Numbers! Numbers! Delicious, delicious numbers!

We just finished the press release for Teh The Bestest Festival. Get the pretty PDF here or:


Fringe announces preliminary figures
40,814 tickets issued for 11-day festival, top attended shows announced

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Fringe announced preliminary attendance figures for its 2008 festival. In all, 40,814 tickets were issued during the 11-day performing arts festival, an 8 percent increase over last year. Revenue increased over $36,000.

  • Tickets issued: 40,814
    Buttons issued: 15,178 (Notes: Admission buttons are used to count the number of unique audience members attending the festival. Of the 15,178 issued this year, 14,262 were sold and 916 were issued gratis to volunteers and artists.)
    Revenue: $300,405
    Performances: 806
    Shows: 156
    Participating artists: 1,080
    Volunteers: 393
    Audience-submitted reviews on the Web site (as of 10 a.m. Monday): 2,153

“We are absolutely delighted with the numbers,” said Robin C. Gillette, Fringe’s executive director. “The figures show that Fringe is solid both as an event and as an organization, and the buzz in the Fringe community was positively kinetic.”

The total number of performances was down from last year (806 versus 874 in 2007) due to fewer Bring Your Own Venue performances. The attendance and revenue figures erase the dip the numbers took in 2007. Last year’s festival opened the day after the I-35W bridge collapse.

Top ten shows by tickets issued

  1. Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead / Walking Shadow / U of M Rarig Center Thrust: 1284
  2. An Inconvenient Squirrel / Joseph Scrimshaw Productions / U of M Rarig Center Thrust: 1189
  3. The Cody Rivers Show Presents: Stick to Glue / The Cody Rivers Show / U of M Rarig Center Thrust: 1033
  4. Musical the Musical!/ Urban Samurai Productions/ U of M Rarig Center Proscenium: 986
  5. Mortem Capiendum Four Humors Theater U of M Rarig Center Thrust 837
  6. The Underpants Show Lili’s Burlesque Ritz Theater 803
  7. Robin Hood The Musical! Top Hat Theatre U of M Rarig Center Proscenium 707
  8. Deviants Live Action Set The Soap Factory 683 (nine performances)
  9. The Pumpkin Pie Show Horse Trade Theater Group U of M Rarig Center Thrust 665
  10. You’re No Fun Bedlam Theatre U of M Rarig Center Thrust 609

Top ten shows by capacity

  1. FOOL FOR A CLIENT Mark Whitney Bryant-Lake Bowl 102.4%
  2. Reefer Madness: The Musical Young Artists Council Bryant-Lake Bowl 98.8%
  3. The Mistress Cycle Maddak Productions Bryant-Lake Bowl 98.8%
  4. The Nosdrahcir Sisters Sara and Kimberly Richardson U of M Rarig Center Xperimental 96.9%
  5. A Wake for Change! Tune In, Turn On, Folk Out A-Stage Kieran’s Irish Pub – Titanic Room 95.8%
  6. An Intimate Evening with Fotis: Part Two Mike Fotis Minneapolis Theatre Garage 87.7%
  7. Advice-a-Versa Intertwine Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts 80.7%
  8. My Hovercraft is Full of Eels! Henry Epp Intermedia Arts 79.8%
  9. elephant shoes, & olive juice; (mis) communication in a modern world 20% Theatre Company Twin Cities Bryant-Lake Bowl 78.0%
  10. Stupid Face Courtney Roche U of M Rarig Center Xperimental 71.4%

The fifteenth annual Minnesota Fringe Festival took place Thurs., July 31 through Sun., Aug. 10 in Minneapolis. More information about the festival can be found at


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