In deepest sympathy our love and support go out to Pryor Rendering librettist Shawn Churchman . On June 17 his father, Joseph Michael Churchman, passed away. We are keeping the entire Churchman family in our thoughts and prayers.
We've created an electric, gripping, and stunning new musical, and we are presenting its world premiere in Oklahoma, this fall, 2016! This full-scale Equity production, the first musical set in Oklahoma in over seventy years, will entertain and inspire. Pryor Rendering is the story of Charlie Hope, a regular kid coming of age and coming out, but in an unexpected setting - 1960s rural Oklahoma. In a time when being true to oneself comes at great risk and great cost, Charlie is a gay teen at risk. The music is haunting and soulful. The script is funny and inspiring. Our unique story has poignant relevance to today's most controversial issues. This unexpected and textured telling of family, romance, love and hope unites audiences of all ages.
Today, though many advances have been made in the LGBTQ community, LGBTQ teens still face endless difficulties including depression and profound personal conflict. This musical aims to encourage audiences and particularly teens to discover where they belong, while remaining true to who they are. Pryor Rendering aspires to shed light on the confusion and inner turmoil that Charlie endures throughout his coming of age journey. Seeing this story firsthand on stage can change lives by fostering tolerance, understanding, and an appreciation for all forms of love.
Based on the acclaimed novel by Gary Reed, Pryor Rendering is the coming of age story of Charlie Hope, born on a pool table in Pryor, Oklahoma, in the 1960s. We meet Charlie at age 12, as he's trying to connect with Chick, his alcoholic grandfather and sole adult father figure. He also longs for a relationship with his mother Ida, who inexplicably nurtures an ardent devotion to Jesus, which isolates and excludes her only child. By the age of 17, Charlie is resigned to his alienation when he begins a complex relationship with Dewar, a tough kid who lives in the local home for orphaned boys. Charlie must learn to free himself from the demons of his Pryor past, take off for a better life, and find his emotional and spiritual home in the most unlikely and ironic of places.
Our incredibly talented team consists of:
Composer/lyricist Frank Schiro: (Twice Upon a Birthday, The Happy Prince) Librettist Shawn Churchman: (Great American Composer Series) Producer Sue Marinello (Circle Repertory Company, Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust Road)
All great classics were once world premieres... they are born because someone is willing to take a chance. We have been fortunate enough to identify two co-producers who will financially help create the physical interpretation of our show, but we are still lacking over half of what is needed for scenery, costumes, choreography, 5 musicians, 11 actors, sound, and lights.
In today's economic environment, many shows have four characters or fewer because of high production costs, but a musical generally needs more than four performers. Historically, a show of this nature would "play out of town". It would have an opportunity to get on its feet, try things out and make changes before heading to NYC. This is what we hope to accomplish this fall!
We are asking for $55,000 for the final quarter of money we need to accomplish our goal! This money is for the world premiere we are launching, and for enabling at risk teens to attend performances.
We've got some great perks to offer you, such as world premiere tickets, one-on-one musical theatre coaching with the composer, or even producer credits. Every little bit helps, and no donation is too small (or too generous)!
Please be a part of Pryor Rendering's world premiere!
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Risks and challenges
There are always so many unexpected problems that happen when putting on a live show. We hope to avoid as many as possible, but we are aware that they may be out of our control! The include replacements and repairs, such as:
- Costume replacements (tailoring, dying, measurements, new purchases/rentals, new designs)
- Musician replacements (illness, transportation costs, instrument repairs/purchases)
- Music edits (printing new scores, transcribing for instrumentalists, binding, more rehearsals)
- Script edits (printing new scripts/pages, more rehearsals)
- Actor replacements (illness, transportation costs, meals, understudy costs)
- Prop replacements (repairs, new purchases, painting)
- Stage crew replacements (illness, transportation costs, meals, new tool purchases)
- Set repairs (nails, screws, wood, painting, construction, new tool/equipment purchases)
- Lighting replacements and repairs (lights, light board, new tool purchases)
- Sound repairs (mics, speakers, sound board, new tool purchases)
And so much more. Any of these issues may need solutions within HOURS, and we'll have to deliver!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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