Melonlight takes I Haunt You to NYC!

You’re invited to be a part of the experience and help Melonlight open the door to expansion and opportunity in the Big Apple and beyond.
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Melonlight takes I Haunt You to NYC!

You’re invited to be a part of the experience and help Melonlight open the door to expansion and opportunity in the Big Apple and beyond.

 
Contribute Now

 

 

 

I Haunt You Haunts Off-Broadway

This is a story about a story, and we're already in Act Three. Here's a quick recap:

Act One began ten years ago when I scribbled the working title "Duet" onto the cover of a composition notebook. The vision was to produce a completely original (always) full length stage show starring my husband and myself. Goal written in ink, manifestation begins...slowly.

Act Two didn't start until 2020, when we finally decided what "Duet" was to become. We were on an inspiration trip in New York, studying shows with similarities to our own. 

"I know Duet is a love story (another always), but I don't want to do it unless it's spooky too." I said out loud in unexpected realization. Then I Haunt You was born, a spooky play on the expression "I heart you" and obviously a ghost story in the making. I wrote the first scene lying in bed one morning in our NYC Airbnb. In 2021, we opened the show in own little theater in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. 

Our audiences loved it! They still do, and it's playing now at the Melonlight Ballroom.

This is Act Three. The show was designed to travel light, featuring virtually no set pieces, only essential props, and a myriad of fabulous costumes. The production can play with a team of only four - that includes actors, front and back of house, tech, and crew. (Yeah, we all do a lot of things.) We designed it to be our first traveling show. 

Now, we're developing a team in NY, expanding our reach, and opening new doors. The possibilities are infinite. And we're not entirely sure what happens in Act Three, because we're in it. I know how I Haunt You ends, because I wrote it, and I think it's a pretty saucy little ending. But mine and Raymond's Act Three? Melonlight's Act Three? To be written... And we'd love to write your name in, seriously. 

Help Us Reach Our $20,000 Goal by Midnight after our New York Debut!

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In Case We Haven't Met...

My name is Emily Ulibarri and my husband is Raymond. We started Melonlight in 2010, but the vision came long before that. We began as a dance studio, specializing in partnership dance with a strong emphasis in creative performance and storytelling. Melonlight was always meant to be a production company. 

Now, we have our own immersive theater venue in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and over ten original full length productions and countless small performance projects in our repertoire. Our shows:

  • are both suspenseful and romantic
  • are immersive in our unique use of space and audience interaction
  • are a complete sensory experience featuring phenomenal soundscapes, delicately timed lighting, and gorgeous costumes
  • invoke your imagination in an original and¬†thrilling way
  • feature magnetizing dancing¬†seamlessly placed within fully scripted storylines
  • tell stories that fill your heart with emotion and leave you pondering deep questions
  • are truly enjoyed by our audiences

It's nice to meet you. I hope you can attend one of our shows soon. Maybe in NY?!

Pulling Back the Curtain

The Nitty Gritty of Going to NY

(and we're not talking about subway grime)

We're talking about dolla bills...and subway grime. Melonlight has always been about making our own way; meaning that we produce entertainment in a unique fashion that most of our guests say they've never experienced before. It means we've never waited for someone to "choose us", we simply "choose ourselves" by producing our own work. And now, as we're seeking bigger opportunities and new connections to wonderful people, we realized - it's time to get this show on the road! 

With our show already fully produced (win!) this campaign is really about opening the doorway to NYC and gaining access to the opportunities and connections that will follow. 

There are several expenses involved in taking this next step in our show production careers, including:

  • Transportation and lodging for our team
  • Team compensation
  • Performance venue rental
  • Transportation of props, costumes, and tech equipment
  • Public relations team¬†
  • Marketing consultant
  • Advertising

If you're feeling inspired to be a part of our leap to the Big Apple, then you can help us reach our fundraising goal of:

$20,000

Most (ahem, all) theater productions, big or small, require investors, donors or financing of some kind. We're very proud to say that we produce our shows directly from the profits of the previous show. This step to New York is big, thrilling, and outside of Melonlight's normal production budget. It's a step that will open new doors, and that's why we lovingly ask for your support.

Make a Contribution + Be a Part of Our NY Story

Pulling Back the Curtain

The Nitty Gritty of Going to NY

(and we're not talking about subway grime)

We're talking about dolla bills...and subway grime. Melonlight has always been about making our own way; meaning that we produce entertainment in a unique fashion that most of our guests say they've never experienced before. It means we've never waited for someone to "choose us", we simply "choose ourselves" by producing our own work. And now, as we're seeking bigger opportunities and new connections to wonderful people, we realized - it's time to get this show on the road! 

With our show already fully produced (win!) this campaign is really about opening the doorway to NYC and gaining access to the opportunities and connections that will follow. 

