Winnipeg Free Press 2000-07-20
MORE THAN 127,000 SURVIVE
THE 2001 FRINGE FESTIVAL
WINNIPEG, JULY 29, 2001, 11:00 PM -- The final attendance numbers for the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival totaled 127,869, setting a new attendance record for the 11-day event. Indoor admissions were 61,555, up 9,000 over last year and marking the fourth consecutive record year for the Festival.
"All I can say is thank you -- to the performers and the patrons who continue to embrace and support this Festival with unbridled enthusiasm," remarked Bertram Schneider, Executive Producer of the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. "The continued growth and success of the festival is a tribute to the quality of productions that artists are mounting on our stages, and to an ever-growing audience that is responding to the fact that the Fringe offers something for everyone. The significant increase in our numbers this year is due to indoor admissions, which proves that people are making the decision not only to come down to Old Market Square to enjoy the Outdoor Stage, but taking the next step and checking out some of the indoor productions. It's been a very exciting week."
From July 19-29, 61,555 people saw indoor performances, exceeding the previous indoor record of 52,549 by 17 per cent. A total of $381,459 in box office revenue was returned to the performers, up by $69,000 over last year. 63,377 people took in the wide variety of entertainment that was presented each day from noon to midnight at the Outdoor Stage in Old Market Square. There were 122 sell-out performances. 1,164 Frequent Fringer Cards were sold while sales of advance tickets increased by 20 per cent over last year. 2,937 children enjoyed the expanded Kids Fringe throughout the 11 days.
The Fringe would not be possible without the help of a dedicated group of 670 much-appreciated volunteers donating hundreds of hours of their time during the event. The Fringe would also like to thank all of its sponsors and funders for their generous support of this year?s Festival.
The winner of the du Maurier Arts Playwriting Challenge was announced this afternoon at a staged read-through of the winning play. The top play, as judged by a panel of local theatre professionals, was Doug and Betty by Sharon Bajer. Bajer, a local Winnipeg actor and director, received a cheque for $1,000. Second place was awarded to Richard Kellie for Boxes, and third prize to Terrie Todd for Sleeping with a One-armed Man. Honourable Mention went to Corey Redekopp for The Truth Is and Marvin Francis for The Electric Pow-Wow Circus.
Fringe diehard Rob Schuppel won the Ultimate Fringe Survivor Challenge seeing 62 shows over the last 11 days. Schuppel is rewarded for his survival skills by receiving a SuperPass for the 2002 edition of the Festival.
Fringe Festival organizers are also pleased to announce that several shows will be held over this week at the MTC Warehouse Theatre, 140 Rupert Avenue. Performances of Fitch and Cabbage -- Gentlemen of the Road (Screwed & Clued), Are you There God, It?s Me Justin (Spleen Jockeys), Baggage Claim (freefall) and Life Is a "B" Movie (Happy Phantom) will take place from Wednesday to Friday (August 1 - 3) of this week.Tickets for all performances are $8.00 and are available at the door one hour before show time. A detailed schedule of performances is below. For more information, please call 956-1340.
the TAB, Winnipeg Free Press 2007-07-12