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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BELIEVE

By M-SHE Productions
Created by M-SHE Productions

Playing at Southern Theater

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Just so you know, this show contains Adult language.

It's the 1940's and Earth is damaged from wasteful humans. To add to matters there's something among the populace that is causing quite an uproar. Through live music and dance we will examine this dilemma.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 7-11 and up

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Thu, 8/10 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/13 @ 2:30pm
 

* 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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Cast and crew

Maggie Hoadley-Edwards-Culp

Director/Producer/Choreographer/Photographer/Dancer

Maggie began dancing at the age of seven, training at Pat Peare School of Dance Terps, Butterfield, and Larkin. She competed for 12 years winning many awards including: the Pulse Convention Scholarship, Missouri's Dance Idol, Symposium's Terpsichorean, Minnesota State Fair Amateur Talent Contest Winner, Statewide's Performer of Excellence, Jr. Miss showbiz and Miss Starpower. Maggie went on to attend Webster University in St. Louis, MO, where she founded, coached, and participated on the Webster University Danceline. In 2006 she graduated with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Business Administration. After college, Maggie returned to Minneapolis and began her professional career as a celebrity impersonator, choreographer, and dancer in Mythology with Hey Sugar Productions and Belladiva. Since then she has been featured in Macy’s Glamorama performing with Big & Rich at the Orpheum and Chicago State Theatre, toured with SKITZOfenic and appeared on the reality show Full Throttle Saloon. She has also become a highly respected 'senior' member of Sole to Soul performing as a backup dancer, choreographer, lead, and model for major productions at local community events as well as large national/international hair and fashion productions. With the eye and soul for all things artistic, Maggie started M-SHE Productions, which provides choreography, instruction, direction and performers for dance and photography. M-SHE Productions has offered services for: corporate events, The Phipps Center for the Arts, Ballet Minnesota, Valleyfair, Divas Entertainment, judging competitions throughout MN and the Minnesota Opera. M-SHE produced a 5 star show for the 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Maggie also continues to share her talents as an instructor of jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, pointe, musical theatre, gymnastics, and baton at studios throughout the twin cities, and can be found routinely at The Dance Factory where she is an instructor, choreographer, and artistic director. Her dances have been recognized with many high point awards, judge’s choice awards and several choreography awards. Maggie is the youth manager for Minnesota Dance Collaborative. In addition to dance, Maggie has been involved in the world of theatre, performing and choreographing for companies in Minnesota and Missouri. "Passion drives me. I believe I have a shot at my dreams, which float amongst the clouds, and make me proud to think upon from one sunrise to the next… that’s me at my best. I do what I love everyday!” -Maggie εϊз Live. Believe. Make it true.


Parker Culp

Show Concept Designer/Director/Producer/Music Director/Photographer/Musician

Parker grew up in Des Moines where his love for music began. His band Send Help toured the local area during his high school years, where he worked along side with Slipknot. He attended college at Musictech and received an Associates Degree in Audio Engineering. He has toured all over America with both local and national bands. When he is not on tour he is writing and producing music for local artists.

Parker has worked for large corporations such as: Best Buy, Target, and Honeywell. He has also mixed bands and artists such as: Candlebox, Ingrid Michaelson, David Allan Coe, Saving Able, World Classic Rockers (members of Toto Boston and Santana), L.A. Guns, and Skid Row. He currently works throughout the Twin Cities area and makes music for local dance studios as well.

His music pushes the listener outside of the norm, mixing electronic music with classical sounds, and a touch of what exists inside his head.


Laura Chandler

Assistant/Dancer

Laura Chandler is from New Brighton, Minnesota. She holds a BS in Broad Field Social Studies with a History emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She has been dancing for many a years, starting with instruction at the Midwest Youth Dance Theatre, took her passion to college dancing with UWRF Dance Theatre, and continuing here with MSHE productions. Laura has been involved with various dance productions/experiences including, but not limited to Lion King and Aida with MYDT, Body Systems in Motion, and the American College Dance Festival at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, UW-Madison, and UW-Stevens Point. She also worked with the InKline Dance Company and Dances, Chances, Circumstances and has choreographed for UWRF Dance Theatre. She recently worked with MSHE and ROWBY productions on L’Heure de Minuit and L'Heure de Minuit la Malediction performing at various Twin Cities venues as well as the Fringe Festival in 2015. She is so thankful for the fantastic adventure and being able to share the passion and magic with others. Lots of love to her friends and family :)


