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We're taking King Island Christmas "over the mountain" from Juneau, Alaska to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!
We're taking King Island Christmas "over the mountain" from Juneau, Alaska to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!
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Send King Island Christmas from Juneau, Alaska to Scotland!

We're going over the mountain -- literally!

We are from Juneau, a small town in Alaska surrounded by mountains and water (with no connecting road out of town), and we want to bring to a world stage one of the most heart-warming musicals you will ever see or hear: King Island Christmas!

King Island Christmas tells the true story of how the courageous villagers of King Island, Alaska hiked over a perilously steep mountain in the middle of winter with a large walrus skin boat to bring Father Carroll from his ice-trapped vessel. Once safely ashore, Father Carroll realizes that he didn't bring Christmas to the villagers, the villagers brought Christmas to him.

Based on the children's book written and illustrated by Alaskans Rie Munoz and Jean Rogers, the musical magic of composer David Friedman and lyricist Deborah Brevoort have held Alaskan audiences spellbound as they are led over the mountain by Ooloranna and the King Island Christmas cast.

Now it's time to share this wonderful oratorio with the world!

Here's our mountain (and glacier):

We need your help to get us over the mountain (and ice field and continent and ocean) to Edinburgh, Scotland!

Why you should help us: We are positive that once King Island Christmas is performed on an international stage, it will become an international holiday classic. King Island Christmas is a wonderful Alaskan holiday message about courage, teamwork, faith, love, and chutzpah!

Who is the King Island Christmas cast: We are led by Missouri Smyth and Deborah Smith, our directors, and Sharon Gaiptman our producer. We are regular folks from Juneau, Alaska, young students to adults, with classes or jobs by day, families, and rehearsals in the evening! We love music and we love this show! Many of us have performed in this show for years.

Risks and challenges

Our biggest risk is financial. The cast is about 40 people, and it is a long way from Juneau, Alaska to Edinburgh, Scotland. We can't drive to a major airport, and the plane ride to Seattle is just plain expensive. Our total budget is well over $100,000.

So this is what we are doing -- we are fundraising like crazy. In addition to kickstarter, we are hosting bake sales, conducting a raffle, hosting dinners, a garage sale, dances, and the kids are singing for events all over town. We are working hard for this -- but we definitely appreciate our kickstarter supporters' help in getting us over the top!

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    A video postcard from a King Island Christmas cast member sent from Edinburgh, Scotland!

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    The above, plus a North Star ship bell ringtone! This is the bell that actually was onboard the North Star that delivered Father Carroll to King Island (the bell is now in the Juneau Federal Building Museum).

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    The above, plus a video postcard of the cast going "over the mountain" at the Edinburgh Castle!

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    The above, plus a video postcard from Father Carroll, Oolaranna and Captain Crawford from Edinburgh, Scotland!

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    The above, plus the event poster signed by the cast from the Edinburgh production!

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    The above, plus an Alaska Flag Song ringtone, performed by the cast!

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    The above, plus a video of the cast singing Carrickfergus on location in Scotland!

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    The above, plus a jar of handcrafted Athol Brose (available in Juneau only)!

    Yes, the piper to the cast handcrafts this delicious beverage himself, and has offered to make as much of it as we need to get over the top!

    Athol Brose is a delicious traditional scottish beverage made of oatmeal brose, honey, cream, cinnamon, and "additional" ingredients on request. For delivery in Juneau only.

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    The above, plus a party with the cast in your home! Join us as we belt out "Over the Mountain" by the fireplace! (Available only in Juneau or Edinburgh during the Fringe).

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