About this project
About Diabetes: The Musical
Diabetes: the Musical is an 80's rock opera written, directed by, and starring family doctors. We wrote this musical to promote health and happiness, even in the face of chronic disease, using the engaging medium of storytelling through music to teach concepts in a way that is fun and easy to learn. It's been successfully performed by our amateur (but very enthusiastic) cast of family medicine residents, doctors, and Americorps workers to over 400 people in our community to date (including doctors, nurses, health educators, high school students, and people with diabetes), and now we want to make it available to a wider audience: the internet!
In 1987, Sue Cinnamon and her band, Sugar Rush, rocked this world. Overnight, "Sugar" became a household word, changing the four band members' lives forever during their meteoric rise to fame. Now, 25 years later, Sue's life is about to change all over again with another little word: Diabetes.
Paired with her guitarist turned doctor, Wicked Tiffany, Sue's got a lot of learning to do. But she's in good company. 10% of Americans currently have diabetes, and that number is growing. The key to managing this chronic disease is education, lifestyle changes, and empowerment.
And that's what this project is all about. If you love the 80's, or music, or even just a good story, this project is for you. If you want to help us tell a story that could empower and educate the millions of Americans living with diabetes, as well as their friends and loved ones, come along with us on this musical journey.
It'll rock your world.
How We'll Use the Funds
We need funding specifically to create short, informative, and fun webisodes for patients and doctors alike. We have determined that $3000 is the minimum realistic amount for us to successfully, professionally, produce these webisodes. Specifically, we will use the funds to pay a cinematographer and a video editor with a lot of experience. (Rachel and Allison are none of these people, as you may suspect. But fortunately we have identified people who are.) We will also need to use some funds for securing our filming locations, as well as for requesting permission to use the copyrighted 80's songs whose lyrics we have rewritten for the purposes of education.
How We'll Use Additional Funds
Any additional funds will be used for travel expenses for key persons, the creation of a website to house said webseries, more impressive props and set design, and future live performances.
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