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Funny Music Weirdo and the Fringe Cabaret
There are four full months before the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival, but you don’t have to wait to get a dose of Fringe!
Chase Padgett, best known for his 2013 Pick of the Fringe and Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Award winning show, 6 Guitars, is melding his two most popular performance skills—guitar showmanship and comedic hijinks—in his latest show, Funny Music Weirdo, April 20-22.
But Chase isn’t just a guitar aficionado. He keeps his comedy chops honed with a standing gig at Curious Comedy Theater in Portland, Oregon, known as “Portland’s best mix of improv, sketch, and variety comedy.”
Funny Music Weirdo promises an hour of comedy showcasing music, characters, stories, and Chase’s personal take on why Crossfit is cruel and unusual punishment—not to mention a looper machine and effects pedal hooked up to a Wiimote for some special musical effects.
Chase will also be part of the Fringe Cabaret: After Dark—a late night Fringe Cabaret on April 22, starting at 10:00pm with fellow Fringe alumni, Jeff Leard (The Show Must Go On), Ingrid Hansen (Little Orange Man), David C. Jones (The Dance Teacher), Mark Hughes (Tragedy + Time Served = Comedy), and many more! Check the Facebook event for a full list of all the Fringe alumni who are performing.
Next week is National Volunteer Week and the Fringe wants to extend our appreciation to the 500-plus volunteers who donated over 10,000 hours this past year! Thanks to them, the Festival ran smoothly, Theatre Wire shows had help with front of house operations, and we accomplished so much that just wouldn’t have been possible without their help!
Volunteering for the Fringe is part of a Canadian trend. According to Statistics Canada, “44% of Canadians volunteered a total of 1.96 billion hours in not-for-profit organizations in 2013.” And Hill Strategies pointed out that “between 2004 and 2013, the number of volunteers in arts and culture organizations increased by 23% [and] during the same timeframe, the number of volunteer hours in arts and culture organizations increased by 22%, higher than any other type of not-for-profit organization and much higher than the 1% increase in volunteer hours in all types of organizations.”
If you want to join the trend, mark your calendars! We’ll be recruiting volunteers for the 2017 Festival in June!
We also want to say thanks to Shear Comfort, which has supported our volunteer program since 2014. Shear Comfort’s contribution helped fund the purchase of volunteer coordination software—not to mention volunteer perks like t-shirts and training day BBQs. We’re happy to announce that Shear Comfort is back for 2017! And while Shear Comfort’s focus is obviously their custom-made seat covers for cars and trucks, they certainly have a love of all things fun and quirky. Not only do they love and support the Fringe, but check out their ode to the Gran Torino, the Dude’s car in The Big Lebowski, and their tribute to all the classic cars in the movie version of Grease!
Thanks Shear Comfort! And thanks to everyone who spends time volunteering—be they Fringe volunteers, or volunteers for other organizations. Make sure to thank the volunteers in your community during National Volunteer Week, April 23-29!
A note from Robyn Kurtz, Director of Patron Development (aka your friendly fundraiser)
Happy New Year Everyone! Ok, we know it’s long past January, but at the Fringe, we’ve just ended our 2016/2017 fiscal year and we’re feeling pretty grateful and thankful as we head into 2017/2018!
Thank you to everyone who donated during our recent Spring for the Fringe fundraising campaign and to everyone who gave in 2016/17. Spring for the Fringe launched with this letter from board member Sharon Sutherland, who asked you to join her in supporting the Festival, Fringe Presents, and Theatre Wire. She also let you know that we’ve kicked off a new initiative, the Fringe Diversity and Inclusion project. Your gift, or monthly pledge, is already at work making a difference for artists—and with your generosity we are off to a great start for 2017/18. 2017 will mark our best Festival ever (we always say that, and we always mean it!), we’ll launch the third season of Theatre Wire, and we’ll kick off the Diversity and Inclusion project with confidence.
The Fringe supports and enriches the growth of many people through many programs and it all takes a lot to create, execute, and maintain. We couldn’t do it without you. Thank you Fringe Lovers!
Speaking of Fringe Love, for 2017 we’ve made some exciting changes to the Your Fringe for a Day program and we want to know, do YOU want to have your own day at the 2017 Fringe Festival? You, or a group of friends, family, or colleagues can make a donation that “buys” you a day at the Festival! On Your Day we’ll celebrate you and your reasons for supporting the Fringe all day long! It may seem like the Festival is months away, but…the Festival is only months away! Since there are only 11 days to choose from, Your Fringe for a Day usually sells out. If this sounds like way too much fun, you’re right, and you’re going to want to get in on this! You can donate in one lump sum, make several smaller donations, or sign up for monthly giving. All donations from October 2016 onwards count, so you may have already given enough, or are close. If you’d like to have a Your Fringe for a Day at the 2017 Festival, let me know now and we can reserve your day today!
Once again, to all of our donors—from $10 to $10,000— YOU make it possible! Thank you!
Every year the Fringe relies on seasonal staff to prepare for the Festival. Think you’ve got what it takes? Review the job postings below and apply now! More postings will be shared in the coming months, so be sure to regularly check this page for the latest opportunities.
Box Office Manager
The Box Office Manager is responsible for the planning and implementation of all aspects of the Fringe Box Office. This is a seasonal position, 30 hours per week July 3, 2017 to August 11, 2017 and then 37.5 hours per week August 14, 2017 to September 29, 2017.
The Communications Coordinator is responsible for creating and implementing online marketing material including the e-newsletter, social media, and additional marketing projects. This is a seasonal position with full-time hours June 19, 2017 through September 29, 2017, with flexibility regarding class schedules in September.
The Volunteer Supervisor supports the recruitment, assignment, management, and training of more than 500 volunteers who make the Fringe happen. We are looking for someone with great attention to detail and people skills. This is a full-time seasonal position, beginning June 12, 2017.
Please note that the contract dates included in these positions are contingent on funding and are subject to change.