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Dancing spirits and blood magic come together in-the-park to depict an image of retaliation against oppression in "The Tempest"
Dancing spirits and blood magic come together in-the-park to depict an image of retaliation against oppression in "The Tempest"
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REBATEnsemble presents an original staging of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest". Inspired by the recent Syrian-refugee crisis, the ISIL agenda of imperialistic violence, and ongoing racism and domestic aggression towards minority cultures in the US; our mounting of "The Tempest" brings to the forefront a darker side of Shakespeare's popular comedy. This production refocuses the classic by highlighting themes of vengeance, sacrifice and cultural domination to present our audiences with a picture of imperialistic violence and the consequences of cultural oppression. This production is also inspired by music, dances and images of cultures all around the world. We have chosen aesthetics from the Bahamas, Papau New Guinea, Okinawa, West Africa, and Ancient Persia for our costume, set and choreographic design.

Goals:

Our company has always turned to Kickstarter as its primary source for funding because of Kickstarter's strong emphasis on community support, which aligns itself with our mission. REBATEnsemble aspires to reach audiences through daring theatrical productions and crucial to that is a dialogue between what we have to offer and what the community would like to see. For years we have seen Kickstarter as an extension of that dialogue.

For this project, we have reached out to our community and have received necessities such as found instruments, fire licensing and promotional support. We turn to kickstarter for an initial request of $1050. This amount will help us break even on set design, costumes, properties for the show, and work materials.

The initial goal covers essential costs of building and set up. Going over our initial goal allows us to fund for things like:

STRETCH GOAL 1 - $1300
At this goal, we can dress the set more elaborately to show off more ideas about Prospero's magical lair, the shipwreck and the grand marriage ceremony. We can also improve our costume designs with additional decorative pieces and fabrics. At this stretch goal we can even begin to cover perishable purchases like dry-ice and other one-time special effect items.

STRETCH GOAL 2 - $1500
Our actors and our creative team bring in some of their own personal equipment like character shoes, shirts and pants to help relieve the costume budget. Sound is played on found instruments and our show will play in the park where actors will scale trees and dance around the terrain and therefore specific shoes and base costumes will be needed. With the additional money in this stretch goal tier, we are able to purchase those contributions for the actors and upgrade our instruments. In addition, this tier relieves us completely and allows us to turn every dollar for this show into seed money for our next production as well as pay the actor for their work.

In the past five years we have had tremendous support and feedback through kickstarter and we hope to continue that tradition of community outreach and dialogue for this show. As always, thank you for your contributions and we hope to see you from our side of the stage.

Risks and challenges

We are a small, local theater company. We aim to do professional-level work on a DIY-budget. With every production we do, we try to salvage scraps and old clothes to turn into dazzling costumes. Rather than pay for expensive venue space, we scope out cafes, bars, parks, carpet factories and all manner of alternative venues. Every show we do is a labor of love, with our staff wearing many hats. Our greatest limitation-our small budget has over time become our greatest strength-our resourcefulness. Over the years we've developed a reputation for putting on large, impressive dazzling shows in the blink of an eye on a shoestring budget. We can guarantee that by supporting us now, not a penny will go to waste.

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    Enjoy an exciting show followed by an exquisite meal with the people who brought you The Tempest. Note: Applies to August 20th performance only.

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    With this tier, you'll receive a signed poster from the cast, a special invite to attend a rehearsal to see how we work, three tickets to the show, a copy of the Director's Dossier, coffee with the director and the actors before the show and dinner after (Note: Dinner applies to the Aug 20th performance only). Your name will also go up on our REBATEnsemble website as a special shoutout!

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