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Local talent preps for Fringe Festival

By: Kaitlyn Kozarchuk

Posted: 07/20/2019 11:20 AM

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Local performers are stepping into the limelight at this year’s Winnipeg Fringe Theater Festival.

Talent from all over southeastern Manitoba, including magicians, actors, comedians, and musicians, have been perfecting their craft for the performances.

On the acting side, Steinbach-based Real Live Entertainment will be performing at the Kid’s Fringe Show in a play entitled, The Mennonite Fairytale.

The 45-minute production gives the audience a whirlwind tour through 400 years of Mennonite history. It might sound daunting, especially for a play geared toward young kids, but it’s got a twist: they’re mashing historical events with fairy tales.

Niverville is also being represented at the Kid’s Fringe Show with a medieval performance by the local theater company Jazz Haz.

The Prince and the Witch investigates the story behind a King’s mysterious disappearance, which involves a prince, a devoted servant, and a nosy witch.

It’s a 45-minute production mainly for kids, but will also interest adults who enjoy a good fairy tale.

Improv troupe Crosseyed Rascals will bring some spontaneity to the Fringe Festival.

Along with actress Cora Fast from Grunthal, the troupe’s taking on a whole new form of improv for their show, The Adventures of Poncho Kid. Plus, if you wear a poncho to the show, admission is $2 off.

For those who prefer something a bit more magical, magicians Ryan Wall and Blumenort resident Brett Hogan are defying the laws of nature with their show, Worst Case Magic.

The show is all about illusions on a budget. After hearing about a magician whose props were held up at airport customs, Wall and Hogan set out to prove that the miraculous doesn’t need to be expensive. All you need is a little duct tape and a lot of cardboard. You’ll believe it when you see it.

The Fringe Festival will also host some local comedians, including comedy group The Sidetrack Bandits and stand-up comedian Barney Morin, a St Pierre resident who explores what it means to be a modern-day Canadian.

For more details, visit winnipegfringe.com.

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