On April 9, 2009, two hundred people crammed into a tiny black box theater at the University of Michigan to see a parody musical about wizards, and witches, and magical beasts. The show was free to attend and ran for a weekend. One of the four performances was recorded and uploaded to YouTube (because that was easier than making DVDs for the cast and crew). Little did we know that much more than just the cast would be watching. And thus, ten years ago, StarKid was born.
Back then, none of us could’ve guessed that over the next decade we’d produce 11 new musicals, go on 2 nationwide concert tours, have #1 albums on Billboard Charts, and travel to meet StarKid fans at conventions all over the world.
Individually, members of StarKid have gone on to star in Broadway shows like Book of Mormon and Sunset Boulevard, been on TV in Glee, American Crime Story, and The Flash, written their own books, plays, music, films, and more!
Needless to say, we have a lot to be grateful for! And specifically we're grateful to all of you out there who have supported our endeavors throughout the years. Whether you’ve been with us since the very beginning, or found us somewhere along the way, there is NO WAY we would have been able to come this far without your enthusiasm.
Which is why we’re cooking up this year-long 10niversary (#SK10) for all you StarKids out there! With your help, we want to celebrate the first decade of StarKid with two events: one that’s fresh and new, and one that takes us back to the place where our story began...
First up, this summer, we’re throwing an all-out tenth birthday bash we’re calling, StarKid Homecoming. This special reunion concert will feature original cast members from our very first show (and performers from every StarKid show since), coming together for the first time in a decade to pay tribute to the musical that started it all. Get ready to go back to goblins, and ghosts, and magical beasts cuz to borrow a phrase from an old friend, it's gonna be totally awesome.
This once-in-a-lifetime event will be rocking-out the Theatre at the Ace in Downtown Los Angeles on July 25, 2019. So dress your best, put on your dancin' shoes, and we'll see you at Homecoming!
Currently confirmed StarKid members participating include:
Nico Ager, Julia Albain, Clark Baxtresser, Jaime Lyn Beatty, Jeff Blim, Jamie Burns, Tyler Brunsman, Richard Campbell, Britney Coleman, Brant Cox, Darren Criss, Denise Donovan, Corey Dorris, Mariah Rose Faith, Elona Finlay, Arielle Goldman, Brian Holden, AJ Holmes, Angela Kiessel, Matt Lang, Nick Lang, Lauren Lopez, Corey Lubowich, Devin Lytle, Robert Manion, Jon Matteson, Lily Marks, Alle-Faye Monka, Joe Moses, Alex Paul, Sarah Petty, Amy Plouff, Jim Povolo, Joey Richter, Brian Rosenthal, June Saito, Dylan Saunders, Pierce Siebers, Bonnie Socha (née Gruesen), Rachael Soglin, Meredith Stepien, Joe Walker, Lauren Walker, & Tiffany Williams.
(Specific performer appearances are subject to professional obligations.)
Then, of course, what would a year of StarKid be without a brand new musical?...
Black Friday: A New Horror Comedy Musical
This fall, the creators of The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals are serving up a heaping helping of holiday fear! Somewhere in the American Midwest, at the crossroads of nightmare and imagination, there is a tiny town where the veil of reality wears thin and eldritch forces threaten to unravel the fabric of the universe...
Black Friday is a new horror-comedy musical about the shopping day from hell. When the holiday season’s hottest new toy, the Tickle-Me Wiggly, hits the selves, the city of Hatchetfield goes mad for it, literally. That’s when Tom Houston, Lex Foster, Becky Barnes and a few familiar faces, must fight through a sea of murderous mall-goers to save humanity from an inter dimensional being with a taste for chaos. When Wiggly comes to town, will the world survive Black Friday?
The live show will run in Los Angeles from October 31–December 8, 2019 at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre and the filmed version will hit YouTube in late 2019/early 2020.
The show is written by Nick & Matt Lang (writers on every StarKid show), with music & lyrics by Jeff Blim (The Trail To Oregon! & The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals). The cast will include Jaime Lyn Beatty, Jeff Blim, Corey Dorris, Mariah Rose Faith, Lauren Lopez, Robert Manion, Jon Matteson, Curt Mega, Joey Richter, Dylan Saunders, & Kim Whalen!
