Senator Joyce Fairbairn Middle School Fringe Festival set to open next week

The Fairbairn Middle School Fringe Festival is set to open March 13.

It promises to offer audiences something a little bit different from your typical middle school dramatic fare.

“We are pretty excited for sure and hope it can be a concept that we can come back to and use over and over,” said Fairbairn teacher John Malcolm. “The idea came from a desire on the part of the staff to involve as many kids as we could in areas that they love and have a strength in.”

Some of the work comes right out of classroom learning, while other parts are being rehearsed outside of school time. 

“When we first entered the school last June or so, we were immediately struck by the amazing spaces that are around this beautiful building,” said Malcolm. “Of course, they are fantastic teaching and collaboration spaces during the day, but they also make some fantastic performance spaces for a project like this.”

On a trip to New Zealand, Malcolm added he encountered a play where the audience moved room to room as the scenes changed, thought that concept could work at Fairbairn.

“Thus the idea of a Fringe Festival was born,” he said. “So the idea, quite simply, is based on a circus theme. The music is based on the Greatest Showman movie, but the story is different.”

The audience will come into the atrium for an opening number and then move to see other acts throughout the school, including a play that takes place in three different locations, with street performers and live artists along the way. Music and dance performances, along with static art displays, will also be include, in what Fairbairn is lovingly calling MOMMA (Museum of Modern Middle School Art). Tumblers and acrobats will also be part of the performance. 

“The whole show ends up back where they started for a grand finale,” said Malcolm. “There is literally a place in this show or every student and staff member who wants to be involved and we have an abundance of both.”

As of this week, about 190 students and 15 staff members are involved, as Malcolm added Fringe Festival organizers are eager to showcase the talented students and staff, along with their new school.

“As a group of directors, we just feel extremely lucky to be in such an amazing building, with a hugely supportive staff and kids with talent like this. Please come and see something completely different and entertaining. As they say in the circus, COME ONE, COME ALL!”

The show runs March 13 and 14 at 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each day. Children under 10 are free, but tickets need to be ordered directly from the school office at 403-381-2977 or at senatorjoycefairbairn@lethsd.ab.ca

Tickets can also be purchased through SchoolCash Online.

Date posted: March 7, 2019

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