There are several expenses involved in taking this next step in our show production careers, including:

  • Transportation and lodging for our team
  • Team compensation
  • Performance venue rental
  • Transportation of props, costumes, and tech equipment
  • Public relations team¬†
  • Marketing consultant
  • Advertising

If you're feeling inspired to be a part of our leap to the Big Apple, then you can help us reach our fundraising goal of:

$20,000

Most (ahem, all) theater productions, big or small, require investors, donors or financing of some kind. We're very proud to say that we produce our shows directly from the profits of the previous show. This step to New York is big, thrilling, and outside of Melonlight's normal production budget. It's a step that will open new doors, and that's why we lovingly ask for your support.

Make a Contribution + Be a Part of Our NY Story

Contribute to Our NY Success!

Creating and entertaining is our way of life, it's what makes the heart of the Melon beat. If your heart beats for our creations and you want to help Melonlight grow, then make a contribution below. The perks we dreamt up are just as heartfelt, creative, and entertaining as our shows!

Your Name in Lights

$5

Put a five in our tip jar!

A heartfelt thank you + your name listed as a contributor in our programs and pre-show video for NYC!

  • A heartfelt thank you
  • Your name as a contributor
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A Song Sang for You

$10

Hilarious, cuz we're dancers.

We'll sing your name or work it into dialogue in our pre-show warm ups. We'll record it and share it with the world! 

  • All of the above +
  • Your name in song
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Truth or Dance Dare

$25

How dare you?

Ask a question about our shows, creative process (or whatever) OR challenge us to a dance dare, then enjoy the video!

  • All of the above +
  • Truth or dance dare
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NYC Postcard

$50

Signed, smooched, delivered.

We'll be thinking of you while we set up and perform in the Big Apple! We'll send you a postcard while we're there. 

  • All of the above +
  • NYC postcard
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BTS Virtual Tour

$100

Perfect for peepers ;)

Join us for a revealing and entertaining live virtual tour of Behind-The-Scenes spaces and our creative process. 

  • All of the above +
  • BTS virtual tour
8 Contributors at this level
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Rehearsal Invitation

$250

If you love theater...

Attend a future dress rehearsal (virtual or IRL). Funny things happen there, and we'll treat you like the VIP you are. 

  • All of the above +
  • Dress rehearsal invitation
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Signed Playbill

$500

Broadway style fabulous!

This full color Broadway style playbill features gorgeous show photography and behind-the-scenes stories not told anywhere else. 

  • All of the above +
  • Signed playbill
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Backstage + VIP

$1000

Behind the curtain...

Let us up level our VIP service with an intimate backstage experience at one of our shows + VIP front row lounge seats and your drinks on us. 

  • All of the above +
  • Backstage passes + VIP tickets¬†
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Your Name in Our Show

$1500

This one is my favorite!

I'm always working on a new script, and I LOVE featuring special names. May I add yours? I'll send you the script when it's done!

  • All of the above +
  • Your name in our show
2 Contributors at this level
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Contribute Any Amount

$??

Choose a weird number and make us wonder why.

Feeling inspired to contribute, but the above increments don't suit you? Make a contribution in any amount and receive all of the perks associated with that contribution level. 

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No problem. Scan the code to contribute any amount and we'll deliver all your perks!

Help Us Reach Our $20,000 Goal by Midnight after our New York Debut!

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DAYS

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So far, we've raised $8,270!

Contribute Now + Receive Entertaining Perks!

Our Impact + New Mission

It's taken over a decade for me to fully realize the impact our work has on people. Sure, we might be solving the problem of boredom on a Saturday night, but our real imprint is that we make people feel something.

We invite them to connect deeply to their own hearts, and to a room full of people, strangers even. It's likely not what they came for, but it's exactly what they need, and of course they're immensely entertained all along.  

It's alchemy - our unique recipe for entertainment.

And while we're not saving the world here, it is important work - to connect people deeply to their emotions and imaginations. So heading to New York isn't a vanity project (although I always check my lipstick twice), it's about opening doors.

Our impact is only as big as our audience. We have several projects on the horizon geared toward (1) broadening our audiences and (2) establishing a new core mission of creating entertainment with the purpose of serving mother earth.

Ok, I guess we are trying to save the world - or at least a few thousand trees. We're rolling this mission out gently with the 2023 season of I Haunt You (enter Jungle Keepers, learn more below). The new mission will make her full debut in 2024.

While your contribution will help us cover some of the tangible expenses of taking a show to NY; it's really about helping us expand our reach and establish a bigger more beautiful mission for our creative work.

Contribute Now to Help Our Show (+ Mama Earth!)

Our Impact + New Mission

It's taken over a decade for me to fully realize the impact our work has on people. Sure, we might be solving the problem of boredom on a Saturday night, but our real imprint is that we make people feel something.

We invite them to connect deeply to their own hearts, and to a room full of people, strangers even. It's likely not what they came for, but it's exactly what they need, and of course they're immensely entertained all along.  

