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!
$$ 10:00 p.m.—Rock ’Em Red, Graham Central Station – The Brothers of Theta Kappa Alpha are at it again, bringing local bands to raise money for a good cause! Fundraiser.
11:10 p.m.—For the Moment, Maytag Atrium – End your night on a good note with the smooth and suave stylings of Nathan Thiessen, Alan Pfadenhauer and band.
Friday, April 26
5:10 p.m.—Flyt Trio, Maytag Atrium – Pepare to be impressed with Dr. Cynthia Doggett’s clarinet and her team of world-class dancers!
6:10 p.m. — “The Producers” and Improv, Weller Atrium –Support young and local talent as Pella High School’s drama club brings some State Speech selections to Central!
7:00 p.m.—Rock-A-Pella, Douwstra Auditorium – Central’s favorite variety show is here again! Bring your spare change and dollars to vote for your favorite act! Produced and performed by the Central A Cappella Choir. Fundraiser.
8:00 p.m.—Final Fling Concert, Scholte Patio – There’s no better way to spend an hour than with Central CAB and the Final Fling Concert!
9:10 p.m.—Drunk Frat Boy vs. The Zombie Apocalypse, Vermeer Student Lounge – Central alum Eric Bridges writes and directs this hilarious piece about gettin’ drunk and killin’ zombies! This show for audiences of 18 years of age only.
10:10 p.m.—For the Moment, Fire Pit – Wind down your night on a good note with the smooth suave and stylings of Nathan Thiessen, Alan Pfadenhauer and band.
11:10 p.m.—Jesse Beringer and Mitch Stearns, Graham Central Station Patio – Don’t let their good looks fool you. These guys can sing. Don’t miss it!
Saturday, April 27
$$ 11:00a.m.-1:00 p.m.—Final Fling BBQ Around the Pond, feat. Nathan Thiessen, Alan Pfadenhauer, Jesse Beringer and Mitch Stearns. Come fill up on BBQ and take in some top notch music! Lunch free with Central ID, cost for non-students
1:00 p.m.—Boat Races, Pond – CAB brings their boat races back once again! Watch as students try to cobble together functioning rafts and race around the pond!
2:10 p.m.—Anne Petrie and Friends, Weller Atrium – Soar to new musical heights with impressive soprano Dr. Anne Petrie and her talented ensemble.
3:10 p.m.— “The Producers” and Improv, Graham Central Station – Support young and local talent as Pella High School’s drama club brings some State Speech selections to Central!
4:00 p.m.—Art Hour, Around Campus – Take an hour to check out the submissions in the Maytag Atrium display case and the art that lives all over campus!
5:10 p.m.—Celtic Duet, Vermeer Student Lounge –This Old World harp and recorder duet brings a new beauty to the Vermeer Science Center!
6:10 p.m.—Improv Your Vision, Kruidenier and Geisler Law – Come support Central’s Improv team as they tickle your funny bone!
7:00 p.m.—Lip Syncs, Douwstra Auditorium – Back again! Central students lip sync their way through the greatest hits of all time! Brought to you by CAB.
8:10 p.m.—Celtic Duet, Farver Reading Room (Roe Birdcage) – This Old World harp and recorder duet draws you into a different time.
9:10 p.m.—Drunk Frat Boy vs. The Zombie Apocalypse, Maytag UnderGROUND – Central alum Eric Bridges writes and directs this hilarious piece about gettin’ drunk and killin’ zombies! This show for audiences of 18 years of age only.
10:00 p.m. to midnight—GLOW DANCE, Kruidenier Mainstage Theatre – Turn off the lights and GLOW HARD. Sponsored by Alpha Psi Omega, CAB, Student Senate and Greek Council. Admittance offered only to college students.