My Shpadoinkle* Production
Chagrin Valley Little Theatre's River Street Playhouse is a rudimentary theater space in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio that holds around 70 audience members. Unlike CVLT's 262-seat house in the nearby main building, all River Street Playhouse productions are 100% volunteer acted and produced on a shoestring (and I mean shoestring - not even the waxed kind) budget. Tickets are sold for under $15. The River Street space is home to new works, odd works, and other shows that generally don't fit on the more mainstream-oriented main stage.
I've been an actor, singer, writer, technician, musician, board member, sound designer, photographer, video artist, webmaster, and graphic designer for CVLT for over a decade, and have been involved in shows there with my family since I was a kid. This October, I'll be making my directorial debut by mounting a three-weekend production of Trey Parker's CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL on the River Street Playhouse stage, adapting the script of Parker's wild and campy indie film into a wild and campy live show. It should be a rousing success and the buzz is already palpable, but I could really use your help to make it a hit.
Why I Need Your Money
While a ticket to the River Street is a real bargain for live theater, it doesn't pay for much in the way of long-term facility improvements. The ticket prices basically cover the cost of the rights to the show and maybe a couple of props or costumes. The River Street was originally built as an industrial/office building, and our theater is set up with only the most rudimentary sound and lighting system... basically an old home stereo and a handful of lights
I'd love to have something more worthy of the awesome that is CANNIBAL! and knowing how many of you out there, like me, are fans of Trey Parker's work (Cannibal!, South Park, The Book of Mormon, Baseketball, Orgazmo, Team America, etc.), I would like to humbly ask for you to share a couple of bucks in Mr. Parker's name to help us improve the lights and sound gear in this space.
If we reach our modest goal, we'll replace some of the aging lighting and perhaps get a pair of good PA speakers and a new amp. If we go over the goal, we'll really be able to have extra lighting channels, perhaps some stage microphones... you could make our dreams come true! And remember, not only will your contribution help to make this the best production of CANNIBAL! possible, but the upgrades we make will benefit all future productions in the space (usually 5 or 6 per year).
What's In It For You
I can hear you out there... "Why should I give money to some non-profit theater in Northeast Ohio when I'm overe here in (insert your location)?"
Well, here's why:
- ALL LEVELS - You get a tax deduction. Chagrin Valley Little Theatre is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit.
- ALL LEVELS - You get the satisfaction of knowing that you not only supported the arts, but that you introduced a small, somewhat quiet community to the magic of "CANNIBAL! The Musical".
- ALL LEVELS - My personal gratitude. That's worth something, right?
- $5 - We'll put your name on our web media for the show.
- $15 - The above PLUS your name also gets printed in the playbill for the show.
- $25 - The above PLUS a 100-character custom message along with your name.
- $50 - The above PLUS a Donor listing in all CVLT playbills for the season - main stage and River Street.
- $75 - The above PLUS we'll mail you an exclusive color 11x17 poster from the show signed by the cast.
- $100 - The above PLUS an exclusive CVLT Cannibal! t-shirt
- $150 - The above PLUS an Officially licensed Cannibal! T-Shirt
- $200 - The above PLUS the original Cannibal! movie on DVD.
- $250 - The above PLUS an exclusive CVLT Cannibal! musical cast recording.
- $375 - The above PLUS a permanent engraved brick sidewalk paver at the theater's main entrance.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't spare $5 or more right now, that doesn't mean you can't help us out! Share this campaign with anyone you know who loves musicals, theater, Trey Parker, Cannibal!, Book of Mormon, South Park, etc. The more people who know about this, the more easily we'll reach, and maybe exceed, our goal!
* For the uninitiated, Shpadoinkle is a nonsense word used in Cannibal's opening number, "It's A Shpadoinkle Day!" The song itself is a nod to the opening "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning" from Oklahoma! and the use of "shpadoinkle" is likely a reference to The Music Man's "Shipoopi".