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Help us buy a box truck so we can bring our touring stage, three shows, and a dozen brilliant actors to a festival or park near you!

HERE'S THE DEAL:
We need your help to get on the road this Summer!

WHAT WE'RE OFFERING:
We've got an incredible Elizabethan-inspired touring stage, three amazing shows, and a dozen of the most enthusiastic and passionate performers who would love to bring delightful Shakespeare performances to your park!

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP:
At this point, we've outgrown our tiny cargo trailer and lost the use of our friend's pick-up truck to pull it!
(But we sure are grateful for the three years he's let us borrow it to take our shows on the road. Thanks Dad.)

With your help, we can buy a totally awesome used 16 foot box truck and regain our mobility and independence!
(If it helps, picture us as Tiny Tim. You'll be giving the gift of new legs. Magic legs! It will be the best Christmas ever.)

We're all about DIY grit, and applying some good old-fashioned elbow grease to get things done--and with your help, we'll work harder than ever to bring engaging, accessible, and entertaining open-air Shakespeare to audiences across Utah!

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? SEND US YOUR BREAD!

(Now picture us as Oliver the orphan: "Please sir, I want some more."
How can you say 'No' to a face like that?
Give the boy some bread!)

Hoist us high onto your shoulder, and we will exclaim:
"GOD BLESS US, EVERY ONE!"

Or just click "Donate".
That works too.




More info on Grassroots Shakespeare:

This Summer, with your help, we'll mount three touring shows in repertory:

'Hamlet' will be an exciting first for us, 'Twelfth Night' will be done with an all-male cast, and 'As You Like It' will be a remount of last year's smash hit production.

Last Summer was our third season, but our first experience with repertory. We did three shows with one company, rehearsing each title for less than 24 hours--just as Shakespeare's company would have done in his day. Our performances are vibrant, eclectic, and highly interactive. Our 2011 Summer Tour included:


'As You Like It'

'Romeo and Juliet'

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (all-male cast)

We also did 'Macbeth' in 2011 for Halloween:

And then 'Merry Wives of Windsor' for Christmas:

'Merry Wives', like all of our shows opened with an opening music act. Talented local artist Karlie McKinnon opened for one of our holiday performances at the renaissance-inspired Gothic Room of the SLC Masonic Temple:

Music and dance are an important part of our performances. Here's an example of an Elizabethan Jig we would do to celebrate your donation to our cause:

Thank you for taking the time to check out our campaign!

Now, if you like what you've seen, and you believe in supporting young artists at a crucial point their development, then please, move your mouse on over and donate to our cause! Every little bit helps!

Touchstone says: "What are you waiting for? Give us your money!"

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    PENNY STINKER PASS: --One ticket for standing admission. (Can be redeemed online for select ticketed performances in 2012)

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    GROUNDLING: --One Yard Ticket admission to our Summer Tour Finale in July!

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    CUTPURSE: -- One ticket to the SECRET SHOW in June held at a secret location so amazing we're biting our tongues to keep from blurting it out.

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    GROUNDLING WITH A FEATHERED CAP: --Limited Edition Grassroots Shakespeare pin back button! (must be redeemed at a performance. No Shipping) --Two Yard Tickets to our Summer Tour Finale in July!

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    LONDON UNDERGROUND: -- Two tickets to the SECRET SHOW in June held at a secret location so amazing we're biting our tongues to keep from blurting it out. PLUS: --One limited edition Grassroots Shakespeare pin back button! (must be redeemed at a performance. No Shipping)

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    TUPPENCE GALLERY PASS: --Two Gallery Tickets for our Summer Tour Finale in July!

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    UPPER GALLERY: --DVD copy of our 2011 'As You Like It/A Midsummer Night's Dream' season, or 2010's 'Romeo and Juliet'. (s+h extra) --Free seated admission to select performances in 2012

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    WANDERING MINSTRELS: --Bring yourself and one friend along to enjoy a delightful picnic with the troupe! Followed by an incredible performance at the SECRET SHOW at a secret location so amazing we're biting our tongues to keep from blurting it out. PLUS:--There will probably be stargazing afterwards. PLUS: --Limited Edition Grassroots Shakespeare pin back button! (must be redeemed at a performance. No Shipping)

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    LORDS AND LADIES ROOM: --One family-pass for Gallery Seats at any of our 2012 ticketed performances. (One-time use only. Must redeem online in advance) --A special 'Thank You' on our web page.

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    GENTLEMAN AND A SCHOLAR. PATRON OF THE ARTS: --Your name, business logo, or cause advertised on the side of our Tour Truck. --Listed as Official Sponsor on our Patron's Banner displayed at every 2012 performance. --Listed as 2012 Sponsor on our web page. --Special VIP pass for admission to any performance in 2012.

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    TAVERN SHOW: --We'll perform in your backyard (or another suitable location of your choosing) for your audience of guests. (limited to Wasatch Front locations; non-corporate events) --You may choose one of the following titles: "As You Like It", "Twelfth Night", "Hamlet", or "Romeo and Juliet"

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    TOWN CRIER'S DELIGHT: --Your name, business, or cause announced by our actors before every performance in 2012. PLUS: --Your name, business logo, or cause advertised on the side of our Tour Truck. --Listed as Official Sponsor on our Patron's Banner displayed at every 2012 performance. --Listed as 2012 Sponsor on our web page. --Special VIP pass for admission to any performance in 2012.

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    LORD CHAMBERLAIN: --We will bring one of our touring shows to your private event or party. (bookings beyond the Wasatch Front may require additional support) --Your name, business logo, or cause advertised on the side of our Tour Truck. --Your name, business, or cause announced before every performance in 2012. --Listed as Official Sponsor on our Patron's Banner displayed at every 2012 performance. --Listed as 2012 Sponsor on our web page. --Special VIP pass for admission to any performance in 2012.

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    THE QUEEN: --You name the play (any from Shakespeare's era), and we will produce it as part of our 2012 Season. --We will bring one of our touring shows to your private event or party. (bookings beyond the Wasatch Front may require additional support) --Your name, business logo, or cause advertised on the side of our Tour Truck. --Your name, business, or cause announced before every performance in 2012. --Listed as Official Sponsor on our Patron's Banner displayed at every 2012 performance. --Listed as 2012 Sponsor on our web page. --Special VIP pass for admission to any performance in 2012.

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