Even the Bard is going digital.
Actors' Theatre of Columbus, the German Village-based acting troupe known for its devotion to Shakespeare and other classics, is doing a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a new outdoor sound system.
The group hopes to raise $19,530 by its fundraising deadline, April 27.
"We have, over the last several years, struggled with aging equipment," said John S. Kuhn, artistic director of Actors' Theatre, which has been based in Schiller Park for 32 years.
"By upgrading and replacing this aging, failing sound system, it will help us maintain the professional quality of our production that we've striven to maintain."
To donate, go to www.kickstarter.com and search for Actors' Theatre in the "search projects" box, theater group officials said.
Kickstarter is an online funding platform for creative projects. People support the effort by making donations. If the goal is not met, the people who pledged are not required to donate.
"We have always been so thankful for the enthusiastic support we receive from the entire community," said Carol Mullinax, first vice president of Actors' Theatre.
"We have reached the point where we need a new sound system and we are very optimistic that the community will respond generously."
Being outdoors is rough on the monitors, speakers, body microphones, cables and other equipment, Kuhn said.
The elements take their toll, and so does the sweat of actors, coupled with building up and tearing down the equipment every night.
Each year, the troupe invests in new sound gear, but it's come to a point where a complete overhaul is needed, he said.
Kuhn said he would like to have the new equipment in place by the May 23 opening of King Arthur and the Sword of England.
Actors' Theatre will begin its season May 10 when it performs Comedy of Errors at the Columbus Commons, which has its own audio system.
"So much of the pleasure of these plays is listening to the beautiful language," Kuhn said.