About this project
For seven years, StarKid Productions has brought you original musical comedies that have spanned almost all of time and space. ALMOST. For our TENTH original production, we’re going back… Way back.
Firebringer is a new, stone-age musical about a tribe of early humans led by Jemilla, the Peacemaker. She's called that because she taught her people how to express their feelings instead of smashing each others' heads with rocks or eating each others' babies. No, Jemilla stands for good, modern stone-age values, like working hard and trying to understand the world. But one member of the tribe doesn't seem to fit in: Zazzalil. She doesn't like gathering nuts and berries all day, everyday. In fact, she's always trying to come up with ways to make life easier… for herself. Like the time she invented lying, so she wouldn't have to do work and could just say that she did.
While out testing her latest hair-brained scheme, Zazzalil stumbles upon the most important discovery in human history. One that will take her and her tribe on a whirlwind adventure, pitting them against giant birds, woolly mammoths, and the most deadly predator alive- Snarl.
She'll travel from omega to alpha and become… The Firebringer.
Firebringer will run as a part of the StarKid Summer Season 2016 featuring various late night performances showcasing many of your StarKid favorites, and some new faces as well!
Firebringer will run from July 6th-August 7th at Stage 773 in Chicago, Il. It's a funny, female-led, heartwarming social satire and we want YOU involved!
So join us in bringing the Fire, and starting something special in Chicago for Summer 2016!
Then, come fall/winter 2016, we'll put Firebringer up on YouTube for the whole world to see (just like we've done with all our shows).
Firebringer is being written by:
Nick Lang, Matt Lang, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden
It will be co-directed by Nick Lang and Julia Albain
Original music is being written by Meredith Stepien and Mark Swiderski
Our design team includes: Corey Lubowich as our scenic designer, June Saito as our costume designer, and Sarah Petty as our lighting designer.
Info about casting will be released as our campaign unfolds!
The $88,000 that we are asking for will cover:
Theater rental, hiring actors, hiring designers (set, costume, light, and sound), hiring a band, Kickstarter fulfillment, costumes, set, lighting, rehearsal space rental, travel and housing, filming, sound, props, and puppets!
$88,000 is a lot of money, but after fees and Kickstarter fulfillment it will only cover a bare-bones version of the production. To produce Firebringer as we believe it should be done we hope to raise $125,000. This number is much closer to the actual cost of doing a StarKid show. Starship, Holy Musical, B@man, Twisted, and the last Summer Season all cost around $150,000 to produce!
Risks and challenges
Every time we produce a StarKid show, we try to improve our production values. We’ve come a long way from A Very Potter Musical! You can actually HEAR and SEE the actors now! StarKid has always had an extra challenge of not only creating a vibrant and engaging stage show, but also one that can translate to our YouTube audience. This means a huge escalation in our production costs compared to a normal theater company. We spend thousands of dollars on microphones for each actor, multiple high definition cameras, a sound mixer/engineer for recording as well as camera operators, and then there’s the editing process! It’s a lot of work and a lot of money but it’s worth it because YOU all get to see it! :)
However, giving our shows away for free on YouTube isn’t exactly a great business model. It’s not 2009 anymore! Every TV can play YouTube, and the age of Spotify takes it’s tole on album sales. Our biggest line of income is live performance, which we didn’t do too much of in 2015. Our Performances last year were at conventions, in NYC for Trail to Oregon, and AVSR, none of which yielded a lot of money in the bank for us. A Very StarKid Reunion was a HUGE success and so fun, but we gave all the money for that performance to the University for a scholarship, and the dvd sales were mostly split amongst the cast involved.
All of this is to say that we want Firebringer to be our best production yet! We really feel that it will be unique among StarKid shows in all aspects, but we’re lacking the funding at the moment to make it happen! Without your help, we fear the Summer Season will be unlike any StarKid show we’ve done before…in a bad way.
We don’t want to see that happen and we hope you don’t either!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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