by Jacki Mick
"I am extremely excited about my new role with Orlando Fringe," said Wallace. "One of the things I am most proud of in my years with the organization is the growth that we have seen, and that we have had an economic impact of nearly $2 million annually for the City of Orlando."
Well, if the growth of this year's Fringe Festival is any indicator, Wallace will be shepherding in a few more record-breaking years. Attendance at the festival in 2014 grew by over 25 percent with nearly 50,000 patrons taking in the festival's creative offerings. 27 percent of those attendees were first-timers. And the participating artists didn't do too shabbily either, with over $275,000 given back to them.
Also successful were both Kids and Visual Fringe. Kids Fringe welcomed almost 10,000 children and families to partake in art, performances and learning opportunities. 25 pieces of art were sold at Visual Fringe.
As part of their Fringe Year Round series, you can catch some of the shows that you missed at this years Fringe Festival. Here's a round up of what's coming up:Seasons the Musical We said: "All four performers have professionally seasoned pipes, and when their voices blended in close harmony I got chills. Browning makes smart use of the stage, spreading actors around the space for surround-sound effects and providing plenty of props to keep the solos from becoming static." Details: When: Friday ,September 12 Where: The Mandell Theater at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St. Time: 8:00 p.m. Click for Tickets There's No Place Like Home We said: "There’s something about There’s No Place Like Home that signals a change of tone for Wanzie away from the obvious and sometimes into the near dark. Not to overstate it: His latest play isn’t without its side-eyed references to his signature foot fetishism and, well, pill-popping divas, but the heart at the middle has warmed into something more complicated and less over-the-top than Monorail Inferno or Celebrity Squares." Details: When: Saturday, September 13 Where: The Mandell Theater at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St. Time: 8:00 p.m. Click for Tickets Reincarnation Soup We said, "In author/actor Viet Nguyen’s one-man show Reincarnation Soup, the afterlife is an endless queue is which you wait for an old lady to ladle you a bowl of pho that will wipe away your mortal memories, preparing you for you next incarnation." "Nguyen connects with his audience in an intensely personal way."Details: When: Sunday, September 14 Where: The Mandell Theater at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St. Time: 3:00 p.m. Click for Tickets