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World premier musical! Cinders Ella and Edna share a similar fate. But Cinder Edna uses humor and ingenuity to rise above it all!!

The script is ready!  The songs are done!  We have the blessing of Ellen Jackson, author of the original children's book.  Now for the arrangements & score!! With your collaboration we will spend the coming months working with musicians, putting the songs on paper, and recording them for your enjoyment!

Check out the awesome rewards, which will start arriving as soon as January 2013, as we start distributing completed songs and mailing art work! We will also keep you informed with up to the minute blog reports about the ongoing process of completing this exciting project.

Olympia Family Theater is producing this world-premier in May of 2013 as part of it's 7th season bringing high quality theater to children and families in Olympia, Washington. Callbacks are weeks away; we are working now on "lead sheets" for the actors to sing from at the auditions, and our goal is to have all of the 19 songs transcribed to sheet music for actors and musicians playing in the final production. Excitement and anticipation are in the air!

Every actor and musician who has come into contact with this project has had a rollicking good time and we can't wait for the show to go onstage. The script has received a strong and supportive review from a resident playwright, and the songs (yes, all 19 of them!) are catchy and will leave you with a feel-good tune to whistle while you work, much like that spunky protagonist Cinder Edna.

There is work to be done -transcription is no short order- and there is no time to be wasted. Every week brings us closer to the show's opening, and this project must be completed for this show to meet it's potential and shine!

Based on the book by Ellen Jackson with Illustrations by Kevin O'Malley. All color illustrations in our kick starter video are from the original book.

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While the script is written and the vocal lyrics and melodies are completed to high praise, their is a lot of work to do with notation and arrangements. The greatest risk the project faces is not completing this work in time for the public readings where we will "test" the material and make refinements before the final production. This is where you come in! With your collaboration, we can broaden our net of available musicians with notation skills who want to be part of this project, but are not in a position to donate their time. We also have commitments from our musical collaborators who will help with arrangements and play in the "pit band" during the production. Having these resources on board helps mitigate our risk.
Finally, the support of Olympia Family Theater, an established organization with a strong ticket-selling base, provides a cushion against the risks associated with mounting a world-premier production.

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    Receive a special "Thank you!" in our project blog and the show's printed program- which we will send to you via PDF!

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    Receive a "Thank You" and a limited edition post card featuring original art work created for the show by world-famous artist Nikki McClure.

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    Receive all of the above, plus special, reserved seats to the show and free refreshments during intermission (If you come see the show. Tickets sold separately. Go to olyft.org).

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    All of the above, plus an 8 1/2 x 11 framable print of Nikki McClure's original Edna poster art.

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    All of the above, only your special Nikki art will be signed by the artist.

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    All of the above, plus a a special back stage tour and personal introduction to the cast and musicians!

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    Cinder Edna cooks tuna fish casserole 16 ways! And ... she sings the name of every one in a song. 75 dollars gets you a limited edition recipe book PDF by co-author Miriam Sterlin describing each of the 16 tuna recipes, along with a digital download of the Tuna Fish Casserole song, in addition to all of the above rewards!

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    As a PREMIER COLLABORATOR you will receive digital downloads of each of the 19 songs the moment they 'hit the can' over the coming months, in addition to all of the above rewards!

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    Given your PREMIER A LA PLUS status, you will receive all of the above, plus a framed, signed print of the Edna poster art by world famous artist Nikki McClure!

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    You have now achieved OMG Collaborator status! (OMG is also a song in the show!). FYI, you get all of the above AND a CIGAR BOX UKELELE, just like the ones Edna and her friends will jam out on during the show's finale. Created by local artisan Will Eickenberry.

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    OMG WTH (What the heck?) Collaborator status (this is children's theater, don't ya know) Receive a cigar box ukulele autographed by the cast and musicians! If you come see the show (two tickets included in this reward) we will make a special presentation of the uke to you or your child/grandchild/niece/unsuspecting friend after final bows!

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    OMG WTHY (Yowsa!) Status. In addition to all of the above, co-authors Ted Ryle and Miriam Sterlin will create and video record a mini-musical with at least three original compositions for you, a family member or friend. If your are local, we will take you out to lunch to present it to you!

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