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Challenging and timely, this work tackles the subject of environmental activism with riveting drama and diverse musical styles.
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Stage|Time Collaborative is seeking a minimum of $7,000 to fund two performances of a semi-staged reading of Beautiful Creatures, an opera.  Tackling the subject of environmental activism, Beautiful Creatures asks us to consider just how far we’d go to save the planet, and whether we’d be willing to sacrifice anyone of our(human)selves to do it.  The opera is at a critical point in development, needing investor/producer interest and funding to bring it to full production.  These invitation-only performances, held at the exclusive and private Norwood Club on November 10th and 11th, 2011, will enable Stage|Time to present the work to a targeted audience who can partner with us to take Beautiful Creatures to the next level of exposure – full public production.

About the Creative Team:

Jennifer Griffith
, composer, brings her background in jazz and experience composing for solo and choral voices to the fore, giving Beautiful Creatures a stylistically diverse and intensely emotional score.  

Playwright, Dominic Orlando, has provided a character driven story that stands alone as a play, but melds perfectly with Jennifer's music to fully illuminate the setting, plot and journeys of the characters.

The visionary director, Christopher Alden, who recently directed the highly acclaimed 2010 New York City Opera production of Leonard Bernstein’s A Quiet Place, will be taking the helm of the work for the November stage-readings.

About the Cast:

Constance Hauman, Soprano, will sing the role of Eileen, the character whose emotional journey is the heart of the piece.  Please link to her extensive BIO to read about her accomplished and varied career in traditional and contemporary opera as well as an actress on the theatrical stage.

Michael Zegarski, Baritone, will sing the role of Hank Foster, the celebrity guest of honor at the party which forms the setting for the opera.  Please link to his WEBSITE to read about his career on the opera, concert, musical theatre and traditional theatre stage.

Please check back as more casting will be announced soon.

Consider partnering with Stage|Time Collaborative to develop this important work: 

Your pledge/donation will enable us to do the following:

  • Rent the Rehearsal, Performance and Event Space
  • Pay the Performers, Musicians, Musical Director and Conductor
  • Pay for the creation and utilization in performance of important visual, sound and lighting effects/equipment
  • Fund Marketing for these performances to potential producers/backers in the music world and the environmental movement itself who can help take this to full production

Please take a moment and review our incentives for special pledges.  NOTE:  As our application for 501(c)(3) status is in review, ALL donations to Stage|Time Collaborative are TAX DEDUCTIBLE.  

For pledges $1,000 and over, please feel free to contact us should you have any questions regarding the rewards.
 

Stage|Time Collaborative was formed because we believe asking questions is important, and that there is no better medium to explore the human condition than that of performance.  Please help us bring a challenging, enriching and relevant musical perspective on the issues surrounding the environmental movement.  Stage|Time is proud to present these stage-readings of Beautiful Creatures, an opera.  We would be honored and grateful to have you join us at this critical stage of development.

For more information on our organization, go to stagetimeonline.com.

Thank you for your consideration.

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    A Beautiful Creatures Staged Reading Poster in a JPEG format for your computer desktop background/wallpaper (JPEG)

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    Collector’s Item Beautiful Creatures poster, signed by the reading cast and the creative team

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    Collector’s Item framed excerpt from the Beautiful Creatures score, signed by the composer.

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    $1,000 Pledge gifts (with Program Mention listed as a Stage|Time Collaborator) +
    A performance in your home (confined to NYC residents within the 5 boroughs**) of three songs given by award-winning soprano, and principle in Beautiful Creatures, Constance Hauman (1 pledge gift available for Ms. Hauman)

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    A performance in your home (confined to NYC residents within the 5 boroughs**) of three songs given by award-winning baritone, and principle in Beautiful Creatures, Michael Zegarski (1 pledge gift available for Mr. Zegarski)

    **NOTE: Performances outside of NYC are possible; please contact us regarding additional costs**

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    $1,000 Pledge gifts (with Program Mention listed as a Stage|Time Beautiful Creature) +
    An evening w/ Baritone, Michael Zegarski, as he gives a command performance of his
    acclaimed one-man show, Mood Swing (Note: performance confined to NYC**). (1 pledge gift available for Mr. Zegarski)

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    An evening w/ Soprano, Constance Hauman, as she gives a command performance of
    her acclaimed one-woman show, Exiles in Paradise (Note: performance confined to NYC**). (1 pledge gift available for Ms. Hauman)

    **NOTE: Performances outside of NYC are possible; please contact us regarding additional costs**

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