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Beat the clock: Kickstarter campaign seeks $20,000 for The Prizery

Last year, Kickstarter surpassed the National Endowment for the Arts in the amount of money spent to underwrite “Art” projects in the United States.  The Prizery was one of those projects, raising $27,000 in 14 days using the online fundraising website.

The Prizery has created a new Kickstarter campaign that is currently seeking to raise $20,000 in the next two weeks, according to Prizery Artistic Director Chris Jones.  

The campaign, called “The Oliver Project” will bring 26 professional performers and technicians to The Prizery for seven weeks this summer.  They will work alongside local theatre students to create great musical theatre.

These students will live with local families throughout Halifax County.  They arrive on June 2 from all over the country, as far away as Texas, Iowa, New Jersey and Florida.  There are six participants coming from Bethel University in Mckenzie, Tenn. including returning performer Jacob Estes.  

The public will remember Estes as the star of last summer’s “Godspell.” 

Other universities represented this summer include Rider, Florida State University, Savannah College of Art and Design, University of Oklahoma, University of Memphis, Belmont University, Elon University, Western Carolina University, Ball State University, Christopher Newport University, Abilene Christian University and the University of North Carolina.

Giving to Kickstarter is very simple.  The donation is made on the Kickstarter site, using an Amazon Account.  So, the process is simple and totally secure, according to Jones.

“Please consider making a contribution today.  We have until midnight Wednesday, May 29, to reach our goal of $20,000. If the goal is not reached by the deadline, then The Prizery will receive no funds from the effort.  

“You can link to Kickstarter by going to and looking for the Kickstarter icon.  Then simply follow the instructions,” he explained.

Summer Theatre kicks off with the family musical “Oliver!” on Thursday, June 20, and runs through June 30.  Next up will be “Red, White and Blue,” a patriotic and Broadway musical review.  Closing the season is “Legally Blonde.”

Call The Prizery box-office for more information on Kickstarter or to purchase tickets for the summer theatre.   Box-office:  434-572-8339