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A new, vibrant traveling theatre company in northeast Ohio
49 backers pledged $3,096 to help bring this project to life.

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THANK YOU!
With 6 days to go, WE HAVE REACHED OUR GOAL!!! Thank you SO much, everyone. Truly. I’m beyond grateful and so excited to be able to continue sharing the beauty of theater.

Any additional money raised over the next week will continue to go towards royalty costs, rental fees, production expenses, start-up fees, and office supplies (oh how I miss a copier, a paper cutter, and rubber bands! haha!). Thank you again!!! ♥️♥️♥️

Donations received beyond our goal will provide:

Desktop printer  $80

Ink and Paper  $75

Office Supplies  $50

Poster Printing for several shows:  $250

Bookkeeping startup: $300-400

Concession startup stock  $100

We have received our LLC, and Vendor's license. We have a payment plan and website that are active. We are receiving registrations for our summer camps, and have at least 8 different venues booked with upcoming shows throughout the remainder of the year. We are working hard to deserve your support and provide good theater! Thank you for helping to make this possible. 

My name is Angela Miloro-Hansen. It has been my dream for years to own a theater company. Recent changes in my life convinced me that the time was right! I have been active in the theater community for 20 years; acting, directing, teaching theater classes, stage managing, set designing and building, prop creation, costume designing, and more. 

 I've worked with hundreds of students, many from elementary school through high school. These students have been engaged in social awareness projects subjects such as 9/11, the Holocaust, drug abuse, as well as plain comedic fun. We have performed in front of groups from 50 to 900 people, in theaters, outdoors, in temples, churches, in schools. The effect of theater on self confidence, critical thinking and creativity cannot be underestimated.

Pride and Prejudice, a teen production directed by Angela Miloro-Hansen at Geauga Lyric Theater. This show performed for public and school audiences and at a library.
Pride and Prejudice, a teen production directed by Angela Miloro-Hansen at Geauga Lyric Theater. This show performed for public and school audiences and at a library.

While working with youth is a strength of mine, directing adults is also a passion. The same benefits of theater apply to any age. And I believe community theater is not limited to a building. The effect the arts have on the actual community is magical, and important, and as a result, I have always had a strong community support for my projects.

I am thrilled to introduce Curtain 440 LLC, a traveling theater group dedicated to all kinds of theater, for all ages.

THE GOAL OF THIS KICKSTARTER PROJECT

We are off to a wonderful start, with youth programming through this summer. We want to be able to provide auditioned, quality shows for all ages. Our goal is to have at least two shows in several locations before the end of the year that will be suitable for adults as well as students to perform in. One of the shows planned is The Star on My Heart, my original play about the life of Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher.

We are trying to raise money to support this second phase. 

Within less than two months, Curtain 440 has four productions already scheduled at local schools and three more in the development phase.  The response to this project within the community has already been stellar!

The Neverending Story, a teen production directed by Angela Miloro-Hansen in a Geauga Lyric Theater production. They opened the show with drumbeats and movement, backlit for a stunning effect.
The Neverending Story, a teen production directed by Angela Miloro-Hansen in a Geauga Lyric Theater production. They opened the show with drumbeats and movement, backlit for a stunning effect.

OUR NEEDS TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN:

Royalty and licensing must be obtained and paid in full in advance of performances and rehearsals. This can range from a few hundred dollars for a play to a few thousand for a musical.

Curtain 440 does not currently have a home. We are working with several community organizations that are helping us with rehearsal space.  We enjoy the spontaneity and the relationships we are developing. But there are also other ongoing costs, which include necessities like sets, costume design, skilled musicians and technical needs, as well as the less fun stuff- administrative expenses and storage.

Our goal is to cover the base costs for this fall's main-stage productions,(licensing and venues) to support our inaugural season, and help us on our way to sustainability.

The Star on My Heart, an original play by Angela Miloro-Hansen, performed here at Theater 8:15 in Green, Ohio. It was also chosen to be performed off-Broadway in NYC. The entire cast and crew was able to make the trip, through fundraising and benefit performances. The subject of the play, Inge Auerbacher was also present at the premiere.
The Star on My Heart, an original play by Angela Miloro-Hansen, performed here at Theater 8:15 in Green, Ohio. It was also chosen to be performed off-Broadway in NYC. The entire cast and crew was able to make the trip, through fundraising and benefit performances. The subject of the play, Inge Auerbacher was also present at the premiere.

 My life has been dedicated to theatre and the education of all ages through art and drama. I am indebted to my past and current teachers, directors, friends, family, and supporters. Thank you, and I hope to see all of you on this journey.  Follow us at www.curtain440.com 

The Crucible, directed by Angela Miloro-Hansen, in a production at Geauga Lyric Theater. This teen production was cast to give students an opportunity to play beyond their age. Audiences were often heard to say "I forgot they were kids."
The Crucible, directed by Angela Miloro-Hansen, in a production at Geauga Lyric Theater. This teen production was cast to give students an opportunity to play beyond their age. Audiences were often heard to say "I forgot they were kids."
The cast and crew of I Never Saw Another Butterfly, along with the local community, as well as people from across the country, cut and decorated 15.000 paper butterflies. These butterflies represented the 15,000 children that perished in the Terezin concentration camp.  Here they are displayed at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple. This production traveled to several locations, and took directing and acting awards at local levels and was also recognized at the state level. The theater received a commendation from the governor's office.
The cast and crew of I Never Saw Another Butterfly, along with the local community, as well as people from across the country, cut and decorated 15.000 paper butterflies. These butterflies represented the 15,000 children that perished in the Terezin concentration camp. Here they are displayed at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple. This production traveled to several locations, and took directing and acting awards at local levels and was also recognized at the state level. The theater received a commendation from the governor's office.
Angela Miloro-Hansen, owner and creator of Curtain 440.
Angela Miloro-Hansen, owner and creator of Curtain 440.

 ABOUT ANGELA-MILORO-HANSEN

Angela has been directing youth programs since 2005 and main-stage teen and adult productions since 2011. Her work with students has been recognized by the Ohio Community Theater Association as “outstanding.” Some of her favorite directing credits include School of Rock, Peter and the Starcatcher, In The Heights, Beauty and the Beast, and The Neverending Story.  With the Repertory 440 Company, comprised of students, she travels to different schools as the group performs throughout the school year. 

Angela is the author of The Star on My Heart, a play about Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher, which premiered in 2015. The Star on My Heart has since been performed throughout Northeast Ohio and several other states including New York, Indiana, and Iowa. This play was the object of a successful Kickstarter which enabled us to travel to off-Broadway with an adult and student cast and various theaters and schools, impacting many people. The educational benefit was enormous, and Inge herself was involved in many aspects.  Another run of this play is planned for later in 2019 by Curtain 440.

Curtain 440 Magnets
Curtain 440 Magnets

Risks and challenges

The primary challenge is, of course, monetary. In order to produce quality shows, provide educational classes, and be able to reach people of the community funds need to be provided up front. These include but are not limited to: rental costs for rehearsal and performance spaces, royalties for scripts, production expenses (artistic and personnel), and more. Although we are very fortunate to have community support and many places working with us on affordable rehearsal spaces, it is still something we need to budget for beyond the actual performances.

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