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Bellingham, WA Theater
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Little Bird Theater brings life to vacant spaces with pop-up productions by local playwrights.

Bellingham, WA Theater
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This is it! If we can raise at least $12,000 through Kickstarter, you'll get a nifty new production company -- Little Bird Theater. Here's our mission:

We present performances to wake you up. We prioritize excellence, intellect, love and beauty so that artists and audiences alike might leave the theater feeling more connected and alive.

After 15 years of writing, acting, directing and helping to manage theaters in Bellingham, I'm thrilled to create Little Bird. For our debut, we're presenting my new play, February September. It's about a single woman who decides to get pregnant, and her family's reaction. It's about brothers and sisters and chipwiches, and features a stellar cast. Kickstarter willing, we'll perform it for you in April 2012.

Little Bird Theater doesn't have a permanent home. Instead, we'll do pop-up performances, slipping into vacant spaces for a short term rental. We'll build the set, rehearse and perform the show, then move on. By fully inhabiting each space, we aim to create a rich experience for our audiences while injecting life into the empty buildings around town.

Kickstarter funds will pay for the building blocks of Little Bird (e.g. lights & a mobile stage) and cover the production costs for our first show. After that, Little Bird will be self-sustaining: ticket revenues from the previous show will fund each new project.

Thanks for your interest and support! I can't wait to bring Little Bird to life.

love,

carolyn.

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  • Little Bird seed money: Mobile stage materials & labor, lights, light board.

    “February September” production: Rent, permits, set, costumes, designers, actors, technicians.

    Kickstarter costs: Fees, rewards, shipping.

    I'm happy to send you a full budget if you like.

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  • We are! This Kickstarter campaign is designed to get Little Bird off the ground. Once this seed money has been raised, Little Bird will be self-sustaining.

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  • Little Bird Theater is Carolyn McCarthy and whoever she rounds up to work with her. Current collaborators include Amber Strawn, Andrea Rackl, Andrew Connor, Aurora RuPert, Ben Eisner, Chris Coombs, Jaz Okura-Youtsey, Jordan Donovan, Kari Severns, Karie Jane Von Allmen, Kathy Cowles, Kent Chasson, Libby Hazen, Mike Mathieu, R. Lewis, Rowan Moore-Seifred, Ruthie V. & Wesley Davis.

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  • We don't know yet. We’ll slip into a vacant space at the last minute, bringing life to downtown by making art in empty buildings. We'll start the search for a venue in early 2012.

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  • Mostly original work. In 2012 we'll present February September and a new play by Ben Eisner. Mike Mathieu (The Cody Rivers Show) is interested in writing for Little Bird, though nothing is in the works as yet. Despite the diminutive in the title, Little Bird's shows will be for grown-ups.

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  • You are! Thanks for your curiosity and generosity. We love you.

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    Show poster by Karie Jane Von Allmen (voted Bellingham’s Best Artist 2011), thank you & a big hug!

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    Chipwich from Brandywine Kitchen, show poster, thank you & a big hug!

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    Little Bird ornament from Moth & Squirrel, show poster, thank you & a big hug!

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    Bird print by Cary Lane, Little Bird ornament, show poster, thank you & a big hug!

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    Original Little Bird artwork by Ruthie V., Little Bird ornament, show poster, thank you & a big hug!

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    Singing telegram (Happy Birthday + 1 song of your choice) by Carolyn & friends, bird print by Cary Lane, Little Bird ornament, show poster, thank you & a big hug!

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    Invite to a special open rehearsal & DVD of “February September,” singing telegram (Happy Birthday + 1 song of your choice) by Carolyn & friends, bird print by Cary Lane, Little Bird ornament, show poster, thank you & a big hug!

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    A short play or song by Carolyn written on the theme of your choice, invite to a special open rehearsal & DVD of “February September,” bird print by Cary Lane, singing telegram (Happy Birthday + 1 song of your choice) by Carolyn & friends, Little Bird ornament, show poster, thank you & a big hug!

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    4 tickets to “February September” + dinner for two at Brandywine Kitchen, a short play or song by Carolyn written on the theme of your choice, bird print by Cary Lane, invite to a special open rehearsal & DVD of “February September,” singing telegram (Happy Birthday + 1 song of your choice) by Carolyn & friends, Little Bird ornament, show poster, thank you & a big hug!

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