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Fresh from the Fringe (Posted On: Thursday, October 29, 2015)

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This November the Fringe is coming to Collingwood! The Simcoe Street Theatre in association with Sandcastle Theatre will be presenting two weekends of vibrant Canadian fringe theatre. Fresh from the Fringe will feature eight different shows that toured festivals across Canada this summer.

The eight shows offer a wide variety of entertainment for Collingwood and area audiences. Included are several award winning shows such as Meet Cute, which was chosen for the 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival's Best of Fringe, Baker's Dozen: 12 Angry Puppets, which won Best Solo Production at the 2015 Montreal Fringe Festival, Little Miss Understood, winner of the Audience Choice Award at the 2014 Toronto Fringe and Absolute Magic by TEDx speaker and award winning magician, Keith Brown.

Other shows include For You, For Me, For Nicholas by Toronto Indie company, Flotsam Theatre, A Tension to Detail by Gerard Harris, who has entertained audiences from coast to coast, Sloanliness, the one-man comedy by writer-performer, Dan Hershfield and the wonderfully engaging and funny play, Mars, written by Jayson McDonald and featuring Valerie Cotic and Mark Nocent.

Fresh from the Fringe will offer theatre for all ages, as Sandcastle Theatre presents the children's show, The Emperor's New Clothes, on Saturday, November 21 at 11:30 pm and 1:30 pm. Tickets for The Emperor's New Clothes are only $10 and are available at the door.

Stephanie Fowler, artistic director of Sandcastle Theatre and one of the Fresh from the Fringe organizers is a long-time Fringe fan, having attended several festivals over the past 25 years and more recently having performed Little Miss Understood - a show she created and performs with her teenage daughter - at Fringe festivals in Montreal, Toronto, London and Edmonton.

"Some of the most memorable theatre I've ever seen has been at Fringe Festivals," says Stephanie. "Usually going to the theatre means a commitment of an entire evening and $30 or more for the ticket. Most Fringe shows are 60 minutes long and tickets cost $10 - $15. This allows you to take a chance and see something new - which often ends up being some very remarkable, cutting edge theatre."

There will be 20 different performances over the two weekends (November 13 - 15 and 20 - 22), including the two children's shows. Audience members can come for one show or stay for the afternoon or evening and enjoy socializing in between shows. A cash bar and snacks will be available for purchase in the Press Gallery. Tickets for each show may be purchased at the door. The Fresh from the Fringe pass, which gives entry to 4 shows is only $50, offering additional savings.

"When I met Anke and Rick and saw what a fabulous venue The Simcoe Street Theatre was, I knew I wanted to help bring these exciting new shows up to Collingwood so that audiences in this area could experience how amazing Fringe theatre can be."

"These plays reflect our vision for the theatre," says Rick and Anke Lex of the Simcoe Street Theatre "We are thrilled to bring to young indie artists to Collingwood, with exciting avant-garde performances."

Tickets for each Fresh from the Fringe performance are $15 each ($10 each for The Emperor's New Clothes) and are available at the door. A 4-show Fresh from the Fringe pass can be purchased for only $50 on Ticket Scene or the Creemore Coffee Studio, at 65 Simcoe Street.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see award winning Fringe theatre at a local theatre.


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