USHERS: The Front Of House Musical (Canceled)
A new original musical about the people who work Front of House in a Theatre. Performing at the new venue The Hope Theatre this Dec.
'USHERS: The Front of House Musical' is making its world premiere in London in just under 2 months. We are committed as a production company to paying everyone involved (actors and creatives) at least the National Minimum Wage, in an attempt to prove to the industry that profit share is not the only way and that new musical theatre and new writing can be produced outside this outdated model.
In order for us to start rehearsals for USHERS: The Front of House Musical we need to raise at least £10,000. Please join us in this venture and support new writing and this new model of producing. Help us change the way the industry treats performers and creatives within Fringe Theatre. Please share as much as you can and most importantly donate whatever you can - each pound counts. Plus, there is some great rewards for you - depending on your donation! ;-)
All donors are listed on our programmes and website as supporters and will be kept up to date with rehearsal pictures & Videos from cast and crew! All backers will be invited to a special backers only party in London!
This venture has been a true labour of love for our creative team: Yiannis Koutsakos / James Oban (Composer/Lyricist), James Rottger (playwright), Max Reynolds (Director) and Russell Smith (Choreographer). But now we need your help in order to complete our journey.
Every pound we raise will go directly towards funding our production, including two full weeks of rehearsals and a live band instead of pre-recorded tracks. We have guaranteed with the venue that the actors and creatives are paid at least the National Minimum Wage for this production and the more money we raise the better we can reimburse our cast & team and polish our production.
Every single contribution (no matter the size of it) will make a tangible difference to our show. We hugely appreciate your support and cannot wait to show you what we have in store.
Where your money goes:
PERFORMERS AND CREATIVES
Kouban Productions believes in valuing the professionalism of theatre makers and actors – which means not expecting them to work for nothing and exploiting them with the profit share model.
The great thing about our show is that it's very site specific and most of the set is already in the theatre! We have most of our costumes from earlier in the year when we took part in @WestEndProducer's 'Search For A Twitter Composer' but we do have some other costumes to be made and of course our 6 Usher seats!
Selling a show in London is hard work, and we want our world premiere to be a success. This means we need money to pay for flyers, posters and distribution and most importantly a good publicist who can make sure the whole of London knows they should come and see our show!
Ushers: The Front Of House Musical started back in July 2012 when James Oban and Yiannis G. Koutsakos started playing around with the idea of a musical about the people working Front of House in a theatre. With the stories from real ushers the first number, 'Welcome', came together. While on a visit to London, James Rottger started bouncing ideas around about the story and this is when we all came on board to create a new, contemporary musical using real stories.
A few month later we hit the recording studio with a handful of songs and a cast of five very talented young actors who helped us record our first demo of the show. The Musical Director of the demo recording is David McMullan.
DEMO RECORDING CAST: Nathan Lodge, Lydia Grant, Stephen O'Riain, Adam Colbeck-Dunn & Kirsty Marie Ayers (www.Soundcloud.com/ushersmusical)
When we released our first track we had a great response. At around the same time, Twitter's mysterious persona, @WestEndProducer, announced that he is holding a competition, Search For A Twitter Composer. We decided to enter the competition only hoping to gain more publicity and have our music heard a bit more...
Out of 99 composers who entered the competition, we, along with 11 other entries, were voted through to the live semi finals in Soho Theatre. Ushers won the public vote at the first heat and so we were in the final. We prepared a 20 minute workshopped showcase of the show (directed by Max Reynolds, Choreographed by Russell Smith and Musical Direction by David McMullan). The outcome of the competition was not in our favour, however, the feedback we received from industry professionals and the public was overwhelmingly positive and very useful in our creative process.
The exposure Ushers received from the competition led to multiple offers from venues all around London including the West End. We decided that our show needs some time to develop in a nurturing space with extra time before we move to a larger-scaled production. Therefore, Ushers will be performing at the brand new venue set up by the creative team of the world renowned King's Head Theatre. The venue is a new writing theatre at the famous 'Hope and Anchor Pub' and will be called The Hope Theatre.
The show will be running for four weeks in December 2013 at The Hope Theatre (www.TheHopeTheatre.com) which will mark the world premiere of Ushers: The Front of House Musical!
Music by Yiannis Koutsakos
Lyrics by James Oban & Yiannis Koutsakos
Book by James Rottger
Produced by James Oban for Kouban Productions
Casting Director - Benjamin Newsome
About The Show
Join the next generation of Musical Theatre stars (all of whom have sold a programme or two in their time) as they take you on a roller coaster ride through the world an audience never sees. With big, bold company numbers, Fosse-like ice-cream tray choreography and a script with heart, soul and an ice-bucket full of laughs, USHERS: The Front of House Musical promises to be a unique theatrical experience this festive season.
USHERS: The Front of House Musical follows a shift in the lives of the stagiest people in the theatre; the front of house staff! With a preview performance of a new Jukebox musical imminent, a three year work-place romance on the rocks, an untrained newbie on her first shift and an amorous manager under pressure to cut costs, what could possibly go wrong?!
Comments from 'Search For A Twitter Composer'
@Spreadbury: Really funny and honest delve into the reality of being an usher on the West End - real potential! @westendproducer @sohotheatre
Scott Bird (http://scottbirdonline.blogspot.co.uk)
The great thing about this musical is the fact that many London theatre ushers are performers themselves so it combines both sides of theatre and is humorous in recognition of pricey programmes, picture brochures, ice creams and the rule of having to pour all drinks into plastic glasses. It's completely true and only ten minutes before the competition began I had witnessed a woman having to pour a whole bottle of wine into about 5 separate cups before she could go in!
@Holliwcassar: @Westendproducer #SFATC @UshersMusical Loved the concept! Some very funny moments!
@Rsweeney123: @Westendproducer I knew @UshersMusical songs were good but id didn't realise how funny it would be! Loved It! #SFATC
@emilywatkinson: @UshersMusical loving the songs on soundcloud(!) especially 'Dreams & Ice Creams' as it literally explains me!
@Stephen Beeny: Very Excited to hear the song from new musical @UshersMusical
@PhillipJoel: Oh i need to see this show!, It Sounds hilarious!!!
Read our articles in the Stage, What's on Stage etc..
Risks and challenges
Live theatre is not easy. It's full of surprises and challenges. But that's also part of the fun and why we've invested years into building USHERS: The Front Of House Musical the right way.
One of our biggest challenges has been coordinating the schedules of our creative team across Glasgow and London.
Regarding delivery of the rewards, we have already begun arrangements with various suppliers to ensure that we WILL be able to meet our estimated delivery dates. If the full amount isn't raised we will no be able to go into rehearsals and the show will be unable to do it's London run.
Lastly, here is some important legal information:
· Please read the rewards carefully to determine those which are location or date specific. Travel, lodging and transportation are NOT included.
· Must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to attend all events.
· Some rewards may require that you (and your guest, if applicable) sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement upon your arrival.
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