The Central College theatre department presents its first Fringe Festival, four days in April that will focus on the arts, including theater, dance, spoken word, music, film and much more. The festival will take place through April 27.
The Fringe Festival provides an exploratory and magnetic environment in which a variety of unique arts can be exhibited through utilization of nontraditional venues. This student-led festival aims to promote an appreciation of the arts to the local and surrounding communities as well as Central College.
Fringe Festivals take place all over the world. Some last a few days while others span weeks and involve thousands of people and venues. Ann Wilkinson, instructor of theatre, approached her Arts Management class about leading the festival on campus. The students have spearheaded the project since then.
Sophomore Tim Gibson is just one of the students in the Arts Management class helping to organize events and spread the word about Fringe.
“It is a unique arts festival that pertains to any form of performing art,” Gibson said. “It’s a time for artists to show their unique art around campus in places that normally wouldn’t contain art, like music in the Vermeer Science Center and the Roe Center.”
Most performing arts events are free and open to the public. The Fringe Festival events and descriptions are listed below.
Thursday, April 25:
5:10 p.m.—Hard Boiled Poacher and Video Store Sketch, Central Market and Maytag Patio – We might not determine “who’s on first” but you’ll be blown away by this hilarious Abbot and Costello style comedy!
6:10 p.m.—Celtic Duet, Mills Gallery –This Old World harp and recorder duet soothes the soul while you take in the senior art exhibitions in the Gallery.
7:10 p.m.—Diane Phoenix-Neal, Upper Chapel – Come enjoy the world premiere of a musical piece as Dr. Phoenix-Neal and her viola make their magic.
8:10 p.m.—RadioActive Players, Maytag Atrium –Theatre Central brings you a blast from the past as they perform this vintage radio play live.
9:10 p.m.—Steel Pans, Fire Pit – Come warm up by the fire pit as Stan Dahl and the Central Steel Pans light up the night!
$$ 10:00 p.m.—Rock ’Em Red, Graham Central Station – The Brothers of Theta Kappa Alpha are at it again, bringing local bands to raise money for a good cause! Fundraiser.
11:10 p.m.—For the Moment, Maytag Atrium – End your night on a good note with the smooth and suave stylings of Nathan Thiessen, Alan Pfadenhauer and band.