A Klingon Christmas Carol: Reinvented

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Since 2007, Dickens and Star Trek have collided in a wonderful holiday tradition in the Midwest. Now, in 2013, we aim to make it a completely new show again!
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Commedia Beauregard
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The Play

A Klingon Christmas Carol is out of this world!  This is the traditional Dickens holiday tale with Scrooge, ghosts, and Tiny Tim, but with a major twist: it's in Klingon (the language from the Star Trek television shows and movies.

The official blurb that we use to promote the show goes like this: 
"Scrooge has no honor, nor any courage. Can three ghosts help him to become the true warrior he ought to be in time to save Tiny Tim from a horrible fate? Performed in the Original Klingon with English Supertitles, and narrative analysis from The Vulcan Institute of Cultural Anthropology... The Dickens classic tale of ghosts and redemption adapted to reflect the Warrior Code of Honor and then translated into tlhIngan Hol  (That's the Klingon Language)."

Written by Christopher Kidder-Mostrom and Sasha Walloch, A Klingon Christmas Carol was first performed in Saint Paul, MN in 2007.  This year (2013) marks the 8th time that Commedia Beauregard has produced the play (4 times in MN, 4 times in Chicago... 2010 had shows in both cities). 

In every production prior to this year, the show has looked basically the same.  The show was done on a bare stage with a table, 4 chairs, and a coat rack.  The costumes were reminiscent of ancient warriors from Earth's middle ages and before... with a hint of Klingon flair. 

The goal this year is to make the show unlike it has ever been before:  A new multi-level set, new costumes that blend Victorian England with Klingon aesthetics (think steam-punk-Klingon), a new much smaller venue that creates an up-close intimate experience, new fights, new sound-scape... everything is being redone from the ground up.

The Need

Because we're reinventing the whole production from the ground up, we're adding things like a set!  We've never had a set before!  And we're creating completely reimagined costumes.  New heads and wigs are on the table, too!  Let's break it down numbers-wise:

  • Costumes = $2,500 --  We have an awesome Costume designer named kClare Kemock.  She designed our costumes for "Bard Fiction" which combined Jacobian England and 1990's Movie style in each outfit.  Now she's doing a similar thing with mashing-up Victorian era clothing with a sense of Klingon style!
  • Sets = $1,000 --  Set designer Ian Mostrom is building a multi-level set with a gritty space-used feel.  We'll be able to climb and leap and create new worlds unlike ever before.  And it'll feel a bit like Firefly meets 11th Doctor TARDIS meets Andromeda meets Mad Max!  Awesome!
  • Wigs & Prosthetic Foreheads = $750 -- A completely new cast (including a new Scrooge!) means new forehead appliances and the wigs that go along with them. 

This campaign is only for the major parts of the production that are being overhauled.  Most of our expenses are covered by ticket sales (Please buy tickets!).  We are not asking for money to pay for actor stipends, designer stipends, venue rent, rehearsal space, new weapons, publicity and advertising, tech staff, printing, lighting equipment, sound and music, etc.


The Company

Commedia Beauregard is a small professional theatre company that recently became a resident company of the West Stage of the Raven Theatre Complex in Chicago, Illinois.

We have been around since 1999 (starting in Minneapolis/Saint Paul) and have put up 30 productions over the last 14 years.  Since 2011 we have been HQ'd in Chicago.

Here's our mission statement:
"Our mission is to translate the universal human experience to the stage: to expand our horizons and share knowledge of all cultures, translating between languages and between arts to create theater that is beautiful in expression."

What does that mean?  Well, normally we do plays that are translated from foreign languages into English.  Sometimes we experiment with what it means to translate, and we end up with a play based on a painting, or a ballet based on an essay.  And then, once a year, we do a play that is translated into tlhIngan Hol (the Klingon language).

The Impact

As mentioned above, we are a small theatre company.  Really small.  The press that this play gets every year can make it look like we're a ridiculously successful group.  And in one way we are: we get to create wonderful theatre and awesome projects that people seem to enjoy when they attend.  That being said, while we are committed to paying the artists, actors, and designers with whom we work, we're not making money at this.  So we need your help.

Including this year's cast, over 90 people have learned to act in Klingon through this production since 2007.  It's safe to say it is unlike any other production they've been in.  It is demanding and challenging, and makes lifelong friends out of the people who have gone through the process.

And it does special things to the audience, too.  Our goal is to affect people, and while it may seem like a play that is essentially a parody has little chance to change the world, we aim to do just that.  The people who come to see this show get a live theatrical experience that cannot be replicated.  There are audience members who come back year after year.  We're now part of a holiday tradition for some families.

We'd like to be a tradition to more people than ever before, and we're hoping that with your help we can bring a new vision of this play to new people as well as returning audience members.
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  • $5USD
    pItlho'

    "We Thank You" You will receive our undying gratitude! And in order to do so, we'll list you in our donor list in the printed program, as well as on our website. We'll even send you a copy of the program page so you can see us thank you gloriously!

    4 claimed
  • $10USD
    ponglIj chu'

    "Your New Name" Haven't you always wanted your very own Klingon name? We'll give you one. Tell us your real name, and answer a short series of questions and one of our translators will give you a new name in tlhIngan Hol (The Klingon language). We'll print it out for you in both pIqaD (Klingon writing) and Roman letters (so you can tell how to pronounce it). And we'll provide you with a certificate with your new name and it's meaning. You also get all the benefits of the {pItlho'}

    12 claimed
  • $12USD
    QoQ yIQoy

    "Listen To The Music" Nothing touches the spirit of a warrior as much as a good song. We want to honor you by giving you a free download of our newest hit song in Klingon. We were in the recording studio and making the video this past summer. Your download will be available a day before we release the song to the public on iTunes! You'll also get the benefits of the {pItlho'} level above.

