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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The End of the World Sing-Along Hour

By The Heavy Mettle Assembly
Created by Tracey Fletcher Zavadil

Playing at Bryant-Lake Bowl

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Political content, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, First-time producer

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Warnings: Adult language.

Has "Resisting" lost it's zip? Collapsing under all the crazy? Has your passion for protest paled? Let's fix that with SINGING! We'll sing lots of great, and two pretty stupid, songs. Let your voice be heard!

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

 

Fri, 8/4 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 1:00pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 5:30pm
 

 

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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Great show

by Arati Sharma on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

If you want to see a Bollywood movie in a theater but not on screen you have an option this year at the Fringe Festival. Dancing Bare Feet had all five elements of nature, music, dance, color, excellent performances, good storyline and a thread of entertainment weaving it all together.
I would surely recommend it.


Great time

by Mark Webb on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

This is a fun show, filled with great musical talent leading us through song, kazoos included. Perfect fringe fare!

1 person found this review helpful


Sing! Save the World!

by Mariellen Jacobson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 38 shows

What a riot!!! Great professional singers, a nice little band, terrific original songs, a fun story to bind it all together, kazoos, oom-pa-pa from a baritone horn, and just enough audience participation! It could use a clearer ending and a bit of tightening, but find a way to fit it into your schedule - you’ll be glad you did. (And you can eat/drink in the theater!)

1 person found this review helpful


The End of the World Sing-a-long Hour

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

Very funny! Really amazing singers, great harmonies and hilarious lyrics . Loved the whole premise of the show. This was a really fun show to see and to participate in...gotta love anything with a kazoo!

1 person found this review helpful


It was good

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

It was good I liked the music a lot

1 person found this review helpful


Wowsa

by chris moen on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Insightful and funny. And I love post apocalyptic humor.

1 person found this review helpful


Wonderful

by Peter Finneran-Flyckt on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show was very interactive, the music was easy to follow and the singer/actors performed very well. My expirence was great and I recommend anyone to come to this show.

1 person found this review helpful


Silly

by Katie Ingison on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This was a fun and silly show. I really enjoyed the audience participation, it was just enough to make you feel involved without feeling forced. The Kazoos were a blast, and I had fun with the concept. It is a bit rough around the edges at times, but I had a great time.

1 person found this review helpful


A Kazoo Is A Great Responsibility

by Georgia P on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Enough audience participation to keep you engaged but not too much as to be obnoxious!! The references are fresh, the characters are fun, and you get a kazoo :)

2 people found this review helpful


Topical and funny

by Rachel Harrison on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Just enough audience participation to be really fun. Don't like to sing? Grab a kazoo! Wonderful cast and an earnest and funny script. Definitely worth your time!

1 person found this review helpful


Great Concept and Singing

by Sara Robinson-Coolidge on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 49 shows

This is a great idea with some wonderful voices. The sing-along aspect was really fun (and my daughter was delighted to gain a kazoo). It probably needs a couple more songs and a bit more fleshing out to become a truly amazing show.

2 people found this review helpful


This land IS my land

by Christine Malcom on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

A unique idea that's a good fit for Fringe. Rough around the edges in a few places, but good engagement of the audience and leveraging of the power of song.

3 people found this review helpful


Baritone 4 evah

by Amy Bonifas on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

Fun and original. Music easy to have audience join in. Remember that having a kazoo is a great responsibility: a privilege that may be confiscated if misused.

3 people found this review helpful


Cute, but not entirely cohesive

by Liz Capouch on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

There are a lot of great voices in this ensemble, and the premise of a "Prairie Home Companion"-type show in a terrifying time works for me. However, I'm left wanting more...something. The show doesn't quite seem to know what it wants to be yet. A fun time, though - come prepared to sing. Or kazoo.

3 people found this review helpful


Cast and crew

Tracey Zavadil

Kitty Chapeaux

Tracey Zavadil is making her Fringe debut as a performer, creator, and producer. She studied vocal performance at Northwestern and DePaul Universities and is currently a member of the Minnesota Opera Chorus. Tracey has also appeared with Nautilus Music Theater, Mixed Precipitation Opera, The Dead Composers’ Society, Music Theatre Louisville, Center Stage Theatre, Kentucky Opera, Light Opera Works, Toledo Opera, Toledo Symphony, The Mansfield Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony Chorus. Tracey maintains an active voice and piano studio while wrangling her three kids Emily, Fletcher, and Megan and dogs Addie and Coco.


