May 15, 2018 > Crowdfunded musical hits the stage
Crowdfunded musical hits the stage
Submitted By Karin Richey
In October of 2017, dozens of community members from Castro Valley, Hayward, Union City and the surrounding areas donated 109 percent of the cost to put on Hamilton creator Lin Manuel MirandaÕs musical ÔIn the Heights.Õ
The 30-day Indiegogo campaign offered donors tickets to the musical, t-shirts, recognitions, and other perks. Local businesses like the new Castro Valley Marketplace, World Famous Turf Club, and Books on B were some of many who contributed to the production costs. Thereby launching Plethos Productions, a nonprofit performing arts company whose mission is to reimagine community theatre as fresh innovative and diverse as the surrounding community.
Since the successful Indiegogo campaign, Plethos has continued to raise funds via several benefit standup comedy shows, a sold out New YearÕs Eve Launch Party & Showcase, and now their debut musical ÔIn the HeightsÕ is preparing to premiere on Friday June 1 at 7pm.
Currently numerous volunteer set builders, costumers, musicians and crew members along with a cast of 18 actors are hard at work bringing this musical to life. The story is about several dynamic characters who live in the vibrant Washington Heights neighborhood and weave together a show about family, home, and finding where you belong, all set to fun hip hop and Latin beats.
In the Heights will have 6 public performances June 1-10 which will take place at Smalltown Society, a communal arts space in Castro Valley. Tickets are $15 and selling fast. They may not be available at the door but are on sale now at Plethos.org.
In the Heights
Friday through Sunday, June 1 - 3
Friday through Sunday, June 8 - 10
All shows 7 p.m.
22222 Redwood Rd, Castro Valley
For more information and tickets: Plethos.org