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Windsor-Walkerville Fringe Festival 2017

July 20 - 30

The 2nd Annual Windsor-Walkerville Fringe Festival hosted by The Olde Walkerville Theatre, along with other local venues, takes place July 20-30, 2017.

This festival features local, regional and international artists performing live theatre, music, dance, comedy, improv and more.

The Windsor-Walkerville Fringe Festival is a member of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF). The Canadian Fringe Festival model is unique in two respects: it guarantees that the artists involved receive 100% of ticket revenue and it does not subject the artist’ work to jury approval or censor it in any way. Theatre companies are selected by non-judicial means and work within the technical guidelines of the Fringe Festival to produce their own art. Festival patrons enjoy physically and financially accessible arts experiences and the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogues with artist and fellow Fringe patrons.

2017 Fringe Festival Shows

A Girl Like Me

Arts Collective Theatre / ACT Windsor’s Social Justice Theatre presents the musical A Girl Like at The Olde Walkerville Theatre.

Nibi, a teen from Northern Saskatchewan, moves to Windsor with her mother and sister following her father’s suicide. As she attempts to navigate through life in a new city, new school and community, she quickly learns that life is vastly different from back home. A Girl LIKE Me is a musical that centers around the impact of social media and how important it is to communicate with peers, teachers, and family members when difficult situations arise.

Conceived and Directed by Chris Rabideau Lyrics & Music by Chris Rabideau and Kathy Costa Book by Chris Rabideau, Kathy Costa, & Linda Lord Produced by Arts Collective Theatre.

Dates & Times:

July 22: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
July 23: 10:00am – 11:30am
July 25: 2:30pm – 4:00pm
July 27: 9:30pm – 11:00pm
July 28: 9:30pm – 11:00pm
July 30: 4:15pm – 5:45pm

Admission is $12 and shows take place at the Olde Walkerville Theatre.

 

Baba Yaga

Often described as a hideous crone who lives deep in the forest, Baba Yaga is an unpredictable force from Russian folklore, who occasionally helps and often hinders her fairy tale visitors. Sometimes kind and often cruel, she imparts the audience with romantic advice, told through three classic Russian fairy tales from her perspective.

Baba Yaga is written, devised, and performed by Sam Reiter Reiter, with puppets designed by Robert Amico. True to its Russian fairy tale roots, the show was developed primarily in Moscow, where its creator studied for a semester at the Moscow Art Theatre. Baba Yaga weaves together shadow puppets, expressive movement, Pushkin, unconventional anecdotes, Russian dance, and improvisation into a unique storytelling experience. Don’t miss the performance that Oregon Arts Watch hailed as a “majestic, loving invocation of an old spirit.”

Dates & Times:

July 22: 10:45 am – 11:45 am
July 23: 11:45 am – 12:45 pm
July 24: 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
July 27: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
July 29: 9:30 am – 10:30 am
July 30: 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Admission is $10 and shows take place at the Olde Walkerville Theatre.

 

Bedwetter

Drawing Board Productions’ presents Bedwetter featuring Tamlynn Bryson’s true story of how she wet the bed until she was fifteen.

You’ve heard the jokes about bedwetters, but have you ever listened to the stories? Tamlynn Bryson recounts her sometimes heartbreaking, often hilarious true story of becoming a woman while still feeling like a child. “Bryson has majestic comic timing” (Onstage Ottawa), “Bryson is a delight to watch” (NOW Toronto).

Bedwetter is written by Tamlynn Bryson and Kyle Kimmerly, directed by Kimmerly, and performed by Bryson.

Audience: 13+, language and sexual themes.

Dates & Times:

July 23: 1pm
July 24: 6:45pm
July 26: 1:15pm
July 27: 7pm
July 28: 5pm
July 29: 3:45pm

Admission is $12 and shows take place at the Olde Walkerville Theatre.

 

Carmen

Windsor’s indie opera company Abridged Opera presents Carmen, the story of a famous gypsy in Seville, Spain.

Carmen follows the desires of her own heart, leaving a trail of broken men in her wake. The opera Carmen boasts many of the most recognizable tunes in opera, including the Habanera and the Toreador song.

This condensed version of Bizet’s classic story of passion and betrayal features Spanish gypsy Carmen living only for sensuality. Carmen manages to seduce the naïve sergeant Don José with her wiles. His love for Carmen leads him to attack his superior officer, desert his military duties and abandon his childhood sweetheart. He then joins Carmen and her band of smugglers. Unfortunately, Carmen soon grows bored of Don José. When Carmen leaves him for the glamorous toreador Escamillo, Don José kills Carmen in a jealous rage.

Dates & Times:

July 22: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
July 23: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
July 25: 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
July 26: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
July 29: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
July 30: 11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Admission is $10 and shows take place at the Olde Walkerville Theatre.

 

Gone Mental

Nuvo Entertainment presents Bill Nuvo Gone Mental an evening of mentalism, magic and mayhem.

Over 30 years of performing and Bill Nuvo has finally cracked. He brings his comedic style of performing to this brand new fast-paced show. Witness freaky magic like you have never seen before. Experience bewildering mentalism in a way that only Bill Nuvo could get away with. Showcasing super-human memory, a celebrity prediction, an astounding penetration, an insane escape and some twisted soles (nope. Not misspelled!). A sure-fire hit show not to be missed. Come join the insanity and you too can say that you have “Gone Mental”!!!

Audience: 12+ This show is geared for a mature audience although families are still welcome.

Dates & Times:

July 22: 6:45 pm – 7:15 pm
July 23: 4:45 pm – 5:15 pm
July 25: 1:45 pm – 2:15 pm
July 26: 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
July 27: 6:15 pm – 6:45 pm
July 29: 1:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Admission is $11 and shows take place at the Olde Walkerville Theatre.