Jennifer Eckes

Amy Jo Love

Jennifer Eckes returns to the Fringe after 5 long years since co-creating and performing in the 2012 hit, POP UP MUSICAL. In the meantime, she has sung in stage productions around the Twin Cities with Minnesota Opera, the Ordway, Plymouth Playhouse, Mill City Opera, Skylark Opera Theatre, and Artistry, along with numerous cabarets and concert revues, and dozens of funerals. Jen loves eating pizza and is a founding member of the Twin Cities Cabaret Artists Network.


Carole Finneran

Vera DeMotte

Carole Finneran, AKA Wonder Woman, studied Vocal Performance at The Catholic University of America and The University of Maryland. For a few years she did what all young singers do...work odd jobs while auditioning and getting gigs here and there. Then, she earned her law degree at Hamline University and has been a public defender for 21 years. In her spare time, she sings with the MN Opera Chorus and is raising two awesome boys!


Shayna Houp

Stage Manager


Eryn Tvete

Dr. Gwen Rider

Minnesota native, Eryn Tvete, has been performing her entire life. From classical art songs and opera, to musical theatre and jazz, she’s comfortable in genres of music across the board. She obtained her music degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth and has been performing in the Twin Cities area since 2006. Eryn currently performs with the MN Opera chorus, MN Chorale, and is the managing director and master of ceremonies for Opera on Tap Twin Cities. Other appearances include The Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company, Bloomington Civic Theatre, and Theatre Latte Dark cabaret. You will find Eryn online at www.reverbnation.com/eryntvete.   Learn more about Opera on Tap Twin Cities at www.operaontap.org/twincities or check it out on Facebook.


Kevin Werner Hohlstein

Claude Sways

Before moving to the Twin Cities, Kevin completed a BA in Music at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and while in school had the opportunity to work with the Eau Claire Children’s Theater and Fanny Hill Dinner Theater.

Calling the Twin Cities home since 1995, he has worked as a performer with Cardinal Theatricals, Theater in the Round, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Ashland Productions; Jarvis Mundi Productions, Blue Umbrella Productions, Season’s Players and the Minnesota Opera. Kevin has also directed for New Breath Productions, Ashland Productions, McNally Smith College of Music, wrote and directed for Minnesota PerformDance and Unity Christ Church and has also worked with many companies across the Twin Cities metro and in western Wisconsin as choreographer and music director – including McNally Smith College of Music, Eight Ball Productions, Ashland Productions, and Heritage Theater. He is also proud to be one of the creators of Pop Up Musical, a show that had its start are the Fringe Festival in 2012.

In addition to being a member of the voice faculty at McNally Smith College of Music and director of the Musical Theater Ensemble, he teaches voice out of his home studio and is proud to be a founding member of the Twin Cities Cabaret Artists Network (TCCAN). He also serves as Minister of Music at Living Table UCC in Minneapolis.


Fletcher Todd

The New Guy/Bass Guitar

Fletcher Todd is a virtuosic savant often found living up to some, if not a few, of his natural talents. Previous roles include: Benny in "In The Heights", Rusty Charlie in "Guys and Dolls", and Dan (the brother you forgot about) in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored...etc.". He occasionally performs with his critically unacknowledged band, The New Abnormal, and dreams of someday making it big playing rock music, despite his current residence in the epoch of EDM and rap. Barring any unforeseen complications, such as the apocalypse, Fletcher plans to graduate in 2019 from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a degree in film and media studies. After that, he plans to make all the cool movies or maybe he'll work in sales.


Fletcher Zavadil

Joey/Guitar

Fletcher Zavadil is making his Fringe Festival debut. As a singer, he has appeared in numerous productions with Minnesota Opera, including Il Nabucco, Carmen, The Magic Flute, as well as The Nightingale, and MemoryBoy with Project Opera, Minnesota Opera’s Youth Training Program. Fletcher studies guitar with Ben Glarus, has two sisters, two dogs, and will be a sophomore at Edina High School this fall.

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<"The End of the World Sing-Along Hour" is a radio show produced by Kitty Chapeaux and The Resister Sisters, aimed at uplifting the spirits of those feeling overwhelmed and discouraged by the current political climate. When news of imminent disaster arrives, the cast is thrown into chaos. Can this scrappy little band save the world?>

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