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£1,280raised of £14,000 target by 20 supporters

Weʼre raising £14,000 to help fund the premiere of an exciting new family-friendly stage musical based on what might have happened on Noah's ark.

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Worcester, United Kingdom

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Tales from the Ark - the musical

The musical is based on three extremely successful books of mine which have been published in more than fifteen languages. They tell the story of how Noah and his family, together with two of every animal, insect and bird, survived on the ark for forty days and nights when God flooded the world.

Trying to stop the animals from eating each other isjust one of Noah's problems! The ark starts to leak - due to the woodpeckers doing what woodpeckers do; the donkey is sad when he sees a fabulously-striped zebra; the frog is also sad because he's lost his partner. Mrs Noah's cat, Tiddles, thinks she is in charge, but the lion knows he is in charge, and if that's not enough, the ark contains two fleas!

An extremely talented musician and composer friend, Penny Weedon, has written the score, and the music contains a wonderfully-varied selection of tunes, including haunting ballads as well as catchy, up-beat numbers which will leave the audience whistling and humming as they leave the theatre. Penny's music complements my lyrics perfectly and the two combine to create a funny, zany entertainment for all the family to enjoy while still preserving the more serious ethical side of the story of Noah and his ark.

Chris Jaeger, Chief Executive of WorcesterLive, is intending to mount the premiere of Tales from the Ark - the musical, in the Swan Theatre, Worcester, in 2018.

But musicals aren't cheap - think of all the animal actors needed! From wide experience Chris estimates that he could present the musical for a week for £28,000, of which half the cost would come from box office receipts. I am therefore hoping to raise the remaining £14,000 from crowdfunding and possible sponsorship.

Everyone who's read the script and heard the music thinks it has great potential both as a professional stage show as well as a production which could be put on by schools, youth groups, churches and community theatres. But don't take my word for it, click on the link to our promotional video to see and hear for yourself!

And if you are generous enough to donate £25 or more and would like a complimentary CD of the music, let Penny have your name and address. Email at pennyweedonkerr@gmail.com.

Please become an ARK ANGEL and help Penny and I achieve the premiere of Tales from the Ark - the musical!

Thank you!

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  • Avril Rowlands1 month ago
    Avril Rowlands

    Avril Rowlands

    1 month ago

    (Follow on from last post..) Obviously the timescale will be different - either this autumn or early next year. The money you have generously donated could go towards enhancing such a production. If you would prefer that it didn't, I'm very happy to refund it to you. I propose closing down the Crowdfunding appeal when the situation has become clearer. Thank you all for your generosity, patience and support. Avril

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  • Avril Rowlands1 month ago
    Avril Rowlands

    Avril Rowlands

    1 month ago

    Dear everyone, I'm sorry I've not been in touch recently but the many events Chris and I are involved with over Christmas got in the way! The situation is that sadly we're not going to reach the £14,000 target, even with cash donations. So there won't be a professional staging of the musical at The Swan Theatre at the end of May. I have, however, been in touch with various reputable amateur companies and am hopeful that the musical will be taken up by one or more of them - quite possibly at The Swan in Worcester. (More to come..)

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  • Avril Rowlands4 months ago
    Avril Rowlands

    Avril Rowlands

    4 months ago

    Thanks so much for all your continued support. We've now reached £2,235! It was great of the Cookhill Keyboard Club to give a donation and their best wishes.

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5 months ago

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  • John Efford

    John Efford

    Oct 21, 2017

    Good Luck

    £50.00

  • Nicholas Wright

    Nicholas Wright

    Oct 18, 2017

    So hoping that this great project can go ahead!

    £50.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Oct 15, 2017

    We loved the books. Good luck with the project. M

    £50.00

  • Liz

    Liz

    Oct 13, 2017

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Oct 12, 2017

    Good luck for your ambitious project.

  • Brenda Patrickson

    Brenda Patrickson

    Oct 12, 2017

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Oct 9, 2017

About the fundraiser
Avril Rowlands

Avril Rowlands

Worcester, United Kingdom

I’m an established writer with two complete transmitted children’s television drama series. My main writing has been books for children, with over forty published titles. My play, The Second Best Bed, was premiered in 2013 and has been on tour ever since.

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