Hi! Who are you?
Hi! We're the cast and crew of Theatre Unleashed's next production - Little Shop of Horrors, and we're here because we want to build a gigantic carnivorous man-eating plant.
I'm sorry, you want to build a what?
A gigantic, carnivorous man-eating plant. What, you've never seen Little Shop?
Wait, you have seen the show, right? No? Awesome! Then you'll definitely want to come see it! Matter of fact, pledge $50 and we'll give you a complimentary ticket!
For those of you that aren't familiar with Little Shop of Horrors, it is a comedy horror rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human flesh and blood. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Roger Corman. The music, composed by Menken in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, "Skid Row (Downtown)", "Somewhere That's Green", and "Suddenly, Seymour". (Synopsis courtesy of Wikipedia)
That's great! So, what do you need us for?
Well, like I mentioned before, we need to build the plant. Specifically, four incarnations of the plant, starting with a small hand-puppet all the way up to a Henson-esque 8-foot-by-9-foot monstrosity that can swallow cast members whole. We think we can build all four versions for only $1,000, and that's what we're setting as the base goal for this drive.
In addition to that, however, we've also got designs on building an impressive rotating set:
Plus we need a Dentist's chair, top-notch costumes, assorted props... y'know, the typical trappings of a full-blown musical.
What we're saying is that we actually need $4,400, not just $1,000, to fund this production. It breaks down like this:
- The Plant: $1,000
- The Set: $800
- The Costumes: $500
- The Props: $500
- The Music: $1,600
That's awesome! So, what's in it for us?
Glad you asked! We've come up with a whole bunch of really fun incentives for you. From handwritten thank you notes (sealed with a kiss by the cast member of your choice - hey, we don't discriminate) to our resident mixologists creating a signature drink named after you! Our most generous supporters can even bring a baby Audrey II home with them!
We're also a big fan of sweetening the pot. So, to that end, we've got a series of benchmark goals where, once attained, we'll unlock even more awesome incentives!
- $250 - Audrey II Concept Art #1
- $500 - Audrey II Concept Art #2
- $750 - Audrey II Concept Art #3
- $1,000 - First funding goal - everyone wins!
- $1,050 - Final Audrey II Concept
- $2,100 - Backers pledging $50 or more will be invited to either the opening or closing night parties!
- $3,150 - TBA (announced when we hit $2,100 funded)
- $4,200 - TBA (announced when we hit $3,150 funded)
We should also mention that Theatre Unleashed is a 501(c)3 non-profit, so your contribution is tax-deductible!
So, to recap: pledge a few bucks, get something cool AND the satisfaction that you're helping a team of up-and-coming artists build four incarnations of a giant carnivorous plant hell-bent on taking over the world (and a bunch of other stuff, too)! Not bad for approximately ten seconds of effort!
Sounds great! Where do I sign up?
If you scroll up a bit, there's a green button labeled "Back This Project." Hit that and you'll be on your way!
Josh, Scott, Erin, Aaron, Heather, CJ, Eric, Julia, Courtney, Joanna, Ian, Mandy, Benito, Amanda, Dain, Katie, Corey, Anna, Helen and the rest of the Theatre Unleashed family!
- (23 days)