WINNIPEG – Audiences in the Exchange District got a treat Wednesday afternoon as performers took to the free stage at Old Market Square to kick off the 27th Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival.
“I think it’s totally awesome. All these people come — they’ve got high energy and great shows,” said spectator Gale Simpson.
A record number of theatre companies will call Winnipeg home during the 12 day festival.
“We have 178 companies from across Canada and around the world coming here to Winnipeg to entertain all of our theatre fans,” said fringe executive producer Chuck McEwan.
“I came all the way from Australia because I’ve heard great things about the Winnipeg Fringe Festival,” said performer Ross Vegas.
With comedies, dramas, musicals, improv and dance at 30 venues across the city centre, finding the right play can be overwhelming, so organizers say to stick to what you know.
“It’s a little daunting. There’s so much variety and so much to choose from, so I always say pick something you like, so if you like dance go to a dance show, if you like improv go to an improv show,” said McEwan.
Tickets for performances at North America’s second largest fringe fest range from $5-$10.
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