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Shakespeare can be a dry requirement for students. Classical Actors Ensemble is going to change that.
Shakespeare can be a dry requirement for students. Classical Actors Ensemble is going to change that.
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To support Minnesota’s teachers and enhance students’ experience of Shakespeare in the classroom, Classical Actors Ensemble (CAE) will tour a full production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, specifically tailored to educational audiences, to Minnesota high schools between February and May 2018. The tour will include:

· a professional performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream

· post-performance discussion with the cast

· curriculum resources and classroom visits with teaching artists

These "in-school field trips" are a valuable educational opportunity for Twin Cities' students and educators. Studying Shakespeare is mandatory for all Minnesota high school students; however, these plays were not written to be read and studied, but rather to be performed and experienced. We believe the opportunity to read these plays, accompanied by CAE’s live performance and interactive discussions, best allows the insight and artistry at the center of these classic works to unfold in a meaningful and memorable way. We want to give young people access to the classic works of Renaissance drama and engage them with stories that raise relevant social questions and explore universal human values.

The schools we are partnering with are making the financial contributions they are able, but that amount is short of covering the actual costs of the tour. We are asking the gracious donors of Kickstarter to help us cover our bottom line. To be safe, we've set our goal at $4,000--this is the minimum amount that will make the tour possible. Ideally we would like to raise a total of $6,000. Achieving our minimum requested funds here makes it possible for us to very modestly pay professional actors to work with students at no more than a few dollars per child. Funds raised between our minimum goal and our ideal goal will allow us more equitable stipends for our actors, designers, and technicians; a more comfortable technical budget; and considerations such as per diems and mileage reimbursement for tour stops outside the Twin Cities.

Risks and challenges

With a touring production, major artistic challenges include designing scenic elements and a staging style that will serve several different performance locations equally well. We have previously faced this challenge with success in our free summer tours to Twin Cities' parks. Culturally, we have a challenge of performing for many students who may have never seen Shakespeare before. We set a high bar for ourselves in that we aim to compete not only for their attention, but also for their hearts and minds: they will come away from our performance having genuinely enjoyed it. With two years of touring to high schools under our belts, we once more look forward to successfully meeting these challenges head on with our experience, talent, and work ethic.

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    In addition to our donors list, you will receive a personalized video thank you via social media recorded by one of our actors, featuring some of their favorite lines from Shakespeare.

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    Thank you! We'll list your name as a donor in our 2018 programs and you'll receive a paperback copy of the Folger edition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream signed by the touring cast.

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    In addition to our donors list and a thank you on social media, you will receive a complimentary ticket to our March 2018 production of The Roaring Girl.

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    In addition to our donor's list and a thank you on social media, you will receive two complimentary tickets to our March 2018 production of The Roaring Girl, as well as a paperback copy of the Folger edition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream signed by the touring cast.

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    All the rewards at the $150 pledge level, plus dinner with CAE Artistic Director, Joseph Papke, and Midsummer Director, Joe Wiener, at the home of CAE's Board Chair (scheduled at our mutual convenience).

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