About Minnesota Fringe

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Showtimes

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

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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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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.

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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.

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Box Office Info

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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

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Get Hooked

By Madlads Productions
Created by Joe Heyman, Asher B-R, Kiran Arquin, and Owen McCready

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Thrust

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Historical content, Improv, Puppetry, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, National/international company, Includes artists of color

A pirate musical which follows a group of friends on their epic quest to find the treacherous captain who left them for dead, and all of their zany adventures along the way. ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 4:00pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Thu, 8/10 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/13 @ 5:30pm
 

* 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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SO GOOD!!!

by Melissa Elmer on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

All of the cast members were amazing singers and the live music was great!! My ears were blessed


YEET

by Maddie Schafer on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

what a treat///everything was enjoyable A++++ ///pirate puns on fleek


WOWOWOWOWOWOW

by Gracie Regala on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Wow!!! So good!! For real if you want to be impressed by some high school kids please see this show. If you do not want to be impressed and instead enjoy being sad or unimpressed, do not see this show!!! I repeat, if you do NOT want to have fun, do NOT go to this show. However, for all you normal fun-lovers out there please come on down to pirate land and check out this rockin' musical! You won't regret it! Unless you don't want to enjoy yourself, then you may leave sad.


Shiver me timbers mate! Great!

by Jeffrey Kessel on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

From stem to stern & fore to aft this was great. The band be jammin before, esp. the guy on sax. Plenty of puns & high energy. Good voices; I especially enjoyed the duet between the evil pirate & the heroine.


A truely fun romp!

by Lynn Skupeko on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

What a fun show!!! The tone was lighthearted and playful, the music was wonderful, and I found myself laughing a lot. There is a great deal of heart and talent here. There were times when it was a bit hard to hear, so as other reviewers have said, sit close. It exceeded my expectations and was a happy theater experience.


Wow!

by Karen Wengetse on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

After reading reviews I wasn't expecting much, but these kids were amazing! Wow! I don't understand why some people scored this so low! The harmonizing was amazing and all the kids could really sing (especially the girl who played Thelonius! Wow!) and I enjoyed the swing dancing! Wow! I missed a few lines and bits of songs because I couldn't hear them. And, some of the actors weren't as believable as they could have been. But, overall it was an amazing show! Wow! Go see this, you won't regret it!

1 person found this review helpful


Fantastic show!

by Skyler Bough on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Show was amazing and every little bit of it was fantastic, from the musical numbers, to the characters, and fourth wall breaks. I definitely Got Hooked (pun intended)

1 person found this review helpful


Talent

by Cate Jackson on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Really talented group of kids who arrrrrr definitely going places! Very funny script and decent songs. Sit closer to the front to hear some of the music and dialogue, but seriously get out to support some smart kids. I don't know any of them, I'm not a parent. Just a Fringer who took a chance and wasn't disappointed.

1 person found this review helpful


where's the pirate emoji

by Bailey Soika on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I always love watching young adults onstage having fun and doing what they love. I could feel this cast's passion and dedication and that made it all the more enjoyable. Anyone could have an appreciate for the work these kids did - from the talented live band and the diverse choreography to the authenticity of the costumes and props, I think every aspect of this production is something to be proud of. Anyway who doesn't like fun. Or pirates. Or musicals. Or pirate musicals.


Exciting and New

by Megan Ryan on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I was very impressed by how good and funny this show was, given the fact that it was produced by teenagers. Being honest I don't think me or any of my friends could be that talented. I think that many of the negative reviews are from people that are jealous that teenagers were able to write a better script and be better actors than they could ever be. Very happy to have made the decision to go to this show.


Good use of an Hour

by Michael Strong on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The show was exactly what I expected and more. Some mess ups here and there, but catchy songs, good dancing, ok acting and a really good band. The reviews of this show are really mixed so I suggest going to judge for yourself. The plot could have been better, but there were strong singers and actors that made the lackluster work, overall I don't regret going.