Stay tuned for additional casting, including specific roles!
About The Campaign
Our Kickstarter goal represents the minimum amount we'll need to present bare bones versions of both these projects. That includes theater & rehearsal space rental, paying cast, crew, musicians, and designers, travel costs, costumes, set, lighting, sound, props, filming, Kickstarter fees, credit card fees, and rewards. But of course, the more we raise, the more we can invest in both of these 10niversary shows to make each production as high quality as possible. We've also got some pretty exciting stretch goals that we'll discuss as the campaign progresses.
When you become a backer, you’ll not only help fund StarKid Homecoming and Black Friday, you’ll also get some top-notch rewards. We're creating some amazing artwork, keepsakes, and collectables to thank you for helping us make these events possible. You'll also be able to get show tickets and special VIP experiences, so check out the rewards section to see which package works best for you.
We’re so grateful to have had the opportunity to create shows for you over the past decade, and with your continued support we hope to do so for many years to come. Let's start off the next decade right with an incredible 10niversary (#SK10)!
Many of you have been asking about add-on rewards, so we've been hard at work putting together some really cool ones! So you can be the owner of these sweet, sweet 10niversary add-ons by increasing your pledge! Check them out below 👇
+$5 Ringtone Add-on -- Download an exclusive ringtone! We'll record a new track just for this 10niversary celebration inspired by the StarKid classic, "Liam's Got a Phonecall!"
+$12 Enamel Pin Add-on (No extra shipping if you're already backing at the Calendar Reward Tier or higher, Otherwise add $2 US, $4 International)-- Pins are here, perfect for your letterman jacket or fanny pack! Choose from SK10, StarKid Homecoming, or the Black Friday logo soft enamel pins!
+$20 Scarfy Socks Add-on (Plus Shipping, $3 US, $6 International) -- Can't back at the swag bag tier? Rock these limited edition woven rainbow Scarfy socks a la cart!
+$30 Add-on Shirt Add-on (Plus Shipping, $5 US, $8 International) -- Can't back the t-shirt tier? Rock this special 10niversary shirt featuring icons from all twelve StarKid musicals a la cart!
+$30 Pindemonium Pin Pack Add-on (No extra shipping if you're already backing at the Calendar Reward Tier or higher, Otherwise add $4 US, $6 International)-- Get all three 10nviersary pins PLUS a bonus "Team Dikrats" pin! (Fun fact: Dikrats is StarKid backward!)
+$50 StarKid Icon Mini Pin Pack (No extra shipping if you're already backing at the Calendar Reward Tier or higher, Otherwise add $4 US, $6 International)-- Get a collection of 12 limited edition soft enamel mini-pins featuring icons from all twelve StarKid musicals!
*Please note that all images are artist mockups and final designs are subject to change.*
How to "Add-On"
Go to Manage Your Pledge Increase your pledge in the Pledge Amount box by the total $ amount of your desired add-ons. After the campaign ends, you'll get a backer survey to fill out. In that survey you'll specify which add-ons you chose, like which pins you want!
REMINDER: Just change your pledge amount, not the reward tier! E.g. If you've backed for the Pigfarts letter at $50, and you wanted to the Pindemonium set, you'd keep your reward tier the same and add $34 ($30 + $4 shipping) to your pledge for a total of $84! Don't change to the $75 tier!
But don't sweat it if you get the math wrong! (Calculus is tough!) When we send out backer surveys you'll get a chance to double check and fix any errors!
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Risks and challenges
StarKid has been producing new comedy musicals for the past decade. While we have a pretty good idea of what we're doing by this point, we have never produced two shows of this scale at the same time before! But we're confident we're ready for that challenge.
Of course, the biggest hurdle for us is the cost of production. So if we only raise the minimum, we'll have to scale back our ambitions and work with what we have. But that's how we did those first few shows, and if need be, we’re ready to be scrappy again!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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