Fringe

You should do it.

Fringe festivals differ from other types of theatre festivals in that the shows are selected either by lottery, or on a first-come-first-served basis.  That means that anyone can submit a play, and that all submissions, whether by novices or seasoned pros, have equal chance of being selected.

Entries for the Edmonton Fringe Festival are selected exclusively by lottery.  Next year's application deadline is announced shortly after this years festival wraps up, so keep a watch on the festival's website until the application date is announced.

Even if you have little or no stage experience, if you have a story worth telling, and think it would work on a live stage, then you should consider it.  Yes, it's a lot of work, and a lot of stress, but it's very fulfilling.  If you don't know if you can do it, then get your feet wet by volunteering with a community theatre.  The Walterdale, and the St. Albert Theatre Troupe are both active, and there are other community theatre groups too.  Their members are a mix of experienced and inexperienced, and your offer to help will be welcomed.  You can audition for an acting part, or ask what backstage roles need filling, either will give you a look at what it takes to put on a play.

© Jim Herchak 2012