Can’t Stop the Serenity is just four weeks away!

Hello fellow Browncoats!

This year’s event is shaping up to be a uniquely fun experience. Our beautiful new venue offers the most relaxed environment we’ve ever had, as well as more flexibility in pacing than any mainstream theater would be able to provide. With this in mind, we’ve designed a show that we hope will fit everyone’s schedule. It’ll be just us in the building for the entire day, and our timeline of events includes a generous break in the middle for lunch.

In years past, we’ve been limited to a set arrival time for everyone, and a single menu from which to order over the course of a long day. We’ve also always had a food and beverage sales minimum we’ve been contracted to meet, with any unmet minimum coming directly out of the charity proceeds. This year we’ll be able to admit guests as they arrive – meaning if you really only want to see Serenity, you may choose to arrive in the middle of the day and we’ll have someone on the door.

We also have not just one but several nearby places to grab lunch during the break. The variety of options should fit any budget, and those wanting to do take out or packed lunches are welcome to bring food into the theater. Although we’ve had to raise the ticket prices a bit to cover the increased rent, we hope that this arrangement will result in savings for those who’d rather not pay $10 for a burger, as well as limiting the overall cost of the event by eliminating the food and beverage minimums. The Lakewood will also have popcorn and nachos available for munchies, and two bars serving beverages. They’ve been incredibly generous to us, giving us an incredible discount on rent for the charity, and we want them to want us back next year, so we do encourage you to support the theater as much as possible!

Here’s our official schedule for this year’s event:
12:00 Doors open
1:00 Opening remarks/first contest
1:30 Dr. Horrible
2:15 Evil laugh contest

2:30 LUNCH BREAK (see map)

3:45 Costume contest
4:00 Hero of Canton (record breaking attempt!)
4:30 Serenity
6:30 Raffle
7:00 Auctions

All times are subject to a little variation! Once the show starts we’ll just flow with it, but we’ll do our best to start the films on schedule. It might be prudent to be a little early if you don’t want to miss the beginning of the movies.

We do still encourage you to pre-order your tickets and t-shirts if at all possible. While we have no service minimums to meet this year, we do have quite a bit more rent to pay, and we have to make sure we have that before we can buy any cool merchandise for raffle or auction. Pre-sales are increasing as we get closer, but time to order swag over the internet is rapidly running out. And as always, if you have an item for donation, please let us know ahead of time, it helps immensely in deciding how best to use it. The deadline for pre-ordering t-shirts is Sunday July 28th! Due to low sales this year, it’s looking unlikely that we’ll be printing any extra shirts to be sold at the event, so order now and don’t miss out!

CSTS screening event
Sunday, August 11th
Lakewood Theater (map)
1825 Abrams Parkway
Dallas, TX 75214

Music Showcase
Sunday, August 18th
The Grotto (map)
517 University Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76107

No doubt most of you are aware of the murder of six year old Alanna Gallagher earlier this month. What you may not be aware of is that Alanna was one of our own; her family have been among our most loyal CSTS supporters during my tenure as organizer. The Gallaghers are part of our Browncoat family, enduring something that no family should ever have to go through. We extend our deepest condolences to them, and ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this incredibly difficult time.

Thanks for your continued support!
Your CSTS team,
bandobuggered@gmail.com
northtexasbrowncoats@gmail.com

Six weeks away!

The time is almost here! We are hard at work planning and organizing this year’s event and it will be here before any of us know it. We are again having two events this year: the screenings, raffles and auctions will be on Sunday, August 11th, with the Music Showcase the very next weekend on Sunday, August 18th, at The Grotto in Fort Worth. We are still looking for acts to fill out the schedule for the showcase, so if you know anyone you think would be interested in performing please feel free to have them contact us.

CSTS screening event
Sunday, August 11th
Lakewood Theater
1825 Abrams Parkway
Dallas, TX 75214

Music Showcase
Sunday, August 18th
The Grotto
517 University Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Final screening schedule and showcase lineup TBA shortly!

Remember tickets and t-shirts are already on sale! We depend on pre-sales for things like rent, shirt printing, and raffle items, so please pre-order if you can! Sales thus far have been relatively low this year, so there’s also a good chance shirt selection will be extremely limited on the day of the event. And if you plan on donating something for the auction or raffle, please let us know as soon as possible. Of course we will always accept items on the day of the event, but it helps us with planning if we know what we are going to have beforehand.

We have a tentative schedule set for the event. We are looking at opening the doors of the theater at 12:30, starting Dr. Horrible at 2:15, and Serenity at 6:00. Our new venue offers the most freedom we’ve ever had in planning our activities, and we’re looking at some fun new ideas! One thing we know for certain though: The California Browncoats claim the current world record for the most participants in a Hero of Canton sing-along, with 129 enthusiastic singers. They’ve issued a friendly challenge to any CSTS group to try and break that record. Say it with me now: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!

Several times a year, I run into Browncoats who still have never heard of Can’t Stop the Serenity. We encourage you to help those folks out! Tell your friends, tell your comic book stores, your forums, anyone you see in a Firefly t-shirt (that’s usually how this conversation starts.) It gives them information they didn’t know they wanted, gives you a chance to meet a fellow Browncoat, and best of all it helps support Equality Now.

Thank you,
Your CSTS team.
bandobuggered@gmail.com
northtexasbrowncoats@gmail.com

How important to you is a traditional movie theater setting for our CSTS events?

Would you be interested in a different type of venue that might afford more opportunity for contests, games, and general freedom of movement? We would still screen Serenity of course, but in a different kind of venue we’d most likely have to show it on a much smaller screen than those afforded by a movie theater.

Can’t Stop the Music is tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow evening for our 5th annual Can’t Stop the Music event, featuring an encore “Special Hell” screening of Serenity!

Sunday, October 21st
The Grotto
517 University Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76107

 

Serenity starts at 5:00, followed by
The Velvet Kittens Burlesque
Stefan Prigmore
Matthew Broyles
and more!

Benefitting Equality Now
and the Kevin Pratt-King Memorial Fund

 

 

Almost There…

All tickets and merchandise are now offline, but the event is NOT sold out! Tickets will be available at the door on Sunday, and merchandise will be available inside.

A few last reminders before the shindig:

  • Costumes are NOT allowed this year due to the recent shootings in Colorado.
  • Please allow an extra 15-20 minutes travel time due to highway construction. It shouldn’t be too bad on a Sunday morning, but you never know…
  • (Apologies for this one, I was unaware of this until a few days ago): We’re being counted as a single large group, so there will be a 20% gratuity added to each dining check.
  • We will be able to process PayPal/credit card payments on site for larger amounts, but you’ll want to bring cash for raffle tickets and other small items.
  • There are no printed tickets, and you don’t need a receipt to check in. All pre-sales are on our list, and all you need to claim them is your name.

See you all tomorrow!