Just Bad

by Rachel Glass on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This show was not so good. The students clearly worked hard, and did a commendable job at writing something. But what was this about? It wasn't funny, and it was a bit cringey at times. Will Pratt did a fantastic job at making a poorly written character somewhat charming. The musical numbers were orchestrated well but the numbers and lyrics were boring, not funny, and confusing.
Skip this one.

1 person found this review helpful


Energy

by on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Instead of the usual pretentious adult stuff about perceived injustice this was fresh and global; justice vs revenge. Heavy stuff but these kids pulled it off. Sure, it needs polishing, but the core concept is good. I really enjoyed myself. Thanks next generation.

1 person found this review helpful


what did i watch

by Carl Smith on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This is a no go. thanks but no thanks.

1 person found this review helpful


Come for the lead, stay for song & dance

by Phil Carlson on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Strong lead in Will Pratt - you'll see much more of him in coming years I'm sure; wonderful singing/dancing numbers (pirates sing and dance? Yes!); great pit band; fun, quirky plot; some remarkable tunes; fine singing all around. Can we say, what an amazing feat for a gaggle of St. Paul high school kids? Yes, we can!

1 person found this review helpful


You May Lay To That!

by Long John Mayock on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

By the powers! A finer musical I never clapped my eyes or ears on! Oh, I knowed "Get Hooked" was square, but those sons and daughters of a double dutchman are as smart as paint and I seen that as soon as I come in the Rarig. He was the flower of the flock was Will Pratt. Ah, they was a sweet crew of musicians they was. All these gentlemen and women of fortune lives rough, and they risk swinging, but they eat and drink like fighting-cocks, and when their fringe run is is done, why, it should be a hundreds of pounds instead of hundreds of farthings in their pockets.

2 people found this review helpful


See this one

by Vineeta Sawkar Branby on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

So many Fringe Festival performances to see...so little time. Make time for the pirates. It's a funny and entertaining show! Kudos to the high school students who came up with this gem. Ahoy mateys!! Aaarrgh! Get thee to this pirate musical before they make you walk the plank!

2 people found this review helpful


A nice surprise

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

Didn't have high expectations for high school show, but enjoyed it. Sure, there could have been more to the plot and the songs didn't always advance things, but they had a great protagonist. Nice band, although made it hard to hear some of the vocalists at times. Overall, definitely worth the time.

1 person found this review helpful


Impressive Youth Production!

by Meg Peters on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

As a teacher - a music teacher, in fact - there's no way I would miss a youth show! Pretty impressive that it was written, directed, produced, scored, and accompanied by Saint Paul High School students. Yes, the plot could use a little work - but the staging works, it is well acted, the music is pretty catchy, and the band is spectacular. Kudos to these kids!

1 person found this review helpful


Funny and Different!

by Audrey Franklin on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This musical is great and nice change from the usual fringe shows. Great music both from stage and from the live band, and many of the high school actors are great for their age. There are some things that could run smoother, but it's fringe not broadway so who really cares. The humor is great and it is great for anybody under 18.

1 person found this review helpful


a bit of a skit

by monte vognsen on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

Not much to this piece. Done by high-schoolers for high-schoolers.

1 person found this review helpful


Why was this on city pages?

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

Saw this a few days ago. I left disappointed. Don't mean to throw shade but this was hella obnoxious. Too bad this could have been lit af but instead it was just bad af.

4 people found this review helpful


Arrrggg yeah mi matie

by Grace McCarthy on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

super fun! Great music and wounderful danceing! All around a great show!

1 person found this review helpful


I'm Hooked!

by Audrey McCarthy on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This was a really entertaining show with good music and a fun plot. Pirates, justice, and sword fights are always a good idea, and took it all and put it to song and dance. Also, it was really cool to see a bunch of teenagers put together a whole musical themselves, because that's not something you get to see everyday. 10/10 would (and have) recomend(ed).

