Category: Planning

Kickstarter update + press release

Less than 12 hours into our newly launched Kickstarter campaign and we’ve already reached 6% of our goal, topping $500! We offer a big thank you to everyone who has contributed so far.


It seems our $70 reward is the most popular, offering both a ticket to The Republic experience plus a personal one-on-one encounter during the show, available only to Kickstarter contributors. There is a limited number of these spots available so get them while you can!

Whether you can contribute or not, please continue to share our Kickstarter page across Facebook, Twitter, and any other social networks. Word of mouth is just as important as any funds you can give.

Today we also blasted out our first press release detailing what The Republic is all about – and hyping the Kickstarter project, of course. Here it is…

The Republic Immersive Theater Experience to Debut in Orlando, Launches Kickstarter

The Republic to premiere in Orlando as innovative new immersive theater experience in May 2015; Combines theatrical performance with interactive gaming elements; Independently created by leading theme park designers; Launches Kickstarter to raise production funds.

ORLANDO, FLA. (Monday, March 2, 2015) – The Republic today announces a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign to bring an entirely unique theatrical experience to Orlando. Launching with the Orlando Fringe Festival in May 2015, The Republic will immerse guests – called players – in a fully designed, interactive world inhabited by intriguing characters. Players will take on an important role in this conflicted society with their actions dictating how the rich story ends.


Created by top theme park attraction designers as well as experienced writers, artists, musicians, engineers, actors, and more, this high energy, up-close performance will truly be unlike anything Orlando has seen.

Backers of The Republic’s Kickstarter project will receive exclusive rewards including unlimited access to the experience, behind-the-scenes tours with designers, and plenty of collectible takeaways.


Inspired by Greek mythology, Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis,” and Plato’s literary work, the story of The Republic experience places players inside a society ripe for revolution, where citizens are born into social status but band together to overthrow an overbearing government while risking banishment to the Labyrinth.

Breaking the traditional stage-audience boundary, The Republic is an immersive theater experience that surrounds viewers with the performance, allowing audience members to move under their own free will, engaging directly with performers, sets, props, and other interactive features throughout.

“I want to empower people to not just sit back and be a passive audience member, but get out of their seats and explore, learn, react, and respond,” explained The Republic creator Sarah Elger. “I like getting people out of their comfort zone to push them as a person and test themselves in a risk-free environment so that they can see their own potential.”

The Republic is not a traditional stage show. It’s not a haunted house. It’s not an escape room. It’s not a theme park ride. It’s also not confined to any emerging immersive theater standards. It is something entirely new. Boundaries will be pushed as players are asked to embody a role and become part of the story. Throughout the experience, players will be watched, deceived, touched – possibly even kidnapped.

The Republic is being created by a group of likeminded professionals who share the common goal of pushing the world of entertainment forward. Elger has assembled a team of theme park attractions designers, artists, writers, engineers, and musicians to make her vision of this exciting new kind of experience a reality.

“The Republic has an incredible and dynamic team from a wide range of disciplines that is really helping me to push this project further than I could have ever imagined,” said Elger. “I’m in awe of their creativity and openness to explore all possibilities within this elaborate world we’re creating.”

Production is already underway on The Republic, well into design and rehearsal phases. Kickstarter funds will assist in paying for the 18,000 square-foot warehouse space in downtown Orlando, lumber and building materials, sound and lighting equipment, special effects, makeup, costumes, actors, musical score development, and many other costs.

“With help from Kickstarter contributions, we will be able to grow this production into an exciting experience you cannot even imagine,” added Elger.

Fans are encouraged to follow along on The Republic Production Blog at

For more information, visit Like The Republic on Facebook at, and follow us on Twitter @TheRepublicORL. Join our society on social media using #TheRepublic.

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About The Republic

Immersive theater meets gaming in this innovative, interactive performance experience. Step into a fully designed world inhabited by intriguing characters and take on an important role in our conflicted society. Your decisions dictate how the rich story ends.

You will be watched. You will be deceived. You will be touched – emotionally and physically.

Created by theme park attraction designer Sarah Elger, The Republic is being brought to life via the talents of artists, writers, musicians, designers, engineers, and performers each utilizing their skill sets to offer a completely unique live experience featuring:

– More than 25 fully designed, immersive spaces across 18,000 square feet
– Interactive elements that will change your very surroundings
– Elaborate, engaging story delivered by improvisational performers who will get up close and hands on
– Original musical score and soundtrack to immerse you in the world
– Multiple endings, dictated by your actions, offering a different experience with every visit

More exciting updates to come this week!

 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos

Kickstarter is live! Fund The Republic to receive exclusive rewards

Today we officially begin the next important phase of production on The Republic. Rehearsals continue and we are getting closer to moving into our warehouse space in downtown Orlando.

Our goal is to offer the best possible interactive performance with as limited of a budget as we can use. But we are quite literally creating a new society, three separate but connected worlds, presented in fully immersive intertwining environments. Creating such a unique experience will indeed require funds – which we are depending on you for.

As such, today we launch our new Kickstarter crowd funding project.

We launched the Kickstarter during our rehearsal with our performers last night, who all shared it online – which we hope you will too.


The Republic is a passion project for all who are involved. We aim to take theatrical experiences to new places never explored before.

Not only do we promise an unbelievable experience for all who step into The Republic, but we’ve also created a set of exciting and exclusive rewards available only through this Kickstarter project.


Back this project now to receive the most fun and excitement out of The Republic in the months ahead.


More money means more madness

A couple weeks ago, our Indiegogo campaign ended successfully, raising more than $3,000 to get The Republic going. We didn’t publicize it much, so we thank our friends and family for chipping in to help cover our startup expenses.

But that’s not nearly enough to entirely fund this particularly unique production. While our team is talented at striking amazing deals, there are some minimums to be met. And that’s where you will soon come in.


This weekend, we’ll be launching a Kickstarter campaign aimed at not only raising a good chunk of the money we’ll need to make the madness of The Republic a reality, but also to offer some incredible rewards for those who join our experience early.

We’ve cooked up some crazy ideas for takeaways and experiences that you’ll only be able to get by backing our project. But you’ll have to come back on Sunday to find out exactly what those ideas are.

With our Kickstarter campaign, you’ll find new behind-the-scenes video and images of what we’ve accomplished so far with our extremely limited budget as well as a glimpse into the plans we dream to achieve should we get fully funded. And we already have some excellent stretch goals in mind too, so we hope to blow well past our goal.

Thanks in advance for your support!

 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos