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Commission Beth Custer to create a new score for the hilarious new play HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIM HUNTER at the Philly Fringe Festival.
Commission Beth Custer to create a new score for the hilarious new play HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIM HUNTER at the Philly Fringe Festival.
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Beth Custer @ Yoshis, photo: Chuck Gee
Beth Custer @ Yoshis, photo: Chuck Gee

Joy Cutler and Beth Custer met in San Francisco in 1983 and became immediate best friends. Separately they've performed, collaborated, and created a myriad of theatre and music projects over several decades but this will be their first collaboration! After years of talking about making something together, they are finally merging to create Happy Birthday Kim Hunter as part of Philadelphia's Fringe Festival. 

Custer will be creating music for the project this month and joining Joy in Philly in September to rehearse and perform in the premiere. 

Risks and challenges

Although Joy Cutler and I are long time friends, this will be our first artistic collaboration. The risks of us working together? Lose our friendship? Not likely....we've been close for 30 years!

The challenges will be for me to create a great evening length score from afar in a short amount of time. Joy's in Philadelphia...I'm in San Francisco.

The cast has already started rehearsing in Philadelphia where the premiere and short run of HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIM HUNTER will take place as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. I've been brought on to create a score for the premiere of this hilarious, scary play.

I'll be working remotely in my studio in San Francisco and sending MP3 sketches for the production to work with. I'll create a rich a bed of rich sounds using my virtual library that I'll be able to sing and play clarinets and keyboard live with for the production.

Your kind donations get you some hip prizes and foster a new musical score by yours truly. Thanks so much for reading this far....even a $5 donation gets you a Moaning Song from the production....what could be better?!

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    MP3 of 'The Moaning Song' from Happy Birthday Kim Hunter composed and performed by Beth Custer and inspired Joy Cutler.

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    Poster from the play Happy Birthday Kim Hunter signed by playwright Joy Cutler and composer Beth Custer.

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    A complimentary ticket to a performance of Happy Birthday Kim Hunter on September
    18, 19, 20, 21, 22 at the Church of the Crucifixion's Parish House, 2nd Floor, 620 S. 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA

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    Download of Beth Custer's most recent release 'Peter', a magical, multi-movement dance score created for Roco Dance for 200 teens of their premiere Peter Pan, at Marin Veteran's Memorial Theatre, June 2013.

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    A digital copy of the sound score created for Happy Birthday Kim Hunter by Beth Custer.

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    A signed copy of the DVD of the rare silent comedic film MY GRANDMOTHER with Custer's original award winning score on it and a signed postcard of their east coast tour.

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    A signed copy of the script of Happy Birthday Kim Hunter

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    The digital of the score and physical copy of the script signed by writer Joy Cutler.

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    One night stay for 1-2 people in San Francisco at Little Red House Speak Easy in Bernal Heights (at Beth Custer's house) in a funky, charming neighborhood. Must be used within 6 months, September 2013-February 2014 and only during available dates.

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    Two nights stay for 1-2 people in San Francisco at Little Red House Speak Easy in Bernal Heights (at Beth Custer's house) in a funky, charming neighborhood. Be given a tour of Custer's studio wherein she'll sing you a song from Happy Birthday Kim Hunter! Must be used within 6 months, September 2013-February 2014 and only during available dates.

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    Signed copies, CDs, vinyl, and DVDs of all of Beth Custer's in print releases.

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