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Step right up for an amazing opportunity to raise the tent for Island Shakespeare Festival's new home for our fourth astounding season!
220 backers pledged $20,364 to help bring this project to life.

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Reward ALERT! Collage by Melissa Koch with a pledge of $700 will fully fund our stage!
Reward ALERT! Collage by Melissa Koch with a pledge of $700 will fully fund our stage!

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!

Art for the people...ALL THE PEOPLE!
Art for the people...ALL THE PEOPLE!

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.

Oh, My...did you say FREE Shakespeare! "Midsummer Night's Dream" 2012
Oh, My...did you say FREE Shakespeare! "Midsummer Night's Dream" 2012

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!

Methinks a home of our own will be... Oh So Wonderful! Midsummer Night's Dream 2012
Methinks a home of our own will be... Oh So Wonderful! Midsummer Night's Dream 2012

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! 

"Parting is such sweet sorrow..." meet me under the Big Top! Romeo & Juliet 2011
"Parting is such sweet sorrow..." meet me under the Big Top! Romeo & Juliet 2011

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. 

It takes a Village to raise a tent. "Romeo and Juliet" 2011
It takes a Village to raise a tent. "Romeo and Juliet" 2011

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!

Here we have our first video!
Here we have our first video!

It may take a village to raise a tent, but it takes a panda to explain a Kickstarter!

Kickstarter veterans Bob T. Panda and Mehitabel the Cat gladly lend a paw to Island Shakespeare Festival
Kickstarter veterans Bob T. Panda and Mehitabel the Cat gladly lend a paw to Island Shakespeare Festival

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"...

Thank you Meredith Macleod!
Thank you Meredith Macleod!

Tote #2 is from artist Melissa Koch and is titled "Under the Tent"...

Thank you Melissa Koch!
Thank you Melissa Koch!

Tote #3 is from artist Anne Belov and is titled "Bears Under the Big Top"...

Thank you Anne Belov!
Thank you Anne Belov!

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

Thank you Glass Eye Studio!
Thank you Glass Eye Studio!

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.

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    Donate in the name of a company member and the member with the most donations gets to "pie" Rosie the Ringleader LIVE ON STAGE at the end of a performance. (date to be announced)

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    This is for the good samaritan in you! We will provide special seating and popcorn for two deserving kids in our community and the cast will give them a high five! You also receive an official "I've Joined the Circus" membership postcard signed by Rosie the Ringleader.

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    Official "I've joined the circus" membership postcard signed by Rosie the Ringleader! Special seating for our production of "Much Ado About Nothing"

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    #3 Art on the go! A 100% organic fair-trade cotton tote featuring a circus image created especially for the ISF, by Artist Anne Belov. Of course there are pandas!

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    #1 Art on the go! A 100% organic fair-trade cotton tote featuring a circus image created especially for the ISF, by Artist Meredith Macleod.

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    #2 Art on the go! A 100% organic fair-trade cotton tote featuring a circus image created especially for the ISF, by Artist Melissa Koch

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    An Island Shakespeare Festival organically grown cotton satchel. Official "I've joined the circus" membership postcard signed by Rosie the Ringleader! Special seating for our production of "Much Ado About Nothing"

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    Your very own Island Shakespeare Festival organic cotton super soft super cool tee! Official "I've joined the circus" membership postcard signed by Rosie the Ringleader! Special seating for our production of "Much Ado About Nothing"

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    One very big, gooey, and spectacular pizza pie from the Village Pizzaria! Official "I've joined the circus" membership postcard signed by Rosie the Ringleader. Special reserved seating for our production of "Much Ado About Nothing."

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    A limited edition Island Shakespeare Festival "I've Joined the Circus" commemerative organic cotton tee! Official "I've joined the circus" membership postcard signed by Rosie the Ringleader! Special seating for our production of "Much Ado About Nothing"

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    An excellent 90 minute massage with Eric Mulholland, LMP, owner of Bamboo Garden Massage Experience a skillful massage in an environment that is safe and serene; a place where you can let go and allow yourself to be treated to deep relaxation. Official "I've joined the circus" membership postcard signed by Rosie the Ringleader! Special reserved seating for our production of "Much Ado About Nothing"

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    A limited edition hand blown glass Island Shakespeare Festival paperweight designed by Glass Eye Seattle, WA. Official "I've joined the circus" membership postcard signed by Rosie the Ringleader! Special seating for our production of "Much Ado About Nothing"

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    Shuttle to a dinner for 2 after the show at the Prima Bistro restaurant! Gratuity and Drink not included. Official "I've joined the circus" membership postcard signed by Rosie the Ringleader! Special reserved seating for our production of "Much Ado About Nothing"

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    Sponsor a school group of 25, to a see special production of "Much Ado About Nothing"! Your class will get the official "I've Joined the Circus" membership card and PATCH, popcorn and special recognition from the company. You will receive the special "I've Joined the Circus.. School Sponsor" Tee and the knowledge that you've done a great thing!

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    Shuttle to a dinner for 2 after the show at the Prima Bistro restaurant! Gratuity and Drink not included...A box of chocolates from Sweet Mona's. Official "I've joined the circus" membership postcard signed by Rosie the Ringleader! Special reserved seating for our production of "Much Ado About Nothing"

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    Catered picnic for 4 delivered to you at your choice of performance of "Much Ado About Nothing" where you will have reserved seating. Official "I've joined the circus" membership postcard signed by Rosie the Ringleader!

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    Shuttle to a dinner for four after the production. Gratuity and Drink not included. Official "I've joined the circus" membership postcard signed by Rosie the Ringleader! Special reserved seating for our production of "Much Ado About Nothing"

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    Post show concert with Bekah Zachritz and Friends, for you and your friends! Official "I've joined the circus" membership postcard signed by Rosie the Ringleader. Special reserved seating for our production of "Much Ado About Nothing."

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    "Under the Tent" collage by Melissa Koch. Original artwork 17'X23" on board signed by the artist and created just for us! Melissa also allowed us to use a detail of this work for one of our totes... lovely piece!

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    Overnight lodging at B&B dinner for two and local transportation to and from our show. Official "I've joined the circus" membership postcard signed by Rosie the Ringleader! Special reserved seating for our production of "Much Ado About Nothing"

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    The Ultimate Birthday Party.. for 10! A catered picnic, special birthday tees for your group & cake and ice cream after the show with the company

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    Small hand held "Winter Wren" bronze sculpture from nationally collected artist Georgia Gerber. Perfect to mount on a window sill or fireplace!

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    A *night for two with dinner at the world renowned Inn at Langley, picnic basket at the performance, and local transportation to and from our show.* A Thursday of your choice, reservation required. Official "I've joined the circus" membership postcard signed by Rosie the Ringleader! Special reserved seating for our production of "Much Ado About Nothing"

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    You get to use the big top for your own event! We will set it up and take it down for your special occasion...wedding, birthday, graduation... you name it and the date! Not available during the season. (only available on Whidbey Island)

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    The spectacular opportunity to treat 25 friends to a catered picnic prior to the show, reserved seating, intermission treats and post show rubbing of elbows and celebration with the company!

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