It must be exhausting, being Cory Moosman and Sammy Gleason. Not only do they write all of the material for WYNOT Radio Theatre, not only do they maintain one of the craziest performance schedules in the Pikes Peak region, hauling their 200-plus props from gig to gig, but this year they've also been hitting up regional theaters across the country, hoping to break into the big time.
"There's booking conferences that we're looking at," Moosman says. "And we're looking at a couple of different regional fringes, going back to Boulder Fringe, looking at Phoenix Fringe. I mean, it is as close to door-to-door-sales as you can probably get —"
"Without having a vacuum cleaner in your car," Gleason adds.
Next year, they hope to land some of these gigs so they can go on their first real tour.
There's just one problem. They don't have a good way to get there.
Which is why, on Nov. 4, they launched their first crowdfunding campaign. Working through Indiegogo, they hope to raise $10,000 so they can buy a gently used van as well as a 5- by 8-foot box trailer to carry all those zany props. (To visit their Indiegogo page, click here.)
Contributors get some nifty premiums. Donate as little as a buck and you get your name listed on the side of the van. For $100, you get an autographed copy of their hilarious CD. Throw in a cool grand and you get your name written into a future show.
They're off to a respectable start. As of this morning, they'd raised $1,305 with 45 days left to go.
In the meantime, they continue to juggle that crazy schedule. This weekend they're performing their last four shows of Death Wore Elevator Shoes at the Millibo Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St, themat.org). Then it's off to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org) for their Christmas show, It Came Upon a Midnight Deadly. That one runs Dec. 13-30.
And they continue to tweak, perfecting the show so they'll be ready when that big break comes.
"We've had time to develop and grow what the show is," Moosman says. "A lot of it's been finessing and just speeding and trimming because you get it right or you die."