Serendipity - A New Musical

£1,049 of £3,000 goal

Raised by 21 people in 10 months
If you have any questions, problems with this site, or want to donate offline, please email info@serendipitymusical.com or contact@chrislawry.com 
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What are you crowdfunding for on GoFundMe?

We’re writing and developing a brand new musical on an original theme and story. Following on from musicals such as Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar, which were developed first as cast/concept albums, we want to forge our own unique path to the creation of a musical.

We have an awesome story to tell and are looking for forward-thinking, musical loving, supportive backers who will help fund the development and recording of the cast album. What you get in return is the chance to get in on an exciting project right at the beginning and follow the whole process through planning, writing, workshopping and recording.

 

Tell us about the musical

The musical starts just as the bell strikes twelve on New Year’s Eve. In the big opening number, we get to see all the characters sharing their dreams and hopes for the future. They think they know what they want and who they'll be but events begin to unfold which will send ripples through the lives of all our characters. The musical charts a year in the life of our eight principle characters, and how serendipitous moments can bring about unexpected and far reaching consequences.

With love, laughter and tragedy, the story is inspired by the real, and often hilariously complicated, love loves of people known to the writers.

Follow our main character Sophie as she twists and turns her way through a tangled web of lies, heartbreak and deceit, and watch as she struggles to find her place in the world and the happily ever after she’s been dreaming of.

Join us to find out out if good things really do happen to those who wait. Sign up for regular updates as we gradually reveal the story, the characters, and the songs. Don't miss it, we absolutely love the story and we know that you will too!

 
How would you sum up the musical?

It’s about real life. Real situations. Real people. The real antics and dramas that often make up our lives. The plot has even been influenced by real life situations connected to the friends of the creative team!

We know that everyone will be able to identify with characters and storylines from the musical, stories of desire, betrayal, dreams, disappointment, love, comedy and hope. The characters and stories have captured our hearts, made us laugh and cry, and we can’t wait to reveal the whole story to you too.

 

The Creative Team 

We are very lucky to have an amazing creative team and development crew! Years and years of experience in musical theatre, stage production, composition, songwriting,  orchestration, musical direction, and stage and vocal performance combined with forward thinking creative and engaging storytelling means that we have all the best people to make this project happen and to the highest level.

Combined with the supporting crew’s abilities in sound & recording engineering, and visual design, we can get everything  we need to make this project a success. All the money raised will go towards the production and research expenses of getting this musical developed and the cast album recorded.

Serendipity is written by Samantha Joy and Chris Lawry. Between them they have a huge amount of experience in, and a deep fascination and love for, musical theatre, performance and direction.

They have worked together on many creative projects, crossing diverse genres, including several large scale musicals-inspired projects that have recently helped to raise many thousands of pounds to benefit, and raise awareness of, various inspiring charities.

Both Chris and Sam have a lifelong affinty with musical theatre, and both started their careers in the genre, as performers and directors.

Chris is internationally known as a composer, arranger and orchestrator, as well as a skilled accompanist, and musical director.

Sam is a talented and inspiring lyricist, as well as a teacher, musical director, and classically trained mezzo soprano.

Between them, our creative team have an unrivalled passion and commitment to musical theatre and to this project. This. Is. Going. To. Be. AWESOME! (Watch the video above - it'll make more sense!)
 

Both Chris and Sam have a lifelong affinty with musical theatre, and both started their careers in the genre, as performers and directors.

Chris is internationally known as a composer, arranger and orchestrator, as well as a skilled accompanist, and musical director. Sam is a talented and inspiring lyricist, as well as a teacher, musical director, and classically trained mezzo soprano.

Between them, our creative team have an unrivalled passion and commitment to musical theatre and to this project. This. Is. Going. To. Be. AWESOME! (Watch the video above - it'll make more sense!)


What are your ultimate aims?

People and connections are the key to this project and we passionately believe in developing this musical alongside building up a following of backers and musical theatre fans.  We’re aiming really big, and we want to create a musical in a more open way, breaking with the traditional route (our creative team are total rebels at heart!).

We don’t want to hide away in secret writing the musical, only telling everyone about it when it’s finally on stage. Musical theatre is essentially written for you, the audience, and you are the most important element after all, so it makes total sense that you should be part of the story.

The building up of #teamserendipity is really important to us, as is the connection with you all. This campaign is to produce the promo cast album and during the production you can gradually see the full story of the musical build up

 
Why are you crowdfunding?

Because we wanted to get you involved from the very beginning, it made total sense to offer ways that backers could engage with, and support, the musical. Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in the creation and development of a musical? Then this is for you!

