At close to 130%, we made our goal, but we do have a few other things on our wish list… It has become a tradition here on Kickstarter to start a project by only asking for what one really needs to complete the most important part of a project, and hope that there is enough enthusiasm to generate more revenue to add items that will make our project even better. These additional goals are referred to as stretch goals. And guess what! We have some really important stretch goals that we want to tell you about:
Stretch goal #1: If we make it to $20,000, we can purchase a stage floor for our tent. We do a lot of stage fighting, and rolling on the ground is often involved, which as you might imagine, would be really hard on our actors (not to mention the costumes) on the dirt/grass field of our new location.
Stretch goal #2: $29,000 helps us to get either a generator or a really, really, really long heavy duty extension cord. Or a battery packed truck!
Stretch goal #3: Once we reach $32,000 we can acquire additional lighting, so our audience can better see our actors’ expressive faces.
Stretch goal #4: We are fortunate to be able to offer fabulous food by The Roaming Radish at our concession stand and it would be really great to have a real tent to house Chef Jess and her delectable treats. (Shakespeare wrote some really long plays, and a person can get awfully hungry!) Get us to $35,000 and we won’t have to risk soggy sandwiches in our Northwest weather.
Stretch goal #5: Costumes are a big part of any production at Island Shakespeare Festival and a small tent for a dressing room would be most appreciated. At $39,000 we could have a dedicated dressing room tent.
Stretch goal #6: $43,000 would give us separate dressing tents for men and women!
It may go without saying that we are exceedingly grateful to everyone, near and far, who have already contributed to our project, but we are going to say it again: Thank you from the bottom, the middle and top of our heart. Thanks also, to the Kickstarter staff who selected us a staff pick for Theater this past week! It means "All the World"... Will's words and they hold true today!
Island Shakespeare Festival is now approaching our 4th season and we are thrilled to present "Much Ado About Nothing. We have now outgrown our wonderful in-the-woods-under-the-sky venue and in order to continue to grow this wonderful, rural community-arts festival, we have landed in a field in town! With our new location in Langley, we will be accessible to foot traffic as well as be on a bus-line. We have expanded our season to six weekends and anticipate over 4000 to attend this summer! We are especially excited about this venue because it is adjacent to Langley Middle school and will enable us to provide live Shakespeare plays as an educational outreach in a creative partnership with our local school district, as well to the community at large.
We believe that Art, in all its forms, contains the soul of a community. We started this company because we wanted to share our love of Shakespeare with our friends and neighbors. When we see the actors' joy reflected in the faces of the audience, we know that there is magic in the world. We want YOU to join us and feel the magic for yourself!
We are REALLY excited to be able to create a permanent home for Island Shakespeare Festival. We want to be sure that everyone has the opportunity to be a part of bringing a circus tent to Langley here on beautiful Whidbey Island!
Our project: To raise funds to purchase a genuine, custom-built, historic tent from Armbruster Tents, which will allow us to focus on what happens inside the tent: performing lively, FREE Shakespeare plays for everyone.
We have sent in a down-payment and the tent is under construction! And now, WITH YOUR HELP, we can bring our tent home! This project is to fund the remaining amount owed and we wanted to give you the chance of a lifetime - to help fund our circus tent, and make our 4th season a reality!
It may take a village to raise a tent, but it takes a panda to explain a Kickstarter!
Totes are 100% organically grown cotton and fair trade. ISF is dedicated to great art and to taking great care of the planet. All art was designed just for us and this Kickstarter. Sweet!
Tote #1 is from artist Meredith Macleod and is titled "Bard Birds"...
Tote #2 is from artist Melissa Koch and is titled "Under the Tent"...
Tote #3 is from artist Anne Belov and is titled "Bears Under the Big Top"...
Drum roll please, for this unique reward! Our beautiful logo engraved and the encased in glass to create a hand blown paperweight executed, signed and numbered edition of 10, by artist Robert Hodges from the Glass Eye Studio Seattle, WA
Risks and challenges
There is always a risk in running away to join the circus, not to mention producing free Shakespeare; but all of us here at ISF are willing to take that risk.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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