Was Opening Night a Washout?
I could tell you about the previews, which wereÂ phenomenal. Â I could describe the performance of Samba Ottawa, who impressed the entire party. Â I could even do some bragging on behalf of the Fringe staff who managed to pull of a great evening of entertainment. Â Instead, I will give love to the true stars of the evening; the crowd. Â
A combination of performers and patrons turned up exactly when the previews started and gave them attention and affection. Â They supported all the acts and gave them the appreciation that they deserved. Â As the performance wrapped up and they had every excuse to head home, they bought beer. Â There was nothing left in the evening that wouldn’t be seen for the next 10 days but that was irrelevant. Â The crowd was there to party and there hasn’t been a storm made that would have stopped them. Â They retreated to the tents and the opening festivities continued. Â
The fact that we had a party as long as we did (and it may still be going on; I had to cry uncle), proves that this is destined to be a major year for the Fringe. Â This is not my thought, I stole from HM. The team in place is set to handle the shows we have earned. Â 2008 has the potential to be a year that will be referenced as a new high for this festival.
I cannot wait to see what the next 10 days have in store. Â If you miss it, you have no excuse. Â You’ve been warned.
See you tomorrow,