Blood, Sweat, and Cheers is a new comedic play opening in late May 2013 at the Salvage Vanguard Theater. This is the blog of five 20-and-30-something-year-old female actors (Kaci, Kayla, Courtney, Halyn, and Karen) who are taking on the challenge to train their bodies to be able to cheer in the competitive style for the show.
It's been almost 3 weeks since Blood, Sweat, and Cheers closed our 8-show run at the Salvage Vanguard Theater here in Austin. Things are finally settling down, and I wanted to take a moment to say thanks.
Our run was a huge success, and thats thanks in large part to you all, our supporters and loyal readers. Our Kickstarter donors and Creative Fund Grant made it possible for us to rent our blue cheer mat, buy costumes and set pieces, and pay our hardworking crew, cast, and cheerleaders. Your continued praise, questions, thoughts, and volunteering helped us to get this show on its feet and keep it going, even when things got rough.
Your patronage and support helps us to continue to do our best to make Austin one the nation's best cities for experimental, affordable, and accessible arts and theater.
Overall, Blood, Sweat, and Cheers was a big WIN. We had great audiences for every single performance, and by our final performance we were at standing-room-only capacity. We received amazing media attention with mentions or articles on KUT's Arts Eclectic, Austin Lifestyle Magazine, The Austin Chronicle, and The Austin American-Statesman. We received countless amounts of remarkable and joyous audience feedback throughout our entire run as well as helpful criticism. We successfully incorporated 9 brave kid and teen cheerleaders into our show with no accidents and left the Salvage Vanguard Theater in better condition than we found it.
This show gave us a lot of new and challenging parameters as creators and performers, from scripting the show ourselves using improv as a major element, to the intensive training of the 5 cheer leads, to the sheer scale of our 19-cast production (with some of our cheerleaders being as young as 8-years-old). We learned a lot and we're excited to see what comes next.