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Fringe Festival 2017-A celebration for every Minnesotan

Fringe Festival 2017 is just one calendar flip away.  Set for August 3-13, 2017,  Fringe is just one of Minnesota’s honored traditions that needs no introduction. Just in case, take a digital tour of the highlights here: (http://www.fringefestival.org)   Or check out the official Wikipedia site which is both thorough and up-to-date. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_Fringe_Festival

While the creative spirit and energy for Fringe comes from individual Minnesotans the fiscal support is provided by all of the state’s residents whose taxes support the Legacy Fund (http://www.legacy.leg.mn/funds/arts-cultural-heritage-fund) The intent of this post is to assure that all Minnesotans will enjoy access to the events, the camaraderie and the spirit of this legendary celebration of the state’s creative expression.

Happily, Fringe has been mindful of accessibility as a priority and VSA Minnesota has provided a generous grant to support accessibility services.

Dawn Bentley, the almost new director of Fringe, has been very helpful in pointing out the accommodations.

General:  Reservation fees are waived for patrons using ASL and AD services.

Beginning at the gate – All Fringe venues are accessible to visitors with mobility challenges.  The specifics of access (e.g. entrance doors, elevators, parking) are noted on individual venue pages.

There are 42 scheduled and three wildcard spots for performances to be Audio Described or ASL Interpreted. The full list of shows with access services can be found here:  http://www.fringefestival.org/2017/shows/access/

As an extra service, during tech week crew members take note if performances use flashing or lights or if they  include loud noises that will be harmful or irritating to patrons.  If they see a problem House managers will post signs outside the doors of performances.

Reservations: Any patron wishing to use the services can make a free reservation online using the code “accessfringe” at checkout to have the reservation fee waived. 

Questions about Fringe accessibility:  Call 612 872 1212.


Young Thespians Bring the Bard’s Dreams to Life – for Him and for the Audience

Fringe Festival Folks should take time step out of the heat into the Theater in the Round site for a true breath of fresh!  Upper grade students from St. Paul Waldorf School are breathing that fresh air into the words of the Bard himself.

A cast of talented superstars from the Waldorf Class of 2012 are presenting three more performances of Perchance to Dream, a delightfully entertaining take on the dream life of William Shakespeare created by Scott Gilbert and Hannah Steblay.

Whether or not you know the plays, you’ll recognize the themes and the phrases as these young thespians recreate Shakespeare’s dreams in which he encounters the cast of characters who will ultimately populate the stage at the Abbey.  It’s fast-paced, lively, and just plain fun to watch these nimble youth capture the stage while quoting – and remembering – excerpts from Shakespeare’s plays, just enough to remind the audience of the play itself.

Congratulations to the creators, the cast, the crew, and the Waldorf administration and teachers who knew their 12-13 year olds could master the master himself.

Additional performances are Tuesday, August 9, 5:30 p.m., Friday, August 12, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 14, 4:00 p.m. – at at Theater In the Round.

Learn more about Perchance to Dream, the creators, cast and crew on the Fringe website.