The rising violence rate over the cultural, social, and political prejudices that are happening around us has become a backdrop of our society, and as a community that celebrates the diversity of its elements want to speak out against that. And what better way to do that than through something that we are equally passionate about, which is performing arts?
West Side Story is a classic musical about love and the consequences of falling in love in a world full of prejudice and hate.
On the harsh street of the Upper West Side of New York City, an ethnic blue-collar neighborhood, two delinquent street gangs are battling for control of the turf. The Sharks; a gang full of immigrants from Puerto Rico, are taunted by the Jets; the white gang. The situation becomes more complicated when former leader of the Jets falls in love with the Sharks leader's sister.
Despite being set an ocean away in New York City, the story is something that the young people of Indonesia can relate to. Therefore, we feel that it is a perfect platform to convey our message of peace through something that is very close to us, as performers and audience alike.
WE ARE COMING TO YOU FOR HELP!
This musical has a strong message against violence and prejudices, which is a fitting commentary for Jakarta’s current socio-political climate. To make sure our voice is heard loud and clear, we need to step up our game and do this production the right way. Starting with buying the performing license –which is very expensive, especially in our country. By acquiring the licensing and rights usage, at least it will get us started to make this production come to live and make this production without compromise. Any additional funds will help us in funding our complete budget of EUR 9,048.
Help us get this production on the stage and bring it to life now by DONATING TO OUR CAMPAIGN!
WHY SHOULD YOU SUPPORT US
Our community is fairly new but has been growing rapidly over the last two years. We have done small productions with a consistently growing number of audience in each show (one of our recent production even managed to bring in more than 1000 audience in its three-day run). Our previous productions consist of Broadway Ke Java: 2014, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Seussical: the Musical, Burlesque, Children of Eden, Broadway Ke Java: 2016, and recently Fame: the Musical.
OTHER COOL REASONS TO SUPPORT US:
- You love theater.
- You love musical theater.
- You do musical theater. For fun or for a living.
- Your music playlist consists mostly of Broadway cast recordings… or Glee.
- You like a good, old-fashioned love story that gives you major feels.
- You think Sondheim is a genius. (Don’t we all?)
- You are concerned with social issues around the world. You want to do something impactful about that.
- You have the chance to be an agent of change in a developing country.
- You believe that art is a good platform for change and development.
- You are passionate about sharing the importance of theater to the society.
- You believe that theater should be accessible for all.
- You love to sing, dance, and act your ass off.
- You want that for others, too.
- Because you’re a good person.
- With a beautiful soul.
- And a beautiful face to boot.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you for your support, and there is not enough thank you for your support in this production. So, big THANK YOU....
Here are the preview of our physical rewards that awaits you next year...
Risks and challenges
Producing a theater production is VERY expensive in Indonesia as the local theater scene isn’t as profitable in many other countries are. Moreover, as a non-profit, youth-based community, we lack the financial backing.
Looking back on our previous production, we often had to sacrifice the quality of our production. Given the circumstances, we feel that the cause is too important to not be delivered to the audience as best as we can.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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