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ZTC's 2014 season will be exceptional! Huebener, Servers: A New Musical, Identity Crisis, Manifest, and possibly Sense and Sensibility!

Zion Theatre Company is kicking off its fourth year with an amazing season at a couple of theaters in Utah, but we need your help to give it the quality attention it deserves! We have a minimal goal of $6000 (if we don't make that number, then we don't get ANY of the donations), although we have a larger stretch goal of $10,000, if we can make it. Funds raised will be used to help offset costs of the theater rental, costumes, sets, props, paying directors, etc. 

-- Huebener by Thomas F. Rogers: This classic play tells the heroic true story of young Mormon teen Helmuth Huebener and hid friends in Nazi Germany who must stand up for their beliefs, even when the entire Third Reich--and even a few members of their own faith--are against them. Dallin H. Oaks said, "[the play] dealt with a subject that tugs at our hearts and reminds us of the complexities of the life we live.”

-- Manifest by Mahonri Stewart: A world premiere play by national award winning playwright Mahonri Stewart. World mythology comes to vivid life in this tale of a Man and Woman who are travailing a dangerous world and use the power of Story to comfort and prepare themselves against the coming storm.

-- Identity Crisis by James Arrington: This world premiere play by popular playwright and Utah theatre personality James Arrington brings a new comedy about a woman whose multiple personalities puts a strain on her love life! 

-- Servers by Mahonri Stewart and Nathaniel Drew: A world premiere musical with a script by national award winning playwright Mahonri Stewart and music by the Salt Lake Pops Orchestra's founder Nathaniel Drew. The intersecting lives of servers at a Mexican restaurant are explored in this play that examines the humor, desperation, and vibrant heart of people who are only in a job because they just "gotta get by."

ECONOMIC TRANSPARENCY:
 

Although we can't give an exact budget at this point, until we have more details about which venues, directors, etc. we'll be using, in the interest of transparency, here are some of the costs usually associated with our shows that the Kickstarter will help defer, and where your money would go to:

Theater Rental: ZTC does not have our own space, as of yet, so renting performing spaces has been our biggest cost. Our most recent spaces have charged between $1,500-$2000 for our typical two week run.

Costumes/Props/Etc.: Our talented costumers have made miracles with very limited resources, but costuming has still been a major cost for us in the past, especially for our period pieces. With the majority of our shows, especially since we have the tendency to love period drama, we have spent anywhere from $500 to $2,000, depending on the show and the costumer. Thankfully, we have at least a couple of modern plays this year, which will make it easier on our costuming needs, but shows like Manifest and Huebener will still have major costuming needs, so will once again be a major need.

Sets: This is an area where we think we have very much lacked in the past, and hope to make a better priority this season. Paying a set designer/builder and for materials for sets will be a major priority this year, especially if we make it past our initial goals and go into our stretch goals.

Director: Because of the time commitment and effort involved, we pay our directors at least a little bit, based on their experience and our resources.

Actors: Depending on the needs of the show and our resources, we usually can't pay our actors, so we've often been dependent on the passion of those involved. If we can reach into the upper echelons of our goals, we would love to be able to at least start paying a number of our key roles.

PR: Posters, programs, art design, etc. are a consistent need for every show.

Royalties: For those shows that haven't been written by Mahonri Stewart (who, thus far, has not collected royalties, although hopefully that, too, will someday change), royalties have been a major cost. The Hobbit; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; and Persuasion have all come with royalties attached in past seasons, and Huebener and Identity Crisis will have royalty needs for our upcoming 2014 season.

Ticket returns from the shows will defer (and, we are confident because of our recent progress, eventually exceed) these costs to the point that such requests for help will be unneeded in the future. In the meantime, your help allows us continue to make spiritually, intellectually, and morally grounded shows (in addition to allowing you to claim our cool prizes!). We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support of Zion Theatre Company!

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The artwork for the theatrical posters for Evening Eucalyptus; Farewell to Eden; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; and Persuasion were done by Liz Pulido (http://lizpulido.com/).

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Theatre is a risky business! There is a lot of cost, a lot of labor, and a lot of dependence on finding the right play that reaches the happy medium audiences are looking for (See the "Economic Transparency" section above).

