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.

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Shows start and end on time at Fringe. With hundreds of performances and dozens of 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 a local establishment, 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. 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 hundreds of performances and dozens of 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.

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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.

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Box Office Info

Pass, Reservations, and Tickets, Oh My!

In 2018, Fringe will still offer passes but is also re-introducing single tickets options to see shows. We are re-tooling our Box Office policies to reflect our changes. Please check back for more information in the spring.

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The Second Banana Revolt!

By Far From The Tree
Created by Minrod Mier and Shirley Mier

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Thrust

You can't kill your boss - even if he deserves it! Or can you? In the cutthroat world of 1960's kiddie TV, Jack should be the Top Banana and only Captain Comet stands in the way!

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


Thu, 8/3 @ 7:00pm


Sat, 8/5 @ 1:00pm


Mon, 8/7 @ 8:30pm


Fri, 8/11 @ 10:00pm


Sat, 8/12 @ 7:00pm

* 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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Too much

by Janis Emily Peabody on August 16, 2017
This user has reviewed 48 shows

Great community theater effort. Nice to see well disciplined child actors on stage. The concept was familiar and there was too much happening. Many of the voices did not carry. Even though the plot was obvious, it was often hard to make out what was going on.

The Second Banana Revolt

by Rosie Osterbauer on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

With any show title including the word "banana", one may tend to get slap-stick-suspicious, but seeing IS believing. This is a dynamic and ever-moving show with clever wit, a little old time corniness, and a catch-you-off-guard poignant moment (parents bring a tissue...just in case) that sends a feel-good message. Each of the 13 cast members offers something; no one is filler, and you may find yourself frustrated that you can't watch, longer, what each is doing in the big, busy scenes. (It is a good problem to have!) The musical numbers are surprisingly amazing, the character stories are well-rounded, and you will leave the theater feeling uplifted! How many forms of entertainment can say that these days? Catch it before it's gone!!


by Richelle Amundson on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 39 shows

Felt like a small community play (a feeling enhanced by likely being in an audience of friends and family members), but an endearing one where you felt part of the community.

Good show for daughters

by Gary Durham on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

My kids are grown now but if they were still in junior high this would have a perfect message for them. Fun music, interesting story, good messages.

Very very fun!

by Sam Sanderson on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Show is very fun! Music is lovely, story is moving, and loads of jokes for TV and old-school Broadway fans. Special shout out to Emily Anderson or carrying the play with strength, spunk, and grace! Do not miss! :)

Almost a Cute Show for Kids

by Bradley Johnson on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

For the most part this was a pretty good show, but there was an offensive homophobic reference that seemed out of place and added nothing to the message of the show. Music was quite good and the little kids were cute.

1 person found this review helpful

Comedy Gold

by Melody Hanna on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Take a delightfully dysFUNctional journey back to the ‘60s for a glimpse behind the scenes of the Captain Comet show. Funny and engaging for adults and kids alike with a strong cast, fun music and some interesting twists. Don’t miss this one!

Homophobic slur took me out of it

by Kyle DeGoey on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Disclaimer: I am an avid Fringer and creator of a Fringe show. However I do not believe this affects my review. I have not left another review for any other shows, but felt inclined to do so.

I came in with no expectations. I was pleasantly surprised with the opening and development of the show. I was smiling the entire time until a homophobic slur left the mouth of one of the actors. It took me out of the world. While I understand it was supposed to be 1960, I could not look past this moment. I recommend this show revamps this moment moving forward. Otherwise this show was sucessful.

3 people found this review helpful

Well-done fun!

by Paul Strebe on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Well-written, with clever songs and great characters.


by Randy Farmington-Shultz on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Nice work. I really liked it. Funny sure is bananas ;)

Fun Fun Fun

by David Trudeau on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

Send up on old TV local kids shows with real kids who steal the show. A little rough around the edges but works. Full of fun and energy.

Oh Pickles!

by Jennifer de Fiebre on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

A very funny show. It's like those cartoons/animated films where it's cute on one level for kids, but with hidden gems for the adults. The songs were innovative and the actors were very talented. Well worth putting on your schedule.

1 person found this review helpful

Great for everyone 13+

by Nick Moen on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Its a funny light-hearted musical that keeps you laughing as the characters overcome some real (and make-believe) struggles. The jokes have some "adult themes" but theres a snappy rhyming lion puppet and theres even kids in the show so its a great show for everyone!

