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Help build a show like no other: a Steampunk opera - ambition, exploration, mermaids, mutinous lasses, airship pirate, Her Majesty QV2!
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Set on the HMS Annelid (a discovery ship in the spirit of Charles Darwin’s HMS Beagle intermarried with Jules Verne’s Nautilus) this operetta surfs late 19th-century science, history, and geography in a spirited and salacious romp on the high seas worthy of Gilbert and Sullivan.

In this alternate future, the American Colonies have seen the error their ways and reunited with their Fair Queen. All of creation is “subject” to inquiry. The opera takes place during a Inspection by the Queen on the Annelid’s return from a Homeric and triumphant exploration of far-flung corners of the map, now loaded down with newly discovered, exotic specimens.

Pirate lasses mutiny, womenfolk can’t keep their petticoats down, contraptions impressively malfunction, and frank discussions of anatomy are all in a day’s work while in service to Her Majesty the Queen.

Please support us in the first of two phases of creation! Help give these characters a voice by helping us raise $3,000 - 5,000 so that our visionary artists can lay the foundation for a truly compelling and enthralling opera.

James von Hegner of the The Great New England Steampunk Exhibition has offered a 1-to-1 matching grant for any amount we raise between three and five thousand dollars. So your contributions will be immediately doubled if we can meet the minimum Kickstarter goal of $3,000. Any amount above 3,000 will still be matched by Jim up to 5,000 - which could bring the steampunk opera project a total of $10,000 in all. This would be enough to pay the artists, even! Which in turn would allow us to continue working towards the full production in 2012.

The "preview" for 2011 consists of multiple scenes from Act one -- adding up to approximately  20 minutes of original music and about 30 minutes of show time. As you can see in the video, we've made considerable progress on the costumes already, but we still need to finish them and the props, gadgets, gizmos, and contraptions, too.

Come with us and change the face of opera!

Please join us at inventingearth.org and become part of our growing international community of artists, scientists, scholars, and other creatives.

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    Listing and a photo of your scurvey self in the Gallerie of Rogues and Lasses, AND a boxed, One-of-a-Kind Handmade Vintage Rhinestone Hair Jewel made from antique jewelry. Sold in galleries across the country for many years - you will love these!

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    Listing and a photo of your scurvey self in the Gallery of Rogues and Lasses, AND You'll love this beautiful vintage-style monocle with chain. Comes with gift box or bag.

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    Listing and a photo of your scurvey self in the Gallery of Rogues and Lasses, AND One-of-a-Kind Handmade Angelina Rose French clip Barrette collaged with intricate, tiny portraits, flowers, and other vintage and reproduction images. Sold in galleries across the country for many years - you won't be dissapointed!

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    Listing & your photo in the Gallerie of Rogues and Lasses, AND Original Art (drawing and/or collage). Photos coming soon - you'll love these unique visions from the minds of our collaborators.

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    Listing and photo in the Gallerie of Rogues and Lasses, AND One-of-a-Kind Matted Original Art (drawing, collage, and/or original photo printed on antique linens) Photos coming soon - you'll love these unique visions from the minds of our collaborators. You will be able to choose the one you'd like from our online gallery - we'll send details.

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    Listing and photo in the Gallerie of Rogues and Lasses, AND a Top Hat created by our clever team of Makers-Costumiers, all in the distinctive Queen Victoria's Floating Garden Edwardian Alchemist style.

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    Listing and photo in the Gallerie of Rogues and Lasses, AND a one of a kind piece of artwork a shadowbox Alchemical Thime Machine by Mary Lin, incorporating curious and clever objects from the past and (dare we say it) Future of Your Imaginings.

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