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

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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.

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

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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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By Mike's Brass
Choreographed by Lori Ledoux

Playing at Southern Theater

Max is sent to his room without supper, but instead sails away for a year and a day. With dance, poetry, and live brass quintet, the latest offering from Mike's Brass invites all ages to join in the wild rumpus.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 2-6 and up


Thu, 8/3 @ 8:30pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 2:30pm


Tue, 8/8 @ 5:30pm


Fri, 8/11 @ 7:00pm


Sun, 8/13 @ 1:00pm
ASL interpreted

* 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.

Read the reviews

Fun for the whole family

by Mark Webb on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Who doesn't love to listen to Mike's Brass? They have a wonderful sound and chose the perfect selections for the dance. The story told through dance was superbly executed. Delightful.

Thanks for including my kid in Fringe

by Clara Hutchinson on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

My four year old left asking when he can go onstage. Introducing my kid to Mpls Fringe was a fantastic way to spend my Sunday afternoon. It was captivating the whole time, the narrator made me laugh and left me in tears, the music and dancers perfectly added to the poetry of these beloved books and poems. Superb.


by Robert (Kip) Kippley on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This dance of a favorite children's book was magical. The brass band repeatedly awakened my attention. The re use of one long textile was so creative. The dancers were captivating. The narrator was "just right" - not too intrusive and informative enough. She sent me off in a hug of LOVE, letting me know I was safe in the world - even in the world of my own family.

Enjoyed The Music

by Karen Dennis on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I didn't completely attach to the movement aspect of the show (although some of it was beautiful and the child performer was very cute) but it was honestly really relaxing to just listen to the music being played.

A sweet escape

by Katie Starks on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I loved this show from start to finish, but the last 5 minutes will live with me forever. What a lovely retelling of a book that charged my imagination as a child and continues to do so after seeing this show. It was so lovely to blow the dust off of a book that sits in the corners of my heart and see it through new eyes. Thank you for that.

Nailed it!

by Steve Soler on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I loved it. (And I'm not actually a huge fan of dance). I am a fan of good stories, and often children's stories are some of the best because of the message. I loved how Rumpus was structured, enjoyed the journey, but really was blown away by the final moments.

thank you for a great fringe experience!

Maybe it's just for kids?

by Michelle Morris on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

In general I appreciated the idea of this piece, unfortunately I think it came out disjointed and random.


by Dan Baldwin on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Loved it!

Brilliant retelling of a childhood favor

by Brian Wene on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Rumpus wow-ed me with great physicalities of the creatures of the Wild Rumpus. The dancing is superb and the story is one everyone has a history with, Maurice Sendak's brilliant book.
Thank you cast for one magical event!


by Melissa Anderson on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

What a delight! This fanciful retelling of the familiar story has some of the best Wild Things you'll ever see. When the little boy, Max, sends them to bed without their supper, the dancers/Wild Things are actually on the verge of tears. When it's time to celebrate, they are wildly exuberant. A single piece of blue cloth defines the setting in really creative ways. The incongruous music and added texts are perfect. What a great show!

1 person found this review helpful

Sweet, gentle story

by Austin Robinson-Coolidge on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 37 shows

Great show. The mixture of poems and Where the Wild Things Are, combined with the brass quintet and the dancing, made a very sweet and touching show. It's tight, well-danced and acted, and the musicians are great. I would definitely recommend this one.

1 person found this review helpful

Solid Performance

by Liz Capouch on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Overall, this is a solid show. Parts at the beginning were a bit too drawn out for my taste. The brass ensemble was spot on and provided a great base for the movement and story. Without spoiling, the closing section was my favorite.

Magical Music and Story

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

Lovely children's dream story embellished with brass quintet classics and poetry for the ages. Told in dance with effective use of fabric reminiscent of that old Jeune Leune magic.

1 person found this review helpful


by Ellen DeYoung on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Nothing groundbreaking here, but some good family fun that will give you some laughs. The child actor is very charming, the dancers are fully invested, and the band creates a lovely backdrop.

Childhood Escapism, at best.

by Ryan Strandjord on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Fun for kids, I guess. Very formulaic. Not very inspiring. Perhaps worth it if you like dancing. Otherwise, soft pass.


by Jesse Swanson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Contagious fun! The live music added a splendid touch. Great show for kids and adults.

1 person found this review helpful

Childhood Favorite Come To Life

by Glen Dawson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Sendak's book was one of my favorites growing up, and has remained so to this day. Seeing that story unfold on stage was a real treat. The lights, poetry, and dance were well integrated to depict a true journey of imagination for the young Max. The use of the large, blue ribbon was particularly inspired, and very well executed. If there is always a "wild rumpus" in your heart, then this is the show for you.

1 person found this review helpful


by Sara Robinson-Coolidge on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 49 shows

A live brass quintet, poetry, dance, and a great children's book that involves (non-scary) monsters. I loved this way more than I expected I would.

