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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. 

 

 

 

To Our Family & Friends

To Our Family & Friends

As you probably know by now, Nicci Reuben is the creator of The Snot-Gobbler. We (as Navi) are so proud of her and this magical story that she has imagineered into life along with her partner, Ross Goffin. 

We know that we have spent the last month asking our family and friends for money, and please believe us when we say that doing a fundraiser is one of the most intense and humbling experiences you can have; I think we all know that having to ask someone for money, even family, is often awkward at best. But at the end of the day, we need our family and friends to achieve our dreams, and not just monetarily, we need you to see our work, we need to know that we can use our creative side and successfully communicate with it to those the we love and respect. I can't really say any of this better then Nicci has in her video, so I hope that you will give it a watch and that you will consider helping us #FundTheMagic. We only have one week left to reach our funding goal.

The Bravest Big Sister Around

The Bravest Big Sister Around

This week we have been talking about our Hero, Rosie Petal!

Rosie (played by Dawn Glover) is a nine year old girl who has already come face to face with some huge tragedy. Her big brother, and at that point favorite person in the world, Henry was killed in a car accident when she was seven. This of course sent her family reeling, but the Petal's chose to navigate through their grief by remembering Henry with love and by caring for one another even more then they had before. It wasn't too long before Jasper was born and Rosie went from having been a little sister to being a big sister and she is determined to be the best big sister possible! She is also doubly fierce in her protection of Jasper's smile because her mother's smile hasn't been seen much since Jasper was born, and though Rosie isn't quite sure what's happening with her mother she has a feeling it has to do with Henry, whom she notices her parents speak of less and less. When Jasper's smile is swiped by The Snot-Gobbler Rosie knows that she has to go and get it back! However, Rosie is a bit scared of Gotten-Gitten Von Schnauzelburger and his old creepy house. With some encouragement from her newly discovered sidekick, Tarantula, Rosie learns that being brave isn't about not being afraid, but that bravery is an act of facing fear head on. 

We are so excited to bring Rosie's story to the stage and thrilled to announce that our community focus for our premiere season of The Snot-Gobbler is The Grief Centre. Since each of our four characters are dealing with some form of loss we felt that our production of The Snot-Gobbler provides us with a great opportunity to give support and appreciation to an organization that helps people navigate grief on a day to day basis. We have committed to giving the Grief Centre 10% of the ticket sales from one of our productions but we would love to do more. If we are able to reach our Boosted funding goals we would be able to offer a bigger donation to The Grief Centre. If you would like to partner with us in supporting The Grief Centre and help us #FundTheMagic please click below. 

 

A Girl On A Mission.

A Girl On A Mission.

Ross and Nicci have created a very strong and determined Heroine for The Snot-Gobbler and we are super proud to bring this pint sized role model to the stage! 

Rosie is one of five puppets that are still in the process of being made; as she mentioned she still needs a few bits and bobs before she is ready for our premiere. Like all of our puppets, Rosie took many hours of Ross's life just to get to where she is now. Here are a few of the materials that we still need to source in order for Rosie to be completed:

  • Hair
  • More padding (polystyrene)
  • tights
  • shorts
  • braces
  • a shirt
  • shoes
  • her hat tailored to fit
  • goggles

Rosie also has a kit that she takes with her to challenge Gotten-Gitten, a few things we would like to include in it:

  • A back pack
  • An arrow head
  • Silly string
  • Water Balloons
  • Rope
  • A torch

Navi and Chocolate Lantern are committed to creating work that empowers young girls and by helping us #FundTheMagic you won't just be providing materials for our puppet and set, you will also be partnering with us in inspiring the next generation of women. 

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.

Tyler Brailey & #ChangeTheLandscape

Tyler Brailey & #ChangeTheLandscape

Navi Collaborative is a big fan of Tyler Brailey! We met Tyler at our open auditions for Gruesome Playground Injuries (Sep 2016) and are delighted to be able to work with him once again. Tyler is a Story Teller through and through and we admire his commitment to and love for the theatre. Tyler has brought a wonderful energy to Robot Boy and in each rehearsal he finds more ways to make our love-able bad boy just that much more love-able.   

In this video Tyler talks about the importance of Story Telling and we 100% agree with him. Despite it's snot and slime The Snot-Gobbler is really a story about love and hope and an emotion that we all face at some point, grief. In the adult world we often forget that children too experience loss and grief. It could be a seemingly small loss, like loosing a much loved Teddy Bear, to something life changing, like watching a parent struggle with cancer; age does not protect them from these experiences. By telling the story of The Snot-Gobbler we hope to create a safe environment and experience for children and families to be able to witness our characters coping (or not coping) with the experience of grief and perhaps open the door for families to be able to have a conversation about this common life experience. 

