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Prizery has until Wednesday to meet Kickstarter goal

SoVaNow.com / May 27, 2013
It’s all or nothing for The Prizery as it shoots to raise $20,000 by midnight Wednesday for its Summer Theatre Celebration.

For the second year, The Prizery is handling the campaign, titled “The Oliver! Project,” through Kickstarter, an Internet platform for raising money for creative projects. Projects must reach their pledge goals to receive any money.

“The Oliver! Project” had attracted 63 donors offering a total of $11,900 through Sunday. The Prizery must hit its $20,000 goal by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 or the pledges become void.

Chris Jones, The Prizery’s artistic director, said the Kickstarter campaign is crucial to the success of the Summer Theater season.

“The summer theatre budget consists of $70,000. We have raised $50,000 in corporate donations. We need to raise $20,000 from the individual gifts and the Kickstarter campaign is our vehicle for doing so,” he said.

“Oliver!”, the stage adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, is one of three Summer Theatre Celebration shows slated at The Prizery in June and July. Also on tap: a comedy, “Legally Blond,” and “Red, White and Broadway,” a musical revue of patriotic show tunes. The Prizery’s Summer Theatre season, now in its third season, features young professionals who spend the summer in South Boston producing live theater.

The Kickstarter “Oliver! “ campaign features a slick, locally-produced video on the educational value of the summer stock productions, featuring testimonials by local children who have played roles in past productions. The video can be viewed — and contributions can be pledged — at The Prizery’s website: http://www.prizery.com. The home page prominently features a link to the “The Oliver! Project” on the Kickstarter website.

The campaign also can be found at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/771902525/the-oliver-project

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