by Ottawa Fringe
June 24, 2008
A Fringe Festival without volunteers would quicklyÂ disintegrateÂ into a mob of fools spouting monologues for anyone who will listen. They are the skeleton on which the festival is built. Â To mobilize the numbers of peopleÂ necessaryÂ to make these 10 days a success, you require people with the brains of generals and the hearts of saints. Â We not only have one person like this, we have two. Â Samira and Louisa manage to give leadership and love to volunteers and performers alike. Â Below are their answers. Â Remember, the Fringe is always looking for volunteers and it is the easiest way to see a show for free. Â Come down to the tent and sign up at volunteer HQ anytime during the festival.
LOUISA– I’ve been volunteering for the Fringe since 2003.Â I’d been coming and seeing shows before then, and finally had some time to volunteer that June.Â It was love at first Fringe
LOUISA-Â Kevin Waghorn and I first met when we were volunteers together.Â And I couldn’t begin to count the number of volunteers I’ve seen in shows, or performers I’ve seen behind the box office table!Â Â
LOUISA– mid 20’s seems to be the cap that people can take.Â But every year, I see people trying to best their own record.
LOUISA– I’ve worked in daycamps a long time, ran everything from drama to boys sports to religious awareness.Â I’d love to be the nature expert, go hiking and such.
Ladies, from all who you have helped, I say thank you.