It’s September again which means the most important season is upon us. No, I don’t mean Pumpkin Spice season (though I can’t wait to make another batch of pumpkin spice chai cookies!), I mean Vancouver Fringe season.
I’ve been involved with the Vancouver Fringe for approximately eight years now and have been involved in every way except performing. I’ve been a volunteer, a producer, a venue liason, a FOH manager, a staff member (3x!), an artist, an awards juror, and a technician. In recent years I’ve seen upwards of 40 shows in the brief ten day window that is the Fringe.
This year, in true Lois fashion, I am fully immersed in the festival with not one, not two, but three shows in the festival and a few FOH shifts at the cultch. Needless to say, I’ll be around the festival.
“Three shows, Lois?” I hear you asking. “How is that even possible?!”
Thanks for asking, allow me to tell you what I’m up to.
In my new capacity as General Manager of Theatre Terrific (Surprise! I don’t think I blog announced that yet!), I am producing BEING Animal, a site-specific piece that uses movement, masks, and puppets to explore our relationship with the earth. It’s taking place on Granville Island at Sculpture Grove (behind performance works) on the following schedule:
Friday, September 11, 6pm
Saturday, September 12, 2pm
Sunday, September 13, 2pm
Friday, September 18, 6pm
Saturday, September 19, 2pm
Sunday, September 20, 2pm
I am also stage managing Staircase XI’s production of Oh the Humanity, directed by the lovely Brian Cochrane starring Maryanne Renzetti and Brad Duffy with Tom Pickett. It’s a comedic series of short pieces that explore our relationships. It plays at the Firehall Arts Centre on the following schedule:
Friday, September 11, 8:30pm
Saturday, September 12, 12:00pm
Sunday, September 13, 6:00 pm
Monday, September 14, 5:00pm
Tuesday, September 15, 10:30pm
Wednesday, September 16, 9:00pm
Finally, I’ve joined up with the lovely Portland-based WONDERHEADS for The Middle of Everything, a family friendly mask show about an unlikely friendship and the power of imagination. It plays at the Waterfront Theatre on the following schedule:
Friday, September 11, 10:25pm
Saturday, September 12, 4:30pm
Sunday, September 13, 12:30 pm
Monday, September 14, 7:00 pm
Thursday, September 17, 8:30pm
Friday, September 18, 7:10pm
Of course, I’ll still be around trying to see some shows but there will certainly be less time for that than in years gone by. A few of the shows I’m excited to see are:
Hunger Games the Musical
Shake the Sheets
God is a Scottish Drag Queen