Sadly, the curtain is closed for The 24th Orlando international Fringe Theatre Festival. However, celebrate the fact that it was our best ever! A big thanks go out to all of the artists, volunteers, staff, and especially all of fabulous patrons, who made this festival great this year.
Ticket sales and artist payments set new records at this year’s Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, Executive Director George Wallace announced today. The 24th annual festival, distributed 42,265 tickets (up from 34,456 in 2014); provided $371,153 in artist payments (up from $273,728); drew 11,403 to Kids Fringe (up from 9,500); and sold 32 pieces of Visual Fringe (up from 25).
“I am so very much humbled,” said Wallace. “We set lofty goals for this year’s festival, and we shattered them. I have so many Fringe memories from this year’s festival — from our fabulous artists, to the larger than usual crowds. It was simply an amazing journey.”
The large crowds were not just those who purchased tickets. Initial numbers also show that overall attendance — which includes all free entertainment venues, such as the Fringe outdoor stage area — also increased by 25-to-30 percent.
“We couldn’t have done this without our friends and supporters, the Board of Directors and our full-time staff, our amazing contingent of volunteers, and, of course, the general public — many of whom enjoyed Fringe for the first time,” Wallace added. “A lot of work was put into this festival; now, we can rest. But not for long, as we will soon begin preparing for next year’s Fringe.”
Next year’s festival will be its 25th anniversary celebration, and Fringe organizers, including Wallace and Festival Producer Michael Marinaccio have already begun promoting it and plan to make it the largest and most unique festival in the Fringe’s 25-year history. Final festival dates have yet to be officially announced.