1 person found this review helpful

Fun movement and monsters

by Stacy Thieszen on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I enjoyed the way the actors moved together to form trees, waves and boat, and even more their depiction of the wild things. The two narrators and Max were especially good. Some slow parts, but overall a lot of fun.

Sweet and delightful

by Windy Bowlsby on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I could watch Noe read a menu - her face sparkles and shines with mischief and joy. I absolutely adore getting to hear live musicians during a show. It adds immediacy and emotion to everything. (Disclaimer: I worked with AND LOVE these people from doing a show with them myself.)
This show is meditative, sweet, silly, with a dash of humor. You'll leave with a smile on your face.

A perfect bedtime story

by Emilia Allen on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

What a sweet show! It felt like flipping through the books of collected children's poems and stories I had as a kid. Noe and Derek were lovely, and the whole thing felt dreamy. It's not a perfect show, but it's what I want from Fringe--simple and imaginative, with really nice, basic costumes, only two props, expressive bodies, and pretty music.

2 people found this review helpful


by Melissa Granlund on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

playful, energetic and fun! Loved the music as well. Great for kids.

1 person found this review helpful

Perfect for your kids!

by Taylor King on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

There was a young girl in the audience, about 5 years old, in front of me. This show was perfect for her. She was swept up the whole time. I was desirous of a bit more for the show. I kept searching for more specificity in the movement, but there were some moments that caught me. The boy and the main female storyteller are charming as all get out. Go see the show just for them and you won't be sorry. Music is great too!

1 person found this review helpful

Happy monsters!

by Rachel Horner on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Great show! Live music! Little kid actor! Monster dancing! Cool prop! Storytelling feel and heartwarming ending.

2 people found this review helpful

A light hearted journey.

by Crissy Tolson on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

A refreshing take on a literary classic. The live music paired with dance makes this a must see!!

1 person found this review helpful


by Lauren Ganann on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Watching my child watch this show was one of my all time favorite theater experiences.

3 people found this review helpful

Cast and crew

Nora Anderson


Nora graduated in 2013 from Beloit College in Wisconsin. She received degrees in dance and anthropology, as well as departmental honors and an award in dance performance. Since then, she has continued choreographing for and performing in various shows around the Twin Cities. Notably, she performed in the Fringe Festival in 2014 and was a member of Collectivus Dance Company for two seasons. Currently, she is pursuing a doctoral degree in physical therapy and is ecstatic about the opportunity to perform in this year’s Fringe Festival!

Danielle Cina


David Pelletier Guire


David Pelletier Guire is very excited to be in Mike’s Brass production of Rumpus! This is his first professional acting gig, and he’s having a great time doing it. In the fall, David will be going into the 6th Grade at Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented in Saint Paul. Some of his favorite things are Minecraft, soccer, camping, Mario Bros., and his pets, Romper, Ruby, Penny, and Nicole. David would like to thank his mom and dad for supporting him all these years, and the producers for creating a show about an icon of his childhood.

Michelle de Joya


Derek Meyer


Rachael Schlee


Rachael Schlee has performed in many artistic endeavors around the Twin Cities since she was small, most recently High Flight and Circus Mcgurkus for the MN Fringe Festival. She is positively over the moon to be dancing with Mike's Brass again! Outside of Fringe, Rachael enjoys hanging upside down in aerial class and teaching elementary students how to be amazing.

Noë Tallen


Noë Tallen is thrilled to be working with Mike's Brass again after performing in their 2015 Fringe hit High Flight. She is a company member with Tedious Brief Productions and performed in their popular Fringe shows; Bard Fiction, Tempests (Director), The Final Act, and Mead Hall. Noë has had the good fortune to work with many local Twin Cities theatre companies; Theatre Unbound, Theater in the Round, Theatre Pro Rata, The Gremlin, Starting Gate Productions, Great American History Theater; Walking Shadow Theatre Company, Guthrie Theatre, among others. She would like to dedicate this performance to her little "Wild Thing". Upcoming: The Minotaur at Theatre Pro Rata

Maria Wall


Clara Costello

Stage Manager

Clara Costello (Stage Manager) has stage managed with Theatre Pro Rata, Little Lifeboats, Chameleon Theatre Circle, Mike's Brass, and Tedious Brief. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris, and is a company member of Little Lifeboats and Theatre Pro Rata. Clara works for the U of M Bee Squad, and loves bees of both the honey and wild varieties.

