A Festival Highlighting West Michigan Theatre

by The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company

Thank you to all of the supporters of the Lake Effect Fringe Festival.  Our organizing committee is hard at work on the 2016 festival, and we have already set the dates.  The 2016 LEFF will run at the Dog Story Theater in Grand Rapids from February 4 through February 28.  GEM Theatrics, the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, and Stark Turn Players will all be back with exciting productions.  We are also researching the possibility of making Monday nights at the festival improv nights, with several regional improv groups making appearances.  We will open applications for other festival participants in the later summer or early fall.  We are also seeking to expand our organizing committee -- the festival has grown so much in just 3 short years that we really need some more folks actively working on the planning and publicity.

We will continue to send out reports updating the plans for LEFF 2016.  Thanks to all of you who have been supporters of this project, and of local theatre in Michigan!

Thanks to all of you who supported this year's Lake Effect Fringe Festival, which took place at the Dog Story Theater from February 6-March 1.  This year's festival featured performances by Alea Iacta Est, GEM Theatrics, No Outlet Improv Team, the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, Stark Turn Players, and Theatre 616.  Many evening's performances were sold out.  The festival featured the work of over 50 local theatre artists, including actors, directors, playwrights, and technicians.

The Lake Effect Fringe Festival would also like to recognize the work of LEFF Production Manager Cassandra Sandros and her assistant Samara Woolfolk, who kept the festival performances running smoothly.  The box office staff of the Dog Story Theater were also instrumental in the operation of this year's festival.  The festival reached close to 600 audience members over its 14 performances.

We are already at work on planning next year's festival, and we are hoping to get more local theatre groups involved in the planning process.  Any donations that continue to be made to this project will go towards the funding of the 2016 festival.  Thank you again for your support of this collaboration that highlights the variety of outstanding theatrical performance happening in West Michigan.

Thank you to all of you who have contributed to making this coming year's Lake Effect Fringe Festival a reality.  We have accepted applications from performing groups, and this year's festival will feature productions by Alea Iacta Est, Roger Ellis, GEM Theatrics, the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, Stark Turn Players, Theatre 616, and Christopher Vanderark.  The performance offerings will include a 24-hour theatre project, new plays by local playwrights, classical theatre, and much more.  We also are planning on adding some workshops to the festival line-up for the first time!

Productions of the 2015 Lake Effect Fringe Festival will run from February 6-March 1.  The planning committee is very excited about once again highlighting so many local actors, directors, playwrights, and other artists.  We hope to see many of you at these performances, and thank you again for your support!

Dates are set for the 2015 Lake Effect Fringe Festival.  Thanks to all of our supporters, we will be able to undertake the third annual festival, highlighting the work of West Michigan theatre artists and providing our regional audiences with a month of exciting live theatre.

The 2015 LEFF will take place from January 29-March 1 at the Dog Story Theater in Grand Rapids.  All of the founding organizations of the festival return with theatrical offerings.  The Stark Turn Players will once again present their festival of 10-minute plays, producing scripts chosen from a competition for local playwrights.  The festival will also feature a gender-reversed As You Like It presented by the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, and a new production by GEM Theatrics.  We are currently in the process of accepting applications for additional performing groups.

The Lake Effect Fringe Festival is excited to continue our mission of drawing attention to the work of local and regional artists, and providing Grand Rapids-area audiences with compelling, performer-focused productions.  We again thank all those who have supported and continue to support this project.  We will see you all this coming winter at the 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.


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The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company

Location: Grand Haven, MI - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.pcshakespeare.com
Project Leader:
Katherine Mayberry
Grand Haven, MI United States

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