About Minnesota Fringe

There is one big thing that makes Fringe different from any other event in town: All the shows you'll see at Fringe were selected randomly by lottery.

Yep. That's right. Each year the lineup is crafted by placing numbered ping-pong balls into a bingo cage and drawing them out, one by one. From stage veterans to people who are brand new to theater, Minnesota Fringe is a forum for anyone with a story to tell. We also provide the necessary support to make producing a show as easy as possible, regardless of where you land on the artistic spectrum.

Anyone (yes, anyone) can apply to have a show in the festival. If you'd like to have a show in our next festival, applications will go live in November here on our website. Sign up for our newsletter to receive a reminder as well as information about other theater events happening around town.

The mission of the Minnesota Fringe is to promote creative freedom and diversity of artistic expression by linking adventurous artists with adventurous audiences. Thank you for joining in this adventure!

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Showtimes

Shows start and end on time at Fringe. With 850 performances of 167 shows in just 11 days, we have to run a tight schedule to avoid descending into chaos. Performances are no more than 60 minutes long with a half hour between each show.

On weekdays shows begin at 5:30pm, 7pm, 8:30pm and 10pm. On weekends there are additional shows at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm.

Late seating: There is NO LATE SEATING at Minnesota Fringe. In addition to keeping our schedule, late seating is a safety issue for artists and audiences.

Safety for artists: Some of our theaters require that patrons walk across parts of the stage to reach the seating area, and many of our production companies’ stage work encompasses entrances and exits from the house.

Safety for audiences: Entering a darkened theater, possibly for the first time, and trying to find open seats puts patrons and volunteers at unnecessary risk.

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Fringe Central

Fringe Central, sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Grumpy's Bar & Grill - Downtown, serves as the late-night watering hole for artists, staff, volunteers and audience members alike. Come in after a day full of shows to grab a beer and some bar food. Talk about what you loved and what you didn’t. Meet the artists behind the scenes and actors on the stage. Find out what you should see tomorrow or dream up your own idea for next year. You never know what will happen during Fringe, but dropping by Fringe Central gives you a serious head start.

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What to Wear

Shorts and a t-shirt. Seriously. Also, a pair of comfy shoes will serve you well in case you have to wait in line. Pro tip: Most Fringe shows take place indoors in air-conditioned venues, so having a layer to throw on in case you get chilly is also advisable.

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Choosing a Show

With 850 performances of 167 shows, it's scandalous to see just one. But how to choose the perfect lineup?

Search by genre: You can filter for genres when trying to decide what to see.

Talk to people: It only sounds scary. Just look for the folks in lanyards. Lanyards are worn by Fringe artists and there are at least a thousand of them dying to tell you about their show.

Read and write reviews: See what audiences are raving about on our audience review page, then return the favor and let others know what you thought.

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Get Involved

Fringe isn't just a festival - it's a community, and it couldn't exist without people like you.

Create: Applications for the 2018 festival will go live mid-November on this website. Fringe is open to everyone, all shows are selected by lottery, and you don't even need to have a show ready when you apply.

Attend: Thanks to the new day pass system, attending Fringe is easier and cheaper than ever.

Volunteer: Our 400+ volunteers are near and dear to our hearts and make our festival go, so we shower them with lots of love and complimentary seats! Sign up for a shift now!

Socialize: Join us any night of the festival at our official hangout, Fringe Central sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Grumpy's Bar & Grill - Downtown, for a beer, a burger and maybe even some late-night shenanigans.

Support: Help us create Minnesota's Summer Theater Crawl by donating to or sponsoring our annual festival. Gifts of any size make a large contribution to our ability to meet our mission.

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Box Office Info

Pass + Token = Your Admission

Everyone needs a valid pass to see a show. In addition to your pass, you will receive a token at the venue which guarantees you a seat. Turn in your token to the usher when you enter the theater.

More information about passes and policies here.

Reservations

Optional reservations guarantee a seat for a particular performance and can be purchased online in advance. You must also have a valid to get in. Day passes can be bought online with a reservation to save time, and can be picked up at the venue box office 30 minutes before the performance.

More information about reservations here.

Rules

For everyone's safety, Fringe does not allow late seating or re-admission. Photos and video are prohibited without written permission from the production staff. Fringe cannot provide refunds or exchanges.

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Minnesota Dance Ensemble Presents CARMEN

By Minnesota Dance Ensemble
Choreographed by Samantha Collen

Playing at Crane Theater

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Opera/New Music, Modern Dance, Greater Minnesota company (outside the metro area)

Bizet's opera "Carmen" has beguiled audiences for over 140 years. MDE's modern dance version brings this classic up to date with operatic & modern music. This is not your grandma's opera!

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 12-15 and up

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Thu, 8/10 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 4:00pm
 

* Reservations not required, but a Day Pass is. Find out more below.

Ticket Options

Day Passes are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends. Day Passes serve as entry to any show in the festival on a given day. Optional reservations to guarantee a seat for a particular performance are available by clicking the "reserve" button above. Day Passes can be purchased in advance with a reservation or at any venue box office during the festival.

Weekdays 1pm-3pm and Weekends 11am-1pm we'll also open an Alternative Box Office at Fringe Central so you can grab a Day Pass and skip the lines at the venue before the show.