It's alchemy - our unique recipe for entertainment.

And while we're not saving the world here, it is important work - to connect people deeply to their emotions and imaginations. So heading to New York isn't a vanity project (although I always check my lipstick twice), it's about opening doors.

Our impact is only as big as our audience. We have several projects on the horizon geared toward (1) broadening our audiences and (2) establishing a new core mission of creating entertainment with the purpose of serving mother earth.

Ok, I guess we are trying to save the world - or at least a few thousand trees. We're rolling this mission out gently with the 2023 season of I Haunt You (enter Jungle Keepers, learn more below). The new mission will make her full debut in 2024.

While your contribution will help us cover some of the tangible expenses of taking a show to NY; it's really about helping us expand our reach and establish a bigger more beautiful mission for our creative work.

Contribute Now to Help Our Show (+ Mama Earth!)

Why Aren't We Crowdfunding on a Public Platform?

(like Kickstarter, or something?)

Short answer? Because we don't need to. We have all the business capabilities to create and run a successful campaign like this one (starting with this pretty webpage I built, like it?) AND those platforms - as great as they are - take anywhere from 5-13% + another 3% in credit card fees for their services. So we decided to run our own campaign to mitigate the need of inflating our fundraising goal to cover the platform fees. 

INSTEAD, we're raising what we truly need for our project. AND we're kicking off our budding new business mission: Entertainment for Mother Earth. We start small by donating a portion of our funds raised and tickets sold to this ridiculously incredible and inspiring organization called Jungle Keepers, who are protecting the Amazon rainforest with a brilliant concept and actual feet on the ground and hands in the dirt - they're amazing! This "collaboration" is just the beginning of our vision for future projects, and I can't wait to tell you what's in store!

Make a Contribution to Melonlight (+ thus to Jungle Keepers)

Risks + Challenges

There's always a risk. We could get a flat tire on the way to New York. I kid, but really, fingers crossed we don't get a flat tire. (And yes, we're driving, even a "travel-light" show has a lot of things to transport.)

The real risks are that we go to NY and no one shows up on show night - no ticketed guests, no industry professionals as planned. Or everyone shows up and everyone hates the show, they tell us to get out of NY and never come back! Or...I don't know, that's about it. We'll be fine.

There are plenty of challenges, but that's just another word for learning, and we're cool with that. #StudentsForLife

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Our Off-Off Broadway Venue is On Broadway

I adore this minor and unimportant detail. Well, it's actually extremely important if you're attending our One Night Only Manhattan Presentation - in that case you probably want the correct address, which is 404 Broadway. 

Our venue is absolutely not a Broadway venue, it's not even an Off-Broadway venue technically. And that's not what we're after. Our shows are designed for intimacy, and we've discovered this groovy gallery style performance venue in Soho that promises to be the perfect backdrop for our New York debut.

It features a huge white cyclorama which will brilliantly display our colorful lighting design and plentiful costumes. It's intimate layout combined with our immersive performance style will allow for only 60 guests. 

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A Haunted Love Story

Upon entering our unique entertainment venue, you'll meet Caroline, a mistress at Shiner's Saloon. Later she'll introduce you to Luis and Lorelei, a rustic and seductive pair harboring a dark secret in the back rooms of that dusty old American saloon.

With a flash of light, you'll transcend time to meet the elegant Rose and her charming William from across the pond, the Atlantic that is. Their love is the kind fairytales are written about...almost.

In another blink, you'll find yourself in Brooklyn circa 1960 in Michael and Sheila's stylish apartment. They're about to leave for their honeymoon. "It's going to be perfect..." she thinks.

Each of these enchanting couples, played by husband and wife / show creators Raymond and Emily Ulibarri, are searching for their own Manifest Destiny, their bright future, their American dream.

When a unique tragedy befalls each couple, "I heart you" becomes "I haunt you" in this undeniably romantic and thought provoking ghost story.  

Now Playing

in Eureka Springs

9/2-10/28

At the Melonlight Ballroom

2 Pine St, Eureka Springs, AR

Get Tickets for ES

in New York City

11/17

At G-Gallery

404 Broadway, Manhattan, NY

Get Tickets for NYC

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Thanks for reading friend! Now's your chance to be a part of the energy propelling Melonlight to the next level! We invite you to make a contribution in any amount that's comfortable to you, and then enjoy the fun perks we're offering! And if you're not interested or able to make a contribution, you can still share our project with people you know and send us your love in words of encouragement. 

As you know, we're simply dying to entertain you.

Help Us Reach Our $20,000 Goal by Midnight after our New York Debut!

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DAYS

00

HOURS

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MINS

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SECS

So far, we've raised $8,270!

Contribute Now + Receive Endless Melon LOVE

Prefer Venmo?

No problem. Scan the code to contribute any amount and we'll deliver all your perks!