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Fringe Festival Off to an Early Success

July 18, 2013 4:11 PM | Entertainment

Melancholy Follies of Clarence and Desolita

Sean Michael and Nicole Ashcroft of Toronto-based Melancholy Follies of Clarence and Desolita at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)


Winnipeg indie pop rockers Haunter perform in Old Market Square on Wednesday night. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

The kick off Wednesday to the 26th annual Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival was an early success, organizers say.

More than 300 people filled Old Market Square over the noon hour for the launch, with seven evening shows selling out by the time the curtain fell at midnight. It’s the highest number of sellouts on an opening day since the festival began in 2003.

“It’s great to see so many enthusiastic Fringers around the Exchange District, interacting with performers, meeting new people and trading show recommendations,” festival producer Chuck McEwen said. “We had a great first day, and with the variety of shows on over the next 11 days, we expect to see many more people out enjoying the festival.”

Show tickets range between $5-$10. A frequent Fringer pass is $79 and provides access to 10 shows per person. Visit WinnipegFringe.com or call (204) 943-7464 for more information.