 -17 cannot enter the location unless accompanied by an adult Kickstarter backer.) As part of this reward, you also receive an EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER BACKER CD, an autographed 24 x 36 puppet cast poster, an album download, and a digital production pack. Some of the footage from the "Reggae Paragraph" video shoot will go on the "The Making of Tootie's Education Empire" DVD. Your CD, album download, autographed poster, and digital production pack will be mailed to you Nov. 2012. Details concerning the video shoot location and time will be forwarded to you as the event approaches.

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    TOOTIE'S T-SHIRT PACK - You will receive a Tootie's Education Empire T-shirt, a Tootie's Education Empire EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER BACKER CD, a 24 x 36 autographed puppet cast poster, an album download, and a digital production pack! Your digital production pack includes the "Thank You Song" with lyric sheet, a digital pdf of all of the song lyrics from the CD, unreleased production photos, footage of outtakes from the show, and behind the scenes commentary. (International supporters, please add $15 for shipping.)

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    NYC KICKSTARTER BACKER STUDIO RECORDING SESSION WITH TOOTIE... As you know, one of the rewards of this project is an EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER BACKER CD. One of the tracks on this CD is dedicated to my KICKSTARTER backers and I want some Kickstarter backers to be on that track. Yaaay! You will be invited to come in for voiceover work on the Kickstarter dedication track. (You don't have to be able to sing. Talking will do just fine.) Participants of this reward will also be used on 2 other tracks for simple voiceover work, hand clapping, cheering, ect...The studio has been booked for Monday, August 13 and Tuesday, August 14. Recording sessions will take place in the evening after 7pm in Queens, NY. You will be notified with your date and time to report to the studio. You will also receive an EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER BACKER CD, an autographed 24 x 36 puppet cast poster, an album download, and a digital production pack. Your CD, 24 x 36 poster, album download, and digital production pack will be mailed to you Nov. 2012. Your name will go in the CD insert credits as well. We are going to have a great time making history together in the studio.

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    LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT OF THE MONTH CLUB - You receive a different Tootie's Education Empire themed t-shirt once a month for 3 months. You also get a Tootie's Education Empire wallpaper electronically sent to you once a month for 3 months. On top of that, you get a Tootie's Education Empire album download. (T-shirt sizes come children's S - Adult 3X. International supporters, please add $45.)

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    DVD + CD + ALBUM DOWNLOAD + AUTOGRAPHED POSTER + DIGITAL PRODUCTION PACK...With this reward, you get a Tootie's Education Empire CD with an EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER BACKER dedication track, an autographed 24 x 36 puppet cast poster, and a digital production pack which includes the "Thank You Song" with lyric sheet. You also receive a DVD entitled "The Making of Tootie's Education Empire". This EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER BACKER DVD includes the story of how Tootie's Education Empire was conceptualized and developed. Background unseen footage from the filming process, interviews with Tootie and the cast, videos of songs from the CD, commentary from the recording sound engineer, footage from the CD release, and more will be featured on this DVD. (Please note that all backers who choose this reward have the option of uploading their photo to be included in the DVD's Kickstarter backer photo montage.) The CD, album download, poster, and digital production pack will be mailed to you Nov. 2012. The DVD will be mailed Dec. 2012. (International supporters, please add $20 for shipping.)

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    (ADMIT 2) TOOTIE'S EDUCATION EMPIRE CD RELEASE IN NYC - SAT., NOV. 3 - You and a guest will attend the Tootie's Education Empire CD Release Event. (We encourage child participants ages 6 and up when accompanied by an adult Kickstarter backer.) Tootie will perform songs live from the CD at this catered buffet event. This is a learning jam so be prepared for an interactive fun-filled time at this CD release concert. Additionally, this reward includes an EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER BACKER CD, a DVD, an album download, a 24 x 36 autographed puppet cast poster, and a digital production pack. Your tickets and details concerning this event will be forwarded to you as the event approaches. (With this reward, you also have the option of uploading your your photo to be included in the Kickstarter backer montage section of the DVD.) The DVD will be mailed to you Dec. 2012. All other rewards will be mailed to you Nov. 2012.

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    (ADMIT 2) NYC KICKSTARTER BACKER CONCERT ON A YACHT - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 - This will be a Columbus Day weekend to remember! The New York City skyline will be the backdrop for this unforgettable experience. You and a guest will enjoy a 3 hour, catered Tootie's Education Empire concert on a private yacht. (Children ages 6 and up are encouraged to attend this event when accompanied by an adult Kickstarter backer.) Tootie will sing songs from the soundtrack live and will be accompanied by musicians. Our cruise departs from a NYC harbor and we will be eating and cruising on the Hudson River. This reward also includes an EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER BACKER CD, a DVD, an album download, an autographed 24 x 36 puppet cast poster, and a digital production pack with the "Thank You Song". Your tickets and details concerning this event will be forwarded to you as the event approaches. (With this reward, you have the option of uploading your photo to be included in the Kickstarter montage section of the DVD.) Your CD, album download, autographed poster, and digital production pack will be mailed to you Nov. 2012. Your DVD will be shipped Dec. 2012.

