On the Fringe

There’s a hoary old joke about the weather in Colorado that also applies to the twelfth annual CU-OnStage Fringe Festival: If you don’t like it, wait a few minutes. With visual art, cinema, costume and set design and plenty of theater represented, the festival will cram artsiness into all of the nooks and crannies in the space it occupies. “We’ll basically turn the lobby into a gallery space, and there’ll be a lot of impromptu performance going on in the hallways and stairwells,” says festival spokesman Daniel Leonard. “In total, there are about twenty productions going on all weekend.”

Among the highlights are the original musicals Harry Potter and the Musical and Criminal Minds: The Musical. Both are parodies that Leonard calls “jukebox musicals,” where the cast writes the dialogue and then adapts popular songs with joke lyrics. On a more serious note is Knockout, a musical written and composed by student Raechel Sherwood about the travails of a modern woman. There’s also a band (Ivory Drive), a film premiere (Captured, a student-made short thriller), and several performances of more established works, from Samuel Beckett-penned shorts to Cyrano de Bergerac.

And then there’s the variety show. And improv. And workshops. And a drag show. And about a million other little things.

The student-run fest is all free; it begins tonight and runs through the weekend in the Theatre and Dance Building on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus. For a full schedule and other information, visit http://cuonstage.edublogs.org.
April 22-24, 2011

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