This campaign not only gives us the opportunity to tell our Snot-Gobbler story but will also lay a financial foundation for the other stories we have chosen to tell this year. If you also believe in the importance of telling stories and want to see our stories told then please become one of our awesome donors. 

 

 

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. 

Cloths & Costumes & Stuff

Cloths & Costumes & Stuff

We think that Robot Boy is the cutest mechanical sidekick to ever roll across the stage and we believe the kids will think so too!

Robot Boy is our most complete puppet. A hodge podge of parts, the crafting of Robot Boy was all about finding the right gadgets to bring him to life, and Designer Ross Goffin and actor Tyler Brailey have been doing a fantastic job of making our plays unwitting bad boy into a crowd favorite. Here's a few materials that went into making this little tin man:

  • one headlight
  • two light sabers
  • one tin box
  • two shower hoses
  • one meter
  • Four Wheels
  • Two torches
  • other car parts
  • screws & bolts
  • Wires galore
  • Batteries
  • Cans of Spray Paint
  • Foam

As with Gotten-Gitten, Ross has put loads of time into Robot Boy, from initial design concept to completion. By donating to our Boosted campaign, you will not only allow us to cover the materials we have already used, you will also enable us to manage the upkeep up of his parts and paint, and perhaps add a few more bells and whistles (magic) to his design. As Robot Boy mentioned, we are doing double duty on costumes for this show. We not only need to costume GG and Rosie, we also need to costume our four actors. We have come up with a very simple (aka affordable) concept for our actor's costumes, but every little bit costs money and so every donation helps in more ways then you can perhaps imagine. Please consider helping us #FundTheMagic.

A Baddy, A Robot, A Heroine, A Spider That Loves Fermented Potato Juice, & A SNOT-GOBBLER!

A Baddy, A Robot, A Heroine, A Spider That Loves Fermented Potato Juice, & A SNOT-GOBBLER!

Since Navi was founded we have begun each year with an original project from one of our core members. 

We couldn't be more excited to be diving into the world of Children's and Puppet Theatre with The Snot-Gobbler! Nicci (Navi Core and founder of Chocolate Lantern) and Ross (of Chocolate Lantern Theatre Co.) have not only created a fun and slimy plot, they have also come up with a handful of characters that we have fallen in love with and are certain Auckland families will too. 

We hope you enjoy this little sneak peek into the characters of The Snot-Gobbler, and that you will 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

 

 

Seeking Seth Rogan

Seeking Seth Rogan

Gotten-Gitten Von Schnauzelburger wasn't always rotten but he is now and he needs you to financially support his plan to "rid the world of smiles!"

We couldn't be more chuffed to have such a great "baddy" to bring to Te Pou in April. Our Gotten-Gitten has a story that is years in the making and a body that has taken since the end of last year to build and well...he ain't a cheap old guy. Materials for Gotten-Gitten have included:

  • Clay
  • Plywood
  • Polystyrene
  • Cord
  • Resine
  • Leather
  • Paints
  • Screws
  • Tailored costume items (to fit his special puppet frame)

On top of materials Gotten-Gitten has required perhaps the most valuable item, time. Designer Ross Goffin has logged intense hours making each of our puppets and he's done this around a full time job. Gotten-Gitten also requires a puppeteer and we are so excited to be working with Ashton Brown who is also spending loads of time and sharing all of his talent. 

We would be so blessed if you would consider helping us make sure that both Ross and Ashton receive the renumeration that they deserve for time spent and jobs well done, and that Gotten-Gitten is able to be made with materials that will last us through this run of The Snot-Gobbler and through seasons and festivals to come. 

#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

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Smile Heros!

The Smile Heros!

We are still buzzing from the fun that we had at Summer In The Square! The folks at Auckland Live deserve so much praise for putting on such a cool event for Auckland families! 

Those who stopped by the The Snot-Gobbler booth on Saturday and Sunday had the opportunity to try and guess how many smiles Gotten-Gitten and the Snot-Gobbler had hoarded into the Jar of Smiles! Guessing the number of smiles would win the child all of the (smile) lollies in the jar and a double pass to one of our April performances at Te Pou. Today we are announcing the winner...

THE WINNER IS ALEX RENHART! Congrats Alex! We can't wait to see you at the show! 

We also had a Photo Booth out at the square and those who took some fun pics with our Snot-Gobbler inspired props and dress ups and shared them with our social media went into a draw for Backstage Passes at one of our April performances. The winner gets to meet the cast and the puppets! 

The WINNER IS NICOLE ROMY CHAPMAN!

Thanks again to all of you who came out to see us. Hope to see you at the world premier of THE SNOT-GOBBLER at Te Pou Theatre the 19th-22nd of April!