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A musical parody following the cosmic misadventures of the Starship Interstellar and her crew.
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WHAT WE ARE DOING:

Producing Warp Speed! A Sci Fi Parody Musical at the Midtown International Theater Festival in NYC during late July and early August of 2014 (http://www.midtownfestival.org/).

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"Warp Speed! is a comedy/parody musical in the style of other such successes as Silence! The Musical, Potted Potter and the YouTube sensation A Very Potter Musical. The show follows the misadventures through space of the Starship Interstellar and her crew: Dr. Connie Vonevul finds herself newly employed on the Starship Interstellar where she is quickly overwhelmed by the hyper and flirty Captain Jerk. The eccelctic crew is soon distracted by the distress signal from another ship, The Valiant. Jerk directs the crew to go after their fellow ship, but in the process they run into a radioactive field, which mysteriously gives Dr. Vonevul and ship librarian Conrad Badguy special powers that slowly take over their sanity as they begin to take over the ship. Will they be able to retain their humanity? Who will win Dr. Vonevul’s heart? Will Mr. Schlock be able to overcome his Uncomfortable Bowel Syndrome to find love? And why is Jerk such a dick? All this and more will be answered in Hoch and Thorpe's Fan Porr Fest of a show: Warp Speed: the Sci Fi Parody Musical!"

WHAT WE NEED: FINANCIAL SUPPORT


We are asking for what the industry calls “seed money” -- money to help get a project on its feet. Seed money is used to build the foundation of a project – in this case, participation in the Midtown International Theater Festival to allow producers and other industry professionals to see a fully realized show that is destined for the big stage in New York.

Launching a theatrical production – particularly a musical, and particularly in New York – is an incredibly expensive endeavor. Costs for this production will include everything from start-up costs like the web domain, marketing, set design and construction, to costumes, props, transportation of these materials, and compensation for the cast and crew. 

This is where you come in. By supporting the project here, we will be able to lay the foundation stones for our project. The money raised in this campaign will go primarily towards paying our festival fees (which cover the Midtown Manhattan venue and personnel as well as festival marketing counseling and other perks) and our start up costs (such as legal fees - contracts are expensive! - website construction, designer fees, etc...) Any money raised over $10,000 will go towards the remaining production costs of the show (paying the actors and musicians, building sets, costumes, etc...).   

Risks and challenges

Challenges will include:

Our primary challenge after this campaign will be funding the remainder of the production costs. The money raised in this campaign is to help us secure our place in the festival and cover our "start-up" costs like legal fees and marketing. We will have to continue raising money to cover costs like actors' pay, set construction, and costume creation. We plan on raising this money through a targeted, two part campaign: approaching a wide variety of potential business and corporate donors with an interest in the show (such as the many comic book shops in Manhattan) and reaching out to those people we know who are uncomfortable donating online (they do still exist!) If by Easter 2014 we are still in need of funds, we will launch a second KickStarter campaign to raise the remaining funds between Easter and Memorial Day 2014. Our ultimate goal is $25,000. If we do not reach this ultimate goal, we will readjust our budget and work with what we were successfully able to raise! No matter what, the show must go on! The show can be done on a small budget if necessary - but we do want it to be the very best it can be.

We will also have strict, fast-approaching deadlines for casting and rehearsals before the festival. To address these challenges, we have three words taught to us by the Marine Corps (Benjamin's father was a Lieutenant Colonel):
Proper Prior Planning.

We have a strict timetable and a dedicated team working non-stop to make sure that we are ready to act at any moment to keep us on track with our goal. The first step is raising our target $10,000 - then we can build our team, start rehearsals, and produce the greatest sci fi parody musical to hit the stage!

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

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    SPACE ENTHUSIAST
    You will earn our eternal gratitude and the amazing feeling of supporting the arts – and a personal thank you note from the producer! You will also be added to our exclusive e-mail list to keep in touch with the production through this entire journey!

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    SPACE CADET
    The above plus an exclusive Warp Speed t-shirt!

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    STARSHIP EXPLORER
    The above plus an exclusive Warp Speed poster AND a personal video telegram on our YouTube page from the Admiral (aka the producer)!
    (Your video will go up immediately after the campaign has ended; the poster and t-shirt will be shipped at the end of August)

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    STARSHIP CAPTAIN
    The above plus everything autographed by the cast and crew, an exclusive production photo from the festival run, AND a personal video telegram from the cast member of your choice posted on our YouTube page and sent as a file directly to your e-mail! (Cast will be announced in May - videos will be posted over the summer, other prizes will be shipped end of August)

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    STARSHIP COMMANDER
    All of the above plus a signed copy of the script, an autographed, framed exclusive production photo from the run, AND your name on our website as an official sponsor of the show! (Videos will be posted as soon as the actors are cast and rehearsals underway; name will be posted immediately; all other items will be shipped end of August)

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    STARSHIP ADMIRAL
    All of the above plus 2 tickets to the show, invitations to the opening night party, and an exclusive, autographed photo with the cast.
    The producer will be in touch with you about the coordination of all these gifts!

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