1 person found this review helpful

A funny look back to old TV kiddie shows

by Hazen Markoe on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Set in the days where TV kid's shows were locally produced and cheaply budgeted, THE SECOND BANANA REVOLT follows the adventures of a VERY dysfunctional production where the supposed hero of the show, Captain Comet, is a real jerk, the kiddie audience is out of control, while the actress/writer playing "Cometeer Jackie" deals with being frustrated and ignored. The cast ably handles the high energy songs and comedy bringing a lot of laughs Wade Fields, Emily Anderson, and Lillian Walker do delightful work as the not-so-good Captain, Jackie and a goofy puppeteer respectively. Despite some mood whiplash that occurs late in the play, this is a fun love letter that director/playwright Minrod Mier and composer Shirley Mier have created.

Great concept, decent execution

by Kayla Hambek on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This show has very clever and funny moments, but overall the execution fell a bit flat. Leads Emily Anderson and Wade Fields are fantastic, and both bring energy and fun (and heart!) to the stage; unfortunately, two actors can't carry a thirteen-person show. Also, the jokes felt a bit more on the adult side than I expected, especially with kids onstage. Overall, a very cute idea, and Emily and Wade's performances are worth the price of admission if you have an extra slot in your day (and you can make it through the 59-minute runtime).

Don Knotts Ain't Gonna Take It!

by Jeff Cawhorn on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This is an all around great show. It's funny, touching, has great songs and maybe has a couple of digs at a certain local media dynasty. It reminds me of some of the children's shows I enjoyed as a child. Only I didn't know about all the back stage drama.

3.5 Stars

by Brendan Philip on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

This show has a fun concept that is largely well executed, cute kids, and two strong leading performances from Wade Fields & Emily Anderson. (Plus major kudos for the hilarious & wonderful Dalek costume!) However, you can tell that a few of the supporting cast members aren't as seasoned, and therefore their scenes/songs can get long. Overall though, it was cute and enjoyable.

Thoroughly Enjoyable!

by Christopher DeVaan on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

A very funny, heartwarming, powerful piece wrapped in something that looks like Captain Kangaroo meets Star Trek.
Solid performances from the cast, with an outstanding lead actress performance!
The songs are inventive & imaginitive, & the whole show moves at a fantastic moment. Save for one, overly dramatic hiccup moment, it is a whirlwind of fun!

1 person found this review helpful

Elementary themes for an adult audience

by Liz Capouch on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

The cast is anchored by two talented leads in Wade Fields and Emily Anderson. Their strong voices and acting balance out an uneven script that seems to want to be family-friendly, but really isn't, and suffers from an unfortunate case of emotional whiplash. The narrative is cute, but not compelling.

Great message!

by Andy Rakerd on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

I found the preview for this show to be a bit confusing, but don't let that keep you away. This is a great show! The cast has a ton of energy, and the show has plenty of catchy tunes and comedic irony. Emily Anderson is great as Jack!

2 people found this review helpful

A surprising gem of a musical

by Denise Hesselroth on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

We just loved seeing The Second Banana Revolt on Thursday. The large cast was energetic and seemed to be having a lot of fun. There were a lot of character-centered lively musical numbers for such a short play and the choreography was excellent (although the background music volume was too loud). The plot was interesting, fast paced, and touching, including some well-executed tropes and some interesting twists and surprises. This was an outstanding production from start to finish, a Must See!

2 people found this review helpful

Cool beans!

by Kim Chase-Kozak on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Talented cast, adorable children, catchy songs sung well, and a sweet story line that kept moving. Nothing not to love! Thanks for a great first fringe show of the year!

2 people found this review helpful

Cast and crew

The Second Banana Revolt!

The Show

Older than many of the cast members - this show has been in the works for a very long time. Originally created as a show title for a playwriting class back in 1981, the story of Jack and Captain Comet has been cooking for a very long time. There's a script in a file version for a text software known as Write Now from the early 90's that won't open any more. Some of the songs were written by Minrod and Shirley way back in 1995, but most of the script and songs were finally completed this year, after the company drew for this year's Fringe. This current script is informed by Presidential politics, Wonder Woman and of course by the individuals cast in their parts. It's been a long, happy journey that has brought us to this stop on the quest.