    2 claimed
  • $20USD
    nuch qab'e'

    "The Face of a Coward" You can't take SQuja' (Scrooge) home with you, but you can have his picture! We'll send you your very own autographed portrait of SQuja' played by Clark Bender (SQuja' in the 2013 Chicago production). The category's meaning is: The Face of a Coward. Don't worry, we don't mean you... we're talking about SQuja'! Also we'll thank you {pIthlo'} and give you a free copy of our .mp3 {QoQ yIQoy}

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $25USD
    mu'lIj bom'a' wIqon

    "We Compose the Great Song of Your Word" We're going to write you a poem! Just like the {ponlIj chu'} level above, we'll give you a name. Or, if you prefer, we'll use a word of your choice. And then we'll write you an original acrostic poem. Also, you'll get a free download of our new hit song just like the {QoQ yIQoy} level above. As Worf tells us, poetry plays a major role in Klingon mating ritual. Hail poetry!

    7 claimed
  • $40USD
    'echletHommey

    "Cards" The holiday season is nothing without cards to send to your loved ones. Now you can send holiday greetings with force! For your gift at this level, we'll send you a set of 12 Holiday cards (6 types, 2 each) in both English and tlhIngan Hol. Be the only person you know whose cards feature a snarling Klingon warrior that's saying "Have a Happy New Year ... Or, else!" Also, we'll thank you {pItlho'} and give you an .mp3 download {QoQ yIQoy}

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $50USD
    beq HoS

    "A Strong Crew" Every ship needs a strong crew. The same is true for a play. We honor your gift with a poster from the 2013 production, signed by the entire production cast and crew. Also, we send you an autographed photo of SQuja'. Did we mention that you also receive the perks from the {pItlho'} and {QoQ yIQoy} levels? You do, indeed! HIja'!

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $75USD
    lut Dabej

    "Watch the Story" If you're nostalgic for the old version of "A Klingon Christmas Carol", or you never got to see it, we have good news! We've produced a new video of the 2012 production. We shot it with 3 HD cameras on closing night last year. You can hold on to that memory forever and watch it on you home viewing screen. In addition to your DVD, we'll give you the benefits in the {pItlho'} and {QoQ yIQoy} levels.

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $75USD
    Hoch mu'mey

    "All The Words" For years folks have asked us for the script to the show. Now, for the first time, we are publishing a very limited quantity of the script used by the actors for the 2013 production. Hardbound and signed by the show's creator. It contains both the English and the Klingon language text, a foreword by the show's creator, and an intro by the show's lead translator. Also, you'll get our thanks {pItlho'} and our .mp3 {QoQ yIQoy}

    2 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $90USD
    QuchlIj

    "Your Forehead" We will send you your very own Klingon forehead prosthesis. The forehead you receive will be newly made just for you, but it will match the one worn by SQuja' (Scrooge), QachIt (Bob Cratchit), or 'emlI' (Mrs Cratchit). You'll also get the {pItlho'} and the {QoQ yIQoy} After all, everybody wants prosthetic foreheads on their real heads!

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $100USD
    qun 'ay'

    "Piece of History" Get your own battle trophy! As we move on to a new production, parts of the old production can be given a new home. Over the last few years a number of our batleths (Klingon swords) have died honorably in mock battle in rehearsal or during a live performance. You will receive a performance-used, partially destroyed batleth, signed by the actor who brought it to its final end. Also, you'll receive the {pItlho'} and {QoQ yIQoy} levels as well.

    0 out of 8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $120USD
    cha' Dochmey DImuv

    "We Joined Two Things Together" Get the DVD and the book. For this level, we bring two good things together into one! We'll send you the gifts from the {Hoch mu'mey} level and the {lut Dabej} level. All for a reduced price!

    7 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $150USD
    bom Qat DawIv

    "You Choose a Popular Song" You name a pop (or any style) song of your choice, and our team of translators will put it into the Klingon language for you. We'll send you new lyrics to the song in the proper meter so you can sing it in Klingon from now on! Song must be under 4:30 minutes in length. You'll also get the {pItlho'} level, the {QoQ yIQoy} level, and the {nuch qab} level.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $150USD
    nIteb pIghojmoH

    "We Teach You Alone" You want to learn the Klingon language? We'll get you started. We'll give you a 2-hour private lesson from one of our language coaches. And we'll also send you a copy of The Klingon Dictionary. Private lessons can be in person (for Chicago area residents) or via skype (anyone else). You'll also get the {pItlho'} and {QoQ yIQoy} levels of perks.

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  • $275USD
    mamuch 'ej ghomuv

    "We Perform and You Join Us" You'll be a part of the 2013 production of "A Klingon Christmas Carol" in a guest appearance! On one night of our run, we'll cast you as a warrior at Fezziwig's party. We'll get you made-up, put you in a costume, and give you a line to say. And you'll be on stage for the biggest fight scene in the show! (Chicago-area residents only. Or, those willing to cover their own travel costs). You also receive our thanks, and a copy of the script signed by the cast.

    1 out of 4 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    HaSta bomlIj wIchoq

    "We Preserve Your Song On A Visual Display" Once we translate a song for you, just like in the {bom Qat DawIv} level, we'll produce a "Klingon Karaoke"-style music video of the song for you! See what one looks like here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2bjc6U0tjI This takes a little longer than any of the other perks. You'll get a full version (DVD) of the video, not just a youtube video!

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
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