Bre Poliak

Dancer

Bre Poliak started her dance career in 1995 with the Prescott Dance Team. She went on to dance for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire as a four-year member of the Blugold Dance Team, a two-year member of the UWEC Concert Dance Company, while also earning a minor in Dance. Since then, Bre has been performing and choreographing for the Phipps Dance Theatre in Hudson, WI. She also choreographs for the Phipps Dance Company, and teaches Begging and Intermediate Hip-Hip at the Phipps Center For The Arts. Bre also performs, choreographs, and teaches for various companies and events throughout the Twin Cities area. Poliak currently lives in Saint Paul, MN, and is the Office Manager for Goodmanson Construction. In her free time, she can be found riding her Harley, playing volleyball, and spending time with family and friends. Bre would like to give a HUGE thanks to all of those people in her life that have allowed dance to be such a big part of who she is!


Jennifer James

Dancer

Originally from Sioux Falls, SD, Jennifer was trained and taught dance at Main Stage Ballet and Dance Academy. In May of 2011, she graduated from Minnesota State University – Mankato with a BS in Dance and Sports Medicine. While there she had the privilege to perform works by choreographers such as Alan Sener, Gabe Masson, Mary Fitzgerald along with many others. Upon graduation she worked with The Ordway in their productions of “Cinderella” as well as Breaking Boundaries and Threads Dance Project; currently Borealis Dance. Jennifer is also a Pure Barre instructor in St Louis Park, MN and is the Artistic Director at Dance Express in Mankato, MN. This is Jennifer's 2nd performance with Mshe and she loves every second of it. "The choreography, concepts, and styles are so different and unique. Another reason I fell in love with dance".


Aubrie Winters

Dancer

Aubrie Winters started her training in Madison, WI at the Madison Professional Dance Center where she studied all types of dance and was a member of the competition and performance teams. After high school she attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she received a BFA in Dance focusing on Modern and Ballet but remaining in love with all types of dance. During her years at the U she had the opportunity to perform on the Northrop stage with the Martha Graham Dance Company as well as working for Radio Disney. She is currently a ballet instructor at Platinum Dance Center in Edina, MN and working as an event coordinator and promotions assistant for Turnkey Events and Promotions Twin Cities Road Crew, an experiential marketing company based out of St. Louis Park, MN.


Susan Leppke

Dancer

Maya Angelou once said, “life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away, ” and Susan strives to create moments that are meaningful.

Susan Nwoke Leppke began dancing at the age of ten in Clarksville, Tennessee and her love for dance never ceased. She studied in various forms of dance including tap, lyrical, jazz, hip-hop, African and ballet. From dancing in her high school’s dance team to performing for dance companies in the Twin Cities, she continues to enhance her skills and grow as a dancer. Susan has made appearances at venues across the Twin Cities not only a dancer, but also as a model and actor. When she is not involved directly in the arts, she broadens her passion by volunteering on arts organization boards and doing management consulting for small companies. In addition, Susan has her master’s degree in public health and is passionate about expanding affordable access to healthcare for everyone.


Kaylee Fandre

Dancer

Kaylee grew up in Illinois where she danced for 14 years. She danced at Dance Academy of Antioch for most of her training, which was then renamed Triple Threat Dance Studio and quickly after Extreme Artistry Dance Studio. During her time in the studio, she was trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, tap, modern, lyrical, pointe, and musical theatre. Kaylee started teaching and assisting at Triple Threat at age 14 and then progressed to a teacher at Extreme Artistry when she was 16. She started by teaching recreational classes and choreographing for recitals. In High School, Kaylee partook in her competitive dance team where she held a captain position for two years. Right before leaving for college, Kaylee had the opportunity to work closely with Shine Bright Dance Studio in their new opening including a performance at their Gala and guest teaching.


