Backing Steam: A Steampunk Tempest and Dreams in Reality
Created by ApprenticeLiesel on 2/13/2012 11:11:21 PM

Liesel Hindmann starts the Chronicle's Brand New Feature: Backing Steam, our monthly fundraising community spotlight!

Hello and welcome to the first edition of Backing Steam, the Steampunk Chronicle's monthly spotlight on fundraising in our community and ways that the community can give back! I was honored to be asked by the editors to write about a subject close to my heart. I'm an avid user of Kickstarter and I believe highly in giving back to the arts.

For the first month, we have two projects that plan to make Shakespeare and your wall calendars bigger, better, and steamier than ever.

The North Fulton Drama Club has been bringing their own brand of "punk rock theater" to Roswell since April 2006 with a performance of Love's Labour's Lost. Since then, the group has been performing their own brand of Shakespere in front of Barrington Hall twice a year to the public at large. This year's spring production of The Tempest won't be any different.

Well, except for the fact that it will be Steampunk as well.

Moving the play's original timeline up to the turn of the 20th Century, the NFDC will be telling a steam-powered version of the tale of Prospero, the Duke of Milan. In this version the tale, dear Prospero's magic is fueled by "electricity and steam", where he will "engineer a mechanical world of illusions."

In the NFDC's own words, this production will not just be "putting a gear on it."

As of press time, the group has surpassed their goal of $2,500 into the $3,000 range, but there's still time to donate and help them make their show even more astounding. $5 alone will have members of the cast dramatically reading your name in a video and the "David Tennant" level benefits of being a Friend of the NFDC (which means you get your name in the program). The dramatic readings are quite thrilling. Especially so when they get a name like mine correct!

Other initiatives for donating include reserved table seating at the production, a photo op with one of the characters, getting a behind the scenes look at production, and receiving actual props and costumes from the show!

Of course, don't just listen to me. Let the NFDC convince you themselves. I swear, their version of 'Single Ladies' makes me want to up my donation by a few dollars!

The Kickstarter closes March 3. The NFDC will be previewing the show at STEAMfest on April 14 and 15, and will be performing the show Friday and Saturday evenings from April 27 through May 12 as well as Sunday, May 6 at 4 P.M. For more information, visit

Our second focus for the month is also Atlanta based and very close to a lot of our hearts. Dim Horizon Studio has started a Kickstarter campaign to help create their very first calendar, titled "Dreams in Reality". At press time, they've exceeded their goal, but are bound and determined to bring more of their dreams to reality. If they receive $1,750 , they will create not one, but three calendars! One for 2012, and two for 2013. You can even vote for the themes, which includes Steampunk!

As for rewards, there's plenty to be had! Besides the calendars, there are prints, photo shoots, Artifice Club memberships, and pocket watches from Steam Powered Pinky up for the taking! So take it!

Dim Horizon's Kickstarter closes on February 25. For more information, visit

I will be returning next month with more projects, but until then, may your steampower always have back up.


Liesel Hindmann is the Steampunk Chronicle’s Backing Steam columnist and correspondent. She is the Apprentice of Internal Machinations and Operations for The Extraordinary Contraptions and considers herself a lover of media from multiple dimensions. You can follow her on Twitter as well as her blog: The Diary of a Dimension Hopper.

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