Nanaimo News Bulletin Thursday, August 9, 2012
Theatre festival focused on locals
◆ From /15 Bill Miner and Antonio Gradanti provide music and lyrics, with movement by Holly Bright for the cast of seven actors. “They’ve got this awesome dream team creating it and they’re all locally based,” Banks said.
He said one of his goals was to help foster original theatre in Nanaimo by putting local shows next to veteran, international performers to show that one stacks up next to the other. The trick now is to get audiences out to see that, he said.
“Nanaimo has some of the most incredible talent ... if people are willing to take a chance and see it,” Banks said. Last year the festival ran for a weekend, with the final day the best attended. By stretching the festival to two week-
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ends, Banks said he hopes to create buzz for the performers and draw in larger crowds. Those crowds not only help performers cover travel and production costs, but also secures financing and enthusiasm for next year’s festival. “That’s the kind of incentive we need to do this next year,” Banks said. The festival also offers a preview night on Wednesday (Aug. 15), 7-9 p.m., in the Port Theatre’s lobby for people curious about fringe theatre. Admission is $7. Each night of the festival also features the Fringe Hub, in the Port’s lobby, beginning at 7 p.m., where artists and audience members interact. Live music runs Thursday to Saturday, beginning at 9 p.m. – admission is free. “It’s really there to give people a chance to interact,” Banks said, adding that a chalkboard for writing review will be a
Fringetastic lineup Shows run Aug. 16-19 and 23-26 at Port Theatre and Vancouver Island Conference Centre. Please see What’s On on page 18 for schedule information.
“ Nanaimo has some of the most incredible talent.
fixture at the fringe club. For people who’d like to see some shows but find their pocketbook stretched thin, volunteer opportunities exist with some perks. Please visit the website and click on ‘Supporting the Fringe’ for volunteer information. “The more volunteers we have, the easier it is,” Banks said. For a description of shows, times and admission, please visit www.fringetastic.com. firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Cult of Brother XII – A dark comedy musical of fascinating characters of the Nanaimo cult leader and his whip-toting mistress. They cast a seductive spell over the investigative journalist determined to expose them. 18+ $10; $8/students. Cardboard Robot – A drama about discussions a basement scientist has with the robot he is building. Things get complicated as the robot gets smarter. G $10; $5/with robot costume. Fear Factor: Canine Edition – A solo storytelling of the true adventures of a man and his dog, facing his ultimate fears of love, loss and dog yoga. 18+ $10. A Wooden Shoe in Canada – A solo storytelling with original songs of a Dutch immigrant coming to Canada. As most immigrants know, it’s not easy to get used to a new country. 18+ $8. Man Catches Fish – In just 50 minutes, audiences will see stand-up comedy, Butoh, burlesque, shadow puppetry, a rousing sea shanty and more about the ecological net in which we’re all caught. G $11; $9/seniors and students. Chaos and the Cosmos – A sci-fi comedy in which Sharon finds her brother, Ross, preparing for the arrival of inter-dimensional Great Ones, whom he insists bring the key to mankind’s survival. PG $10. Placid Ends at Mothballed Beginnings – Three pairs of people and their god inhabit an area of space as close to nowhere as possible. They suffer and mourn in chilling isolation, aware that the world is played out to the tune of the divine. 18+ $11; $5/youth. Rel8shun – This introspective drama challenges preconceived notions of love, relationships and friendships, as well as challenges concepts of right and wrong and what you’re willing to give up to keep a relationship. 16+ $12.
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August 09, 2012 edition of the Nanaimo News Bulletin