The Iver Heath Drama Club was established in 1948. It is a self-funded, not-for-profit community group run by volunteers with members of all ages, from 7 to 75, and all abilities including those with physical and mental disabilities.
Each year we perform a pantomime bringing together all of our cast and crew and dragging in our family and friends too! Last year over 500 people came to our small village hall to see our pantomime and hopefully the video above gives you some idea how much fun it is for everyone.
So, why are you on Kickstarter?
Ahh, good question. Every year we look at the books. Every year we see costs rise whether it is the rental of our lovely village hall, the cost of costumes or wood and paint to make the props and scenery or even the basic things like ink and paper to print scripts and songbooks. Over the past few years we've bought in tighter budgets and raised our membership fees - something I hate to do. Iver Heath, our home village in England, is an diverse community: in Wood Lane there are mansions worth over £2 million and yet there are people living in poverty on benefits just 10 minutes walk away. At IHDC, everyone is equal and it is fantastic to see children & adults from across the spectrum of wealth, culture, skillset and ability working together over the past 66 years HOWEVER we need your help if we are to continue. This year we have tightened our belts more and creeped up our ticket prices (compares to other pantomimes near us we are very cheap) but any profit we can make from merchandise or advertising we sell here can help us improve our pantomime.
Keep up to date with our progress through the director's blog on our website.
OK, so what are you going to do with the money raised?
Our initial target is £100. The money (after costs) will offset the costs for a dress rehearsal. Yes, just one. Any raised money left we would like to put towards material to make new dresses and shorts for our young chorus members - children hate hand-me-downs but we have to make do!
BUT what if you raise more than £100??
This is our first Kickstarter. And I don't want to get anyone's hopes up - one of the risks of our panto is struggling to sell tickets to make a small profit to fund us through Summer! That said, if we do raise more below are a list of things we are either struggling to afford or can not afford:
Advertise in our local press to help us sell more tickets! At the moment we sometimes advertise in our local town magazine but that keeps being paid out of people's own pockets - their hard earned wages. With your help we could afford for the club to pay for the advert. Even better, a 1/4 of a page in our local paper (Bucks Free Press) costs £350.00 or if you are feeling really genourous a full page is £1200!
Pyrotechnics! Those flashes and puffs of smoke? At the moment they are cut. We just can't afford them with the other 'essentials' going up in price. Help us bring back the theatrical excitement for Dick Whittington!
Biscuits! We take a break during our rehearsals and our youngsters deserve a cookie for their hardwork right? Not just basic value plain biscuits?
The Dame's Dress! I may be biased but the Dame deserves only the best right? Help her get new 'Glad Rags' - especially for her date!
All of these things would be amazing but our main priority is to cover our costs so we can break even, without raising our ticket prices ad membership fess so we don't exclude those in our community who need a family like IHDC the most.
Show us what you've got then!
By all means! Find us on Facebook and see our pictures of people being pelted with sponges in our stocks raising money at the village fete or see clips from our summer shows and our last panto on our YouTube.
Thank you for your support.
Risks and challenges
What happens if we don't sell enough tickets? OR the Dame hurts his back and has to be replaced 2 weeks before the show?
Yeah... We were established in 1948 and I (Matt Streuli) have been a member for almost 20 years. The show will go on. Your contributions are so we can improve the show and make sure we remain affordable to those in our community who need us the most.
Our plan is that during the final rehearsals we will compile your rewards so that most of them are in the post before curtains up!
Please do have a browse of our Facebook page and our website and you will see what I mean.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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