A Festival Highlighting West Michigan Theatre

Jun 17, 2014

Plans for 2015 Lake Effect Fringe Festival

Plans are underway for a Third Annual Lake Effect Fringe Festival. Thanks to the support of our audiences and donors like you, we have had two successful festivals showcasing the theatrical talent of West Michigan. Audiences have seen original plays by local playwrights, re-interpretations of classic plays, improvisational comedy, performance art, one-man shows, and much more. Local response to the festival has been so overwhelming that we are looking forward to doing it again. As in the past two years, we are targeting the month of February for another festival in which theatre groups from West Michigan and the Midwest region work together to promote each other's work and to provide our regional audiences with outstanding performing arts programming.

We thank you all for your ongoing support of this project! The project will remain available on Global Giving, and any donations that we receive this year will go towards securing a performance space for the next festival, as well as promoting the performances that will take place.

Mar 13, 2014

Second Annual Lake Effect Fringe Festival

The Second Annual Lake Effect Fringe Festival took place from January 30-March 2, 2014.  This year's festival featured performances by M.Y. Musical World, Lucas Brooks, GEM Theatrics, Stark Turn Players, Southside Theater Company, Alea Iacta Est, Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival, the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, and No Outlet Improv.  All of these groups are based in or originally from West Michigan, and they did an outstanding job of giving our regional audiences an opportunity to see a wide variety of theatrical performance by local artists.  The festival included musicals, original works by local playwrights, innovative productions of classical works, and exciting improvisational performances.

This year's festival received some outstanding media coverage from MLive, On-the-Town, WGVU Radio, Rapid Growth Media, Encore Michigan, and Broadway World Detroit.  The cooperation between West Michigan theatre groups to promote and support each other's work was wonderful.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported this project on GlobalGiving.  Any donations that come in after March 2 will go towards the planning for next year's festival!


Dec 11, 2013

2014 Performers Are Getting Ready

The performing groups for the 2014 Lake Effect Fringe Festival are all lined up.  We will feature performances by Lucas Brooks, GEM Theatrics, Kairos Theatre Company, No Outlet Improv Troupe, M.Y. Musical Productions, the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, Southside Theatre Company, and the Stark Turn Players.  The performances will span a wide variety of theatre genres, from improv comedy to classical works to brand new plays.

The 2014 festival begins on January 30 and continues through March 2.  The next step in our preparation is reviewing applications from potential production managers, and meeting with the performing groups in January to make sure they have everything they need to put on outstanding performances.  We are really excited to highlight the work of so many West Michigan natives, and to promote local non-profit arts organizations to our region's audiences.

Sep 11, 2013

Performances Shaping Up for 2014 Festival

The organizing committee for the 2014 Lake Effect Fringe Festival has been meeting all summer, getting things ready for the 2014 festival, which will take place from January 30-March 2 of 2014.  We are expanding the festival to 5 weekends this year, and already have many exciting performances in store for audiences.

Stark Turn Players will again present their 10-minute plays competition, with categories for student and professional playwrights.  Their performance dates will include performances of many of the best script submissions.  GEM Theatrics will present My Dearest Friend, an original piece based on the letters of John and Abigail Adams.  The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company will present Tis Pity She's a Whore, a play by John Ford, an English playwright from the early 1600s who was a contemporary of Shakespeare.  The Southside Theatre Company will also present an exciting production.

We are currently taking applications from other regional theatre groups to round out the performance line-up for the festival.  Thank you all again for your support of this exciting project!

May 29, 2013

Plans for Next Year's Festival are Underway!

After the outstanding audience response to this past February's first annual Lake Effect Fringe Festival, we have begun plans for the 2014 festival.  Any donations that you make to this project will go towards the ongoing planning and execution of another festival for 2014.  We will again highlight the outstanding variety of local theatre in the West Michigan area, expanding our programming to 5 weekends of performances, all to take place at the Dog Story Theater in Grand Rapids.

Selections for the 2014 festival will include another 10-Minute Playwrighting Contest produced by the Stark Turn Players, as well as theatrical performances from improv comedy to classical drama.  We will strive to engage new theatre groups as well as those who participated last year, and we hope to reach an even greater number of audiences. 

Thanks again to those who have contributed to this project, and we will keep you updated on the performance schedule for 2014 as further information becomes available!

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Katherine Mayberry

Grand Haven, MI United States

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