 

Life of Len

Skipping Stone Theatre presents the comedic one man show Life on Len.

Is there anything more magical then the endless surprises of everyday life? Parenthood, puberty, marriage and loss all seem to help shape life into a more interesting story.

Life of Len is a comedic one-man show that explores the life of a Windsor resident, Len. We are transported throughout the milestones of Len’s life while exploring the themes brotherhood, imagination, memory, and Canada’s favorite coffee.

Written and starring Windsor actor Eric Branget and directed by Andrew Iles, The Life of Len depicts how spontaneously jovial life can be, as well as the depth of tragedy it can reach. Join Len as he takes you along an unforgettable celebration of life, the imagination, and never growing up.

Dates & Times:

July 22: 8:15 pm – 9:15 pm
July 23: 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
July 25: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
July 26: 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
July 28: 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
July 30: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Admission is $10 and shows take place at the Olde Walkerville Theatre.

 

Mentor Me Through This Wonderland

Mentor Me Through This Wonderland is based on actual events!

In 1984, a young twenty-seven year old woman, who for the past seven years has been an extremely successful but stressed out security supervisor at The Bay, thinks she’s landed her dream “desk-job” at the wondrous Royal Ontario Museum. Finally a world of calm and incredible inspiration to help ground her so that she may figure out what she wants to be when she “grows up.” “Wonderland” however has absurd challenges she was not expecting, enticing her to step up and take the ride of her life. Based on actual events. Audience: 14+

Dates & Time:

July 22: 3:45 – 5:15
July 23: 6:45 – 8:15
July 24: 1:15 – 2:45
July 25: 8:15 – 9:45
July 26: 3:45 – 5:15
July 29: 2:00 – 3:30

Admission is $11 and shows take place at the Olde Walkerville Theatre.

 

The Center of the Labyrinth

The Center Of The Labyrinth features Shelley Campbell’s inspirational story which illustrates why the labyrinth is the perfect metaphor for human life. When walking a labyrinth, at one moment, the way ahead is clear. At a turn in the path life’s messy contradictions reveal our stories are full of surprises, uncertainty and paradox.

After a lifetime of spiritual seeking Shelley is blindsided by tragedy.

Using the power tools of black humor and irony she circles her way back to a no bulls**t connection with the common miracles which are the fabric of LIFE.

Dates & Time:

July 25: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
July 26: 8:15 pm – 9:45 pm
July 27: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
July 28: 6:15 pm – 7:45 pm
July 29: 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm
July 30: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Admission is $11 and shows take place at the Olde Walkerville Theatre.

 

The Old Hag and the Bag

Shemesh Productions presents The Old Hag & The Bag, a theatrical comedy integrating circus skills with visual theatre.

This is the story of an old woman placed in an old age home. After she made lots and lots of trouble for the home, and did not manage to suit herself to the institutional framework, she was locked in her room. Alone in her room with her handbag, loneliness and isolation begin to affect her. Imagination and memories begin to run wild, bringing to life the handbag she dragged around with her for her whole lifetime: childhood experiences, her life with her late husband, and memories of war burst out of the handbag, filling the empty room in the old age home.

Dates & Time:

July 22: 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
July 24: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
July 26: 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
July 27: 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
July 28: 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
July 29: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Admission is $11 and shows take place at the Olde Walkerville Theatre.

 

The Steps to Sex-cess

Sean Williams and Averey Meloche perform in The Steps To Sex-cess.

The duo are looking to introduce a contemporary audience to the traditional masked performance style of Commedia dell’Arte. Commedia dell’Arte is a physically demanding art form comprised of improvisation-based scenarios, physical and verbal gags, known as lazzi, and stock characters defined by their unique masks.
Commedia precedes the plays of Moliere and Shakespeare and has had a significant historical impact on their works, yet is not commonly performed in theatres across Ontario.

The show stars two stock characters, each recognizable by their unique masks, perpetual personality traits, and physical movements and characteristics: Il Dottore, traditionally one of the master Masks, is a professed know-it-all who speaks endlessly on topics he knows nothing about. Arlecchino, traditionally one of the servant Masks, is an acrobatic representative of the working class, whose body does not know how incredibly dull his mind is. Using the vast knowledge Il Dottorehas amassed through his extensive travels, these two characters will discover explore the dos and don’ts of pursuing a love interest

This show is suitable for young adolescents and older, with suggestive themes and some language.

Dates & Times:

July 22: 1:45 pm – 2:15 pm
July 25: 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm
July 27: 4:15 pm – 4:45 pm
July 28: 8:45 pm – 9:15 pm
July 29: 8:30 pm – 9:00 pm
July 30: 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Admission is $5 and shows take place at the Olde Walkerville Theatre.

 

The Worst Thing I Ever Did

Post Productions present The Worst Thing I Ever Did features the awkwardness, tension and secrets revealed in a support group for “terrible people”.

Everyone needs help. Everyone needs the ears of those who would listen. Everyone is imperfect. Some, well… they’re more imperfect than others. Three uniquely challenged people in a spare windowless room attend a meeting of a support group for terrible people — liars, manipulators, abusers, vandals, double-parkers, you name it. All three have their own reasons for being there, which they’d prefer the others didn’t know. But support groups don’t work without honesty, and you can’t have honesty without awkward tension. Secrets are revealed. Hijinks ensue. A community begins to develop. The city may never be safe again.

Dates & Times:

July 22: 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm
July 23: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
July 24: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
July 27: 8:15 pm – 9:15 pm
July 28: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
July 29: 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Admission is $11 and shows take place at the Olde Walkerville Theatre.

 

Venue

Olde Walkerville Theatre
1564 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor, Ontario N8Y 1C8 Canada
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