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A multimedia puppet show, inspired by Goethe's Faust, featuring marionettes, shadow puppets, original music, and film projection
A multimedia puppet show, inspired by Goethe's Faust, featuring marionettes, shadow puppets, original music, and film projection
99 backers pledged $10,973 to help bring this project to life.

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   Welcome to our  newly relaunched Kickstarter campaign for ‘The Green Gold Tree’; a new multimedia/marionette show and performance piece inspired by Goethe's Faust.  Thank you again for giving your time to viewing this project which is so personally meaningful to us and which will hopefully result in a show for all to enjoy. So far we have received seed grants from the Henson Foundation, the Vermont Arts Council, Scott Elliott, and a donation of gold from a mysterious woman.

 For the past 8 months, The Bluebird Theater, has been developing this show; reading, writing, making marionettes, shadow puppets, lantern slides, editing film and creating music. As painters, we were drawn to segments of the story which we found to be visually compelling as well as to some of the larger themes, such as that of the redemptive power of nature. It is important to us to convey that what we are planning to present is inspired by Goethe's Faust - it is our misinterpretation!  To simplify, one could say that we are interpreting the second act as the “inner” story, mirroring, in many ways, the external story of the first act. Our goal is to create a multilayered, rich and entertaining experience, and still retain that spirit of ‘shoestringiness’, which is inherent in our puppet shows.

 We are hoping to raise $7,500. We plan to put this money towards  paying musicians and puppeteers for rehearsals, for the creation of the remaining puppets, the writing of the music, the building of the stage, and technical gear. This money would successfully help our project find it's way to it's world premier at The Brattleboro Museum, where it will be presented as a 'work in progress.'

Along the way we have enlisted the help of many talented people.  Michelle Ratte who, with her patented printing process, is helping to clothe the puppets with real gold.  Duke Johnson and Rick Contino of the Bluebird Orchestra, are helping with musical collaboration. Oliver Schemm, is constructing our new stage, and Julie Jensen is working on a multiple of puppet making tasks.                                          

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this. Every donation helps, no matter how small.

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    A $1,001 dollar bill - Faustian Money! An original silkscreened bill designed and printed by Julia Zanes & Donald Saaf.

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    The debut C.D. by The Bluebird Orchestra, 'More Beautiful and Sublime than Before' Songs written by Donald Saaf and Julia Zanes with hand packaging and lyrics.

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    An original silkscreened poster for The Green Gold Tree designed and printed by Julia Zanes and Donald Saaf and signed by the Bluebird Theater Company.

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    A signed print of an 'Animal Orchestra Alphabet' illustrated by Donald Saaf.

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    An original Donald Saaf illustration.

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    An actual original Homunculus in a jar made by Julia Zanes. We are not responsible for his actions once you get him home.. .

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    a house concert with Donald Saaf and Duke Johnson of the Bluebird Orchestra within a 300 mile driving range of Saxton's River Vermont.

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    A Bluebird Orchestra concert at the venue of your choice within a 300 mile driving range of Saxton's River Vermont.

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    12x12 painting by Julia Zanes

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    A Performance of "The Green Gold Tree" at the venue of your choice within a 300 mile driving range of Saxton's River Vermont.

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