It has been a busy weekend in Grand Center, folks. Starting with the Kick Off Party on Thursday night, we were treated to a sampling of what we had to choose from. Matthew Kerns, Executive Director of the festival, took some time to thank the sponsors and all the companies that are producing shows for the festival. Throughout the whole process, Matt thanks everyone every chance he gets but I want to take a moment to thank him. Without him and the dedication of his entire team, this festival would not exist.
We Accepted A Mission…
As a new venture in the St. Louis area, St. Louis Limelight Magazine have been working hard to find our footing and we have had so much love and support throughout the community. We were presented with a task that I thought at first would be impossible. Review twenty-eight shows in two weekends. With 16 writers, we set up a very careful schedule and prepared to take on this task full force.
I am so happy with the hard work from all of our staff. With the first weekend having come to an end, we have reviewed 16 of the 28 shows and all the reviews are now available for you to read. If you are wondering what shows to attend, read the reviews and go from there. While you’re reading, subscribe to our website as we continue to cover the festival and keep you up-to-date on the theatre community.
Talking With The Boss Man
It’s always a pleasure running into Matt Kerns. He has been such an amazing presence through out the whole festival. He was kind enough to take time out from his busy schedule to talk with me today. I wondered how the festival was going so far and he was happy to announce that “the festival has had record ticket sales and the audience feedback is that the performances are of the highest caliber they have seen and that the festival is very well organized.” This is Kerns’ first year as the Executive Director and it’s clear that St. Lou Fringe has appointed the perfect person for the job.
I definitely have my favorite performances that I’ve seen so far and others that I’m so excited to see, but I was curious as to what Kerns feels about the shows so far. He started by saying, “First of all, I want everyone to know that Matt Marcum’s performance in Pollock: A Frequency Parable was perfectly elegant, simple, and true Avant Gard!” He also wants everyone to consider seeing Willi Carlisle’s There Ain’t No More: Death of a Folksinger. It’s a must see, emotional piece that will shock you and make you question the very fabric of humanity.
Lastly, he wants to encourage everyone to see the headlining acts: Snow White, Songs for Vanya, and Ashleyliane Dance Company. These shows are incredible works of art and have definitely earned their spot as the headliners of the festival.
After the final curtain call on Saturday night, join us at the Grandel Theatre for the much anticipated After Party. It’s free and open to the public. You will have the opportunity to meet some of the talents that have been gracing the stage throughout the festival as well as learn some exciting information about next year. They will also be naming the Fringe-Meister, which is the highest honor you can receive from the festival.
Pick Your Poison (Click the following pics to read the reviews!)