Let's Put On A Show announced a Kickstarter (http://kck.st/1dzaJLb) to fund their production of Laura Lorusso's original work "Afterlife of the Rich and Famous" over Labor Day weekend. LPOAS, co-founded by Scott Lilly and Kevin Moriarty, seeks $1,500 to fund lights, costumes, props, publicity and facility rental.
Here's the video prepared by Let's Put On A Show:
Ghostbird Theatre Company, Britney Brady's experimental, not-for-profit troupe entering its sophomore season ensconced at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers, raised almost $3,000 from 42 backers in May via KickStarter. The success nearly doubled the theater's goal.
Rewards are the backbone of Kickstarter. (Read my Ghostbird story for more in Kickstarter: http://www.gonaples.com/news/2013/may/22/ghostbird-theatre-kickstarter-brittney-brady/) Backers want something tangible, like a book, a shirt, a poster or a game. The most successful Kickstarter projects tap into that desire - finding things people didn't even know they wanted, like that "Veronica Mars" movie.
Others, like the Ghostbird one, offer unique rewards, like pieces of the set, a styling session or dinner with the cast.
In the future, theaters may offer many smaller rewards, like signed playbills, posters and thank-you cards. From a donor's perspective, it is much more realistic to give $5 or $10 than it is to hand over $100 or $200. Also, most Kickstarters have a reward level that's basically "face value for the item;" for amateur theatre it would likely be a pair of tickets for $25.