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Fringe Theatre’s 2010-11 season kicks off

LINDA HOANG
Edmonton Sun

The Fringe Theatre’s 2010-2011 show season has officially been unveiled and features six new shows all strung together with a common theme: music.

The shows, three of which are part of the adult Adventures in Fringe Theatre series and three that are part of the Adventures in Family Theatre, dabble in exciting plots involving Mozart, fairytales, circus, and even Newfoundland and all have music components to them.

“From our festival to main stage, all (our shows) are blockbusters, all of them have something to offer everybody from family all the way up to couples or if you’re just going by yourself, come see some fantastic theatre,” said Fringe Theatre program director Thomas Scott. “We’re the event in town, you know you’re going to enjoy it — it’s money well spent.”

New for the very first time this year, the Edmonton Opera is collaborating with the Fringe Theatre to put on an opera-inspired family show, The Barber of Barrhead, which runs Feb. 17-26, 2011.

At the launch for the new season Tuesday, a musical scene was performed from the classic children’s fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk, which will run Dec. 3-12.

The season kicks off in October with a mystery-thriller show called Any Night, about a woman who suffers from nightmares and sleepwalking.

In January, Mozart: Ze Komplete Hystery runs, which is a comedic tale about the life and death of musical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

In March, audiences get a taste of An Evening with Uncle Val, the story of a retired, 70-year-old fisherman living in St. Johns, Nfld.

And rounding out the season in April is Les Parfaits Inconnus, a high-energy, aerobatic circus-act show involving bicycles, barrels, ladders and more.

All shows take place at the Transalta Arts Barns, 10330 84 Ave. Tickets can be bought from the Fringe Theatre Box Office or online at http://www.fringetheatre.ca.

This year’s Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival runs August 12 – 22.

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