$1,406 of $1,500 goal
Our rockets need fuel!
Rocket Theatre Lab is a brand-new Seattle-based theatrical devising company, and we're thrilled to be raising funds for our inaugeral production of "Challenger" at The Pocket Theatre this spring!
Train with teachers Christa McAuliffe and Barbara Morgan as they prepare to go where no civilians have gone before - space! Based on the events of the 1986 space shuttle disaster, join this all-woman ensemble of teachers, astronauts, engineers, and more from the interview room to the launch pad as they explore the heights of friendship, risk-taking, legacy, and our place in space. Never shying from the ultimate fate that media, politics, and technical malfunctions portend, Challenger is a passionate love poem to those who dared to go and their vision for the world through movement, song, and memoir.
Challenger was originally devised in 2012 by an ensemble of students at Central Washington University, and Rocket Theatre Lab will be adapting this moving show to make its Seattle debut for the 30th anniversary of the tragedy.
This is Rocket Theatre Lab's first show, so we don't have any pre-existing funds to draw upon. Originally we raised $1,000, and we've raised our funding goal to $1,500. Here's a cost breakdown so you know what you're supporting!
$500 : Rehearsal space rentals. Practice isn't cheap! We're purchasing time at Theatre Puget Sound, The Pocket, and Freehold Theatre. Our friends David and Catherine at InfinityBox have also kindly lent us their studio for free.
$25: Costumes! We need to make/thrift a few! We're also borrowing the large majority of our costumes from Central Theatre Ensemble and Cat McMillen!
$25: Props! We use them in this show!
$75: Set pieces! We're creating a collapsible platform and borrowing/renting some acting blocks (and a trampoline!) to create settings for our 31 scenes.
$50: Printing! We need to print a few posters and some cards to advertise our show, as well as programs for your hands every night of the show.
$75: We bought our domain name, www.rockettheatrelab.com for two years!
$850: We respect our fellow artists in the community, and would like to establish a model where we can give a small stipend to each of the actors and designers in our show as a token of appreciation for all that they've done.
That's about $1,600, so we're aiming for $1,500 and hoping that ticket sales will take us where fundraising can't. If we make a profit and have money left over , we'll use it as a starting fund for our next show and our growing company! We have some exciting plans for the future!!
What else can I do?
We would love anything that you have to give, from $1 to $50 or more. If you can't spare a buck, you can:
- Tell your friends! Share this with them!
-Come see us at The Pocket! "Challenger" will be playing April 7, 8, 15, and 16! www.thepocket.org
- Sign up for our mailing list on our website to get Rocket Mail updates!
Thank you so much for your support of Challenger. Thanks to you, our show was a huge success, and has now officially closed. Thanks to you, we were able to pay for all of our expenses, pay all of our actors, and still have a tiny pile leftover to buy a copy of our show and start on our next one!
For those of you who weren't able to make it out to see this iteration of Challenger, you can follow the following link to watch a recording of our second performance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUzPMuql8o8&feature=youtu.be
We're excited to be making a few more edits and pitching this show to more theatres, and thanks to our success, Rocket Theatre Lab has been asked to work on some other projects, and we can't wait to announce those when they're a little more set in stone!
Thank you so much for helping to get this little theatre on its feet. We're going to go ahead and close this gofundme page and we hope that you'll follow us on facebook or twitter for further updates! As always, you can visit us at www.rockettheatrelab.com!
We were blown away by your support of our first goal! We've publicized our cast and started our blocking and choreography rehearsals, and most excitingly, we've received June Scobee Rodgers' permission to use pieces of her memoir, "Silver Linings" in our show. With her support, we're working more passionately than ever to tell this series of stories that we know deserve to be told.
With that being said, we've decided as a company to raise our fundraising goal to make sure that we can sustain our company once this show is over, and we can pay all of our actors and designers a small stipend.
Since you deserve to know what you're funding, we've broken down all of our expenses in our campaign description to be as transparent as possible. We're so grateful for all of our current donors, and hope that we can raise the last $500 by sharing this campaign with folks who haven't heard about it yet!
Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us get here, and especially thanks to our final push from Jeannine Sternke, and Anonymous! We're so stoked that you believe in our production!
To celebrate, we're going to put on a stellar show - but not before we throw a stellar party!! We want to thank you in a more personal way, so mark your calendars for March 12th! If you've already donated, look out for an invitation in your inbox, and if you'd like to join us for an evening of preview performances, space drinks, and dancing in the stars, keep tabs on our facebook page for an event!
$1,000 was the minimum we needed to pay for rehearsal spaces and offset other production costs like printing and costuming materials, but we're going to leave this gofundme open so that you can continue to make this show and our future shows better.
The cast has been meeting once per week for several weeks now, and thanks to your donations, we'll be able to go forward and book rehearsal rooms starting February 16 and start putting this show on its feet!
This week we did some serious reflecting, as it was the the 30th anniversary of the Challenger accident. The artists new to this project, and even those of us who have been working on it for years, have spent some serious time this week reading from new sources, researching, and really learning from these amazing astronauts and many of the other people historically involved in this story.