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Shakespeare can seem overwhelming to some, but not in 14 lines. Add music, dance, and celebrities, and you have great theatre.

UPDATE:  Yeah!  Thanks to the awesome people supporting us, we've reached our funding goal!  

Don't stop now, though.  We have a huge student festival to run in April and other great events to support throughout the year.  We need every penny we can get to keep going.  

Please make our dreams come true and make this a HUGE fundraiser for us!  Check out all the rewards to the right and pick something you like--and then support us now.

Thank you!

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By backing this project you help underwrite the San Diego Shakespeare Society's annual Celebrity Sonnets at the Old Globe Theatre (October 8, 2012).  The cost to produce this event is $1,000 which covers tech staff time, reception costs, and program printing. We want this year's Sonnet event to be a success before the curtain is even raised--and you CAN make this happen!

But that's not all we need!
This Kickstarter campaign ensures our Celebrity Sonnets will be profitable and, if we get lucky, anything raised above our goal will be put towards the rest of our free events for the year.  We'll use your money to pay for the sonnet event (and make it as awesome as possible) and anything extra will go to our monthly free events and our Student Shakespeare Festival in April.

Free Open Readings Monthly
Free Open Readings Monthly
Free Annual Student Shakespeare Festival
Free Annual Student Shakespeare Festival

We produce lots of free events throughout the year and pay for these events on our own (partly through ticketed events like our Celebrity Sonnets).  With finances tighter than ever, we could use more than the $1,000 goal to ensure we can continue to offer these free programs.  Some of these programs include: monthly Open Readings, bi-monthly lectures, and the annual Student Shakespeare Festival which costs us at least $25,000 each year, all free to the public!

SONNET INFO
We invite 14 celebrities to present 2 sonnets to our audiences on the main stage of the Old Globe theatre on October 8, 2012.  We have had sonnets presented with music, dance, puppets, cartoons, and multiple languages.  We've had rock songs of sonnets and sonnets with Bongo playing.  We've had sonnets with Tango and sonnets with ballet.  The styles vary widely; we have had one presenter simply reading a sonnet at a microphone, and one sonnet was presented by 20 dancers in costume.  It makes for a great night for the whole family.

Who will present in 2012?
  We can't announce all the names yet as we are still working on the list.  We'll announce the names to our backers first and then to the world at large.  We can say that we have these presenters scheduled so far:

UPDATED LIST

Mike Nelson, actor and writer from Mystery Science Theatre 3000 and Rifftrax.com  (aka Michael J. Nelson)

David Brin, award-winning science fiction writer

Austyn Myers, young actor from many productions, including the Old Globe's Brighton Beach Memoirs and Eddie Murphy's movie, Meet Dave

Jonathan McMurtry, veteran actor from years of Shakespeare Festivals at the Old Globe Theatre

Vox Nobili, Madrigal Singers

Vicki Reed, Chair of the Commission for Arts & Culture, City of SD

Tangocentric dancers and Dave Rivas, actor

Kim Strassburger (actress) and Betzi Roe (dancer-ballet)

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet

Molly O'Meara: young actress from productions at Moonlight, North Coast Rep and the San Diego Civic Theatre including Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden and Annie in Annie. Junior company member of the California Ballet and an Old Globe Theatre intern, Honors Finalist, & member of the Shakespeare intensive program.

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We have some great rewards*, including:

  • Tickets to the Celebrity Sonnets
  • Shakespeare Insults (Personalized!)
  • Bumper Stickers or Magnets
  • Little handmade Shakespeare statues
  • Participation in a Shakespeare video (with onscreen credit)
  • VIP Tickets (Reserved seating) and Reception at the Celebrity Sonnets
  • Dedicate a Sonnet
  • Be a celebrity at the sonnets and present a sonnet of your choice onstage

*(Some rewards are limited in number)

At the last Student Festival, I stopped students, audience, judges, and SDSS members at random and asked them to perform a line from Sonnet 60.  Here is the result:

