The Warlock's Hairy Heart is a one-hour long opera based on the short story by J.K. Rowling (from her book Tales of Beedle the Bard.). The story depicts a warlock who "locks away" his heart after seeing his friends consumed by love. He is content with his decision to renounce love... until he overhears two servants making fun of his loveless life. Enraged, the warlock vows to take a wife and begins to court the most beautiful maiden in the land. I don't want to spoil the ending for those who haven't read it (you should) but let's just say it doesn't end well...
The opera begins in the present, where a young girl, Grace, is crying over her first breakup. To calm her down (and to teach her a lesson) her mother decides to read her The Warlock's Hairy Heart. Grace falls asleep during the story and ends up dreaming the entire narrative. There are seven cast members, and each one acts as a narrator as well as their principal part. For those of you who are familiar with my other works, I am working on some new compositional techniques; it will sound different than The Final Battle or Fair Fortune (and the music is much more difficult to sing!) For those who are unfamiliar with my music, think Les Miserables meets Sweeney Todd meets Wicked... I guess.
The Warlock's Hairy Heart will be performed at LeakyCon 2011, a Harry Potter fan convention at Universal Orlando's Royal Pacific resort. The exact details have yet to be nailed down, but the performance will either be on July 15 or 16. All rehearsals will be done over Skype.
The money from this drive will be used for two different things:
1. Costumes, props, and special effects: There are only seven people to costume, but medieval costumes are expensive! We also need to buy various props and makeup items for the show. In addition, we require some special effects for a few scenes, including tricks with stage blood and removable costume pieces. The more money we raise, the more elaborate our show can be!
2. A professional recording: For the CD release of the opera, I am using digital instruments, since it would be impossible to gather a large enough orchestra for what I have in mind. My brother recently got a professional orchestral sound library and has agreed to edit a backing track for the show. This is going to take him hours of work, and we both agree that $1000 is an acceptable rate considering the work he will have to do. However, he has agreed to let me pay him only $450.
UPDATE: The original plan was to have people donate microphones for my cast to use to record. Unfortunately, I was not able to acquire the microphones I needed. I will have to buy two condenser microphones for recording, at about $100 each.
Any extra money we raise beyond our goal will either go to improve costumes and sets or pay my brother a little bit more. This is the minimum amount we can raise to have the show go on. I hope you will consider donating to help put on this innovative production!
Thank you, and Love Will Prevail,
P.S. The wristband and keychain prizes are not cumulative (due to shipping costs). After $15 the prizes begin to cumulate.
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