1 person found this review helpful


two hooks up!

by Emma Gasterland-Gustafsson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This show had a cast of very talented dancers and musicians, with a very strong villainous lead. A show that you can tell the actors and writers put a lot of hard work into! Would definitely recommend sitting in the center of the audience because some actors are a little quiet, but otherwise very good show!

1 person found this review helpful


Wow, Mateys!

by Maggie O'Reilly on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

For teens to create and pull off this production is both inspiring and refreshing! It's the only youth production in Fringe 2017 and received a standing ovation. Worth checking out!

1 person found this review helpful


An Average Fringe Musical

by Cetius d'Raven on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

No real surprises or disastrous issues (beyond the frequent Fringe musical problem of hearing unmiked singers), though fewer pirate jokes than expected. The villain was the most compelling character and the protagonist was perhaps the least interesting, which I suppose is it's biggest flaw.

3 people found this review helpful


It didn't catch me

by Mariellen Jacobson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 38 shows

A labor of love that didn't quite deliver - I missed several bits of dialog and nodded off at one point. They did have a couple strong performers and some swell dance numbers and a fun little band, though.

2 people found this review helpful


I'm Hooked!

by Josie Wilmes on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Very fun and light performance by a whole crew of talented teens! The music pit with original music was a nice touch. I'm a dancer so I also enjoyed the choreography and the silliness that went with the show. I'm going again and bringing friends. Great teen production!

1 person found this review helpful


Hooking!

by Jackson Makan on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This show was great and was a light alternative to the many heavy, thought provoking shows in the fringe. Many of the leads (especially the evil pirate) were great and their songs were great. I loved the villain song and the idea of playing guitar on stage was different and funny. I loved the last sword fight, tango scene and was a funny way to do that scene. The idea of having a live band added to the performance and I thought that the pit music was great. Also, this whole show was written and produced by high schoolers made the jokes and quality better. Would definitely see again!

2 people found this review helpful


Missed much of it

by Chuck Taylor on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I missed a great deal of the show due to my seating. The show is played as though it were on a proceium, yet alas they are on a trust. Saw a lot of the backs of actors and missed entires scenes due to staging. The music from what I could hear was catchy and there were some a few good memoments amidst the confusion. To their credit I was humming the final song after the show. Overall it was a quite sloppy and due to the staging i missed a great deal of the show.

1 person found this review helpful


Fun show

by Michael Gauer on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

I enjoyed the show. It made me smile, made me laugh. Liked having the band there, liked the one-liners

1 person found this review helpful


Excellent Show!

by Julius Smith on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This show was great and was by far my favorite show I have seen at fringe this year. I thought that the main leads (Evil Capitan Gale and Thelounios) were great. The songs were very catchy and the signing was great. The acting and jokes added quality to the production. My favorite part is the fact that they had a live band, the pit music was great and a big thumbs up for the composer of the pit music. For a show completely produced by high schoolers it was truly great. The creativity of some of the lines and parts are unmatched.

Tip: Try to sit center stage for better views and sound

Would definitely see it again!

2 people found this review helpful


Middle and high school show.

by Sam Thomas on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I want to be a honest reviewer, in full disclosure this is middle and high school quality. I'm supportive of kids being at the fringe because it helps them grow. But to judge it like any other show: The plot was weak, but more importantly, there was a lack of connection to the audience. Why does it warrant this rating? The humor and acting wasn't for the audience. It was for the actors themselves. It was overly self indulged acting and humor. Granted, they are middle or high school students who will hopefully develop in to more mature people and actors as they age. This is not a show I would recommend to avid fringers. Maybe to their high school friends and parents though. I'm sure they love this as parents do when their kids are on stage.