Photos from past Celebrity Sonnets:

We always like to get one or two dance groups involved
We always like to get one or two dance groups involved
Here Editorial Cartoonist Steve Breen gets into a sonnet with a drawing
Here Editorial Cartoonist Steve Breen gets into a sonnet with a drawing
Miles Anderson, having recently played Prospero in the Tempest at the Globe, prepares for his sonnet presentation
Miles Anderson, having recently played Prospero in the Tempest at the Globe, prepares for his sonnet presentation

--Legal Disclaimer:  While our event is held at the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park, the SDSS is not affiliated with the Theatre nor is this Kickstarter campaign associated with them or supported by them.  We are separate entities.  They have coordinated with us on some events and allow us to use their stage for this event at reduced cost, but we have to cover the cost of the tech crew and other parts of the production.  The use of their name in this campaign is for informational purposes only to indicate the venue where our project is being held.  (Just a side note, the Old Globe Theatre is awesome and we here at the SDSS love them!)

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    Our grateful thanks via email, access to exclusive behind-the-scenes info on our project, and knowledge that you helped fund a great program. We'll also send along by email a special digital photo just for you!

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    One SDSS bumper sticker. All backers receive access to behind-the-scenes updates of our project and profuse thanks by email. Plus you will receive a special digital photo and a thank you video and a CD of photos and videos (of our programs) for you to enjoy.

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    One SDSS magnet (choose from 2 designs). All backers receive access to behind-the-scenes updates of our project and profuse thanks by email. Plus you will receive a special digital photo and a thank you video and a CD of photos and videos (of our programs) for you to enjoy.

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    1 Ticket to the October 8 Celebrity Sonnets. All backers receive access to behind-the-scenes updates of our project and profuse thanks by email. Plus you will receive a special digital photo and a thank you video and a CD of photos and videos (of our programs) for you to enjoy.

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    Get a personalized Shakespeare insult. That's right--we'll have one of our members videotape a Shakespeare insult for you (by name!). If you want to provide another name to be insulted instead of yours (say, as a gift), we'd be happy to insult your friend or family member instead. Plus, get our grateful thanks via email, access to exclusive behind-the-scenes info on our project, and knowledge that you helped fund a great program. Also receive a CD of photos and videos from our annual programs, including our student festival.

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    Handcrafted Mini-Shakespeare. That's right, your own personal Will to set on your bookshelf. Made of clay by the SDSS Publicity woman, these little fellows are each unique and ready to be sent to you. All backers receive access to behind-the-scenes updates of our project and profuse thanks by email. Plus you will receive a special digital photo and a thank you video and a CD of photos and videos (of our programs) for you to enjoy. You will also receive 1 ticket to the Celebrity Sonnet event on October 8.

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    Two tickets to the Celebrity Sonnets (Oct 8, 2012). Also, our grateful thanks via email, access to exclusive behind-the-scenes info on our project, and knowledge that you helped fund a great program (and credit in the program, if you wish). Plus a CD of photos and videos from our annual programs, including our student festival, and SDSS membership for 2013.

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    Participate in a video Shakespeare presentation. That's right, we're going to be putting together Shakespeare's "All the World's a Stage" speech & assign each line to someone. That person will videotape themselves saying the line and provide it to us. We'll put it together and add your name (and yes, your business or website name) to the screen. We'll also add your name to the credit page for the video. This video will be released on YouTube and featured on our blog. We'll also send you a digital copy for your enjoyment and so you can show it to others. Choose this reward and you get a line to videotape (no nudity or other inappropriate behavior) and see yourself in our video. Plus all backers get access to exclusive behind-the-scenes info on the Kickstarter project blog. You'll also receive profuse email thanks for your support and knowledge that you helped support SDSS.

