MUSKEGON, MI, June 20, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- After a successful Muskegon debut, Click Clack Moosic is ready to hit the road - with help from Kickstarter and supporters from the West Michigan Symphony and The Block.
The new - and extremely engaging - children's musical story time program is trying to raise $20,000 via Kickstarter and other donations to fund travel and expansion of the program. Specifically, the funds will be used for the development of promotion materials, including a professional video to showcase the series.
Click Clack Moosic is based on three beloved children's books written by Doreen Cronin: "Click Clack Moo," "Giggle Giggle Quack" and "Dooby Dooby Moo." Karen VanderZanden, WMS director of education and outreach, developed the series, which sold out performances in February, March and April of this year at The Block.
Along with Nancy Ireland, Spring Lake schools music educator, VanderZanden wrote the narration for the program. She tapped into the talents of Phil Popham, WMS principal English horn and a Los Angeles-based composer, to write music that fits the stories of each book.
Each performance features eight Symphony musicians who play the part of farm animals to introduce children ages 3-7 to basic music concepts such as tempo, dynamics and pitch. An hour in length, the programs allow children to interact with WMS musicians and their instruments, have fun and learn new skills, such as clapping in rhythm or singing in a variety of pitches.
Every program finishes with "moo" milk (Organic Valley chocolate milk), "quackers" (cookies) and time to take pictures in front of the Click Clack "moosic" barn or get autographs from the WMS musicians.
"We have had tremendous response from children and parents alike to Click Clack Moosic, which is a fun and upbeat way to explore music," said Carla Hill, president and CEO of WMS. "The three performances held earlier this year had waiting lists, and parents are already asking when we plan to stage the program again.
"This overwhelming response got us to thinking that we should take the proverbial show on the road and tour other communities across the state. We've also begun working with a music publisher to package and market Click Clack Moosic so that we can make it available to other symphonies.
"We're asking the public, along with our friends and supporters, to contribute to this vision via Kickstarter. Pledge anything from $1 on up to help us reach our goal of bringing this engaging introduction to music to children in your community."
The Symphony has a series of rewards for those who pledge financial support during the campaign, which ends Friday, July 4. All donors receive the festive dancing cows desktop wallpaper for their computers. Additional thank-you gifts include:
• Canvas bags with the Click Clack Moosic logo
• T-shirts and hoodies
• iPhone and iPad cases
• Bobbleheads, such as the dancing cow, quizzical pig and Farmer Brown
• Click Clack Farm party where you can meet the farm animals, take a zipline ride, swim and have a special summer lunch
For more information, or to donate, go to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/260098410/bring-click-clack-moosic-to-your-community.
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