Minrod Mier


Minrod Mier is a long time Fringe veteran - writer and director of Spoilers - 2013, the 2012 Encore winning Steampunk Apocalypse, Green as Grass - 2010, Alexander at Delphi - 2010, Bonnie Prince Charlie - 2008, Free Falling - 2005, The Bitter Festie Play - 2003, Sally Steps Out - 2002, and Heart of the Faerie Queen - 2000. After appearing in 2015's SuperOz from Top Hat productions he decided that it was better for all involved that he not stress his brain any more by trying to remember complicated things like lines and blocking, and decided that the world would be better served if he stayed behind the scenes and wrote and directed shows instead. So, there you are. He has directed 50 some shows (mostly musicals) at Morris Park Players, CROSS Players, Lakeshore Players, Masquer's Theatre, Follow Me Players and others... Minrod Mier and Composer Shirley Mier started collaborating on this script over 20 years ago. That was followed shortly by their best collaboration: Miranda Mier. Happy that this show is finally seeing the lights of the Rarig!

Shirley Mier

Music Director/Composer

Shirley Mier is a Twin Cities-based composer, music director and music educator. She writes music of all kinds, in the theatre, educational and concert world. She has music-directed more shows than she can remember and composed numerous musical theatre works, including children’s musicals commissioned from Stages Theatre, scores for Shakespeare plays, and music for Greek tragedies. Fringe credits include Another Opening, Another Show (with the New Musical Theatre Exchange) in 2014, Steampunk Apocalypse in 2012, Alexander at Delphi in 2010, Mashed Monsters in 2007, Soulless, Bloodsucking Lawyers: A Musical! in 2003 and Heart of the Faerie Queen in 2000. Her musicals and concert band works have been published and performed across the U.S. and in Canada. Dr. Mier earned her PhD in Music Composition from the University of Minnesota in 2005 and teaches at Century College in White Bear Lake, MN.

Miranda Mier

Assistant Director/ Stage Manager

Miranda Mier is a rising sophomore at MSU Mankato, happy to be back for the summer and working on a hilarious musical that is something of a sibling to her. Usually acting in shows like this, Miranda is good out here running the cues for this one. She has previously appeared in two FarFromTheTree Fringe productions before; as Wendy in "Spoilers" and as a dancing rat in "Steampunk Apocalypse."

Emily Anderson


By day Emily Anderson is a mild-mannered Budget Analyst, but by night she is a powerhouse of the community theatre circuit. She is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to bring this long-gestating show to the stage, and to do it with such a supremely talented cast and crew and been an absolute delight. Previous rolls include Tim the Enchanter (Spamalot, WCT), Elsa (Stars on Broadway: DIsney, WCT), Humpty Dumpty (Shrek, MMP), Gertrude McFuzz (Seussical, CCP), Laurie (Oklahoma, OSH).

Wade Fields

Captain Comet

Wade Fields does a lot of things: Product Manager, small business owner, Lyft driver, family guy and can somehow slip theater into the mix sometimes. When asked to be a part of this show, he was told that the director needed someone who looks 'old' but can still move around pretty well. If that isn't incentive to do a show, he don't know what is! Wade has done a lot of shows over the past decade so we'll just skip the favorite shows he has been in and say he's enjoyed doing theater which is why he continues to do it. He also does things like lights, directing and prop building as well so if you are in need, he's always interested in trying to help. As you can imagine though, he needs to be given a lot of notice. If you don't understand why, please see sentence one and read the profile again.

Glen Dawson

Augie Tollefsrud

Making his triumphant return to the Fringe Festival: Glen L. Dawson! Having starred in last year's "Babylon Revisited," Glen is thrilled to be joining Minrod Mier for "The Second Banana Revolt!" Glen is also excited to be joined by several of his cast mates from 2016's Morris Park production of "The Music Man," wherein Glen fulfilled a life-long dream of starring as Prof. Harold Hill! This will be Glen's second, but certainly not final, Fringe Festival experience, and it's shaping up to be a doozy!

Megan Sikorra


Megan isn't saying she's a masked, sexy, sweet superhero who slays vampires and secretly captains a rogue firefly-class ship through alliance-controlled space. She's not saying she only performs to establish a secret identity. BUT... if she DID do any of those things, and you asked her whether she DID or DID NOT, she would definitely say, "no, absolutely NOT!"
All that is the least she can- errrm... would do after a couple of cats, preachers, and teachers saved her life on more than occasion.
She could attempt to impress you by listing achievements or awards, but those aren't as important as the love she gets and gives. She gets paid occasionally to sing or perform, less often than not. But given a chance to play a character who gets threatened by children, gets slapped on her bum, gets her skirt pulled up, then gets a little payback? Of course she's thrilled to be here!

