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Los Angeles, CA Theater
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We need to build a man-eating plant that wants to take over the world! Can you help us?

Los Angeles, CA Theater
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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:

Design by Corey Lynn Howe
Design by Corey Lynn Howe

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!

Thank you!

Sincerely,
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!

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    Audience - You'll receive all of the benefits from the previous levels, PLUS a handwritten thank you note, sealed with a kiss by the cast member of your choice!

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    Patron - You'll receive all of the benefits from the previous levels, PLUS a complementary ticket to the show for the performance of your choice AND a free non-alcoholic beverage at the show!

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    Associate Producer - You'll receive all of the benefits from the previous levels, PLUS an additional complementary ticket and non-alcoholic beverage (a total of two tickets for the night of your choice and two drinks), and the Doo Wop Girls will give you a personal shout-out in our thank you video!

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    Producer - You'll receive all of the benefits from the previous levels, PLUS a 4"x6" canvas print of the original poster art created for the show!

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    Angel - You'll receive all of the benefits from the previous levels, PLUS our resident mixologists will create an original drink in your honor!

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    Executive Producer - You'll receive all of the benefits from the previous levels, PLUS your name will appear on the Dentist Office's door on our set as a partner of the infamous Dr. Orin Scrivello!

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    Archangel - You'll receive all of the benefits from the previous levels, PLUS your very own Audrey II (Phase 1) Puppet!

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