It’s been a long road of challenges and adjustment, but opening night of the 2021 Saskatoon Fringe Festival is almost here. This daring 10-day celebration from July 29 to August 7 will get audiences back into the theatre with solo performances, diverse voices, comedy, variety shows and entertainment for the little ones in your life.
Along with regular venues like Broadway Theatre and Refinery, this year’s festival will be heading into W.E. Graham Park to enjoy theatre outdoors. There will be 15 in-person productions to choose from featuring local and national artists as well as 19 digital performances featuring acts from around the world.
“We wanted to be accessible to everyone, to meet people where they are comfortable as the world begins to open up,” says 25th Street Theatre’s artistic and executive director Anita Smith. “We’ve all experienced a great loss in not being able to participate in arts activities this past year. We want to bring people back to the world of live performance and the events that bring excitement and enrich our lives.”
Along with the main stage shows, there’s plenty to keep all ages entertained. This year’s Saskatoon Fringe Festival has three outdoor sites, The Winery by the Refinery and Street Beach, both licensed areas, and the Kinsmen Fringe Family Fun Zone. Each site will feature an artisan market, food vendors, carnival games and a community corner full of interactive fun.
At the Collaboration Station, children can drop in to build puppets and participate in a nightly puppet parade where they can march right along showing off their new friend. On Saturday, kids can strut their stuff at Fringe Kids Got Talent, an open mic night for budding performers 16 and under.
Theatre buffs will delight in this year’s weekend community art workshops where artists like Jensine Trondson and Amanda Trapp will play theatre games and teach you skills like costume design. There’s even a chance to make your own fascinator. The Fringe is excited to have artist-in-residence Kelsey Ford work with visitors to the site to create the Augmented Reality Macramé Leaf Project. The public is invited to create their own macramé leaf that will become part of trees that will decorate our site during the festival. It’s a project that Smith says really stands for what the Fringe is about this year.
“Artists, audience members, families; we are all a smaller part of a much bigger thing,” she explains. “This is our chance to come out support each other, have a ton of fun together.”
Event details and a full schedule can be found at 25thstreettheatre.org
3 Activity Areas:
The Winery at the Refinery (licensed) – Dufferin Ave.
Street Beach (licensed) – 11th Street E.
Kinsmen Fringe Family Fun Zone – W.E. Graham Park
Masks are required at indoor venues until you are seated.
Masks are welcomed but not mandatory at outdoor venues.
All staff will be masked Seating is limited in indoor venues to ensure proper spacing.
Capacity will be monitored at outdoor venues.
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