Let's Start at the Beginning
My name is Tyler Collins - I am a theatre student at the University of Waterloo in Southern Ontario. I'm a two-time Eddie award nominee, performed on the stage of the Stratford Festival, and been involved with over 70 live productions over the course of my life, and played nearly every role there is in the business.
This past February, I completed my first-ever self produced show in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, which was funded by a Kickstarter last autumn. You can see my full profile, history, and Kickstarter page here:
The show was funded in December and was entitled "Post-Its (Notes on a Marriage)". It was staged in February as part of the 2014 UpStart Festival in Waterloo. You can see the successful campaign page here:
After the success of Post-Its earlier this year, the logical next step is to put on another show! But anyone who's produced theatre will tell you that's a lot easier said than done.
The ultimate project is to stage a world premiere production of the brand-new comedy "Gate Seventeen (Boarding Soon)" this May in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Rehearsals will begin this April, with a weeklong run at the Queen Elizabeth Park Theatre ending on the Victoria Day weekend. The show will run from May 14th-17th 2014, with five performances over these four days.
We have assembled talents and artists from all over Ontario, Canada, and even the world and will bring them together to debut this brand new show this Spring. But most of all, we want to share this story with you!
About the Show
Gate Seventeen (Boarding Soon) draws its inspiration from the works of Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter, and re-invents it for the 21st century.
Morning comes to a large sprawling airport, where a variety of individuals all meet and are forced to stay together while they wait to board their airplane at Gate 17. As time passes, they each discover dark secrets about where they're going and where they're coming from, and the dream of boarding the plane becomes nothing more than a question. As these people both ordinary and fantastical come together, they must each decide which path to take with their own opportunities to fly.
Full of unbelievable characters, classic Vaudeville and moments of unthinkable horror, Gate Seventeen is a show like nothing you've ever imagined before.
The show was workshopped with White Oaks Drama in May 2013 in Oakville, and played to sold-out houses. You can watch an archive recording of one of the workshop performances in the link below; but we warn you, there have been significant changes made since this production, and it will spoil the joy of seeing it live!
The show was a critical success and an audience favourite. After a year of changes, readings, and more rehearsals, we are finally ready to share this production with the world. And we need YOU to make it happen!
So Who Else is Involved?
We're so glad you asked! The pictures below show a small number of the other artists involved in the project as well!
And these are just some of the MANY talented individuals involved with the project. We have everyone from actors, carpenters, entrepreneurs, writers, mechanics, book keepers, designers, and anyone else in between!
We have the talent, we have our script, and we have a venue at the Queen Elizabeth Park Theatre in Oakville, Ontario. But now, what we need is the financial support to keep the show going.
We Need Your Help!
Putting on a show requires a lot of people, a lot of time, and a lot of money. We have the first two, and all we're missing is the financial backing to get the show off the ground. The donations raised by the Kickstarter campaign go to pay for the theatre rental, set construction, buying of costumes and props, theatre insurance, marketing the show, and taking care of the actors. (Actors are people too. They need money for unimportant things like food and medicine).
While we are not a registered charity, we are not working for a profit either. Our main goal is not to receive any financial gain by the end of the project; we are simply a group of artists who want to put on a great show. Most of us are still in University, unemployed, and flat out broke. We aren't asking for handouts nor are we looking to profit from the show; we only want to make a good production. We just can't do it by ourselves.
So Where does the Money Go?
Excellent question! As we outlined above, the main goal is simply to cover the expenses of the show. by doing this; we've reached our goal. Here's a small breakdown of where the money goes:
- 46% to Theatre Rental and Rehearsal Space
- 11% to Set Building and Construction Materials
- 5% to Costuming and Make-Up
- 17% to Technical Needs (Lights, Microphones, and Hired Help)
- 10% to Marketing
- 12% to Other (Actor Care, Kickstarter's Cut, etc.)
The above list here doesn't include everything, but it covers most of the costs. The reason we exclude some components is we don't yet have every single invoice, and we're setting our fundraising goal lower rather than higher. Kickstarter rules say you raise 100% of your goal or you get NOTHING. (We can raise more, but not less).
What's in it For Me?
The best incentive we have for you donating to the production is that we want you to come and see the show; and we have a variety of ways to make that happen.
$1.00 BACKER: Thank you so much. We're serious; every dollar helps. In exchange, you'll join the list of all Kickstarter backers with the chance to buy tickets for the show AHEAD of the general public. Plus, you get to follow the production via the Kickstarter blog.
$5.00 BACKER: For the same price as a typical Starbucks coffee, you get the first chance for tickets to the show, including the FRONT ROW SEATS! The front row of each performance is reserved EXCLUSIVELY to $5.00 backers.
$25.00 BACKER: Simple as this; you get a free ticket to the show! We'll ask what date you want to see the show, and we'll have you ticket waiting at the door. Kickstarter tickets always get the best seats!
$45.00 BACKER: 10% OFF! Get TWO free tickets to any performance you like, OR one ticket for two different performances so you can twice! Remember, the best seats to each show are reserved for Kickstarter backers only!
$120.00 BACKER: In addition to your two free tickets, (See Above), we'll give you half a page of advertising space in the program! It gets the word out about your business or product to HUNDREDS of people! (This space is only for commercial advertising for legitimate businesses and companies. All ads to be screened in advance prior to publishing).
$250.00 BACKER: BECOME A PRODUCER! We'll list you in the program on the top lines of the billing page as a producer of the show. We have free goodies for you including autographed scripts, drink tickets, and VIP seating opening night! There's other surprises included with this reward; but we're keeping that to ourselves for now! (Free tickets good for any performance).
There are a variety of other ways to buy tickets for the show; all details for the box office will be provided in March.
From the executive producers, cast, crew, and everyone involved with the production, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you. Without your generosity, none of this is possible. Our whole show is about opportunity; You never know where one lucky chance might take you. From everyone in the show: Thank you for the opportunity to share this story with you. We hope to see you at the Queen Elizabeth Park Theatre this May!
Risks and challenges
Rehearsals start in April when everyone makes the temporary move to Oakville for the run of the show, after the University exams are finished.
We have assembled a wide variety of talents, many of whom with extensive work in live theatre before. We've seen everything from injured performers and power outages to broken sets and laryngitis. Whatever the theatre gods throw at us, we take in stride.
The largest obstacle we have to face is the financial burden. The largest cost by far is booking the theatre itself. We have the date reserved with the space and a contract with QEP, but we will eventually need to pay the theatre so we can hold the show there. Producing live theatre becomes a full-time job; we do everything from costume shopping and set construction and painting. It's like they say: "The Show Must Go On!".
If you have any questions about the project, or have any questions into our process of staging the production, feel free to contact us (or Tyler personally) through Kickstarter's free communication and messaging. (This is just so we don't put private contact info on the internet). You can also check our FAQ section below.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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