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Blood, Sweat, and Cheers is a new comedic play about competitive cheerleading opening May 30, 2013 at the Salvage Vanguard Theater.
Blood, Sweat, and Cheers is a new comedic play about competitive cheerleading opening May 30, 2013 at the Salvage Vanguard Theater.
116 backers pledged $5,630 to help bring this project to life.

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Blood, Sweat, and Cheers is a brand new comedy about competitive cheerleading premiering in Austin, Texas at the end of May, 2013. Our production is unique for several reasons: 

1) It features a script written by Amy Gentry and Kaci Beeler based off work with the local improvisers and actors in the cast. 

 2) It is the first show of its kind to involve an entire competitive cheer routine within and throughout the play, featuring many athletes from Austin Cheer Factory, Austin's most elite cheerleading program.

3) It is directed by Roy Janik, creator of the award-winning Austin Secrets improv show and Artistic Director of The Hideout Theatre in Downtown Austin. 

 4) The five lead actresses (Kaci Beeler, Karen Jane DeWitt, Halyn Erickson, Kayla Lane Freeman, Courtney Hopkin) in the production have been training since September of 2012 to be able to complete the athletic feats necessary for the routine. Read more about their journey here: http://austincheershow.blogspot.com/ 

5) Our production has a stellar cast of local actors, improvisers, and comedians including Curtis Luciani and Courtney Hopkin of Your Terrific Neighbors, Jessica Arjet and Paul Normandin of In Our Prime, and Alex Dobrenko of The Escorts and Alex&Ash

We know this is a HUGE PROJECT but we think it's worth every drop of blood and sweat that we put into it. Due to the size of the show and the technical demands, we have a LOT of expenses. This Kickstarter is to help us with starter funds so we can pay for things like rehearsal space, mat rental, crew payment, venue rental, UHaul rental and labor, cheer uniforms for our 5 cheer leads (this alone costs over $1,000), actor pay, technical equipment, usage fees, and so much more without going broke before the show even opens! 

 Anything you can donate would be of great help to us, and we have some fantastic rewards lined up for you to enjoy as thanks for donating! If we don't get all $5,500 pledged to our Kickstarter we don't receive any money. 

Risks and challenges

We still don't know how many people will be interesting in seeing a show like this. Money from the ticket sales will be huge in helping our entire project to be successful and worthwhile, but such a thing is an unknown quantity until the show opens.

If setbacks arise that change the vision of the show (injuries, technical mishaps) we will do our very best to adapt. We have a strong and experienced team working on this project and we all endeavor to do our very best to keep the show a fun, exciting, and worthwhile project for everyone involved.

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    Your voicemail message recorded by actor Alex Dobrenko. Alex has a very unique voice that is beloved by many. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4478357/

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    A personalized video of wisdom and encouragement from Coach Jay (played by actor Curtis Luciani) and a thank you on our website/program.

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    One ticket to a performance of 'Blood, Sweat, and Cheers' on the date of your choice and a personal thank you on our website and in our program.

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    A personalized video cheer-o-gram from our lead actresses! We'll incorporate any name or business name into a cheer just for you and get it to you via the world wide web!

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    A thank you in our program/website and A limited edition Austin Cheer Depot t-shirt or tank top in your size. (ACD is the name of the fictional cheer gym in the play!)

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    A decimated digital art print by local actor, producer, and art-maker Shannon McCormick using any photo of your choosing for the source image. http://www.iphoneogram.com/u/654942

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    A dozen cupcakes by BSC cheer coach and actor Halyn Lee Erickson in your choice of cake/frosting flavors. Choose from Orange Chai, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and more!

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    A high-quality food painting print by actor and artist Kaci Beeler. Two options available: Blackberry Cobbler or Strawberry Mousse Cup. http://www.kacibeeler.com

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    A thank you on our website and program and a $25 gift certificate for deliciousness from Scissortail Savories & Sweets. http://www.scissortailsavoriesandsweets.com/

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    A real or made up story about you or a friend at a performance of No Shame Theater by actor Paul Normandin plus a thank you! http://www.noshame.org/austin/

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    An hour of SAT prep with actor and Brown Alumni Alex Dobrenko. (seriously, this guy is really smart)

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    A viewing of the 1996 film Space Jam with popcorn with actor Alex Dobrenko, his place or yours (in and around the Austin area).
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    Balloon animals at your next party (in the Austin area) by actor/professional clown Jessica Arjet/Penelope Foolish plus a thank you! http://www.penelopefoolish.com/

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    A 2-hour sketch comedy workshop for yourself or your group with actor and local comedic genius Curtis Luciani.

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    Our support super-pack! One ticket to a performance of Blood, Sweat, and Cheers, an Austin Cheer Depot T-Shirt or Tank Top in your size, and thanks in our program.

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    A live, surprise, wholesome Cheer-O-Gram delivered to a home or office with our lead actresses sporting their uniforms and showing their new moves. We can insert a custom name or business into the cheer!

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    Two tickets to a performance of Blood, Sweat, and Cheers, priority seating, two Austin Cheer Depot t-shirts or tank tops, and thanks in our program.

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    A 30-Minute Headshot or Portrait Photography Session with Jon Bolden Photography in Austin! Includes editing, delivery, and high resolution photos at no extra cost.

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