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A new musical about Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, written and performed by the brothers of Beta Theta Pi. Read more

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A new musical about Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, written and performed by the brothers of Beta Theta Pi.

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With over sixty original songs in its catalogue, Beta Theta Pi prides itself as "the singing fraternity." When Colin O'Brien was elected the George Washington University Chapter's song leader this past fall, he decided he would take this a step further. Taking inspiration from the work of Beta Theta Pi alumni Stephen Sondheim, he spent nearly a month writing the script, music, and lyrics for the first ever Beta Musical, My Dear Lincoln

Set during the final days of the Civil War in 1865, it explores the mental struggles of Abraham Lincoln during the darkest days of his presidency. Both drama and comedy will fill the air of the auditorium as the plot unfolds, cheery melodies sing, and state-of-the-art set, lighting, and sound command the audience's attention. 

Directed by Colin O'Brien, a cast of fourteen members of Beta Theta Pi, lead by Chase Hardin (Abraham Lincoln), Dillon Lewis (Mary Todd Lincoln), and Avery Jaffe (Robert E. Lee) are currently hard at work rehearsing the play for it's debut on April 19th in the Marvin Center Amphitheater. To our knowledge this is the first time in a history a fraternity has assembled a cast made up exclusively of its undergraduate members to perform an original play written by one of them. 

Their hard work, however, requires your support! For My Dear Lincoln to be the theatrical success its cast and crew believes it can it will need modest funding for promotion, sets, and costumes. Through this Kickstarter campaign we hope to raise at least $750 to fund the project. The breakdown of that money is as follows: 

PROMOTION - $300 - This will cover posters, fliers, and playbills. It will also cover advertising in campus newspapers and websites. Lastly, it covers the modest costs associated with the kicks for this project. 

SETS - $100 - This will cover our lighting and physical set requirements.

COSTUMES - $350 - This is the bare minimum we need for costumes. Fourteen historical characters require fourteen historical costumes. This includes period-accurate dresses for the play's female characters (played by men). 

Money raised over our $750 goal will go to more costumes, make up, and promotional materials. We hope to raise closer to $1500, but the bare minimum we need is $750. 

Risks and challenges

Almost all of our kicks will be completed and ready to distribute before the April 19th debut of the musical, but after that point challenges will be limited to shipping of posters to people outside of DC.

Other challenges relate to the play. A fourteen person cast isn't exactly easy to assemble on a regular basis and many of the cast members will be making their theater debut. A rigorous rehearsal schedule is in place and so far it's gone swimmingly. Keeping that up will be integral to the play's success.

Additionally, the entire project surrounding the play is very ambitious. Promotion, set design, costume design, audio recording, managing the Kickstarter, making videos, all while rehearsing the play is a lot to handle. The play's organizers will have to remain focused and driven throughout the entire process to see everything through.

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    We'll put your name in the playbill! If you can make it, we'll save you a seat. If you can't make it to the show, we'll send you a copy.

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    We'll put your name in the playbill, we'll reserve you a seat, and we'll invite you to an exclusive after party.

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    The ENTIRE CAST will SIGN a copy of the script for you! We'll also put your name in the playbill, save you a seat, and invite you to the after party too!

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    VIP PACKAGE YO - Reserved spot in the front row, champagne (non-alocholic sparkling apple juice) delivered to you by our world class waiting people, access to the backstage greenroom, a commemorative ticket, a poster, a signed script, an invitation to the after party, and your name in the playbill.

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    THE GREEK LIFE SPECIAL - We will come perform one of the songs from the musical in your chapter house or at your chapter meeting the week before the play. Pool funds! No CADE registration necessary!

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    SNEAK PEEK - We’ll invite you to an exclusive run-through of the play BEFORE opening night. You get all the usual stuff too, like being in the playbill and getting a poster.

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    THE BIG/LITTLE SPECIAL - Greek life people listen up! One of the characters (of your choice!) will be your "big" for a day! They'll decorate your door, love you ceaselessly, sing for you, and bake you cookies. You'll also be in the playbill, have a saved seat at the show, and be invited to the after party.

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    THE PARENT SPECIAL - You have a child (or grandchild or nephew) in the musical? Perfect! We’ll have them write a brief blurb about how much they love and how great you are and we’ll put it in the playbill. If you can make it to the show we'll save you a nice spot. If you can't make it to the show, we'll ship you a copy of the playbill for you to frame. <3

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    SPONSOR THE SHOW - Get your name or the name of your organization in BIG BOLD LETTERS on the poster and in the playbill. We’ll give you a free poster, signed script, reserved seat, and some sort of whacky sneak teaser of the show (we'll perform a song for you if you want that instead). ;)

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    BOOK US! That’s right, you don’t wanna come see the actual show because you don’t like people? Well we will perform it at your formal, retirement party, bar/bat mitzvah, or baptism if said event has space for us and is less than two hours away from DC. (LOOKIN AT YOU BALTIMORE). Well give you the usual stuff too!

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    YOU’RE A BIGTIME PRODUCER! Have your name in lights, on the posters, in the playbill all in BIG BIG BIG LETTERS. We’ll thank you during the performance. We’ll reserve you a front row spot. We’ll invite you to a dress rehearsal. We’ll invite you to the cast-only after party. We’ll name the cast-only after party after you. We’ll give you a signed and framed copy of the poster and playbill. We love you.

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