Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Poe-pourri Post

Greetings, all! As you may have guessed, I'm involved in a lot of shenanigans in Kansas City.

I'm particularly passionate about helping my friends share their gifts with the world.

Sometimes that means asking for money.


We also know that Kickstarter/Indiegogo campaigns are really a special creature for special types of projects.

And EVERYONE is doing them now.

So, what to do about that?

Today, I'm writing to invite you to help my friends Bryan and Tara raise funds for their KC Fringe Festival show "Red Death," an original opera based on Edgar Allen Poe's story "The Masque of the Red Death". Information about the production (and a link to donate) is here .

Instead of ONLY doing an online campaign, they are having a party!

There will be snacks, performances, mask-making (Mask? Masque? See?), and (my favorite) a silent auction table on Saturday evening, May 31, 7-9:00 PM at St Peter's UCC (110th and Holmes) in KC.

Information about the "Masks for the Red Death: A Poe-pourri of Talent and Activities" event is here (please RSVP!), or you can just read about the event below:

Please join us for entertainment, food, a silent auction, a mask-making "craft buffet," and a photo booth to show off your creations! This is a fundraiser benefitting the production of the original opera, "Red Death," based on Edgar Allen Poe's 1842 classic story, "The Masque of the Red Death."

The Mummer Opera Compan
y will produce this exciting new piece, written by Bryan Colley with music by Daniel Doss, at the 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival, July 17-27.Tara Varney directs her seventh collaboration with Colley at the Fringe, which includes "Khaaaaan! the Musical," "Hexing Hitler/Sexing Hitler," and "Chicken Heart."

"Red Death" stars operatic tenor Nathan Granner as Prince Prospero and Devon Barnes as a servant of the castle. It will feature choreography by Amy Hurrelbrink, who will join dancers Chelsea Anglemyer, Josh Atkins, Tyler Parsons, Tiffany Powell, and Eric Tedder on stage.

Individual tickets to the fundraiser are $15, or 2 for $25. Kids,12 and under, are admitted free.


Anyway, I hope you'll join us! Lots of beautiful gifts are going to be on the silent auction table, and I really need someone else there to win everything for me.

-C McG

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