Hip Hop Symphony is a Musical Production of hip hop dance and music with traditional classical orchestration and instrumentation.
This musical extravaganza, comprised of 13 hip hop and contemporary dancers accompanied by a 20 piece orchestra a 5 piece rock band and a small choir, covers a full spectrum of musical genres from several different eras and cultures.
Through this production we hope to open up the exploration of young artist to take chances, to use their multiple ethnicities and cultural influences to create something that is true and meaningful to them. We hope to not only encourage a community to erase borders & barriers, but to also become more aware and accepting of cultures and learning to appreciate their differences and similarities.
The cost of this production is $70,000.00 the majority of which has been raised by grant efforts and sponsorships of small to medium local businesses. A few of the grants covered the cost of the performing artist, one of the grants worked specifically for advertising & marketing funds, most of the sponsorships covered, flyers program printing, posters, media design and music recording studio time. However, we are still $11,500.00 short of our goal; $11,500.00 is what is needed to cover the cost of rehearsal space as well as the overall cost of the venue. Venue cost include: Venue rental, flooring, stage lights, sound, props, chairs, music stands, 6 union technicians, box office, police/security, piano rental, projector rental, 10 hours of set up time with 6 tech hands & a full run through tech rehearsal.
The Hip Hop Symphony will be held at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale
Florida, one of the oldest and most prominent large scale theaters in South
Though the theater has already been reserved with a deposit, the aforementioned expenses are still in the near future for the full and proper execution of the Hip Hop Symphony April 6th, 2013 Performance date.
In the event that we pass our funding goal, we will use all funds to enhance the production with intelligent lighting platforms and mechanical backdrop operations and performers costumes and costume designs.
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Risks and Challenges for performing artist can change matters immediately on a daily basis. There are always the possibilities of injuries, family emergencies, pregnancies and uncontrollable accidents. In most cases in the past we have been able to modify the show or the individual pieces with understudies (2nd string dancers) or based on time completely modify the entire movement or storyline by simply excluding the injured dancer. We also have very talented and flexible choreographers that could always step into a role at the last minute if necessary (typically, our choreographers do not dance unless there is a emergency). So losing a dancer, would be one challenge that we have considered and handled just in case.
A More General Challenge:
Several performing arts companies including those that are well established and have made a significant name for themselves, have a hard time filling the theater even to 75%, There are not many urban theatrical musical productions that cater to the pop audience; consequently, our patrons are predominately seniors, artists and young kids.In order to broaden the scope of our audience, we now going into colleges with mini performances from the Hip Hop Symphony and allowing all local college radios to do free ticket give-aways as well as college radio advertising. We are hoping to better reach the young adult market through these efforts and expose non traditional theater goers to a very entertaining theatrical production.
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