Taking Glacity to the Fringe!

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Raised by 47 people in 26 months
Holly Monsos
on behalf of Glacity Theatre Collective
 TOLEDO, OH
Glacity Theatre Collective is a non-profit, 501(c)3 theatre company  in Toledo, OH. Recently we've begun creating our own work in a process our Artistic Director Ed Lingan dubbed "Junkbox Theatre" - we all pull out scripts, or music, or ideas we created that have been lying around, then we trade them around to each other and see what new ideas they spark. This is how HOUSE OF VINYL was born; written and composed by Edmund B. Lingan and Timothy Lake (with some input from the cast...)


We premiered HOUSE OF VINYL last summer in Toledo, and were thrilled at the positive reception it got. We thought it deserved a longer life - and so we decided to apply to four Fringe festivals for summer 2016 and hope to get in one of them.

Imagine our excitement when we were the first company pulled in our category's lottery for the very first fringe we applied to - the Toronto Fringe ! So we're taking HOUSE OF VINYL to Toronto for the Fringe, June 29 - July 10, 2016.  We'll be in the "International 60 minute" category.

Of course, now that means we have some work to do:
1. Tighten and tone the script, based on feedback from our original production. We also need to make sure it will run no longer than 55 minutes, as the Fringe has very strict time limits.
2. Submit all necessary paperwork and tech specs to the Fringe, as well as the Canadian tax system.
3. Build a marketing campaign to make HOUSE OF VINYL stand out from the crowd at the Fringe.
4. Do some costume adjustments (Horton's red coat did not survive the first run, for example).
5. Rent a pole:
5. Arrange - and, here's where you can help us, pay for - housing for a cast of 11 actors and 3 technicians for 12 days.  In Toronto.  With an exchange rate that doesn't favor our American dollars.

We'll be able to start making housing arrangements in February, according to Fringe organizers, and they will help us find it - but we're on our own to pay for it. We're estimating that we need about $7000 for that. Most of the costumes and props are sitting in storage, so except for fresh bubbles and a red vinyl coat, we're pretty much set. Well, and renting the pole (it is the entire set, so it's kind of important.)

Everyone involved in this is very excited, not only to bring new life to this fun and funky musical, but because we get to represent Toledo at the Toronto Fringe - the place where shows like The Drowsy Chaperone and Musical of Musicals: The Musical got their start.

We will be so grateful for whatever help you offer! All of Toledo will, of course, be invited to be with us to launch this production before it sails across the border - we will be previewing the show here in Toledo on June 25th and 26th before we leave.  A special reception for our supporters will be part of that launch, and we hope you can join us!
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Between the tip jar at the shows here in Toledo, 3 company members who funded themselves, and a flurry of checks in the last few days, we are just a few dollars from our goal! It's a good thing too, as 1/2 the group leaves tomorrow morning and the rest will follow on Tuesday. We tech on Wednesday, and our first show is Thursday, so this is really happening! Thanks to everyone for helping make this possible! Thanks to our most recent donors: Judy Thomaswick, Gary Insch, Richard Thomaswick, and board members Jane Bradley, Bill McMillen, Kathleen Kovacs, and John Adams.Thanks to the Kohler International Travel fund at UT, not for donating directly to Glacity, but for supporting international research travel for UT faculty, thus enabling Ed Lingan to cover his housing while his creative work premieres in Canada (which means Glacity doesn't need to cover him!)

We had two great shows in Toledo, and now it's time to head north! Watch our Facebook page for updates on the trip as it happens, and again, thank you all, so much!
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Thanks to all of you, 5 of the company are now completely covered. We have 14 days till our Toledo performance, and 20 days till our first Fringe performance, and we're all pretty excited.

Let me introduce you to Cory Sprinkles, our lighting designer. Cory is a recent graduate of UT, and come fall he'll be heading off to Kent State, where he has a full graduate assistantship. Cory did a great job on the lighting last summer (see photo for just one moment of his work) but lighting for the Fringe is different. He'll have general areas to play with, plus one special, and that's it. He's busy right now trying to figure out how to pack as much punch into the lighting as he can with his limited palette.

Once we get through our tech in Toronto, his lighting work will be pretty much done, since we're not allowed to run our own lights, so Cory has been cheerfully adding other tasks to his portfolio. Earlier this week he quickly re-arranged his schedule to drive to Toronto when we learned there was walk-through of our venue scheduled, so he could see the set-up there in person. (Ask him about his encounter with the US border patrol next time you see him. Really, I don't think he looks at all like a drug dealer!) In Toledo, he's readying the theatre for the show, trying to duplicate the conditions we'll have in Toronto as much as possible. In Toronto, he will oversee tech set-up and strike, he'll run sound during the show, AND be our media contact while we're there. I'm sure we'll find some other things that need doing in the next 19 days, and I'm also sure Cory will smile and say "I'll do that" again, just as he always has.
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We are so close to having 4 folks completely covered! You all are great! Time to hear about another member of the company that you're helping to send to Toronto.

Andrés Medina is the stage manager for the company, and a current UT Theatre major. Dre has developed a particular interest in directing, in fact he had the opportunity last semester to direct the play No Exit for the department. Undergrads don't often get to direct one of the main stage plays for the season, but that shows how much confidence the faculty have in his ability. He thinks that stage managing House of Vinyl had an influence on his work directing No Exit - having the opportunity to work with and observe a new director gave him some different ideas about other approaches and methods he could utilize in his own work. Now back at work on House of Vinyl, Dre is the communication lifeline for the company - maintaining contact with everyone (whatever their preferred communication mode is), keeping track of blocking, line changes, and who is available when, as well as keeping the director on task and on time. The stage manager is the one mandatory tech position that every production at the Fringe must have, and the HOV company is very happy to have Dre as our stage manager.
Andrés Medina, stage manager
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Thanks so much everyone! We are now just a tiny bit short of having 3 company members covered! So let me introduce you to another member of the group, so you can know who you're assisting!

Nolan Thomaswick, UT rising senior, plays Horton - the character all the others revolve crazily around. Nolan changed schools and majors when he came to UT, and being a theatre major clearly suits him. If you want proof, check out the final weekend of Little Shop of Horrors at UT (April 22 & 23 at 7:30, and a closing matinee at 2 pm on the 24th) where you can see him as Seymour. (Note: he's versatile - last semester he was Henry V.) He'll be coming right out of Little Shop and back into rehearsal for House of Vinyl. The script has changed a bit, and there are some new faces in the company, and there's not a minute of the show that can be rehearsed without him being there - such is the life of the lead! Thanks to your generosity, we're able to cover his housing in Toronto now - and we're really so grateful for that.
Nolan as Horton, with his pole
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Raised by 47 people in 26 months
Created December 28, 2015
Holly Monsos
on behalf of Glacity Theatre Collective
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