Alight Dance Theater had 12 backers and $505 pledged on Tuesday in its Kickstarter campaign for its $1,678 goal to fund a special 75th Anniversary production.
"Hometown Heroes," an alight original production, will tell the stories of the women of Greenbelt past and present, in a history brought to life through drama and dance.
In honor of Greenbelt's 75th Anniversary, alight will delve into oral histories and documentation of the lives of Greenbelt women. From the annals of our local history, alight dancers will emerge to present women's experiences and stories.
Greenbelters and friends who want to enjoy the results, have several options. The Greenbelt Museum historic home will be open for tours. In collaboration with the museum, alight dancers will guide tours, depicting young mothers and homemakers from the 1930s and '40s to the present day. Docents with the museum will also be on hand to answer questions.
The tour begins outside, where visitors will see women interacting with neighbors. Once inside, a dancer depicting a Greenbelt homemaker will take visitors inside the daily happenings of her home. The tour then goes outdoors for the final touch.
These special tours will take place June 3 and 24, plus July 15 and 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Greenbelt Museum home. There will be four tours each day at 30-minute intervals. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go directly to the Greenbelt Museum.
Alight is also in the development stages for a free multimedia interactive gallery exhibit that it expects to kick off Labor Day weekend and run through mid October. In addition, alight will offer a short film of "Hometown Heroes" on YouTube.
Alight offers further information about its Kickstarter "Hometown Heroes" campaign on its website. Donors have 33 more days to go until the campaign's April 1 deadline to raise funds.