Although we’ve started with a modest goal to reach, the more money we can raise from all our fabulous backers, the more professionally we can reach completion of the promo cast album and take the musical onwards and upwards to the next level.

 
What can people get?

We have a huge range of options available to people who back the project, from copies of the promo cast CD (which will be ready and available in late 2018) to, decal stickers, signed photos or sheet music, chances to get your name as a patron in the CD artwork and on our website, up to more personalised options such as VIP tickets to workshops, commissioning compositions from the team, or even helping to name a character in the musical itself.

Have a look at the list on our website and on GoFundMe to see what exciting things you can get in return for your generous backing – remember, there’s nothing wrong with backing us more than once if you want more than one item!  

 
How else can people get involved?

We’re aiming high so the more people we can get the message to about the musical the better. We want as you all onboard; we want you to join us on the journey.

Help spread the word for us and tell people you know that might love musical theatre about our exciting new project. Share our details, and also follow us, on social media and sign up to receive email updates.

Thank you all so much, in advance, for supporting us and new musical theatre. Dreams don't get made without people like you!


Questions or to donate offline:

If you have any questions or problems with this site, or would like to donate offline, please email either info@serendipitymusical.com or contact@chrislawry.com 
 
Website:  www.serendipitymusical.com 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/serendipitymusical 
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SerendipityNYE 
Instagram: www.instagram.com/serendipitymusical
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£1,049 of £3,000 goal

Raised by 21 people in 10 months
£5
Decal Sticker
Donate this amount and get a show decal sticker. Perfect for pimping up your phone, laptop etc.!
£6
Cast Photos
Donate this amount and get a selection of cast photos from a workshop session [estimated delivery Nov 2018 or sooner]
£7
Show Postcard
Donate this amount and receive a promotional Serendipity Postcard with signed handwritten message.
£8
MP3 Cast Album
Donate this amount and get the MP3 download of the full cast promo album [estimated delivery Nov 2018]
£9
Signed Song
Donate this amount and get the sheet music of a single song from the musical signed by the team with a personalised handwritten dedication. [est. del. Nov 18]
£10
Signed Photo
Donate this amount and get an A4 photo from a cast workshop session signed by the performer/s and creative team [estimated delivery Nov 18].
£12
Signed A4Poster
Donate this amount and receive a signed A4 Serendipity promo poster [Del. est. from March '18]
£15
Cast CD Album
Donate this amount and get a physical copy of the promo Cast CD album and booklet [estimated delivery Nov 18].
£18
Show Calendar
Mark up what will happen "This Time Next Year" for you by receiving a Serendipity 2019 wall calendar [Del. estimate Oct '18]
£20
Signed Cast CD
Donate this amount and get a copy of the promo cast CD album signed by the creative team [Del. estimate Nov '18]
£25
USB Flash Drive
Donate this amount and get exclusive behind-the-scenes info and secrets on our Serendipity branded USB memory stick (comes with MP3 Album) [Del. est. Nov '18]
£28
Signed A3Poster
Donate this amount and receive a signed A3 Serendipity promo poster with personalised message AND show decal sticker [Del. est. from March '18]
£30
Signed Score
Donate this amount and get the full Piano & Vocal score for the musical (all numbers) signed by the writers [Delivery estimate Nov 18].
£50
Be Our Patron!
Donate this amount and be named as a patron in the CD Cast Album and on our main website. Individuals and businesses welcome. [CD estimated delivery Nov 18]
£100
Song Dedication
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Donate this amount and have a song dedicated to you/someone on the printed sheet music album. Plus a copy of the sheet music and cast CD [Est. del. Nov 18].
£150
Influence Show
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Donate this amount and name a place/object/name/saying which we'll incorporate into a plot, dialogue or song (to be negotiated) Plus cast CD. (CD est. del. Nov)
£200
Name Character
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Donate this amount and immortalise yourself or a loved one forever by naming one of the our principal characters (to be negotiated). Plus Cast CD. [est. Nov 18]
£250
Attend Workshop
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Bring a guest along and sit in to watch the creative process during a workshop rehearsal in Nottingham/London. Plus Cast CD. [CD del. est. Nov 18]
£300
Name the Baddie
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Name the villain in the musical...a perfect gift for someone you really hate! (to be negotiated with the creative team). Plus Cast CD [del. est. Nov '18].
£400
MusicCommission
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Donate this amount and arrange your very own commission of a piece of music from our creative team (ex. song/choir piece/piano music etc.) [c.3mins]
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