5 people found this review helpful


Put on your pirate pants & see this show

by Sarah Black on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

Super fun and very well done

1 person found this review helpful


High School

by Ed Prof on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Good high school performance. A few good performers and many who couldn't sing. Not a first choice

3 people found this review helpful


Impressive student-led production

by Angus Werther on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Great job by evil Captain Gale, Thelonious, and the pit orchestra! Catchy songs. My kid loved it. Yes, could definitely use tighter direction, and some actors could project more, but are you at Fringe for professional polish? Rated "PG" for mild bawdy humor.

3 people found this review helpful


Arg mateys! Fun!

by Kim Chase-Kozak on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

We really enjoyed this high school show! I am surprised at the extremely low reviews honestly. I've seen much less entertaining shows on stage in the cities. LOVED the live music and that really made the show. There were small issues with volumes, pacing, and some of the teens were possibly newer to theater, but it kept moving with the humor and the puns! The main villain was hilarious and is very talented!

1 person found this review helpful


Voice vs. Drums

by Anthony Chlebeck on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This is a delightful and hilarious pirate musical. Both playful and corny with really enjoyable song and dance numbers. I laughed and cheered! It's only draw back was the live band drown out a lot of the singing. Some drum muting pads and a bass dampener would really help hear the lyrics and voices better.
Otherwise, a thoroughly enjoyable musical!

2 people found this review helpful


We liked this a lot

by Naomi Kritzer on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

First: ignore the 16+ rating, this is absolutely fine for 12-15 and I really think it would be fine to bring younger kids, too (there are a couple of off-color jokes but I guarantee you middle schoolers have heard worse).

This show was uneven, but the parts I liked were good enough to really make it work for me. I particularly loved the villain (and the Villain Song), the dance/swordfight scene, and the Pirate Union Rep.

My 16-year-old particularly loved this show (she said it's her favorite show in the Fringe so far); I think the fact that it was a show created by teens was really exciting for her.

2 people found this review helpful


It is what it is

by Bradan Swatch on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Kudos to the kids for writing, producing, and starring in this show! The whole show screams school project brought to Fringe, and an honest review gives it 2 stars.

Pro Tip: If you decide to go, sit in the center section or you will be staring at backs the entire time.

7 people found this review helpful


They Hooked Me

by Kate McCready on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The music was great, the performers were so entertaining, and the musicians did an amazing job pulling off a totally original work. I'm impressed! Super fun for families and those looking for some lively song and dance numbers. Loved it!

3 people found this review helpful


A high school performance

by Maria Keith on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Kids having fun, like they should.

5 people found this review helpful


Decent for High School

by Adri Arquin on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I thought that for a group of high school students the show went well! Some of the songs felt a little repetitive and there could have been more action on stage. But the onstage pit and backing music was great and the villain was a great performance!

3 people found this review helpful


Yar....

by Roopali Phadke on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Tons of fun for all ages. Talented kids and great orchestra. Sure its tongue and cheek and fun of puns....but we really enjoyed it!

3 people found this review helpful


Dancing Pirates!

by Lisa Heyman on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Clever musical comedy with dancing pirates!

2 people found this review helpful


A Fun Pirate Dancefest!

by Madelyne Heyman on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Swing dancing pirates! Evil guitar playing captains! Ex-Janitors turned vigilantes! Get Hooked is a fun, family friendly (the fringe website lied!) musical by and starring a group of talented teens! Clever jokes and fun music keep the show sailing along.

2 people found this review helpful


Here There Be Draggin'...

by Justin DeLong on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 20 shows

This show is very unique in that it was conceived, written, and performed by high school performers. That said, trying to temper my review because of this would be a disservice to the performers and audience. The leads are strong (especially the Pirate King), but the plot is weak, and while the music is catchy at first, it quickly becomes irritating.
Too many puns, not enough polish or substance.

6 people found this review helpful


Oof

by Krispin Shax on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

High School level, truly. It felt like there was no director. Plot was flimsy and nothing felt natural or followable. Some actors were just... saying lines, and not actually acting. Songs so-so at best, although the live band is stellar. There was so little liveliness in this show, it was tragically disappointing.

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