Annual thespian extravaganza begins in Indianapolis

August 16, 2012 by  

The Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival begins downtown tomorrow, August 17, and runs until August 26 in the Massachusetts Avenue Cultural District. It promises to be a fun-filled 10-day festival with street performers that include magicians, hula-hoopers, fire dancers, jugglers, musicians, and actors in character.

The lighting-up ceremonies begin tomorrow at 9:30 pm at 748 Massachusetts Avenue. Preceding that will be a two-hour ‘Battle of the Street Performers’, with 12 local performers and acts spreading down the street. After performing and entertaining for an hour, they rotate and perform at the other end for an additional hour.
Patrons are encouraged to show support to these performers with tips. The three top performers, having generated the most money in tips, will continue their acts in the intersection of College and Massachusetts. The act with highest tips total will be crowned the ‘Champion Street Performer’. This display is a way of introducing the street performances to be seen throughout the 10-day festival.

During the event, over 300 shows will be performed in theaters along Massachusetts Avenue. These include the Phoenix Theatre, Cook Theatre, Theatre on the Square, Comedy Sportz Theatre, and the Indy Fringe Theatre.

Printing companies will no doubt be busy printing up tickets, banners, posters, and flyers for this riotous celebration of cabaret, comedy, drama, dance, music, magic, and multi-media. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students, and $5 for children aged under 12. Backer buttons are $5 and act as passes to the shows, as well as getting discounts at shops, and admittance into outdoor tents for free.