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    4 tickets to the Celebrity Sonnets at the Old Globe (Oct 8, 2012) and a SDSS bumper sticker or magnet (your choice). You'll also get access to exclusive behind-the-scenes info on our project, and knowledge that you helped fund a great program (and credit in our printed program, if you wish). Plus a CD of photos and videos from our annual programs, including our student festival and profuse email thanks for your support.

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    Direct and/or act in a scene of your choice at our Open Reading. We hold monthly Open Readings on the first Tuesday of the month in Seaport Village. In coordination with Rupert Essinger, our Open Readings organizer, you will select a scene of your choice from any Shakespeare play and get the chance to present this scene to our Open Reading audience (any month from Oct-Feb, by arrangement). You will cast the play from the audience and introduce it. You can act the role you want. Here's a chance to show off your stuff to our appreciative Shakespeare lovers. You'll also receive 2 tickets to our Celebrity Sonnets (on Oct 8) and a SDSS bumper sticker or magnet. All backers also receive exclusive behind-the-scenes posts.

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    Up to 4 Tickets to the VIP reserved seating at the Celebrity Sonnets (Oct 8, 2012). Your name listed in the program as a sponsor. All backers get access to exclusive behind-the-scenes info on the Kickstarter project blog. Plus get effusive thanks by email plus a CD of photos and videos for you to enjoy from our annual events, including our student festival.

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    2 VIP tickets to the Celebrity Sonnets at the Old Globe Theatre (Oct 8, 2012) with special reserved seating plus invitations for the 2 of you to our special exclusive reception just for the celebrities and special guests. Your name will also be read onstage and personally thanked for your support and your name (or business) listed in our program as a sponsor (named credit can be avoided if you like to be anonymous, but we'd love to give you credit). All backers get access to exclusive behind-the-scenes info on the Kickstarter project blog. You will also receive a SDSS bumper sticker.

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    4 VIP tickets to the Celebrity Sonnets at the Old Globe Theatre (Oct 8, 2012) with special reserved seating plus invitations for the 4 of you to our special exclusive reception just for the celebrities and special guests. You will also receive 2013 SDSS membership for one person and a SDSS bumper sticker. Your name will also be read onstage and personally thanked for your support and your name (or business) listed in our program as a sponsor (named credit can be avoided if you like to be anonymous, but we'd love to give you credit). All backers get access to exclusive behind-the-scenes info on the Kickstarter project blog.

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    Dedicate a sonnet to someone during the event. That's right--we'll tell you which sonnets are going to be presented and you can choose one which the emcee will announce is sponsored by you (and you can dedicate it to someone special, if you like). Also receive 4 VIP tickets with special reserved seating and 4 invitations to our special reception for the celebrities and special guests. We'll also list you (or your business) as a sponsor in our program. All backers get access to exclusive behind-the-scenes info on the Kickstarter project blog.

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    Get onstage at the Celebrity Sonnets and read a sonnet of your choice at the main stage of the Old Globe (October 8, 2012). The emcee will introduce you just like all the other Celebrities of the night. Also receive up to 6 VIP tickets to the Sonnets for your friends and family to see you present a sonnet plus an invitation to our exclusive reception just for the celebrities and special guests. You will also receive lifetime membership in SDSS for one person and a SDSS bumper sticker and magnet. All backers get access to exclusive behind-the-scenes info on the Kickstarter project blog.

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    Donate $2,000 to the SDSS and receive: * our grateful thanks * web site listing as a donor * credit in the Celebrity Sonnet program * Acknowledgement onstage at Sonnet event for your donation * up to 10 VIP reserved seats at Oct 8 Celebrity Sonnets plus invitations to the private reception afterwards * Your name (or business name) as a sponsor on one of our stages at the annual Student Festival in April of 2013--a big banner with your name indicating that the stage was sponsored by you! * the CD of photos and videos plus access to all the behind-the-scenes post for our backers * 2 tickets to all of our ticketed events in 2013 (effectively, a season pass) plus lifetime membership in the SDSS * SDSS magnet and a bumper sticker

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