It's August! and that means it's Minnesota Fringe Festival time for Umbrella Collective members and the Minnesota theater community. We asked our Collective members to tell us a little about their show(s) and what they 'pair best with'. If Fringe is not your thing, you can catch Umbrella Collective members singing, dancing, and drumming all over the Twin Cities. Here's a list of where you can find Umbrella Collective this August:
2018 Minnesota Fringe Festival
You can catch Emily Dussault in two fringe shows, Blood Nocturne and Couple Fight: The Musical
Tell us about your shows?
Blood Nocturne is a play with music about the infamous Countess Elizabeth Bathory. You may know her as the noblewoman who bathed in the blood of virgins. Pairs well with a bold red wine and a deep sense of injustice about how women's stories are told throughout history.
Couple Fight: The Musical is a hilarious, musical romp through the world of... fights that couples have. This cast has some of the most incredible comedic performers in the Twin Cities (including my scene partner and fellow Umbrella Collective company member, Allison Witham. And I get to play her girlfriend, and fellow Collective member, and one of my besties: Leslie Vincent). Its going to be SO CUTE. And funny. And musical! Pairs well with pancakes and the ability to laugh in the face of deep frustration.
Anything else in August?
Shoot! You just missed Emily singing at Musical Mondays (Lush at 7pm on Monday, August 6th), but you should subscribe to the Champagne Drops' YouTube channel -- if you haven't already!
You can find Allison Witham in Justice League of Their Own and Couple Fight: The Musical
Tell us why we should catch these shows?
'Justice League' will be funny, topical, an homage to a great movie, and has an amazing cast. 'Couple Fight' is so funny and heartwarming. Amazing cast, and Keith Hovis is a phenom. I think they'd both pair well with a 2 rosé pregame.
Anything else in August?
Speaking of Keith Hovis, Collective member Leslie Vincent is doing a reading of his musical, Jefferson Township Sparkling Junior Talent Pageant, directed by the incredible Laura Leffler. I'm really excited to see that and watch as it progresses to a full length show next summer at Park Square from its smash hit status of the 2017 Fringe.
Drumming By Alana
You have a few gigs coming up, can you tell us about them?
My band The Controversial New 'Skinny Pill" is playing along with one of my FAVORITE national DIY groups, Sloppy Jane at the Turf Club - August 18th. They're a 8-to-11 piece music project whose live show includes: laughter, choir vocals, xylophone, saxophone, kazoo, television, slide whistle, vomiting blue dye, a naked body, a rotting suit, guitar, bass, drums, tambourine, ruby red slippers, violent shifts in genre and speed, a make-believe maestro, and a set that does not stop moving once it has started.
My other band, Bella Yaga, just had an album release at Open Eye on August 4th. Bella Yaga was joined by opener Eric Mayson, as well as a special roster of video artists, dancers, musicians, clowns, and puppeteers contributing performance and projections to the show, including Ari Newman, Emma Barber, Jay Owen Eisenberg, Katie Kaufmann, Kristi Ternes, and Tony Williams. You can now listen to the album on your favorite streaming service!
Beehive: the 60's Musical