Theatre festival deemed success

Organizers are hailing the first Fringetastic theatre festival a success.

Organizers are hailing the first Fringetastic theatre festival a success.

The four-day event saw eight theatre shows at three venues in downtown Nanaimo. Artists came from Mexico, Vancouver and the Island to perform small-cast theatre Sept. 8-11.

“Generally people loved what we were doing,” said Jeremy Banks. “That enthusiasm is what inspires me to do it next year.”

The event drew more than 550 people to the eight shows, which accounted for more than $4,600 in fees paid to the artists. On average, each show made about $600 – some more, some less.

About 20 volunteers worked 60 shifts to help make the festival happen.

“We could not have done this without volunteers,” Banks said.

He said organizers are still following up with audience members to get their views and experiences to help improve next year’s festival, for which planning will start in January.

Banks said he wants to expand the festival to two weeks to capitalize on the word of mouth advertising from audiences who see opening weekend shows. He said he also hopes to add an outdoor venue.

“These are all tentative plans,” he said.

For more, please visit www.fringetastic.com.

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