A Look Forward and Back

Greetings, salutations, and wilkommen to the first installment of the brand spanking-new, monthly Charm City Fringe blog! Wherein; you’ll find all of the latest updates, information, and juicy inside knowledge concerning the 2014 Charm City Fringe Festival, and the general goings-on at Fringe HQ! This is just a small part of our efforts to bring the fringe right into the palm of your hand.

 The best thing since sliced bread? Assuredly, yes.  Join us in 2014!

The best thing since sliced bread? Assuredly, yes. Join us in 2014!

This month is all about the past, and how that past will lead into the future! No, we’re not about to have some existential discussion about the perils of time perception, I’m talking about last year’s festival! The 2013 Charm City Fringe Festival was a huge success, and we owe that success to our fabulous artists, actors, performers, and patrons (hey, that’s you!) who came out to support Baltimore’s first and only Fringe festival. To all of us here at CCF headquarters, the response to our first crack at this thing was inspiring, and will only help to propel fringe further into the stratosphere of performing arts and entertainment. But while we’re moving upward, we haven’t forgotten why we’re all here – the promotion of under-the-radar artists and performances that showcase the diversity and “charm” (see what I did there?) of the Baltimore theatre scene, and beyond!

While we bid goodbye to last year’s festival slowly shrinking in the rearview mirror, we eagerly wave hello to the 2014 festival as it steadily becomes visible in the soft and shimmering beams of our headlights. It may be nighttime for the sake of that metaphor, but the sun is rising on Charm City Fringe in 2014.

This year, we’ve redoubled our efforts to create more buzz and found further partnerships within and without the city, in order to ensure that fringe continues to grow. Big plans are in store for the upcoming season – we’re expanding the reach that fringe has in The Monument City, and the larger regional theatre scene. In order to continue maturing and expanding, we here at fringe are exploring new partnerships with venues, companies, and events that will all come to light as we continue to trek down the path that we’ve laid out for this year. Not a yellow-brick road, per say, our fringe-y path will provide the same level of wonder, but with a greatly mitigated chance of being set ablaze by a broomsticked, green psychopath.

Needless to say; we’re excited to get going… So excited, in fact, we’ve already begun! In February, the festival application was posted, giving potential applicants the advance chance to review the process involved with applying, and the numerous benefits of joining the fringe family. CCF will begin accepting applications starting April 1st, and we tremendously look forward to seeing the variety and creativity of your submissions!

Want the chance to be a part of Charm City Fringe 2014? Well you, my industrious friend, have a variety of options at your disposal! Fringe doesn’t just need artists and performers - volunteers of any kind are always more than welcome, and if you have even the slightest interest in theatre and performing arts, you’re encouraged to reach out to us at info@charmcityfringe.com! We love meeting new people and sharing our mutual admiration for theatre and the arts! If you missed us last year and would like a small glimpse of what CCF is all about, take a look at our gallery, which is filled with some wonderful images for your perusal.

This is going to be an exciting year for Charm City Fringe and Baltimore theatre, so stay tuned to see exactly what we have in store for you. If all the world’s a stage, we’ll be handing out playbills very soon…

 

Alexander Ward

Public Relations

Posted on March 2, 2014 .