We have officially reached our Kickstarter Funding Goal, in just 5 days!!! HOLY MACKEREL!!! I am so grateful to each and every person that has supported, donated and spent their precious time and energy working toward this project!! Believe me when I say, there has been a GREAT deal of fist-pumping-jumping-laughing-smiling-crying-more laughing!!!
BUT WE'RE NOT DONE YET. We still have 6 days to work toward really making this dream come alive. We WILL be putting up a full production of "Pride & Prejudice," but what better way to really get young people excited about the classics than to bring the show to them?? With your help, we can now work towards funding a group of actors to travel to high schools to perform scenes from the show and host workshops with students!
Our goal is $2,000. (Total: 5,000) With this additional help, we'll be able to:
~Pay our actors, crew and designers in the show!
~Pay for actors to tour schools!
~Rent a van to travel
~Pay for gas money
~Cover any mishaps that may occur along the way
To thank you for helping us to get this far, and for those of you who will help us to reach our next goal, we'd like to offer TWO NEW REWARDS! Check it out:
~A one-on-one monologue acting session with director, Caitlin Lushington! Spend an hour polishing your skills, or developing new ones! No previous experience necessary!
~A beautiful, hand-painted enso on a canvas background.
Picture this: "Elizabeth enters Mr. Darcy's foyer. She breathes. Closes her eyes. Begins to dance. What would it be like to be Mrs. Darcy? She moves with an invisible "Darcy". It is joy and pain and humor and love and trust and patience and stubbornness and that feeling of being simultaneously thrilled beyond compare and completely sick to your stomach...then the real Mr. Darcy enters...."
My name is Caitlin Lushington. I'm the co-artistic director of the Enso Theatre Ensemble and I want to make Jane Austen relevant to YOU.
Jane Austen is hilarious and passionate and brilliant! But even I used to look at that terrifying wall of text and sprint in the opposite direction. So how do we connect you to Austen's world? Our adaptation uses ensemble-based movement and language that moves between contemporary speech and Austen's words to bridge the gap....and so far? It's worked!
WHY TELL THIS STORY NOW?
Our perception of the world could change with a letter or an email, a phrase or a word. In that moment, when we realize we were wrong, it's what we decide to do with that knowledge that defines who we are. When you donate or support our project, you're not just putting up another show...you are actively creating a bridge that will connect young people to the classics. You are supporting a group that operates on the principles of Respect for the Space, the Ensemble, and the Play. You are supporting a group that wants to make the world a better place. We use the theater as a vehicle for understanding ourselves better, and hopefully, by doing that we spread that understanding to others.
If we make our goal, we'll be able to produce a full production of this show. But if we raise more, we'll be able to take this show into schools and hold workshops with students, and THAT'S where we'll really make the difference! Read more...
WHAT MAKES THIS ADAPTATION DIFFERENT?
This is an ensemble-driven piece, which means that the actors are the onstage the entire show, constantly supporting, watching, and listening. With minimal set and costume, we allow the audience’s imagination to fill in the gaps, and create an experience in which the audience is no longer passive: they are actively telling the story with us. Learn more...
We are creating a space in which actors and audience alike are on a journey to discover what it means to breathe, fight through our pride and our prejudices, and simply be with another human being.
WHERE DOES MY MONEY GO?
We need your help! In order to produce a FULL PRODUCTION of our script, we needs funds to help us cover the costs of:
- renting space for rehearsals and shows
- set pieces
- lighting/sound equipment
- printing scripts, programs, etc
- in-case-of-mistakes money (we like to be prepared!)
WHAT CAN I GET FROM DONATING?
By donating, you are helping us not only to produce a beautiful piece of live theater, you are also contributing to our dream of inspiring young people to read the classics. Already, we've inspired several students who have worked on the show to go back and read Austen's original novel! But all that aside, here are some examples of the rewards we're offering to thank you for your contribution:
- Handwritten letter by one of the characters: Here's an example of what your letter will look like!
- Original Soundtrack. Listen to the music we used in our video, above, or here is another example of Logan Anderson's work:
WHAT KINDS OF SUCCESS HAVE YOU HAD?
