Last night, in the newly renovated Fringe Building, indyFringe lovers from across Indianapolis came together to preview upcoming Fringe Festival performers. The turn out for this last Fringe Friday Event was high, and everyone was in anticipation of seeing performers grace the brand new stage recently installed in the main room of the Fringe Building on Mass Ave.
People gathered to mingle around 5:30. As they chowed down on some free grub from Zing’s, a hot Indianapolis restaurant, they discussed everything from the polished hardwood floor to the black out panels being cleverly put in the windows of the building to keep the setting summer sun at bay.
Justin Brady, marketing coordinator for the Fringe, kicked of Fringe Friday by introducing the acts, but not before making a pitch to everyone in the crowd to get their Fringe buttons. Do not forget to buy yours, as without it you can not attend any of the upcoming FREE Fringe events in Indianapolis like the Longest Dinner, the visual Fringe opening, and the indyFringe competitive picnic.
First up to perform was Simple Joys, conceived and performed by Jennifer Sutton. With her dance partner Phil Austin in tow, the pair graced the staged dressed all in white and holding a mysterious staff wrapped with bells. After a brief but choreographed introduction, Austin passed the staff around unraveling the bells into the audience. Encouraged to pluck, shake, and ring our bells, Sutton danced with a yellow balloon to this man made soundscape. A little off the beaten path, this indyFringe performer is making up her own rules with interesting and exciting results.
Next, Taylor Sordelet of Fantaz Winnebago Production’s Thurgoode graced the stage. This show follows the story of a young woman with multiple personality disorder as she attempts to find a cure for herself. In her monologue, Sordelet, as Charlie Parker, delved into her fears about being caged forever with a beautifully written extended metaphor about animals in the zoo. This new play has promise as do the young actors involved such as Jeff Irlbeck and John Ronk, prodigies of Butler University Theatre.
Last but certainly not least, Joe Welch of Midwest Emerging Artist performed some songs from their upcoming show New Vaudeville. Though he was a bit late in getting there, he was more than worth the wait. With his upbeat and humorous tunes, he explored all aspects of life. With songs titled, “Lets get it together,” Small Penis Compensation Vehicle,” and “If you were dead you’d be home by now,” his view of things is a bit skewed, but completely illuminating. After seeing his energy and good nature, I can guarantee that New Vaudeville complete with belly and tap dancers, with be an entertaining adventure. Joe Welch is making a splash in the Indianapolis music scene.
Though this was the last Fringe Friday, there are plenty more events like it coming up in the month of August. The Fringe is fast approaching, and you can stay tuned to Fun City Finder for all the latest information.
Fringe Friday, 2010
IndyFringe Theatre Festival
The IndyFringe Building
719 E St. Clair St