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The cast of Spring Awakening has a chance to perform on the Tonys, but we need your help! Help show the world this beautiful show.
The cast of Spring Awakening has a chance to perform on the Tonys, but we need your help! Help show the world this beautiful show.
1,769 backers pledged $211,634 to help bring this project to life.

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Thank you for helping us realize our dream of performing on the Tonys! Every dollar raised that isn’t spent on the Tonys will go towards Deaf West Theatre’s activities in Los Angeles and beyond.

On June 12, Deaf West Theatre's Spring Awakening has a chance to perform on the Tony Awards! Last year, Deaf West Theatre brought our message of theater for everyone to New York City when Spring Awakening opened on Broadway. Our incredible cast of deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing performers included 23 actors making their Broadway debuts! And we were so proud to bring deaf talent to Broadway and show the world how the deaf and hearing communities can collaborate to create a truly beautiful piece of art and tell a story in a new and inspiring way.  

Spring Awakening opened on Broadway to fantastic reviews and was on 18 "Best of 2015" theater lists. It has been nominated for the 2016 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League Awards for Best Musical Revival. Throughout its limited engagement, it continued to focus on accessibility in theater, becoming the first Broadway show to conduct its ticket lottery in ASL and holding a special Symposium on How to Make Broadway More Accessible.

Spring Awakening never would have made it to Broadway without the Kickstarter backers who helped fund our production in LA. And now we're asking for your help to show the rest of the world why this show is so special.

We're raising $200,000 to cover the costs of performing on the Tony Awards on June 12th. Yes, you read that correctly, we need to raise $200,000. And with Kickstarter's rules we either raise all $200,000 or we get nothing!

Since our limited run ended in January, we don't have the funds to pay all the expenses associated with the performance. We need to fly our cast back to New York, we have to get the costumes and instruments and props out of storage, we have to pay for rehearsal space since we don't have a theatre, etc. And then there's the actual expense of performing on the broadcast! So we're going back to our roots and raising money on Kickstarter just like we did for our first production in that 99 seat theatre in LA on skid row.

We're so honored to be nominated for the Tony for Best Musical Revival, and to have the chance to perform on the live broadcast. But it's an expensive process, and we can't do it without you!

Because Deaf West Theatre is a 501(c)(3) organization, all donations to help fund our Tony performance are tax deductible!

Please donate to help show the world that Spring Awakening is #NotGone.

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge for our Tony performance is that we're no longer running! We have to reassemble our incredibly talented cast, we have to get the costumes and instruments and props out of storage, we have to pay for rehearsal space since we don't have a theatre, etc. Our production ended its limited run in January, so unlike the other nominees our cast and creative team are no longer all in the same city. This makes rehearsing and performing a logistical challenge, but with your help, we're prepared to overcome it to present the best Tony performance possible!

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    You'll receive a social media shout out expressing our gratitude and exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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    You'll receive a personalized thank you video from a member of the Spring Awakening team expressing our gratitude and exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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    You get a digital copy of an EXCLUSIVE Spring Awakening coloring book! Plus, you'll receive a social media shout out expressing our gratitude and and exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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    You will receive a digital copy of an exclusive Spring Awakening coloring book and a digital copy of a cast created Spring Awakening Yearbook. Plus, you get a social media shout out expressing our gratitude and exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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    You get a Spring Awakening windowcard! You also get a digital copy of an exclusive Spring Awakening coloring book and a digital copy of a cast created Spring Awakening Yearbook. Additonally, you'll receive a social media shout out expressing our gratitude and exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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    You get a Spring Awakening Guilty Ones T-shirt! You also get a digital copy of an exclusive Spring Awakening coloring book and a digital copy of a cast created Spring Awakening Yearbook. Additonally, you'll receive a social media shout out expressing our gratitude and exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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    Pledge $350 or more About $350

    You get a Spring Awakening Opening Night Gift, a digital copy of an exclusive Spring Awakening coloring book, and a digital copy of a cast created Spring Awakening Yearbook. Plus you'll receive a social media shout out expressing our gratitude and exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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    You get a window card SIGNED by the Spring Awakening cast! You also get a digital copy of an exclusive Spring Awakening coloring book and a digital copy of a cast created Spring Awakening Yearbook. Additonally, you'll receive a social media shout out expressing our gratitude and exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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    You'll receive a Guilty Ones T-shirt, Spring Awakening Tote Bag, and Spring Awakening windowcard. You also get a digital copy of an exclusive Spring Awakening coloring book and a digital copy of a cast created Spring Awakening Yearbook. Additonally, you'll receive a social media shout out expressing our gratitude and exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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    Austin P. McKenzie (Melchior), Ali Stroker (Anna), Treshelle Edmond (Martha), Sean Grandillo (Voice of Otto/Bass), Kathryn Gallagher (Voice of Martha/Guitar), Katie Boeck (Voice of Wendla/Guitar), or a combination of these cast members will cover a song of your choice! You will also get a digital copy of an exclusive Spring Awakening coloring book and a digital copy of a cast created Spring Awakening Yearbook. Plus, you'll receive exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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    Pledge $600 or more About $600

