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Why talk about diabetes when you can sing about it? Family doctors turn their unique 80's rock opera into a webseries free to all.
Why talk about diabetes when you can sing about it? Family doctors turn their unique 80's rock opera into a webseries free to all.
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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!

Sue's Story

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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    mp3 download of any song of your choice from the DIABETES:THE MUSICAL soundtrack. Every little bit helps get us closer to our goal, thanks!

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    mp3 download of entire soundtrack from DIABETES: THE MUSICAL, for your listening pleasure. Comes with pdf of lyrics to all songs.

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    Soundtrack of DIABETES: THE MUSICAL on CD, with lyrics songbook. This makes a great gift for your favorite medical student or friend/family member with diabetes!

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    New T-shirt sponsor level! Get soundtrack as mp3 download or CD + the first ever DIABETES: THE MUSICAL T-SHIRT! Show the world you believe in the power of musical health education to transform lives... and the power of 80's songs to endure in our memories whether we like them or not. (All backers above $75 level will also receive T-shirt)

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    DIABETES: THE MUSICAL CD Soundtrack with lyrics songbook + your very own DVD of entire DIABETES: THE MUSICAL Webseries, so you can watch *and* sing along with the characters as you learn about diabetes. This DVD will include bloopers from filming and director's commentary not available anywhere else!

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    Everything from previous reward (CD, DVD) + glossy, full color "Sugar Rush" Band Poster signed by Cast.

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    MAJOR SPONSOR: Everything from previous level (CD, DVD, Poster) + acknowledgement in credits and on website as major sponsor + Awesome Cast Program Book including lyrics to all songs, cast bios, expanded information for patients and doctors about concepts presented in the musical, and fun photos from live performances and webseries filming.

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    BACKSTAGE SPONSOR: Want to be a part of DIABETES: THE MUSICAL? This sponsor level includes everything from previous level (CD, DVD, T-shirt, Poster, Program Book) + you will be invited to join the cast for the filming of the webseries in January! You can either sit back and watch the show, and you'll be invited to be part of the background vocals or dance moves in one of the scenes! You will be acknowledged as both a sponsor *and* a character in the credits.

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    CAST SPONSOR: Want to *really* be part of the production? This sponsor level will get you two (2) copies of all the gifts (2 CD's, 2 DVD's, 2 Posters, 2 T-shirts, 2 Program Books), an invitation to join us on the set of the webseries filming or our next live performance, PLUS we will write you into the Diabetes: The Musical web series as a character! You can play your character if you are available (no travel reimbursement, sorry), and you'll be acknowledged in the credits as both a major sponsor *and* as your character. No previous singing, dancing, or acting experience required.

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    CO-PRODUCER: In addition to two (2) copies of all the gifts (2 CDs, 2 DVDs, 2 Tshirts, 2 Posters, 2 Program Books) an invitation to join us on the set of the filming, and the option to play a minor role during the filming of the webseries or our next live performance if you so desire. And, you will be featured as a co-producer of the DIABETES: THE MUSICAL webseries! Best of all, we will either write you in as a minor character (per the previous sponsor level), OR we will write you a song about the disease/medical concept of your choice (we pick the song) or to the 80's song of your choice (we pick the disease/topic). And we will be uber-grateful for your generous support of our endeavor!

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Funding period

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