Support Sister Act Jr. - taking the show online

by StageScreen in Burton On Trent, England, United Kingdom

Support Sister Act Jr. - taking the show online
We did it
On 23rd January 2021 we successfully raised £520 with 24 supporters in 56 days

COVID-19 uncertainty means that our student production of Sister Act Jr in March 2021 is in jeopardy. Help us film & stream it online.

by StageScreen in Burton On Trent, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

WOW!!! We are so excited and grateful to have hit our original target. This means that our March show is now safe and Sister Act Jr will be filmed without an audience - and in accordance with all COVID safety guidelines - and streamed online. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

We never dreamed we would be in the position of setting a stretch target. But, here we are. A stretch target means that we could afford to add a little sparkle to the experience for our students with a bit more money to spend on costumes, set and the filming. 

Rewards are still available in exchange for donations. Just have a look at the side of the page and choose the one you would like.


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Thank you to all our backers who have helped us reach our target!

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for everyone - and the arts and creative sector has been no exception.

In short

Our students were thrilled when we told them that we had acquired the rights for them to perform the musical Sister Act Jr. - a specially adapted version for young performers - at our local theatre, the Brewhouse Arts Centre, in March 2021.

When the first lockdown eased we were able to work with some of the cast in a Covid-secure venue with social distancing and other safeguards in place. Recent restrictions have meant rehearsals are online again.

Our students NEED some certainty and something to look forward to and they are so very keen to perform this show. We want to give them that certainty. Our plan is to film the show at the Brewhouse in March (without an audience) and then show it online as a scheduled stream. This will give everyone the excitement of sitting down on one specific date and time to watch the show - although they will be in their own homes and not together in the theatre auditorium.  

We need to fundraise to cover our costs. Read on and we'll explain more.

What we've been doing in 2020

When the first national lockdown hit in March 2020, we moved all our classes online. It was important to us that our students, aged 4 - 18, continued to have a safe space where they could keep singing, dancing, being creative, making friends, making memories and having fun.

In a world that sometimes seemed a scary place, they enjoyed seeing each other and their teachers on screen and were able to support each other. Some sense of routine and normality on a Saturday - initially at a time when their schools were shut all week - made them happy and less anxious.

To raise their spirits and boost their confidence and skills, we arranged a  series of Zoom workshops with West End performers. 

We also helped them to film an original drama serial, which went out on YouTube, and they performed the first, full-length children's production written and designed to be rehearsed and recorded remotely - The Show Must Go Online! 

In the spring, we held auditions online for Sister Act Jr. before announcing the cast in June. At that stage, we still hoped that we'd be able to perform in March 2021 at the Brewhouse in front of a live audience. As the second lockdown got underway in November, there were a lot of 'maybes' and 'what ifs'. We had to start thinking about the reduced number of tickets we could sell and how we blocked out seats for households to sit together and leave social-distancing space. There was another problem, which was how we maintained social distancing backstage between cast and crew. Would people even WANT to come out to a theatre by March? 

Our idea for Sister Act Jr.

Any plans we made to perform in front of an audience could face change if restrictions increased or reduced. Would grandparents and audience members with health conditions stay away, even if restrictions eased? 

So, we discovered that we could pay extra to stream a scheduled, recorded performance of Sister Act Jr. The main licence to perform a popular and well-known show like this one is already a considerable investment for a small organisation like ours - but we felt our students deserved this opportunity. 

We will still have to pay royalties for tickets we sell to that scheduled, streamed performance. The Brewhouse has been amazingly supportive and we are so grateful for their help. We need to pay them to hire the venue. We all want the Brewhouse to be there for our community when this pandemic is over. We want our students to have great costumes and a professionally-recorded show. So we need your help to raise £500 to make this all happen. We have chosen to make this an 'all or nothing' crowdfunder. This means that if we don't meet our £500 target then all the money pledged through this campaign is returned. If we do meet our target (and our fingers are crossed REALLY tightly!) we'll contact all those who have chosen rewards after the crowdfunder ends in January 2021.

We never seek to make a profit from our end-of-term shows. We just need to cover our costs in an uncertain world. If we exceed our target, that money will go into producing future shows and showcases for our students.

Some previous work by our students:

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In December 2018, we took our students to London to perform on a West End stage. You can read the full story of that amazing day here.

We have also been commissioned by Central England Co-op to create some short films based on the values and principles of the Co-op. The students wrote the scripts, acted in the films and more details can be found on the Co-op website.

How you can help

Donations:  We would be so grateful for any donations to help us reach our target and secure the performance of Sister Act Jr. online.

Rewards: We have put together some rewards, which you can see down the side of this page. Some of these would really suit local businesses and self-employed people who want to raise their profile and show the community that they are open for business. We are all in this together and we would love to do anything we can to help.  Other rewards could make a great and very different surprise present for someone you know.

Please share our campaign: It will really help if you can share this campaign with your own networks, or pop on to our Facebook and Instagram feeds and share our posts. If all goes to plan, we will be selling tickets for a scheduled streamed performance of Sister Act Jr. in 2021 and any sharing you can do about that will help us enormously too. Thank you for anything you can do!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 for a 'thank you' email

Every little helps and if you can donate £5 we'll write you an email message expressing the heartfelt gratitude of all the students and staff at StageScreen and our sister company StageScreen Musical Theatre Associates.

£10 or more

£10 for your name in our digital programme

If you can spare us a tenner we will put your name (or your business/organisation name) in the digital programme for Sister Act Jr., which will be emailed out to everyone who buys a ticket for the streamed performance (date to be confirmed).

£15 or more

£15 for a digital and Facebook thank you

If you donate £15 we'd love to give you a shout-out and a thank you on our Facebook pages for StageScreen and StageScreen MTA, plus your name/company name in the digital programme for Sister Act Jr.

£20 or more

£20 for thanks on all our social media channels

If you donate £20 we'll thank you with a shout-out on StageScreen's Facebook, Instagram and TikTok channels - for you or your business.

£25 or more

£25 to see our show and get a shout-out

Pledge £25 today and you'll get access to watch our streamed recording of Sister Act Jr., plus a shout-out at the end of the performance thanking you for being a supporter.

£50 or more

£50 to be on our website as a sponsor

Ideal for local businesses. Pledge £50 and we'll publish a paragraph about what you do, including your contact details and a link to your website on a new sponsors page on our website - stagescreen.co.uk. Plus, you'll get access to watch our streamed performance of Sister Act Jr and your name in the show's digital programme.

£80 or more

£80 for a personalised video message

Our students will record a personalised video message that can be dedicated to you, a friend or a relative. It could be a great surprise for a milestone birthday or anniversary in 2021. Plus, you'll get access to watch our streamed performance of Sister Act Jr and your name in the show's digital programme.

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