BROS' 2013 Campaign for Cash: Let the Rock Rain Down!
The Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS) has concocted its most epic plan to date, and we need your support! We're raising $20,000 to cover the costs of refurbishing our brand-new permanent headquarters, finish building our production spaces, and to send our debut masterpiece, Gründlehämmer, on tour later this year! BROS is leveling up in 2013, and we need you to help us get there!
Any amount you can give, whether it is $5 or $5,000 will help us meet our goal!
What is BROS Headquarters?
Photo by Martha Cooper, Open Walls Baltimore at the Bell Foundry
We're finally moving out of the garage! The BROS recent move into the first floor of the Bell Foundry, a 4,500 square foot warehouse studio in Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District, has established a space in which our rock operas can be conceived, built, and rehearsed all under one roof.
Once repairs are finished, BROS HQ will house a 30' x 20' rehearsal stage, a scene shop, dedicated costume shop, offices, kitchen and common areas, and a jacuzzivator. We are finally becoming a real company!
Believe it or not, BROS has never had a space to call their own. Our shows have been built in our members' backyards, garages, living rooms, and frantically assembled/completed in the spaces where we have performed in (The 2640 Space and Autograph Playhouse). Ad hoc welding rooms, scene shops in the aisles, and spray painting in the alley will be a thing of the past!
BROS HQ will allow us to build, meet and rehearse YEAR-ROUND – a huge component of the BROS masterplan for the next 3-5 years, and will allow us to expand our programming output. We will finally be able to produce TWO large-scale rock operas for Baltimore in 2013 and use the HQ as a launchpad for our first touring show at the end of this year. We'll also be able to stretch our legs to try out new types of community-based programming that weren't possible for us before: mini-rock operas, public workshops, and guest master-classes!
But Really... What's the Money For?
OK, we REALLLY want to spend this money on a beer robot, but the Überpalladium had a long meeting and decided against it.
This money is specifically for increasing the production capacity and efficiency of the BROS; mainly through leasing and improving our new production space. We are spending approximately $8,000 in materials to improve the Bell Foundry, and we will will be paying monthly rent for the first time. HUNDREDS of hours of volunteer labor (not an exaggeration) have already started to transform the space into the home for our upcoming show, MURDERCASTLE, but we need the funding to help push the space into a dynamite production hub, where our first touring show will be built.
Where and When Will BROS Tour?
Raising $20,000 from loyal supporters will enable the companys vision of bringing the experience of rock theater to fans up and down the East Coast! BROS remains a completely volunteer-driven organization, and overhead costs will remain as low as possible during the tour. But life on the road ain't cheap: renting trucks, vans, venues and building mobile sets and props will take a ton of effort and some cash.
Given that BROS' dominance of the globe is inevitable, a touring show just seems like a natural first step for us. Right now, we're actively searching for venues and festivals in Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York to host a touring production of Gründlehämmer – a reproduction of our first original work. With your help, our goal is to book a venue or festival at which Gründlehämmer will be performed by the end of 2013!
What about MURDERCASTLE?
Fear not – the upcoming opus from the BROS is being produced on schedule to premier on May 10th of 2013. MURDERCASTLE tells the story of HH Holmes, America's first serial-killer, set against a backdrop of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. This is the LARGEST SHOW WE HAVE EVER DONE! 10 members in the band, playing 15 or more instruments, 40+ members in the cast, a HUGE crane, slaughtermobile (yup), multiple levels of set, and lush costume design. We have more Team Directors than ever before, more volunteers helping out, and the level of excitement is at a peak!
The BROS 2013 Campaign for Cash is a separate project with the goal of increasing BROS' long-term productivity, and none of the money raised here will be used to cover production costs for MURDERCASTLE. Between ticket sales and merchandise, BROS manages to make a small profit from each of our productions that is reinvested in the growth of the company. This is how we've been able to make a few big purchases (wireless mics, fog machine, fake blood, etc.) as well as begin the work on BROS Headquarters.
But we want to keep our shows affordable, and ticket revenue isn't going to quite cover the costs of moving into BROS HQ. This campaign will allow BROS to leap forward in its growth as an organization, supporting the buildout of its new production studio and help cover the upfront costs of a touring production.
BROS sounds really cool! How else can I help?
Dude, we totally need your help to make this happen – we're a volunteer-driven organization! Even if you're not a singer, costume designer, lasersmith, or animatronic puppet-creator, chances are you have a skill set that can help BROS make its 7,000-year vision of bringing True Rock to the masses a mindbending reality! If you want to get involved, email Volunteer Coordinator Kris H at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell her you want to BE A BRO!!!
What is the Baltimore Rock Opera Society?
The Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS) was founded in 2007 by a small group of friends sitting in a basement dreaming of an impossibly enormous story that would be told through the awesome power of rock. In 2009 that dream became reality, and we produced our first original rock opera: Gründlehämmer.
Since that time BROS has produced one new completely original rock opera every year, as well as performed in various festivals around the Baltimore area: including Artscape, America's largest free arts festival; the H Street Festival in DC; and MAGFest, the Music and Video Game Festival.
BROS has become a powerhouse of Baltimore’s cultural landscape – attracting a highly energetic troupe of actors, writers, musicians, and artists with the sole mission of producing original, live rock operas in Baltimore. Every year thousands of fans flock from the Mid-Atlantic Region to witness the performances of the city’s most collaborative, creative production troupe. We have grown so much in the past two years alone that we are ready to expand our society: to forge a permanant headquarters, a veritable Rock Utopia, as we expand our vision into Baltimore and beyond!!