Finally, this year, we got the announcement that it was finally going ahead! Nightmare Neighbours and Prop Catastrophe are a go! We have put together a cast, and a crew, and a team, and we are currently hard at work rehearsing and learning the shows. I have to admit that I feel a bit rusty when it comes to putting a show together. But I am reminding myself as I go. The almost fly by the seat of your pants aspect that feels so Fringe is definitely here. Can I build a video camera out of shoe boxes and toilet paper rolls? Certainly. Can I steal my children's toys and Halloween costumes for my show? Of course! Can I spend a stupid amount of hours sourcing and finding theatre cubes and then find out that they do not fit in my car? Absolutely. But just like every year, the shows will go on, and they will be epic, and hilarious, and I will probably cry from happiness that this is actually happening.
Rehearsals look a little different with masks, and sanitizers on the stage managers' desk. But the enthusiasm is here, and it is inspiring to see. I honestly can't wait until opening.
The Toronto Fringe Festival KidsFest is at St. Vladimir Theatre, 620 Spadina Avenue.
KidsFest information and tickets are available here. See you at the Fringe!