What is The Hills Are Alive! ?
A new musical dark comedy. It follows the story of a prominent Austrian musical family who, in their attempt to flee the Nazis, decide to cross the Alps into Switzerland. On foot. With seven children. And no supplies. All the while singing. Along the way, they encounter many obstacles, including wild animals, strange mountain people, sibling rivalry, poisonous berries, etc. Will they survive? Will their relationships remain intact? And most importantly, where is that yodeling coming from?
Visit our website at www.thehillsarealivemusical.com for more details, cast bios, and clips from the show. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are we doing?
The Hills Are Alive! will have its premiere in New York City in May 2012 as part of the Westchester Square Arts Festival. We had a developmental reading of the show in December 2011 with a sold-out crowd. The reaction was tremendously positive, and we are now excited to take the show to its next step: full production.
What do we need?
We are asking for your generous donation to make this upcoming production a reality. While we have the space and publicity generously provided by the festival, we still must cover the other costs necessary to produce the show, including:
- Production Staff (lighting designer, costumer, choreographer, etc.)
- Cast (yes, paying our brilliant actors is important!)
- Insurance, Administrative costs, etc.
We have determined that we need a minimum of $6,000 from backers like you to produce this show.
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What we already have:
Being a part of this festival has many benefits, including: 1) FREE rehearsal and performance space, 2) Publicity, PUBLICITY, PUBLICITY! Merely being a part of this festival will increase our visibility immeasurably. The festival is particularly excited about our show and will do a lot to publicize it on our behalf; and 3) We have received a small state-funded grant to produce this show at this new festival. This will help cover a portion of the actors' fees.
We need you!
Your generous support will help take this new musical off the page and onto the stage. Not only will you receive our lifelong gratitude for supporting this project, you may also be eligible for rewards based on your donation level (look to the right)! Not sure if this show is your cup of tea? We invite you to listen to a few of the songs from the show below.
Listen to clips from the show:
In "Crochets and Quavers," Fraulein Mathilde, a former nun and stepmother to seven children, teaches her brood a new musical lesson.
In "The Hills Are Alive," Magda, the next-to-youngest child, sings of her experience in the wilderness.
In "Schuhplattler" (which is a traditional Austrian folk dance), Knut, the younger of the two boys, gets in touch with his inner-Mountain Lad after eating some mysterious berries.
In "Wiegenlied", the Captain, father of the seven children, and Lotte, the eldest daughter, sing the children an old Austrian lullaby...or is it?
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