Sunday, December 13, 2009

Guest Review: New England Fringe Festival

By Guest Reviewer: Carolyn Paine, Co-Director, CONNetic Dance

Guest Festival Ranking: 4 out of 5 bowties Mr. Fringey’s Description: XXX

The Sunny-side: (Give 3 reasons this fringe is the bomb)

1. The Director of the New England Fringe Festival, Kimberly Basso, has great energy and love for what she does which makes working with her wonderful.

2. This festival has a great casual, yet very professional atmosphere.

3. This festival has great diversity in what it produces.

The Flip-side: (Give 3 reasons this fringe sucks or what makes it difficult)

1. The facility the festival is held in is very small which made dancing difficult, but not impossible or less enjoyable!

2. The theatre also has a small audience seating space. Though it is awesome to perform to a full house, we had a lot of friends who couldn't get tickets because there are so few available.

3. The festival didn't receive as much press coverage/reviews as it should have.

Ease of Filling Seats:
What's the best way to fill your seats here marketing-wise?
We sent around an email to our "fans," as well as posted it on our website and facebook. Many groups also had postcards advertising their show which we would do if we participate again. But again, given the small space, it is pretty easy to fill your seats with friends and family which is nice!

Is there a fringe central?

Is there a showcase for out of town performers?
It is a festival for performers from all over
New England so there is no special showcase for out of town performers.

Potential to Make Money:

Do you get 100% of door? If not, how much.
No, you get 50% of door sales.

Do performers see other shows for free?

I believe so.

Do you get paid each night? If not how? Were you paid on time if the money was sent to you?
Each group receives 50% of door sales for the night they perform.

Navigation of the City

What city do you fly into and how did you get to your destination?
The New England Fringe Festival is located in
Burligton, MA which is not far from Boston area, easily accessible by car. My company, CONNetic Dance, is based out of Hartford, CT so we drove up to Burlington the day of our performance.

Can you walk to all the venues? If not how did you get around?
There is one venue for the performance.

Did you use fringe fest lodging? If so, how was the lodging? If not, who did you stay with?
There was no lodging provided. Though we came from out of town, we also returned to CT that evening after the show.

How big of a money sock do you need here, based on food prices, and other expenses? (Choose one: A tiny sock, a men's tube sock, a full blown stocking)
a tiny sock

Fringe Specs:
Age in Fringe Years: 4 years (this is four years in potato bug years, not actual fringe years)
Festival Dates: October 1-4, 2010
Application Deadline: July 1st, 2010 – until filled on first come basis.
And: Acts run from 30 – 120 minutes and your registration fee is dependant on the length of your show.
Applying: and snail mail application with no fee.
Festival Cost: $100 - $400 depending on length of show
Ticket Prices: MIA (means info is missing in action)

About Mr. Fringy's Guest Reviewer: Carolyn Paine, Co-Director, CONNetic Dance
Mr. Fringey’s tag: The Millennial 90210 of beautiful bare feet.
Check her out at: (website, blog, My Space page links, etc.)

What categories does your show fall under? (IE, comedy, women, religious, etc).

How long have you been fringing?
first time for CONNetic Dance

How many fringes do you do each year?

What has been your favorite fringe?

What has been your biggest money making fringe?

What fringe did you make your most important contact?

In one word, why do you fringe?

What's the name of the show (s) you are fringing this year?
CONNetic Dance presents "Bitter/Sweet and Other Contradictions"

Do you use your own tech person at your shows? If so, how much do you pay them?

Any fringes to avoid?

Photos by:
Steve Crosset

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