    You will receive a Guilty Ones T-shirt, Spring Awakening Tote Bag, and Spring Awakening SIGNED windowcard. You also get a digital copy of an exclusive Spring Awakening coloring book and a digital copy of a cast created Spring Awakening Yearbook. You'll also receive a social media shout out expressing our gratitude and exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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    You get an Interpreting/Translation Mentoring Session OR Learn Part of the Spring Awakening Translation Session with one of our ASL Masters and swing Elizabeth Greene (in person in LA or via Skype)! You'll also receive a digital copy of an exclusive Spring Awakening coloring book and a digital copy of a cast created Spring Awakening Yearbook. You also get a social media shout out expressing our gratitude and exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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    You'll receive a picnic in Central Park with Lauren Luiz (Melitta/Voice of Thea). You also get a digital copy of an exclusive Spring Awakening coloring book and a digital copy of a cast created Spring Awakening Yearbook. Plus, you'll receive a social media shout out expressing our gratitude and exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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    You'll receive a harp lesson from Alexandra Winter (Greta/Harp) in NYC, LA, or via Skype! You will also receive a digital copy of an exclusive Spring Awakening coloring book and a digital copy of a cast created Spring Awakening Yearbook. You also get a social media shout out expressing our gratitude and exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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    You get a pair of tickets to the opening night performance of Deaf West's next show! You will also receive a digital copy of an exclusive Spring Awakening coloring book and a digital copy of a cast created Spring Awakening Yearbook. Plus, you'll receive a social media shout out expressing our gratitude and exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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    Katie Boeck (Voice of Wendla/Guitar) will teach you to play a song from the show on guitar (in person in NYC or via Skype)! You will also receive a digital copy of an exclusive Spring Awakening coloring book and a digital copy of a cast created Spring Awakening Yearbook. You also get a social media shout out expressing our gratitude and exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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    Pledge $1,500 or more About $1,500

    You get two tickets to see Sandra Mae Frank (Wendla) in Fiddler on the Roof at the Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma with a special backstage tour! You will also receive a digital copy of an exclusive Spring Awakening coloring book and a digital copy of a cast created Spring Awakening Yearbook. You also get a social media shout out expressing our gratitude and exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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    You've earned a private concert with Kathryn Gallagher (Voice of Martha/Guitar) in New York City! You will also get a digital copy of an exclusive Spring Awakening coloring book and a digital copy of a cast created Spring Awakening Yearbook. Plus, you'll receive a social media shout out expressing our gratitude and exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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    You get a dinner and a show date with Sean Grandillo (Voice of Otto/Bass) and Alex Wyse (Georg) in New York City! You also get a digital copy of an exclusive Spring Awakening coloring book and a digital copy of a cast created Spring Awakening Yearbook. Plus, you'll receive a social media shout out expressing our gratitude and exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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    You get an ASL class with Artistic Director of Deaf West Theatre DJ Kurs (in NYC, LA, or via Skype)! You also get a digital copy of an exclusive Spring Awakening coloring book and a digital copy of a cast created Spring Awakening Yearbook. Plus, you'll receive a social media shout out expressing our gratitude and exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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    Pledge $3,000 or more About $3,000

    You get to grab drinks with Andy Mientus (Hanschen) and Kathryn Gallagher (Voice of Martha/Guitar)! You will also get a digital copy of an exclusive Spring Awakening coloring book and a digital copy of a cast created Spring Awakening Yearbook. Plus, you'll receive a social media shout out expressing our gratitude and exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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    You get a Bi-Coastal Ernst Movie Night (in either New York City or LA) hosted by Daniel Stewart (Voice of Ernst/Piano) and Josh Castille (Ernst) with special guest attendees Sean Grandillo (Voice of Otto/Bass), Katie Boeck (Voice of Wendla/Guitar), Kathryn Gallagher (Voice of Martha/Guitar), Ali Stroker (Anna), Treshelle Edmond (Martha), Lauren Luiz (Melitta/Voice of Thea), and Sandra Mae Frank (Wendla)! You will also receive a digital copy of an exclusive Spring Awakening coloring book and a digital copy of a cast created Spring Awakening Yearbook. Plus, you'll receive a social media shout out expressing our gratitude and exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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    Katie Boeck (Voice of Wendla/Guitar) will write and record a personalized song (i.e. wedding song) just for you! You will also receive a digital copy of an exclusive Spring Awakening coloring book and a digital copy of a cast created Spring Awakening Yearbook. Plus, you'll receive a social media shout out expressing our gratitude and exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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    Pledge $6,500 or more About $6,500

    You've earned dinner with Tony-Nominated Director Michael Arden (in either New York City or LA)! You will also receive a digital copy of an exclusive Spring Awakening coloring book and a digital copy of a cast created Spring Awakening Yearbook. Plus, you'll receive a social media shout out expressing our gratitude and exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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    You will receive a Guilty Ones Sign (used by the cast in various photoshoots) signed by the cast and an ASL pocket dictionary! You will also get a digital copy of an exclusive Spring Awakening coloring book and a digital copy of a cast created Spring Awakening Yearbook. Plus, you'll receive a social media shout out expressing our gratitude and exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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    You've earned a lunch date in LA with Academy Award Winner Marlee Matlin! You will also get a digital copy of an exclusive Spring Awakening coloring book and a digital copy of a cast created Spring Awakening Yearbook. Plus, you'll receive a social media shout out expressing our gratitude and exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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    You get to attend the Spring Awakening Tony Party in New York City! You will also get a digital copy of an exclusive Spring Awakening coloring book and a digital copy of a cast created Spring Awakening Yearbook. Plus, you'll receive a social media shout out expressing our gratitude and exclusive backer updates throughout our Tony process!

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