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    YOU AND YOUR PET DOG FILM A SCENE WITH JOHNNY OUR PUPPET DOG (This reward is available in NY and its surrounding areas which includes the 5 boroughs, the Westchester area, NJ, and CT.) Johnny, our resident (puppet) dog on the show has his own show within the show. He goes all over town interviewing people who love their dogs. This segment is a hoot! My film crew will come to your home or residential area. Johnny will interview you about your best dog stories and anecdotes. We'll capture you, Johnny, and your dog on film. You can have your dog do his /her best trick and get dressed up if you like. Trust me when I tell you...this segment is going to be hilarious!!! You also receive an EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER BACKER CD, a DVD, an album download, an autographed 24 x 36 puppet cast poster, and a digital production pack. (With this reward, you have the option of uploading your photo to be included in the Kickstarter montage section of the DVD.) The CD, autographed poster, album download, and digital production pack will be mailed to you Nov. 2012. The DVD will be shipped Dec. 2012. All dog segments will be filmed on Saturdays Nov. 2012 - Jan. 2013.

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    PERSONALIZED CD SOUNDTRACK - This is a once in a lifetime deal. With this reward, each song on the soundtrack will be personalized to bare the name or names of the children of your choice. When a child listens to this CD, they will feel really special because every song has been personalized just for them. When you pledge this reward you also receive an EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER BACKER CD, a DVD, an album download, an autographed 24 x 36 poster, and a digital production pack. (With this reward, you also have the option of upoloading your photo to be used in the Kickstarter backer montage section of the DVD.) You will be listed as a contributor on the CD insert credits. The album download, regular CD, poster, and digital production pack will be mailed to you Nov. 2012. The DVD and personalized CD will be shipped Dec. 2012.

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    TOOTIE WILL COME TO YOUR HOME FOR A FUN, INTIMATE CONCERT IN YOUR LIVING ROOM, FAMILY ROOM, OR BACKYARD - (This reward is available only in NY and its surrounding areas which includes the 5 boroughs, Westchester, NJ, and CT) Tootie will sing songs from the CD live accompanied by musicians. Johnny (the show's resident puppet dog) will be the MC for the evening so get ready to have your home booming with, fun, music, and excitement! You also get a DVD, CD, album download, autographed 24 x36 poster, and a digital production pack. (With this reward, you have the option of having your photo uploaded to be included in the Kickstarter backer montage section of the DVD.) Your CD, album download, autographed poster, and digital production pack will be mailed Nov. 2012. Your DVD will be shipped Dec. 2012. I will call you so we can schedule your concert between Oct. 2012 - March 2013. You will be listed as a backer in the Exclusive Kickstarter Tootie's Education Empire CD credits and as a backer in the show's rolling end credits.

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    YOUR NAME IMMORTALIZED AS A PUPPET OR CHARACTER ON THE SHOW...You get to name a puppet or character's first name on the show. You can name the character after yourself or someone you know. Johnny (the dog puppet on the show) has a few dog friends, so you can even name one of the dogs on the show. Your name goes in the EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER BACKER CD insert as contributor and in the show's rolling end credits as a backer. Additionally, I will personally call you to talk about your involvement in the creative process and send you photos of puppets longing for the perfect name. I will also send you an autographed photo of the puppet that inherits your name. How is exciting is that? This reward also includes a DVD, a CD, an autographed poster, an album download, and a digital production pack. (With this reward, you have the option of uploading your photo to be used in the Kickstarter backer montage section of the DVD.) The CD, album download, autographed poster, and digital production pack (with "Thank You Song") will be mailed to you Nov. 2012. The DVD will be shipped Dec. 2012.

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    TOOTIE TUTELAGE WILL TRAVEL ANYWHERE IN THE USA AND HOLD A HIGH-ENERGY CONCERT WITH LIVE MUSICIANS... My musicians and I will come to your venue or residence. We will perform songs from the CD. Johnny (the show's puppet dog) will serve as the MC. This is an interactive learning jam so be prepared to be actively involved at the concert. I will personally call you to discuss all of the details. Your name goes in the EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER BACKER CD insert as a contributor and in the TV show's rolling end credits as a backer. You will also receive an EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER BACKER CD, a DVD, an album download, an autographed 24 x 36 puppet cast poster, and a digital production pack. (With this reward, you have the option of uploading your photo to be used in the Kickstarter backer montage section of the DVD.) The CD, album download, autographed poster, and digital production pack will be mailed to you Nov. 2012. The DVD will be shipped Dec. 2012. ( I will call you so you can schedule your concert between October 2012 - May 2013 except for the month of April 2013.)

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    TOOTIE AND SOME OF THE FILM CREW WILL HAVE DINNER WITH YOU...AND YOU MAKE AN APPEARANCE ON THE TV SHOW! With this reward, you get to make an appearance on the show! I will call you so we can talk about the creative way in which we can write you into an episode segment. Tootie and the film crew will come to you. After we shoot your segment, Tootie and the film crew will take you to dinner. If you pledge this reward, your name goes in the EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER BACKER CD credits as a contributor and in the TV show's rolling end credits as a contributor. With this reward you also get a CD, a DVD, an album download, an autographed poster, and a digital production pack. (With this reward, you have the option of uploading your photo to be used in the Kickstarter backer montage section of the DVD.) The CD, album download, poster, and digital production pack will be mailed to you Nov. 2012. The DVD will be shipped to you Dec. 2012.

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