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I am directing a volunteer production of Trey Parker's "Cannibal! The Musical" in October and am seeking money for lighting/sound improvements in the theater.
Andrew Rothman
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
United States
1 Team Member

My Shpadoinkle* Production

River Street PlayhouseChagrin 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

River Street PlayhouseWhile 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".

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  • $5USD
    You guys, look! Abe Lincoln!

    Give us $5 and we'll put your name on our web media for the show (Facebook posts, website, email blasts.) so you can show your friends how awesome you are.

    1 claimed
  • $15USD
    That's All We're Asking For

    Not only will your name be on the web, but we'll also print it in the playbill for the show so that people who come to the performances see it too!

    3 claimed
  • $25USD
    Now We Want A Little More

    Your name on the web and in print not good enough for ya? If you give $25 you can also add a 100-character custom message along with your name (subject to approval of course... don't be stupid!)

    9 claimed
  • $50USD
    I'm A Trappin' Man

    You'll get all of the glory above, AND we'll add you to the Donor listing in all of the CVLT playbills for the entire season. That's hundreds of people who'll see your name!

    9 claimed
  • $75USD
    Mail It To Breckenridge

    At $75 we start sending you stuff! How about an exclusive color 11x17 poster from the show signed by the cast? That's suitable for framing!

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $100USD
    The song's in F# major!

    As if a poster wasn't enough, at $100 you'll also get an exclusive t-shirt from the show. You'll be the coolest cowpoke at the saloon.

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $150USD
    Let's Build a Snowman!

    If you don't think our own stuff is good enough for you, at $150 we'll also throw in an officially-licensed "Cannibal!" t-shirt.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $200USD
    It's Got A Curse On It!

    Whoa! All of the above plus the original "Cannibal!" movie on DVD?! "But," you say, "I can watch it on NetFlix and YouTube!" Ah, but you won't get the absolutely hilarious commentary track! That's worth the price of admission right there.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $250USD
    It's A Shpadoinkle Day!

    By special permission, we're going to record a 'cast album' of all of the music from the show, exclusively available to you, awesome donor. It'll feature not only our cast performing the songs, but 'sing-along' versions of the music so you can 'Shpadoinkle' at the top of your lungs in your car! This disc won't be sold or released anywhere else, so if you're a CANNIBAL! fan, you'll want to snag this.

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $375USD

    Your legacy awaits. Not only do you get all of the other cool stuff above, but you can have an 8"x8" brick paver engraved with the message of your choice (5 lines of 15 characters each) in the front sidewalk at the theater building for all to see in perpetuity!

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