Winnipeg Fringe Festival
July is fringe festival time in Winnipeg and runs over a period of 10 days in Winnipeg’s Exchange district. The Winnipeg Fringe festival was founded in 1988 as part of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.
Since then it has grown in popularity, and is the second largest event in North America. The event attracts over 170 companies from all over the world, and this year had over 200 performances scheduled.
Back in 1947, eight theater groups showed up to perform at Edinburgh International Festival uninvited. Because they were not part of the official program, they staged their show at the “fringe” of the festival.
More performers followed year after year resulting in 1958 in the creation of the Festival Fringe Society.
Winnipeg Fringe is based on three key principles:
- The festival is non-juried.
- Artists have complete artistic freedom to present what they want on stage.
- 100% of box office revenue goes directly back to the performing companies.
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Bryan Myskiw and Kenna Simpson
It was the second time this year, that I had the pleasure to attend the performance of two incredible talented young people: Bryan Myskiw and Kenna Simpson .
Bryan Myskiw was born in Manitoba, and has already many credits to his name. Bryan is also the driving force behind Missed Cue Productions, acting as producer and performer.
Kenna Simpson is the lead singer in this years Missed Cue Productions, Tell Me On A Sunday. She is from Brandon, Manitoba and trained at The Canadian College of Performing Arts.
Tel Me on a Sunday
Tell me on a Sunday is the story of a young English girl who goes to New York to seek success and love. Her son follows in her footsteps years later.
Written in 1979 by Andrew Lloyd Webber together with Don Black. Many renowned artists like Bernadette Peters and Michael Crawford have recorded the songs of young love and heartbreak.
Kenna and Bryan both shine in this performance, the second for them at the Fringe Festival. Very different from last year’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Tell Me on a Sunday is a much smaller production. Incidentally, both performers grew artistically since last year. And they draw you into their intimate story of mother and son.
I very much enjoyed this year’s production and cannot wait to see what Bryan has planned for next year!
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