In a curious way, the Young Actors Co-op in Floyd has come full circle.
The 7-year-old theater company has made news in the past for successfully using online fundraising site Kickstarter.com to support its productions. The co-op has held three successful Kickstarter campaigns that funded productions of their original rock ‘n’ roll satire “MEN2B,” as well as “A Christmas Carol” and “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”
Now the co-op has been asked by Kickstarter.com to perform at a celebration the company is holding in New York – and they need to raise funds to afford the trip.
“The Young Actors Co-op stands as an example of how Kickstarter can help vibrant community theater,” Floyd artist and theater volunteer Patricia Woodruff wrote in an email. “So they want to film us as a promotional ‘success’ story.”
The children involved in the program will get to perform in New York in May, and also get to attend a Broadway play, Woodruff wrote.
Young Actors Co-op has a bit more history with Kickstarter than just successful campaigns. Director Rose McCutchan’s husband Haden Polseno-Hensley, who wrote “MEN2B,” is a childhood friend of Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler. Strickler grew up in Blacksburg, attended Giles High School, and even worked as a high school intern for The Roanoke Times New River Current.
Strickler himself has made contributions to the co-op’s campaigns.
The theater’s teenage cast will be putting on special performances of the stage adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic “The Wind in the Willows” at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at Floyd Country Store to raise the funds for their trip.
Tickets are $7, $5 for children 12 and under. For more information, visit the Young Actors Co-op Facebook page.