Linda Dobberstein


Linda J. Dobberstein has played trumpet since she fell in love with the instrument in 4th grade elementary school. She was lead trumpet player for the Waldorf Pemberton High School Concert Band for several years. The tiny school district had a wonderful music program that was able to participate in national high school concert band competitions and commonly won their class and a number of all event sweepstakes trophies. Linda also played lead trumpet with the Sweet Swing Jazz Band which played for many weddings, local events, and lodge clubs. She was a member of the Minnesota All State Band. Linda is a graduate of St Olaf College with a Bachelor of Music, Instrumental Music Education degree. There she played with the St Olaf College Band for four years under the direction of Miles “Mity” Johnson. Since that time, she completed a graduate program at Northwestern Health Sciences University and now is in private practice with a focus on chiropractic and clinical nutrition. She continues to play her trumpet for pleasure and service with St Michael’s Lutheran Church Orchestra and Mike’s Brass.

Joshua Horn


A "late bloomer" by modern standards, at the age of 16 he found a recording of trumpet and organ music in his Mother's collection. It was love at first listen. In his younger years he performed and toured with the Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs, including a performance tour through Italy and the Spoleto Music Festival. As a trumpeter and vocalist of a St. Michaels Lutheran Church youth ­based worship team he toured through Peru, and in 1998 served as Drum Major for the award ­winning Jefferson High School Marching Band based out of Bloomington, MN. Continuing his studies at St. Olaf in trumpet and vocal performance as well as music education he learned to shut up and listen (and is very grateful for that lesson). Since then he has performed in numerous ensembles at St. Micheal's Lutheran Church ranging in style from contemporary praise bands, orchestral and choral music, including an eight­piece SATB vocal ensemble as well as solo trumpet and organ. He is also a contemporary singer/songwriter who loves to fiddle around with original composition and arrangement of all genres. As a free lance trumpeter based out of the Twin Cities with a main focus on wedding music, small jazz combos and anything else that perks his ear, he's always happy to play. And even happier when it makes you smile.

David Mills Rittmann

French Horn

David has played horn since he was liberated from playing a trumpet early in his music education and has never looked back, grateful to be free from the tyranny of always playing the melody, and appreciative of the efforts his early music education placed on the study of after-beats. He studied horn (and mathematics) at St Olaf in a prior millennium and has continued to play in the twin cities since, playing in a variety of community orchestras, churches and musicals. While not playing the horn, he writes software, habituates coffee shops and tries to incite political, economic and religious discussions as befitting a quirky horn player.

Collin Hough


Collin Hough is an active trombonist and educator based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. He graduated in 2015 from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Music Education degree, having won their Concerto Competition and performed in several solo recitals. His teachers include Dr. Phillip Ostrander and Dr. John Tranter. Collin maintains an eclectic freelance schedule as the bass trombonist of the Mississippi Valley Orchestra while also performing with Compass Rose Brass Ensemble and the Prince of Peace (Burnsville) Brass Choir. He teaches private lessons locally and returns each year as a guest artist and educator to Shell Lake Arts Center's Trombone Camp in Shell Lake, WI.

Carin Bratlie Wethern


Carin started off her musical journey playing piano at age six. While exploring potential orchestra instruments she spent a little time with a violin, but being a lefty, she found it wasn't a good fit. Next she tried clarinet, but being one of 30 in a section wasn't much fun either. In 7th grade she tried out the tuba (thankfully her band director never told her that girls didn't play tuba), and it was just right. She studied at Concordia College, Moorhead, where she attended with a music scholarship and played in the Cobber Band throughout her time there. She has played with Mike's Brass since its inception, plays with St. Michael's Orchestra, and has subbed with the Roseville Big Band. In addition to the tuba Carin plays piano and guitar (as a lefty), is a professional knitter with Carin's Bespoke Handknits, and a teaching artist for theater. Her company, Theatre Pro Rata, is also based in the Twin Cities. Her baby girl, Beatrice, was born shortly after the 2016 Fringe and already likes low brass.

Lori Ledoux


More information

In 2016 we brought Dr. Seuss' "If I Ran The Circus" to life through live music and dance. Set to Camille Saint-Saëns' "Carnival of the Animals," the high flying story about the power of imagination had acrobatics, dance, and live brass music.

As part of the 2015 MN Fringe Festival we collaborated with choreographer Windy Bowlsby (Jumpin' Jack Kerouac) and writer Ben Tallen (Tedious Brief Productions) on a dance and live brass quintet piece themed around the disappearance of our founder and friend, Mike Bratlie, whose small plane went off radar in June of 2012. Called "High Flight," it also used the words of the poem by John Gillespie Magee Jr.

This year we are bringing Max's journey to Where The Wild Things Are to life with dance and live brass music. Our interpretation uses a wide variety of music (Barber's Adagio, The Grand March from Aida, and Toreador from Carmen, to name a few!) and poetry to tell Max's story in a new way.

This dance piece is suitable for all ages.

Learn more about Mike's Brass at www.mikesbrass.com.


The City Pages mentions Rumpus:
"Mike’s Brass are a Minneapolis brass quintet that happens to include Theatre Pro Rata’s leader Carin Bratlie Wethern. She directs Rumpus, a kid-friendly show combining music, dance, and poetry, inspired by Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are."


Matthew Everett notes Rumpus as a Returning Favorite.

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