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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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