Phase 1 – Update #5 – We Did It

Thanks to all our supporters, we did it! We raised the money necessary to mount Matsukaze without any of the ensemble or crew having to go out-of-pocket for direct show expenses. We came close, but didn’t quite make either of our stretch goals. We’ll roll that money over into the next phase of the fundraising campaign.

We haven’t completed this year’s financials yet, but it looks like YTG might finish a season (slightly) in the black for the first time since the pandemic started. Part of that was due to a less ambitious production schedule than our 2020/2021 season, but the biggest part of that was your generous support on Phase 1 of this campaign.

YTG’s overall finances are still in the red, however, so on to Phase 2!

Phase 1 – Update #4 – A Slight Hiccup

We discovered early this week that despite the fact that we calculated our projector’s throw, we didn’t take into account certain structural elements in the way of the beam. In order to preserve the vision of the design team, we decided to buy a second projector. We did this as cheaply as possible, and bought a used unit, but the second projector and necessary accessories cost an unexpected 40,000 yen more.


We have adjusted the total on the website and the good news is that we’re still above 100% of our total budget raised! Yay! The bad news is that we’re now 36,000 yen away from our first stretch goal of ensemble member travel bursaries. Boo!

ウェブサイト上で合計を調整しましたが、良いニュースは、集まった総予算の100%をまだ超えていることです! やったー 悪いニュースは、最初のストレッチゴールであるアンサンブルメンバーの旅費補助まであと36,000円ということです。残念

Tell everyone you know and let’s get to that stretch goal!


Phase 1 – Update #3 – Breakin’ On Through

WOW! Not only did we hit our goal for the show, but we exceeded it! We’re now less than 10,000 yen away from hitting our first stretch goal: providing some expense subsidies in the form of an honourarium to our ensemble members! Another 25,000 yen past that will provide food and drinks to the cast after the show (provided it is safe to consume them).

ワオ! この公演の資金調達の目標額を達成しただけでなく、それを上回ることができました。最初のストレッチゴールである、アンサンブルメンバーへの謝礼金まで、あと1万円を切りました! さらに25,000円で、公演後のキャストへの食事と飲み物を提供します。

These may seem frivolous, but there have been too many times in the past when we haven’t been able to show even this bit of tiny appreciation to our volunteer teams. (Everyone who “works” for YTG is a volunteer, donating their time for the community and to be part of the art-making process.)


If we’re able to raise money beyond those two stretch goals, we will be putting it towards Phase 2 of our fundraising plan.


Phase 1 – Update #2 – Moving Along

Wow! We are nearly 40% funded! But we only have few days left before we have to really start spending our budget… if you’ve supported us with money, thank you so much! If you want to do more, please share this campaign with your friends and family. YTG is worth supporting!

すごい!もうすぐ40%の資金が集まります! しかし、私たちが本当に予算を使い始めるまで、あと数日しかありません…私たちを資金面でサポートしてくださった方、本当にありがとうございます! このキャンペーンをお友達やご家族にシェアしてください。YTGは応援する価値があります

A little show update: We had a great rehearsal today, nailing down a couple of very difficult scenes. We have plenty of lighting notes for Xander, our lighting designer. Anna Murray, our sound designer and composer is hard at work, as is Duncan Whom, video artist and man-about-town who is making our video backgrounds. We’re starting to see and hear some really interesting things emerge from their collaboration!

ショーの最新情報を少し:今日はとても難しいシーンをいくつか作り、素晴らしいリハーサルを行いました。照明デザイナーのザンダーには、たくさんの要望があります。音響デザイナー兼作曲家のAnna Murrayは、一生懸命に仕事をしています。ビデオアーティストのダンカン・ウォムも、ビデオ背景を制作してくれている。彼らのコラボレーションから、本当に面白いものが生まれそうです。

Things are really starting to get busy as we move towards Production Week. If all goes well, our screens go in tomorrow so that we can start rehearsing with Duncan’s projections. This Saturday, we hang and focus the lights in a late-night session after the studio clears out. We plan to buy wood and build the tree unit on Monday.


I’ve just ordered the Polaroid film today. With luck it will have arrived before Monday’s rehearsal so we can practice with it.


Things are coming together, but we still need you to give if you haven’t, and to pass us along to your fellow theatre-lovers!


Phase 1 – Update #1 – What a Start!

What a start!

Okay, so we went live today, and we’re just 500 yen from covering our set budget!


Our set is fairly interesting. We’re staging the show in an alley shape, like a long tunnel, with the audience at either end. On one side, we have mirrors covered by mobile flats that can be hidden or revealed at different points in the show. On the other side, we have two angled projection screens, lit from the rear by a projector. That’s all mostly stock set pieces with some dressing. The really special part is the pine tree that slides out between the two halves of the projection surfaces at key moments! Most of the set budget is going to be spent on constructing that unique piece.


3D mockup of the giant pine tree we hope to build!

So thanks to everyone who has donated so far! Keep sharing the campaign and let’s see if we can fully fund every department!