The Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival is finishing up another year of shows and is sharing its success with the public.
"After three long years, I was so pleased to once again see Fringers bustling throughout the Exchange District enjoying the 111 incredible indoor productions as well as the crowds taking in the bands and performers in Old Market Square," says Executive Producer Chuck McEwen in the media release. "I know all of the artists really appreciated the opportunity to once again share their stories in person with our incredible Fringe fans. We were proud to see almost 60,000 tickets sold for the event and to return over $536,000 to the performers."
Overall, the total indoor ticketed attendance was 59,845 resulting in 56 sold-out shows, and $536,365.50 in ticket revenue that is given to the performing companies. There were 111 indoor companies and 983 indoor performances. The Fringe 50/50 Raffle reached a total of $12,550.00.
The 2023 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival will run from July 19-30.
Alex Richardson and Erin Scott-Kafadar, choreographers and dancers at PointeTango got engaged. Richardson surprised the audience and his partner during their last performance of the 2022 Winnipeg Fringe by dropping down on one knee.
"Erin and I have been dating for the past 10 years. After falling in love while dancing the lead roles in the ballet production of Cinderella, we began dating, travelling the world and running our company. by dancing the tango with Erin, I feel I get to fall in love over and over again," says Richardson.
Sarah Flynn won the Manitoba Association of Playwrights (MAP) for her play, Whatever Happens After?. The honourable mention went to Jo Burdon, Victoria Emilie Hill, Edward Wiebe and Tanner Manson for their play, Fern.