Winter has been rough this year in Cincinnati. And here in mid-February, it seems like an eternity before we have warm weather again.
We sat down at the theatre a few weeks ago to begin our planning for the 2011 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. This meeting provided that “Cincy Fringe ray of sun” needed to give us a boost from the winter doldrums. Thus began the countdown to the Fringe, which many of us will agree is the best time of year in Cincinnati!
This year’s Fringe is going to be extra special. Not only do we have submissions from all over North America, the applicants are more qualified and experienced than ever. There is a wide range in the genre of pieces, with award winners from the New York International Fringe Festival, Capital Fringe(Washington D.C.’s festival), and more.
New this year, we’re welcoming a new generation of Fringers in a series we like to call, FringeNext. The three productions in this series are going to be written, directed, acted, and produced by high school students. The only adult allowed in the room is their Production Adviser, an adult who will oversee the process. These productions have similar rules and guidelines to the professional Fringe artists. The biggest difference is we will offer workshops and mentors to the high school students, allowing them to learn about producing a professional production and other theatre skills. We hope to not only cultivate a new generation of Fringers, but also show these students the blossoming arts community in Cincinnati.
We will announce the artists accepted into the festival in mid-March. I know there are flurries outside right now, but just think…97 days until FRINGE! (as of Tuesday February 22). Let the countdown begin!