Laughter Epidemic to Sweep Sault at Flip into Fringe Variety Show


Got spring fever?

The Comedics have the cure. Sault Ste. Marie’s Doctors of Musical Satire are dishing out doses of laughter May 5 at the Flip Into Fringe variety show.

It’s a fundraising night for this August’s second annual Fringe North International Theatre Festival. The Comedics won’t be operating alone.

Special guests include popular entertainer Timothy Murphy, who co-created a one-act musical for the inaugural Fringe North in 2017, and master illusionist Ryan McFarling, who can make that fever disappear into thin air.

Also on the Flip into Fringe bill are juggler and entertainer Bren Piper and talented performers from the Northern Arts Academy: Gabrielle Turgeon, Ryan Mauro, Cassandra McCauley and Jenna Kosnieczyn.

Juggler Piper displayed his talent on behalf of Fringe North last summer, playing with fire and sharp objects during the Rotary Community Day Parade.

“After our sold-out fundraiser last year, it was an easy ‘yes’ to take The Comedics up on their offer to perform again in support of the Fringe,” said Fringe North president Tova Arbus.

“This year we planned more of a variety show, showcasing a little of everything the Fringe has to offer.”

Murphy and McFarling are part of the Fringe North lineup Aug. 9-19.

“With music, comedy, juggling and spoken word rounding out the night, consider this a sneak preview of the festival,” Arbus said.

Tickets are $35 for the show Saturday, May 5, at the Water Tower Inn Pavilion. There is no reserved seating. There is a cash bar.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Arts Council of Algoma, 369 Queen St. E., the Downtown Association, 496 Queen St. E., Shabby Motley Handcraft, 356 Queen St. E., Hilltribe in Station Mall and Mane Street Salon and Spa, 626 Queen St. E.

Fringe North, a non-profit, relies on community support, because 100% of box office proceeds go back to the artists.

“Selling out this event helps ensure we can keep building an amazing arts festival for August 2018,” Arbus said.

As well as high-calibre and often edgy theatre, the Fringe Festival features busking, art and music.

There’s an ambitious Kids Fringe program.

Many events are free and aim to provide family fun.

This summer Fringe is joined by the Northern Ontario Book Fair. It will have books for sale by a number of Northern Ontario writers and feature appearances by select authors.

And there will be art a-plenty, thanks to a collaboration with the Arts Council of Algoma. Among the events are an Art Battle creating paintings on the spot, an Art Crawl, Art N’ the Park and a Graffiti Wall.

For more information contact Fringe North at:, email [email protected], phone 705-975-0761.



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