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Rangatahi Season

IT'S OFFICIAL!!!

IT'S OFFICIAL!!!

Go and see BALLS whether you love rugby or hate it. -Nikau Hindin

In 2016 Navi premiered Joshua Baty's, first play Balls, as part of Te Pou's Rangatahi Season. The play was given great reviews and we have had it in our minds to give Balls another season in 2017. Just this week Papakura Theatre Company has granted us a five show run in Aug/Sep of this year!

We are over the moon to have this opportunity, and it wouldn't be possible for us to remount this "raw and totally South Auckland" play if it weren't for the recent success of our Boosted Campaign. By supporting our production of The Snot-Gobbler you have helped us build a financial foundation that will allow us to bring Balls, to Papakura. Thank you! 

Our Boosted campaign is in it's last couple of days, and though we have reached our goal, every dollar over will allow us to do more then this year then we had even imagined. If you would like to support us beyond The Snot-Gobbler then please hit the button below and #FundTheMagic.

 

 

 

Joshua Baty & #ChangeTheLandscape

Joshua Baty & #ChangeTheLandscape

We are just 7 days out from the end of our Boosted Campaign!

How will you be helping us "Change The Landscape," by donating to The Snot-Gobbler? Your support will allow us to:

  • Present a strong female hero
  • Present a strong and "older" female sidekick
  • Broach the topic of grief and loss in a way that is accessible to children; who will experience these things at some point int their lives and often while they are young.
  • Provide a performance for children with special and specific needs.
  • Sale our tickets at a rate that is "doable" for a wider range of of families.
  • Give a free workshop that will encourage the creativity and imagination of the children who attend.
  • Get closer to our goal of paying artist at a rate that reflects the value of their work. 

These are just a few of our goals as Navi, and if these are things that you can get behind, then please consider helping The Snot-Gobbler become a fully funded project. 

 

 

 

Imagination For Free!

Imagination For Free!

We are thrilled to once again be a part of Te Pou's Rangatahi season! 

The Rangatahi Festival is for emerging artists and shows that are in development. This will be our development season of The Snot-Gobbler, and we are looking forward to the wealth of knowledge that we will gain from our first run. We are also so appreciative of all that the Te Pou team does to support the artists who enter their space. We are excited to be amongst creatives who are creating unique work and exploring topics that might be overlooked by other venues.

One of our dreams for our season at Te Pou, is to be able to run a free workshop for children who are inspired by the magic of our puppets and set. We would love to able to stoke their imaginations and help them create a Robot Boy or a character of their own. We want to spread the love and possibilities of story telling to kids now because we believe that imagination isn't just for artists, it is an incredible asset for everyone, no matter what they end up doing in life.

In order to run a workshop we will need to be able to provide building and crafting materials. We always do our best to resource our programs with found and recycled materials but there are just some materials like: glue, child friendly paints, and markers, that add to our budget. Please help us spread the love of Story Telling by donating to our Boosted Campaign today. 

The Coffee Date

The Coffee Date

We are so grateful to the donors that have supported our campaign thus far. I know we say that a lot, but trust me, we can't say it enough. 

I'll keep todays blog short and sweet because the message is simple: If every one of the 1000 + people who have liked the Navi page were to essentially buy us a latte, The Snot-Gobbler would be more then fully funded. At this point we are at 40% of our funding, which is exciting, but (and it's a big but) if we don't reach our full funding goal ($5000) we won't get anything that we have managed to raise. 

 The past two weeks we have talked about how $5000.00 will allow us to:

  • Pay our actors
  • Build our remaining puppets
  • Reinforce and repair our currently built ones
  • Costume our puppets and actors
  • Lay a financial foundation for our other 2017 projects

It will also allow us to:

  • Hold a free puppet workshop for kids at Te Pou
  • Support a local organization/charity
  • Cover the cost of our marketing materials
  • Cover the rate of our Composer
  • Pay our Technicians
  • Cover the cost of our set
  • Cover the cost of our rehearsal space
  • Support us taking The Snot-Gobbler to another venue

If these are goals that you can get behind, then please send a fiver our way.

One Boy, No Mum.

One Boy, No Mum.

This week we are introducing you to Robot Boy! Robot Boy is our villain's unwitting side kick who you might be tempted to route for just because he is so darn adorable!  