Day Passes for kids 12 and under are available at any box office during the festival just $5 every day.

A 2017 Fringe button isn't required for entry, but it does get you access! Wearing it not only identifies you as a part of a fabulous Fringe community, it also entitles you to special deals at local bars and restaurants and access to reduced ticket prices at various theaters throughout the year. Get your 2017 Fringe button for only $4 at any Fringe preview event or Fringe venue during the festival.

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Cast and crew

Samantha Collen

Director/Choreographer

Samantha just returned home to St. Cloud after dancing 6 years in Russia, touring throughout Europe and Asia. Samantha has danced with companies including Madison Ballet, San Diego Ballet, Malashock Dance, Minnesota Opera, Opera Colorado, as well as many companies throughout Russia. ​


Tiffany Morgan

Carmen

Tiffany has been with MDE as a company dancer since 2014.
Tiffany started dancing at age six, and continued dancing throughout highschool and college. She was a member of the UWRF Dance Theatre, focusing on modern dance choreography, while she attended the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. She graduated summa cum laude from St. Cloud State in 2011.

​Tiffany lives in Monticello with her husband, 14 year old daughter, three lovable bumbling dogs, and cat. In her limited spare time she's a documentary film buff, thrift store junkie, and loves reading, coffee, and photography


Nicholas Benner

Jose

​This is Nick's second year in Minnesota Dance Ensemble. He has always loved to dance but didn't get really passionate about it until age 16. Since then he has been in multiple musicals including West Side Story, Music Man, White Christmas, Hairspray and multiple others. When Nick is not dancing he is a manager at Caribou Coffee.


Missy O'Connell

Frasquita and Thief

Dance has always been Missy's sanctuary. Though she didn't grow up in a studio she felt a strong connection between movement and music from a very young age. Once the opportunity arose in high school to join the dance team, Missy's passion soared as she danced in countless competitions and state tournaments. She continued dancing through college, taking classes including ballet, jazz and hip hop. Missy graduated in 2004, with honors, from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Elementary Education and took a break from dance and a career to raise her 4 beautiful boys. Over time, she no longer had that sanctuary that dance provided. With the support of a loving husband and fantastic friends, Missy joins MDE for her third season.


Heidi Haukos

Micaëla

Heidi started dancing when she was 6 and trained mainly in classical ballet at various studios throughout Minnesota all the way through age 22. This is her first season with MDE and she is excited to expand her dance repertoire and collaborate with other dancers in the community. Heidi graduated from the University of Minnesota in May with a degree in nutrition and is pursuing the path of becoming a Registered Dietitian. In addition to dancing and cooking healthy food, Heidi enjoys being outside, drinking tea, yoga, baking, and spending time with her husband and dog.


Lucille Guinta-Bates

Mercédès

Lucille Guinta-Bates returned to dance in 2015 after many years away. As a child and teen she studied ballet and pointe work. In college she studied Modern, Jazz and Tap dance, obtaining a degree in Pre-Dance Therapy at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA in 1989. She performed with the New Dance Company in Stockton, CA and taught dance classes in the community in the early 1990’s. Many years later she completed a M.S. degree in Social Responsibility at St. Cloud State University and is now an adjunct instructor in Human Relations and Multicultural Education at SCSU as well as in Diversity and Social Justice at St. Cloud Community and Technical College. Her personal mission is to bring the joy of dance as a life-long endeavor to her community. She teaches adult beginning ballet at Revolver Studios, and created the community group “Gotta Dance” as a way to create space for adult dancers of all abilities to enjoy dance and movement. She recently self produced and performed in the three person show, Cabaret de Lune. Lucille shares her home in St. Could with her husband Chris, daughter Barbara and cat Jake.


Jeff Anderson

Escamillo and Thief

Jeff currently serves as a theater instructor, teaching children and adults to explore their imagination while giving them tools to grow as actors. Jeff graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication and Fine Arts. He will be directing the Lion King this year with SOAR Regional Arts. His credits include directing High School Musical with SOAR Regional Arts, Leading Ladies with Great River Arts, Frosty the Snowman & Mr. Popper’s Penguins with GREAT Children’s Theatre along with assistant directing Les Miserables for the GREAT Theatre Company. Jeff is currently work with TAG, a teen lead board through Soar Regional Arts to produce four live theatre performances for the city of Otsego this summer. Jeff has also done work with the Guthrie Theater on and off throughout his theatre career. He has performed in a number of shows including: Les Miserables, Rent, You Can’t Take It with You, Drowsy Chaperone, Shrek the Musical, and Something’s Afoot.
This is Jeff Anderson's first year with Minnesota Dance Ensemble.


Alec Waters

Dancer/Singer


Kayla Jennissen

Singer


Steve Kuebelbeck

Zunka (Boss)


Lynn Collen

Costumer


Gregory Collen

Costume Assistant


Andre Heywood

Vocal Coach

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Minnesota Dance Ensemble presents "Carmen!" The story of Carmen from Bizet's original opera has beguiled audiences for over a century. Desire, greed, vanity, and revenge come together in this classic tale of love gone wrong. MDE brings a modern dance version of Carmen, with classic and modern music paired with live vocal perfomances. Along with the classic storyline, MDE brings humor and relatability to Carmen. This ain't your Momma's opera!

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