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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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