Kaylee graduated in the Fall of 2016 with a BA in Dance and a minor in Management from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she performed works by Justin Jones and the Martha Graham Dance Company, reset by Susan Kikuchi. She also got the chance to perform with TU Dance in their Spring 2016 show. She emphasized her studies in modern, jazz, improvisation, composition, and ballet.


Post graduation, Kaylee keeps herself busy with freelance choreography, performing, teaching, and working dance competitions. In the Fall of 2015, she performed in a musical production, "Philly The Musical" as a dancer in St. Louis Park. Over the summers, Kaylee travels to teach dance for the Universal Dance Association where she loves to pass down her knowledge to the generations of dancers to come. Mosr recently, she got the chance to perform at the Worlds Dance Competition in Orlando, Florida with a competitive adult dance team, Northern Elite Vibe. This is her first year with the company, and she is so excited to be working with M-SHE Productions to continue her performance career.


Kylie Serson

Dancer

Kylie Serson has been dancing at The Dance Factory since she was 3 years old and started competitively dancing in 2007. In 2009 Kylie won her first dance title, Grand Champion for her first jazz solo entitled "Fabulous". Then in 2013 she won the Grand Champion title with her lyrical solo entitled "Dream On" and she also received the Best of the Best award for the highest score of the day.

Kylie has performed in multiple group dances, productions and solos over the years in the different styles of dance including tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical and hip hop. In 2014 Kylie proudly performed in the first performance of L'Heure de Minuit.

Kylie has been attending White Bear Lake Central School for the last three years and made the honor roll throughout her time there. Most recently Kylie was accepted into the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists where she will attend her freshman year of high school.


Natasha Friedges

Dancer

Natasha Friedges, an Intern with M-She Productions since 2013, is excited to perform again with M-She Productions latest adventure, ‘Believe’. Her love of dancing began at The Dance Factory in Forest Lake, MN when she was 4 years old and is still dancing competitively today. As a competitive dancer in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, contemporary and hip hop she has won numerous scholarships, high point, judges choice and stand out dancer awards. Natasha is a member of both the Nu Delta Alpha Dance Honor Society and the NDEO National Honor Society for Dance Arts. She is currently beginning her 3rd year with the Forest Lake High School Dance Team.

Natasha’s love of the Arts branched out at the age of 7 when she began playing the piano and performing in the musical theater productions of School House Rock, Oliver, Miracle on Main Street, Alice in Wonderland, and Annie. In 2015 Natasha was named the Spotlight Dance Cup 2015 National Teen Miss Photogenic winner.

Natasha attended Lakes International Language Academy elementary school in the Spanish immersion program becoming bilingual in both Spanish and English, and continues partial Spanish immersion in High School perfecting her Spanish language and writing skills. Natasha has earned Academic and Varsity Dance Team Letters in Jazz, Kick, and Choreography as well as All Conference Honorable Mention honors for Jazz both years and was voted on as the “Hardest Worker” and “Practically Perfect Practicer” by her teammates. Natasha is also a Student Council member and Link Leader.


Victoria Sandberg

Dancer

Victoria is 16 years old, and I has been dancing for 12 years. She will be a Junior at Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, and is a competitive dancer at QC Dance. Victoria has been trained in every style of dance, but her favorite styles are lyrical, and jazz! She loves to perform and has been in many different shows from her j-term performances at school, winter shows for a company called Borealis, world fest, along with the many competitions and recitals.


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Adrianna Lonick

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Well, we've done it folks... The air around us is filled with many menacing faces, and we put them there.  With the likes of: fossil fuels, genetically engineered food, the petrochemical industry, toxic chemicals and heavy metal runoffs, you think we would have worked to our full potential to cease these things from our daily lives.  But, it's a beautiful world in Everness in our minds and we are going about each day with a smile on our face, waves to our neighbors, and not a care in the world.  Not all smiles are the same, and some of those neighbors seem just a bit off from the cookie cutter vision most see.  Consequence isn't something we give much thought to and hopefully everything works out. 


Through electrifying live music ranging from Queen B to Prodigy, that will make the hair on your skin vibrate, and intense dancing in the styles of: hip hop, contemporary, musical theatre, tap, and jazz, we've seriously got something for everyone!  So, let's get our sy-fy on together and examine this Earth shaterring dilemma.

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