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About this project

What it is: “Pick a Card: a Burlesque Exploration of Tarot” is a burlesque variety show and multimedia experience. Our performers will share with you the occult myth and magic of Tarot, using various art forms to weave a multifaceted spectacle of fortune, titillation, and curiosity! The show is planned to be September 27th.

Who: This production is a collaborative effort led by Gala Deliciousof The Tickled Fancy Burlesque Co., and featuring the illustrious talents of 2010 Queen of Burlesque, Roxi D’Lite of Windsor, Ontario, Chicago burlesque powerhouses Red Rum, Dahlia Fatale, Vaudezilla's Lilly Rascal, and Cruel Valentine, as well as Michigan phenomenons Dolly DaggerLushes LaMoanLuna Legare, Annie Thing, Toronto’s Nerd Girl Burlesque (Delicia Pastiche, Helen of Tronna, and Loretta Jean), and many more! 

Roxi D'Lite
Roxi D'Lite
Gala Delicious
Gala Delicious
Red Rum
Red Rum
Dahlia Fatale
Dahlia Fatale
Cruel Valentine
Cruel Valentine
Dolly Dagger
Dolly Dagger
Lushes LaMoan
Lushes LaMoan
Luna Legare
Luna Legare
Annie Thing
Annie Thing
Nerd Girl Burlesque
Nerd Girl Burlesque

All of the art and promotion will be designed by E. Woodbury Rand (http://raaaaand.wordpress.com/). 

Strength t-shirt design by E. Woodbury Rand
Strength t-shirt design by E. Woodbury Rand

Where: “Pick a Card”, will be held in the historic Michigan Theater, in Ann Arbor, MI. What do we need money for: All funds raised by this campaign will go toward providing a fun, fascinating, and fabulous interactive experience for our audience. 

Your contributions will help with:

Facility rental: We want to provide our audience with the most beautiful backdrop for this event, and we feel that the Michigan Theater is a perfect fit. Not only does this beautiful space have a large capacity so that we can share our art with all of you, but we value the wonderful people that run this venue, and we want to support this fabulous, historical local business, that has brought so much joy to our community throughout the years.

Performers and staff: We want to ensure the best possible experience not only for our audience, but also our cast and crew. We want to compensate them well for their efforts, and make sure that they have the resources necessary to bring us their very best possible work. This will include providing a stipend for costuming and props, as well as travel reimbursement for our visiting cast members. 

Additionally, we will be bringing on set designers and other creatives to assist in transforming the space, as well as technicians and support staff to ensure that everything runs smoothly and that our guests are well taken care of. We’ll also be employing local photographers and videographers to help us document this spectacular endeavor.

Promotions: We want this event to have as wide of a reach as possible. A portion of the proceeds from this effort will assist us printing promotional materials and help us with targeting a wide, diverse cross-section of potential audience members through various physical and online advertising mediums.

Setting the Scene: Your contributions will also assist us in creating the perfect environment for the night of our event. We’ll be bringing on Tarot card readers to enhance our audience experience, and we’ll be creating memorabilia, including hand-drawn trading cards, keepsake programs, posters, and more to help our audience members commemorate this event.

Art and promotional concept sketches by E. Woodbury Rand
Art and promotional concept sketches by E. Woodbury Rand

Risks and challenges

Some of the challenges that lie ahead for this project include firstly and foremost, the cost of renting the Michigan Theater. This space is such a perfect fit for our production, and we want to provide the best possible venue for our audience.

This theater has a large capacity that will ensure that we can comfortably accommodate all of our patrons, and that no one will be turned away. Additionally, the Michigan Theater is an accessible space, with a wide variety of assistance options for guests with disabilities. For more information on this venue’s accessibility efforts, please visit: http://www.michtheater.org/accessibility/.

Another challenge will be taking care of all of our performers and crew, particularly our out of town guests. We want to make sure that everyone is compensated fairly, reimbursed for travel, and given the tools necessary to bring us their very best work. The cast for this production was selected for their talents, collaborative work ethic, and outstanding achievements, in order to give our audience the show of their lives. Geography will present a some hurdle in getting some of our performers to the show, so we want to make sure that their travel needs are fully attended to and worked out well in advance of the show.

We want to bring our community a brilliant, provocative, stimulating evening of spectacle and entertainment, the likes of which Ann Arbor has never seen. This event will be truly unforgettable, but we need your assistance getting it on its feet. If you care about seeing more thought-provoking, boundary-breaking, highly-curated performance art productions in the Ann Arbor area, please lend us your support in this endeavor.

This event’s success could open the door to future magnificent productions brought to you by this ground-breaking team, as well as functioning as an inspirational springboard for other up-and-coming creatives in the area. We hope that our efforts will lead to a new standard for curation and production value in our local performing arts scene and beyond.

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