Fortunately, those of us at Zion Theatre Company have gained a lot of hard earned experience in putting up spiritually uplifting, intellectually challenging shows. Having put up over 15 shows in over 2 years, we have the background and the practical experience in knowing the challenges we face and how to overcome them. Zion Theatre Company is now confidently a proven force in Utah theatre and when people come to our shows, they expect a work of art.

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    FOR THE BBC PERIOD DRAMA FAN! Get a digital download copy of ZTC's professionally recorded production of Mahonri Stewart's national award winning play _Farewell to Eden_. Estimated delivery: Aug 2013

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    FOR THE JANE AUSTEN FAN! Get a digital download copy of ZTC's professionally recorded production of Melissa Leilani Larson's adaptation of Jane Austen's _Persuasion_.

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    GOING STEADY: Two tickets to any of ZTC's productions in Provo, UT at the Echo Theatre during its 2013 or 2014 seasons (reservations required to get the desired performance). Plus a special thanks in our 2014 programs!

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    DOUBLE FEATURE: You'll get two of ZTC's digital download versions of our recorded plays, _Farewell to Eden_ and Prometheus Unbound_ adapted by Mahonri Stewart

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    BELOVED BENEFACTOR: A copy of two of Mahonri Stewart's plays published by Zarahemla Books, _The Fading Flower and Swallow the Sun_. Here are a couple of reviews of the published plays: http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2013/05/review-the-fading-flower-swallow-the-sun/ http://forums.mormonletters.org/yaf_postst1284_Stewart-The-Fading-Flower-and-Swallow-the-Sun-reviewed-by-David-Allred.aspx http://www.low-techworld.org/2012/07/truth-and-madness-review-of-mahonri.html

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    YOU MUST LOVE MORMON DRAMA: You get a copy of _Saints on Stage: An Anthology of Mormon Drama_, published by Zarahemla Books (includes nearly a dozen or the best Mormon plays from the best Mormon playwrights from the last several decades). It's a huge, nearly 700 page volume of the best of Mormon Drama!

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    PATRON OF THE ARTS: Two tickets to one of ZTC's 2013 or 2014 shows AND two professionally recorded downloads of ZTC's productions of _Prometheus Unbound_ and _Farewell to Eden_. Plus a special thanks in our program!

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    A THEATER SEASON IN YOUR LIVING ROOM: The entire ZTC DVD Collection! Includes the 2011 version of _Farewell to Eden_, _The Opposing Wheel_, _The Fading Flower_, _The Death of Eurydice and Other Short Plays_, as well as a limited bonus DVD of _Legends of Sleepy Hollow_, which you will get nowhere else, not even on our website. PLUS a pair of tickets to one of our shows. Plus a special thanks and free ad in our program!

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    CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN: You and 11 friends or family members get to come to your choice of one of ZTC's 2013 or 2014 shows.Plus a special thanks and free ad in our program!

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    BUILDER OF ZION: Two tickets to five of our 2013-2014 Shows (10 tickets in all!), plus digital downloads of two of our professionally recorded productions, plus a copy of the published _The Fading Flower and Swallow the Sun_. Plus a special thanks and free ad in our program!

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    CHEAPER BY THE TWO DOZEN: You and 12 friends or family members get tickets to come to TWO of ZTC's 2013-2014 shows. Plus a special thanks and free ad in our program!

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    YOU'RE OFFICIALLY A SAINT: You get the combination of the "Cheaper by the Two Dozen Package," plus the entire ZTC DVD/download library, plus a special thanks and free ad in our program, plus two passes to every ZTC show through 2014!

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    LITERARY PATRON: You get the combination of the "Cheaper by the Two Dozen Package," plus the entire ZTC DVD library, plus a copy of _The Fading Flower and Swallow the Sun_ book, plus a copy of _Saints on Stage: An Anthology of Mormon Drama_, plus a special thanks and free ad in our program, plus two passes to every ZTC show through 2014! Plus you have now commissioned national award winning playwright Mahonri Stewart to write a one act play on the subject of your choosing which will be performed in a future production of ZTC. Or, if you're the literary type, we'll perform a one act of your own on the same night of one acts!

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    YOU'RE A PRODUCER! You get everything in the "You're Officially a Saint" package, plus you get to choose a show for a future Season (as long as it fits in ZTC's moral and literary guidelines) and officially or unofficially join our staff for that production (depending on how involved YOU want to be!).

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