Being a teenage girl is never simple. Whether it's fighting in a viking raid or trying to stage an Off-Broadway musical at 18, sometimes you need to ask for help. Today, my best friend and I are coming to you to ask for something simple: help us change history.
94% of Broadway writers are male.
85% of Broadway producers are male.
87% of Broadway directors are male.
When we bring Oceanborn to NYC, it will be a story about teenage girls, written by teenage girls, produced by teenage girls, and developed by an all-female team. Not only is this exciting, it is unprecedented.
Time and time again, Broadway has shown us that women make excellent “romantic interests”. What haven’t we seen? A teenage girl made Warrior King.
In a new musical written by two teenage girls, the sisterhood of Frozen meets the adventure of the high seas, where Eira, a viking warrior, is fighting to take her spot as the next ruler. Her plans of battling her way to the throne seem to be going well until she is injured and left for dead on enemy shores. The only girl who can save her?
Finn. Whose sister she just killed.
In August, the story that has sparked a Be More Chill-like fanbase comes to New York, bringing the story of two girls coming of age in a world that doesn’t believe they can rule. Come and hear the story of an unlikely friendship that sparked a movement.
Together, they are known as Msquared and, “OHMYGOSH shut up” screamed from the other room. To each other, we are best friends, sisters, those sappy people you hate on instagram, and co-writers.
Mhairi’s mother is an artist. Morgan’s grandmother is a potter. While taking pottery classes with respective grandmother (The Incomparable Wawa), Mhairi’s mother started to participate in Wawa’s Christmas art show every year. The Oceanborn team met as ten year olds at that show. They did not like each other back then because they were too busy being competitive.
Mhairi moved onto Wawa’s farm, into Orchard house. She met Morgan again on fourth of July. That was the fateful day in their metaphoric biography where the narrator says, “their lives were changed forever.”
Alas, Mhairi was leaving Morgan forever. Well… Just for the summer to Scotland. They were distraught. Just after they had met, and while they were pretending very hard they weren’t already best friends, they made recipe Pinterest boards trans-atlantically and decided to go vegan for September. That was the first project.
It didn’t stop there. Mhairi suggested that she turn one of her poetry books into a fantasy midgrade. They wrote their first novels side-by-side that winter, sipping tea in Wawa’s living room and staring at the glow-in-the-dark stars on Morgan’s bedroom ceiling. One of those novels (Morgan’s!!) is in submission right to some incredible publishing houses. The book is astonishingly brilliant by the way (Mhairi wrote that).
They fell into a habit of working together, pushing each other to become better and more dedicated every day. Morgan spent the summer with her Grandma. We worked together on the porch in the morning, watching the bluebirds, and jumping up occasionally to play soccer and save drowning frogs from the pool. Mhairi visits Morgan at college regularly, and, suprising no one, they work fourteen hour days at least.
One day, the spark of an idea flickered into Morgan’s head. She turned to Mhairi on the couch and said,
“Mhairi, we should write a musical.”
Mhairi turned back.
Currently, we are seeking to put on Oceanborn at the inaugural Rave Festival. A creative team has been fully assembled and callbacks are set for Monday in central New York. The show is set up to be a raving success. The 54 Below performance earned a standing ovation and rave reviews. Our Director, Margaret Baughman, is a highly qualified young professional. The callback pool is extremely strong. More than that, the work speaks for itself.
There is, however, a problem.
Any project needs funding. We are a strong investment, with fans preordering tickets more than a month ago. The Rave Festival could attract the investors needed to take Oceanborn to a Regional Theater soon after this performance (we’ve had a lot of people express interest in financially contributing to a longer term staging). The revenue from this show is potentially lucrative when it gets onto a stage.
Oceanborn was written less than a year and a half ago. It has received two off-broadway festival acceptances; 10,000 instagram followers; a 54 Below performance; album sales; merchandise sales. We feel strongly that our work as young women has not been taken seriously precisely because we are young and women. Oceanborn is not only a catchy, heartrending, politically important musical; it is financially viable for anyone willing to believe in us despite our age and our gender.
An Off-Broadway run is our chance to show the world that they should believe in us too. And with your help, we can make it there.
Risks and challenges
As literally anybody in show business will tell you, it's a risky venture. However risk is limited on this particular show because everything has already been confirmed. The venue, the festival, the creative team- it's all been handled, So if we receive the funding, we're good to go.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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