 

Robot Boy is a creation of Gotten-Gitten Von Schnauzelburger. He was made out of love and hope for GG and his wife Mary, who were unable to have a child of their own. Robot Boy and Mary were very special to one another. You could say that Robot Boy loved Mary, though some might argue that a mechanical creation doesn't know what love is. Robot Boy lives with the memory of how Mary cared for him and took him on all kinds of adventures out in the town and to the park. Going to the park with Mary was his favorite thing in the whole wide world, and he doesn't understand why he hasn't been allowed out since Mary went away. Robot Boy is very loyal to his father and though he doesn't understand GG's intense hatred of smiles, laughter, and children, he dutifully does his part in the lab...until one day....

 

It's been so "outstanding" to see how Robot Boy has come together. As with all our puppets, hours of work has gone into both the imagineering and the engineering of this mechanical fellow. We are just 20 days out from the end of our campaign and there is still much imagineering to do. Have a lil' sneak peek and the progress of Robot Boy and please consider helping us #FundTheMagic. 

ALL IT TAKES IS A LATTE...well a few latte's but still just one latte per person....

ALL IT TAKES IS A LATTE...well a few latte's but still just one latte per person....

This year our Navi Facebook page ticked over 1000 page likes, 1,082 to be exact! 

Which means....if each person who has liked our page were to donate the price of an average latte, $5.50, then Navi would not only achieve our funding goal but we would exceed it. 

I used to think that if I donated just $5.00 to something it wasn't making much of a difference but last year (through crowd funding) I learned the power of a fiver. 

So, that is all we are asking today. Please consider "buying us a latte" and help us #FundTheMagic in 2017

Ashton Brown & #ChangeTheLandscape

Ashton Brown & #ChangeTheLandscape

We have absolutely LOVED having the opportunity to work with Ashton Brown on The Snot-Gobbler! Not only is Ashton hilarious (you can catch his awesome comedy at The Auckland Comedy Fest in April), but he is also a talented performer with a passion for our industry and the desire to see positive change within it. 

One of the reasons that Navi has begun doing an annual fundraiser is because we want to pay our actors some kind of wage for the time and talent that they give to us. There just aren't enough grants to go around in the arts for us to count on that kind of funding and in all honesty Navi hasn't reached the point of recognition (yet) that sees consistently sold out ticket sales. Those who donated to our 2016 Boosted allowed us to pay a  stipend to at least 15 different artists that worked with us last year and the in the beginning of 2017.  We hope to someday (sooner rather then later) say that Navi is a company that pays artists decent living wages; that dream starts becoming a reality with every successful Boosted Campaign.  

 

 

DIY Puppet Theatre

DIY Puppet Theatre

This week we have introduced you to Gotten-Gitten Von Schnauzelburger. It is fitting that he was the first puppet we introduced you to because he was the first character of The Snot-Gobbler that Nicci and Ross dreamt up.

 

Gotten-Gitten Von Schnauzelburger used to be a man of the people, the loving husband of Mary, and the happy father of Robot Boy. He and Mary had long wanted a child of their own but they were not able to conceive and so Gotten-Gitten made her Robot Boy. Mary was delighted with her son and soon filled her days with dotting on him and taking him on adventures to the park. However, one day Mary and Robot Boy returned from the park with one broken robot arm and a very poorly Mary. Mary took to her bed and never got back up. From that day forward Gotten-Gitten was filled with a dark grief that drove him to his lab. There he would make potions that could make the rest of the world as rotten as he felt inside and an old dirty rag that could wipe the smiles off of peoples faces. 

As we mentioned yesterday, a lot has gone into the process of creating Gotten-Gitten, and today we would like to share with you what his creation has looked like thus far and ask you once again to help us #FundTheMagic

 

 

#FundTheMagic

#FundTheMagic

Our Boosted Campaign is launched, and we hope that you will consider helping us #FundTheMagic!

By Donating to our Boosted Campaign you will be aiding us in three very specific goals:

  1. Creating the best production of The Snot-Gobbler that we possibly can without putting our company into debt.
  2. Paying our actors, designers, and technicians a wage, which they deserve as professional practitioners.
  3. Creating a financial foundation for Navi in 2017.

So many of our friends, families, and fans donated to our 2016 Boosted campaign and by doing so they allowed Navi to accomplish so many awesome projects and to be a part of creating professional opportunities in Auckland last year. At the end of 2017 we would love to be able to say the same thing! 

For more information about how you can help us #FundTheMagic this year and to donate please visit: 

https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/the-snot-gobbler