Americans are growing! Statistics show that the average American weighs 10-11 pounds more today than they did 10 years ago. That’s the average American. More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%), though, are obese.
The media plays a large part in our perception of life in America. Images that we see on TV become emblazoned in our minds. TV ads are custom built to remind us of our shortcomings, what we’re missing and what we should aspire to look like. How many of them feature people who look like that 35.7% of obese adults mentioned earlier?
We believe it’s time to accept all people just the way they are, especially ourselves. This acceptance includes seeing all kinds of people – short, obnoxious, tall, Black, White, homosexual, Asian, Latin, straight, polite, boisterous, bi-sexual, happy, sad, skinny, and yes, obese – in our media and onstage. After all, President Obama’s entire first campaign was based on just that – acceptance. Remember? YES, WE CAN!!!
Once we accept who we are, then we can go about the business of changing ourselves for the better, whatever our better selves may be.
Live theatre is a specialized form of entertainment. It shows us slices of life, snapshots of issues that touch us all, in a way that only live theatre can – human-to-human contact. The energy that flows between an audience and a good actor is electric. Live theatre can bring a point home like nothing else can. Add well-written music and you’ve got yourself a time to remember.
We set out with the idea of presenting a slice of life that is rarely see on stage, a lot of overweight women dancing and singing, presented tastefully and gracefully. So, the first time this show was produced, it was entitled There’s Something About Big Women. There were seven women, all size 16 or larger, presenting a montage of poetry, pre-published songs and tightly choreographed dance. Each woman brought a different perspective to the performances and standing ovations followed.
To strengthen the show, though, we’ve added a story line so that the audience gets a more intimate look at one person’s life. We’ve written great music to accompany it. The finished product – 360: A Musical About Obesity. What’s there to dance and sing about? Plenty! While this musical is not all fun and games, there are a few tunes that will get you giggling (e.g., The Perfect Size, about the main character’s incremental growth and Give My Crotch Some Air, about the extra heat produced by one character’s excess body fat). Other more serious tunes (I Think I Lost Something, about the loss of self, and Big, Fat, Ready & Willing, which describes how one man sees overweight women) bring our attention to problems that need to be addressed. As often happens in live theatre, though, the audience is left with plenty of food for thought, allowing them to come to their own conclusions about the issue of obesity.
Teaming up with an amazing song writer, Philip Joyner, Jr., who’s been in the music business for over 30 years, and a host of others, we tell this story about a 360-lb woman’s full-circle journey back to herself. She reclaims her life, fat and all, and makes good, solid decisions about moving forward in her life. In her own way, she tells every man’s story, a story of self-acceptance and love.
In order to complete this project, though, we need your help. We’ve already kicked in a lot of personal funds, time and energy to make this worthwhile project come to life. We’re counting on your generosity to help us raise the $5,000 we need to pay for costumes, set, lights, props, actors & musician salaries, and publicity. We know that $5,000 is a very small amount to ask for to produce a musical. We’ve cut expenses back to the barest bare bones, and we’re expecting that this showcase-sized version of 360 will attract the more experienced producers that will help propel the show to the heights where it belongs.
So, please donate today by clicking 'Back This Project' and help us get this show up and running! Every financial contribution helps, and the more people who know about the project, the sooner we will reach our goal. Help us get the word out by posting this page to your Facebook and Twitter accounts.
We have incentives that we hope will help:
$1 or more Mention on webpage
$5 or more Mention in program and on webpage
$25 or more Mention in program, on webpage and a special “Thank you” on opening night
$50 or more Mention on webpage with amount, in program, special “thank you” on opening night and an autographed copy of 360 show poster
$75 or more Mention on webpage with amount, in program, special “thank you” on opening night, an autographed copy of 360 show poster and autographed 360 program
$100 or more All of the above, plus a professionally-produced audio CD of the 360 soundtrack
$250 or more All of the above, including a professionally-produced audio CD of the 360 soundtrack and a DVD of the full production!
$500 or more All of the above, plus 4 tickets to 360 and Sponsor status listing in the 360 program
$1000 or more All of the above, including 4 tickets to 360, Silver Sponsor status listing in the 360 program and a ¼ page ad in the 360 program
$1500 or more All of the above, plus Gold Sponsor status in the 360 program and a ½ page ad in the 360 program
$2000 or more All of the above, plus Platinum Sponsor status, which includes a full page ad in the 360 show program naming you as a Platinum Sponsor and dinner for 4 with the 360 production staff.
More than anything, though, we’re hoping your biggest incentive will be helping others to see the continuing change in America – our acceptance of everyone just the way they are. That’s a big step for us. Here’s to being YOU!!
- (30 days)