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Fringe Crush 2008!

Well Fringe 2008 is here and we love it just like we love Fringe Crushes!!!

Check back often as the Fringe love is already flowing!

Blogging Fringe 2008

My Friends,

As you all know, I've done this Blogging Fringe thing for the past two years. Sadly, this year looks like I'll be pulled in more directions than ever before. I've been up until 2AM every night for weeks on end and I'm not sure when this will stop.

At the same time, I really love the opportunities the Fringe Festival presents to show off some great groups in Orlando and Internationally, and introduce the world to our potential.

At this point I have received dozens of press releases from faithful producers who would love a mention on the blog.

Twitter your Fringe Festival in 2008

Dear Fringe Freaks:

If you didn't know, my Blogging Fringe site also has a presence on the chat / SMS / microblog thing that is Twitter:

What's Twitter? The service asks the question: What are you doing right now? You answer the question by using your phone via SMS, or a website, or an instant message client (which might also be on your phone). Once you get the updates in, other people can choose to "follow" you.

Voci Dance moves to Winter Garden

Heard this from a post on Maupin's blog, why am I not on the Voci press release list?

Voci Dance, celebrating its 8th season as Central Florida’s premier modern dance company announces their move to Winter Garden, Florida. Beginning in February 2008, the company will make The Centre for Dance & the Performing Arts their new rehearsal space.

Desgin the 2008 Orlando Fringe Poster

...and buttons, and inspire the rest of the visuals for the 2008 festival. Last year's protest signs started out sucking, but ended up getting close to a viral user-generated fun thing, so PUSH did one thing right last year.

Here's the announcement from the Orlando Fringe Blog:

Submissions of artwork are being accepted that will be on our 2008 Fringe poster, program cover, special limited edition T-shirts and limited edition buttons.

Orlando Puppet Festival Schedule

This weekend, for the third year in a row now, I will say to my fellow Fringe Fanatics "You MUST check out the Orlando Puppet Festival". This event is not for kids (there are some family-friendly shows), but intends to expose Orlando to high-art, cutting-edge expressive puppetry. I've seen dozens of different types of acts, some including human actors, others with minimalist puppets, and even puppets singing cabaret.

Headlining this year's festival are Pennsylvania's Cashore Marionettes with "Life in Motion” and “Simple Gifts”, and Vermont's Sandglass Theatre with “Autumn Portraits” and “Isidor’s Cheek”. If you didn't know this, New England has a thriving puppetry community, including a school in Connecticut with great puppetry programs. We have some of our own here in the South, most notably Atlanta, which is home to the Center for Puppetry Arts.

Another highlight of the festival is Friday night's "late night" show, "Puppets from the Edge", NOT to be missed. This is a bit of an open-mic night for puppets, with everyone from local artists to far-off visitors showing off shorter and more experimental pieces. I have some great video of last year's event if I can ever get some time to edit it down.

Orlando Puppet FestivalA similar type of show is the screening of "Handmade Puppet Dreams" a shorts program of puppet films collected by Heather Henson, which has toured all over the world, from India to California and everywhere in between. Don't miss the current show at the Gallery of Avalon Island (DMAC), which features puppets from the HMPD films.

Just two more events to plug: check out a live outdoor performance of Heather's original piece, "Panther and Crane", inspired by her life in Florida, 8PM Sunday at Hertiage Park in front of the History Center. This play also features our sweethearts Voci Dance. Finally, there will be an OPF wrap party at the Harp and Celt, the downtown bar and restaurant just two doors down from the Mad Cow.

Props to Jamie Donmoyer and Heather for making this great festival even better this year. Multiple venues, family-friendly events (check out the Cupcake Shows), outdoors, films, parties, and of course, some of the most amazing puppetry you will ever see in this town. Order your tickets in advance and get more information by visiting, and I hope to see you all there!

October 26, 27, 28 @ Mad Cow Theatre and 3 other venues closeby.


All Hallows 10 for Fringe
Copied from MySpace:

ALL HALLOWS 10 For-the-Fringe is this weekend!
Did you get your tickets yet?

ALL HALLOWS 10 For-the-Fringe
10, 10 Minute, Original, Halloween Themed Plays- 10 Dollars!

Two Nights:
Friday, October 19th 6pm Reception/7pm Showtime
Sunday, October 21st 6pm Showtime/Post Show Dinner

The Footlight Theater at The Parliament House 410 N Orange Blo

Avenue Q’s John Tartaglia October 18th

The week before the Orlando Puppet Festival's third run, veteran Broadway performer and Tony nominee John Tartaglia, AKA Princeton and Rod from Avenue Q.

Press release for you:


Don’t miss this Orlando Puppet Festival exclusive! Spend An Evening With John Tartaglia And Friends as this exuberant performer discusses his career and this "meet the artist" session becomes an evening of performance.

Cabaret Party Returns

Luerne and Accompanist
Cabaret Party is returning to Orlando, and I'm so very happy about it!

Cabaret Party
September, 27 2007 at Mobile Mud coffeehouse
8139 Vineland Avenue, Orlando, Florida
Cost: $12 / $10 industry

Orlando Puppet Festival event this weekend

I absolutely love Orlando Puppet Festival.

Can’t wait until October 26th?
Quench your puppetry thirst now, with these upcoming events as we Countdown to OPF 2007!



Join everyone’s favorite puppet host, Chupacabra and human host Tony Giordano as they kick off a hilarious evening of puppetry entertainment in a Potpourri of Puppetry Cabaret!

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