Lillian Walker


Lillian Walker has been playing animals in musicals since she played Toto in the Wizard of Oz when she was 10. But she has never played an animal as cool as Leo King of the Kosmic Cats ever before. So she asks you to join the Beat Generation and snap your fingers to this amazing show. Your best show up or she will snap you with her beret!

Amanda Breininger


Amanda is thrilled to be making her fringe festival debut! Last seen playing the title role in Lin Manuel Miranda's blockbuster sensation Hamilton, Amanda is happy to be back in her hometown doing theater again. In addition to her work at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in NY, she has performed at TRP (Jeeves Intervenes), Morris Park Players (Music Man, Mary Poppins, Into the Woods), Lakeshore Players (Ten Minute Play Festival), and OBMT (Oklahoma, Joseph), and enjoys doing lots of other theatrical and musical projects with many good friends and artists.

Greg Froehle


Greg couldn't be happier to be back on stage with (suddenly intense) his people. Previously seen belting out those high B's in the barbershop quartet in the Morris Park Players production of "The Music Man", Greg spends the (puppet) lion's share of his time doing, quite literally, the Lord's work as the Music Pastor at Oak Hills Church in Eagan. And he is astonishingly excited to be joining his daughter Evelyn for her stage debut!

Danielle Ringuette Vinup


Danielle Ringuette Vinup is grateful to stand on a Fringe stage for the very first time! She is thrilled/horrified to embarrass her daughters in a role such as this, one in which she hopes she was not typecast. She is fond of Morris Park Players, where her last roles were Issachar in Joseph, Granny/Cinderella's Mother in Into the Woods, and a Warrior in Peter Pan. Danielle is a singer-songwriter as well as a stay-at-home mom to four very dramatic children. www.daniellevinup.com

Chase Kozak


Chase is excited to be part of 2017 Fringe and the cast of The Second Banana Revolt! He is 16 year old from Saint Paul. He has been seen at Stages Theatre Company, Youth Performance Company, Morris Park Players, Children's Theatre Company and others. He most recently played Frederic in a small production of Pirates of Penzance. You can catch him in Beauty and the Beast at Stages in December! He studies voice, piano, and guitar and sings with the Prelude Program at MacPhail Center for Music. This fall he will start PSEO at St. Paul College. In his spare time, you can find him playing video games. If you run into him at Fringe, please don't punch him!

Jenna Dierke


Dear Mom,

Hi, how are you? I'm fine. my 10th summer has turned out to be pretty great. I am in this crazy play - it's an original by Minrod so you KNOW its craazy (with an extra a). Tell Erika and Dad I said hi, and that I have learned all kinds of new words I will teach them when I get home! (I can't wait to show you what "Babalababamba!" means - but I have to do that in person). It's been fun working on my own project, but I miss you all so much and can't wait for you to see my play.

Love always, Jenna Bean.

-PS: 2BR has been a blast!

Anna Vinup


Anna Vinup loves the community of theater, and finds herself at home on the stage. She counts Young Fiona in Shrek (Morris Park Players), Dan in Joseph, and Farmhand in Spookley the Square Pumpkin (Stages Theatre Company) among her favorite roles. Anna is an 8th grader at Parnassus Preparatory School in Maple Grove. She is also an avid soccer player for Maplebrook Soccer Association.

Avery Vinup


Avery Vinup is soooo happy to be a part of this show- and she'll be the first to tell you that it is not her first one! She began on the stage with her family as a tiny fairy in Peter Pan at Morris Park Players. Since then, she has played a dragon (St. George), a chimney sweep, and more (Mary Poppins and Joseph: MPP)! Avery is a 2nd grader at Parnassus Preparatory School in Maple Grove. She loves soccer, gymnastics, and playing with her siblings. She looks up to her sister, Anna, whom she is glad to share the stage with here.

Evelyn Froehle


Evelyn is thrilled to make her stage debut with the Second Banana company. Her favorite color is blue, she loves to eat tacos, and you'll find her on the soccer field with her stuffed animal, Flip the Cat. Also, she believes in Mermaids. She really does!

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You can't kill your boss - even if he deserves it!  Or can you?  Nope, better not!  But, in the cutthroat world of 1960's kiddie TV, Jack should be the the top banana - and everyone knows it!  And only the big jerk Captain Comet stands in the way - The adventures of Jackie Boy begins here!  Brought to you by the company and creators that produced the 2012 Encore Fringe winning show: "Steampunk Apocalypse!" and other shows ending in "!"   https://youtu.be/xKVmpa-ewOk

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