FREEDOM RIDERS Civil Rights Musical
BUT OUR FUNDING ISN'T DONE YET!
We are just 10k shy of our goal. So we want to bring you into the rehearsal room with us and get your support!
Our completion of funds give us costuming, props, and set pieces that fill out the world of the 1961 Freedom Riders.
AND LOOK AT THIS CAST!
We are so lucky to not only have an amazing cast, but also amazing people. We have been enjoying spending time with eachother both in and out of the rehearsal room!
WE'RE TALKING WITH THE ORIGINAL RIDERS!
One of our favorite times in rehearsal is taking an hour to talk with the original riders and then talk about the civil rights movement, both then and now.
We've talked on the phone with Diane Nash...
... Jim Zwerg, and Charles Person
AND OUR CREATIVE TEAM IS AMAZING!
We are honored to have director Whitney White who is leading the way with intention and care.
Her lovely associate director, Seonjae Kim has also been leading the actors through the script.
THE PRESS IS NUTS!
Every day we get new press pouring in with excitement for the festival and FREEDOM RIDERS. We're included in a lot of articles, here is two of our favorites!
Stage Buddy's Interview with Richard and Taran
On a List with HAMILTON of "What To See In NY"
YOU CAN SEE THE EXCITEMENT FROM THOSE INVOLVED AND THE COMMUNITY!
Now we want you to continue us forward and be on our team making this a reality!
You can do so right now! Donate and Share!
We are proud to say that it's been an exciting and action packed ride for us since winning the Award for Outstanding Music and the Social Relevance and Impact Award from the New York Musical Festival this summer.
In fact, as I type this, we're flying back to the West Coast from (freezing) New York where we put on an incredible show at Feinstein's/54 Below of FREEDOM RIDERS in Concert.
Now I'm pleased to share that we have a concert coming home to San Diego in just a week! We have some large theaters beginning to look at us and wonder if they should produce a full production, so it's very important that we can pack the houses at our concert events to show those theaters how important and desired this show is!
If you're in San Diego, please come out!
It's at Lambs Players Theater on January 15th at 7:30pm
Tickets can be purchased here -
That's all for now! I'll update you again as more exciting things unfold!
Thank you for being part of our story.
Taran & Richard
We are just over the middle mark of rehearsals and the show is looking fantastic!
As we near all sold out performances, our list of audience members becomes more and more exciting! Many original Freedom Riders, the Seigenthaler family, SNCC and CORE leaders and members, the New York mayor and office, the list continues!
Our fundraising in this process must continue! Funding will be going towards costuming, set design, printing, and more as we put the finishing touches on our musical!
Please consider helping us reach our goal of 25k (We're over half way there already!) and enjoy the new GoFundMe page. We've completely revamped it with images and videos from rehearsal as you continue on this journey with us.
GET ON THE BUS!
It's not only our first act show stopper that our character John Seigenthaler sings, it's also an anthem for our current situation in pushing forward towards Augusts New York performance. "We'll Get There"!
Richard and I are both the beneficiaries of this project as the show's creators. I am also a managing member of Richard Allen Enterprises. I am withdrawing these funds in my name. Once monies are received, they are distributed accordingly to our general managers and to other immediate needs.
Freedom Rider Diary: Smuggled Notes from Parchman Prison, my true story, was re-issued by the publisher in paperback earlier this year. How thrilling to learn that Freedom Riders: The Civil Rights Musical is really happening! Congratulations to everyone involved! Carol Ruth Silver, Freedom Rider