Gannon’s Schuster Theatre Hosts Eighth Annual Fringe Festival

Posted: February 5, 2018
Gannon University’s Schuster Theatre is holding its Eighth Annual Fringe Fest Erie throughout the month of February, which includes theatre and dance productions both on and off Gannon’s campus. 
What originally began as a miniature Fringe Fest based on the world’s largest performing arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, has continued to inspire theatre in the Erie community. Gannon students recently travelled and participated in the International Collegiate Theatre Festival held in Edinburgh, Scotland, this past August with funds raised from the 2017 Fringe Fest Erie.  
Jax Vadney, Producer of Fringe Fest Erie and Technical Director of Gannon’s theatre program, notes the educational opportunity Fringe offers by “giving our students the chance to explore the possibilities of the various productions and what they can do from directing, designing and acting.”  
On-campus productions include a Schuster mainstage performance of “Placebo,” as well as student produced work and a campus talent show. Fringe Fest Erie will conclude with the first alumni-produced production, “Mental Phenomena, Nursery Rhymes & Nightmares,” written and performed by Rob Hoover, Class of 1998.  
Fringe Fest Erie occurs every February and runs throughout the month as a way to celebrate the art and creation of theatre with a series of productions supported by both Gannon and Erie community members. Erie Playhouse, Dramashop, All An Act Theatre and Dafmark Dance also participate in Fringe Fest Erie with their own productions throughout the month as well. 
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