As we reported a few weeks ago, The 2020 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival has been canceled, but that’s not stopping Orlando Fringe from fringing.
Starting today, May 12, through May 25, they’re taking the Fringe online for Fringe Today.
Each day there will be Fringe events, live and pre-recorded, including workshops, live music, games, performances, Q & A’s, and even some cocktail classes. Shows are rated: adults, teens, and Kids Fringe.
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Special Announcement! Are you going to "Fringe Today?" We are announcing a fourteen-day schedule of online experiences to take place May 12-25, the same dates of the recently canceled Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. This year's Fringe Festival was going to be the our 29th, but was recently canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We've been calling this year's festival, "The Fringe that almost was," and are still aiming for their 30th festival in 2021. "The loss of the festival this year has left a big hole in so many peoples' hearts," said Fringe Executive Director Alauna Friskics. "We want to create a way for our Fringe family to connect and experience what makes Fringe so special. This isn't a substitution for the festival, but rather an opportunity to come together." Theatre Producer Lindsay Taylor has invited notable artists to participate in this event, named Fringe Today, including Fringe favorites DK Reinemer, Paris Crayton III, Jaimz Dillman, and more. An hour of each day is dedicated to Kids Fringe, where kids of all ages can enjoy performances by Music with Mar, Mr. Richard, Cha-Ching the Bunny, Amy Sweezy, and more. To enhance the Fringiness of the virtual happenings, there will be offerings from the Outdoor Stage, Visual Fringe, as well as the popular Flashlight Cabaret, and the Fringe-themed late-night talk show, Tonight at Midnight, hosted by Rauce Padgett of The Jim Colbert Show on Real Radio 104.1. Fringe Today will be broadcast live on our Facebook page starting on Tuesday, May 12, with an Opening Ceremony and will continue through Memorial Day. All of the events are free to watch, but patrons are invited to tip the artists directly. The schedule of each day's events will be posted on our website orlandofringe.org and on our Facebook page. There are still some openings in the schedule so we are encouraging any artist that is interested in participating to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tonight’s schedule on Facebook:
•6:00 pm • “Fringe Binge Live” (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Brian Flaherty and John Gracey return to talk about Fringe Today with the staff members that made it happen!
•7:00 pm • “Sinister Circus” (All Ages)
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Returning for your pre-festival entertainment, Sinister Circus is an acrobatic variety show displaying the acrobatic feats and playful nature of 2 brothers! It was originally performed at Valleyfair Amusement Park.
• 7:30 pm •Welcome to the 29th Annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival That Almost Was (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Gather on your own lawn at home to honor the Fringe that almost was, and celebrate the Fringe that we are about to experience!
•8:30 pm Fringe Staff Get Together (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Chat with the Fringe staff about their favorite Fringe memories, and hear them talk about the Orlando Fringe that almost was.
For future daily events, visit orlandofringe.org to see the entire two week schedule. You can also donate towards future Orlando Fringe events there, and buy merchandise including the Fringe button.
And mark your calendars…barring anymore global wonkiness, The 30th Annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival will take place May 18-31, 2021.
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