An early version of this script has already been produced with great success by the Castro Valley Dramatic Arts Academy with high school students, and I have had several of my own acting students at the Oregon Conservatory of Performing Arts start to read the novel after working on scenes from the play. To me, that is the greatest measure of success of this dream project, that young people are inspired by this text to go back to the original.
WHAT IF I CAN'T DONATE?
Not everyone is in a position to give, so, if you can’t give financially, all I ask is that if you like what you’ve seen here, and you think our project could change some lives, please share this project with just ONE person. That’s it: just one person, on your facebook wall, or blog, via email or twitter or word of mouth, just help us get the word out there. Share our video by clicking here!
Read our blog, join our newsletter, see pictures and so much more on our website: www.ensoensemble.weebly.com
Thank you so much for your time!
All the best,
We have officially reached our Kickstarter Funding Goal, in just 5 days!!! HOLY MACKEREL!!! I am so grateful to each and every person that has supported, donated and spent their precious time and energy working toward this project!! Believe me when I say, there was a GREAT deal of fist-pumping-jumping-laughing-smiling-crying last night!!!
BUT WE'RE NOT DONE YET. We still have 31 days to work toward really making this dream come alive. We WILL be putting up a full production of "Pride & Prejudice," but what better way to really get young people excited about the classics than to bring the show to them?? With your help, we can now work towards funding a group of actors to travel to schools to perform scenes from the show and host workshops with students!
Risks and challenges
Any project in the theater is full of risks and challenges, but we are confident that we will be able to conquer them with style and grace!
Here are some possible risks and obstacles:
~We do not raise the money we need.
If we do not raise the money we need during this campaign, we will put up a staged reading of the show instead of a full production, with the hope that this will garner more support, and possibly a second Kickstarter attempt. But regardless of how this campaign fairs, we are dedicated to getting this story out there, whatever it takes.
~We can't find a space to rehearse/perform in.
If this happens, but we still have the funding from Kickstarter, we will move the show date back to the Spring time of 2016 and warmer weather, and we will find somewhere outside to perform the piece.
~We have difficulty creating the rewards, are too stressed for time or the rewards do not reach you.
We will do everything in our power to get your rewards to you on time. However, should difficulties arise, we will be in constant communication regarding the status of your reward, and we have back-up reward options should the creation of the set rewards fail for some reason.
~We have a lack of turnout for auditions.
Since our script is an original piece of work, we have the freedom to change it in any way that we need, so if we need to make it work for fewer actors, we can!
~We need more funds.
If we realize that what we raise here on Kickstarter is not enough, we will put up a staged reading of the show to ask for additional donations, scale our budget down to fit the funds we do have, or, as a last resort, postpone the opening of the show.
~How are you qualified to overcome any challenges that may arise?
My team and I are artists: as such, we are highly experienced with finding creative solutions to any problem that might arise. As the saying goes, the show must go on!
CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR CAITLIN LUSHINGTON received her B.A. in Drama from the University of California, Irvine, where she was the first student to achieve honors in both acting and directing. She directed and performed in over 20 shows and was the Artistic Director of Pipeline (The Undergraduate Theatre Society) during her four years at UCI. She has been a regular teaching artist with the Oregon Conservatory of Performing Arts and the Castro Valley Dramatic Arts Academy since 2010. In 2013 Caitlin was the assistant director for the regional premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher and King John at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. As an actress Caitlin was most recently seen with the Ashland New Plays Festival, the Randall Theater and as Kayleen in "Gruesome Playground Injuries." Caitlin is a firm believer in taking time to breathe, and the motto, "One day at a time."
CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JORDAN MACKEY studied theatre at the University of California, Riverside. He has worked on scores of shows with over a dozen companies all along the West Coast, from local childrens' theatre to large-budget union productions. With experience from lighting, scenic and costume design, to stage management, production management and education, to acting, directing and writing, Jordan works hard to be well-versed in all artistic languages of the performing arts. Credits include work with OCPA, UC Riverside, CSU San Bernadino, Castro Valley High School, Golden State Theatre, Golden Mean Players, Pacific Coast Rep Theatre, Castro Valley Dramatic Art Academy, Randall Theatre, North Medford High, Stony Point High, Fox Theatre, and a new up-and-coming company he co-founded with fellow OCPA instructor Caitlin Lushington, Enso Theatre Ensemble.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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