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It's Fringey


You may have heard whispers hushed and conspiratorial in musty corners and dusty attics. "It's a Fringe Festival".  Yes, it is.

The 2nd annual Fort Collins Fringe Festival is this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5&6. You may being asking "huh?" and that's okay. It's called a fringe festival for a reason. It's short, fast, engaging, interesting work.

What is "Fringe"? Simply, it's performance works that stretch the boundries of what we consider mainstream. It's pieces you won't see anywhere else. If you can, it's not "fringe". You won't see Shrek or Wit or Wicked or Sweeny Todd. All worthy. You can see them, just usually not at a fringe festival.

The Fort Collins Fringe is "unjuried". Anything and everything was allowed depending on available space and times. Every year it will grow and include more and more wonderful, new, crazy, baffling, entertaining, confusing and sometimes dismaying works. Maybe it will be "juried" sometime. That just means it's a success and there's only so much room.

That's "fringe". 

It's also an opportunity for the creator in you to have a welcoming place to explore, express and experiment. 

So. Support it. It's the cost of two really good lattes. Then next year, you can do a one person show about a coffee franchise taking over the world...

Although that may not be original. 

Good News/Bad News

The Noon Adult Acting class has been a regular class for over two years and a constant delight. It was instrumental in the creation of a full length play The Other Women (soon to be premiered at an area theater). It's taking a little  break until another generation of adults trod the boards.

The same with the Home School class. Both are beneficiaries of a new wave of inspired people. It was held for two years and most of the adventurers are in our regular after school and summer classes. 

So no Noon Adult class or Home School class. All others are rolling including the evening adult class. Join us!

And watch for special One Shot Workshops in improv, acting, writing and directing for kid in all of us. Even the too busy us. 

A whole lot of "adult" trying to burst out like the alien in Alien.

The 6-9th grade class - 6:15pm - 8:15pm on Tuesdays is a dynamic mix of young actors in probably the most chaotic transition point of our life. We remember. I believe mine was punctuated with thinking grey tinted glasses and a flying unicorn disco shirt were super cool. (That's why we love "Freaks and Geeks".)

This class is a haven for being a "kid" without judgement and flexing our "maturity" every once in awhile. We sing lots of songs and do lots of scenes and do a lot of creative exercises. 

And laugh. A lot. At ourselves. At each other. At Nick and Troy. At the world. There's plenty of time to be adults in the day. For two hours, we can be kids.

Cool kids


Cool weather brings cool kids with the Fall Session.

Tuesdays start the week at 5:00pm with the K-2nd class. Music director Troy Schuh and Artistic Director Nick Turner spend the hour introducing young actors to healthy singing and acting and fun. Theater is supposed to be fun. And educational. But fun. la-de-da can be a great starting point for a vivacious, unique expressive child and a quiet, thoughtful child - and all the rest of the millions of combinations. Admittedly, it is a gathering of individuals passionately fascinated with Doctor Who, Minecraft and The Lego Movie.

Learning to cry.

You don't need to.

Learn to cry.

You don't need to learn how to scream, to rage, to hurt, to hurt someone. You're human. You know how to do that. Just like you know how to laugh, to shout, to celebrate life. You don't need to practice being human. You also don't need to "become" the character. If the piece is well written, you already are the character. He or she is human. You share levels of experiences and understanding. Plays and movies are usually about profound, exceptional and dramatic occurrences. Sadly or joyously, you share these with the character. At the very least, you have the capability to understand what they are going through. You're human. The story, the journey of the character will prepare you "to cry". The character doesn't start it's life thinking "I cry in two weeks". The character is living and when great sorrow comes to her life... she cries. Or tries very hard not to. The most wonderful and tragic moments of life are usually punctuated by people trying not to cry.

Trust the writers. They're human and they have written something to celebrate life. Even if sometimes it's the darkest parts of life.

To be a performer, you need to learn tell a story. To be engaging and entertaining. You prepare by knowing your lines, your blocking, the story, the world of your character so well that you are "alive". The writer will give you reason to cry "two weeks later".

And you will try not to.

Because you're human.