Fringe festivals provide an excellent opportunity for up and coming performers to build and present their own show from scratch and for experienced performers to try out new material. This summer Lethbridge performers will be well represented at fringe festivals across the country.
Calgary born, Brett Hutchinson, a local stand up comedian and a member of Lethbridge improv group Drama Nutz, has put together a long form improv show based on the Choose Your Own Adventure books so many of us enjoyed in our youth for the Aug. 1-9 Calgary Fringe Festival with some friends he met while working with the Loose Moose Improv Theatre.
“ Me and three other high school friends have created a long form improv which we’re premiering at the Fringe this year,” he summarized.
Hutchinson and his friends and fellow Loose Moose Theatre alumni Quinn Contini, Mitch Belot and Ellis Lalonde always loved the Choose Your Own Adventure books where readers choose the direction of the story by making a choices and being directed to a different page. As a result, they decided to build a show around the concept.
“ We’re all very childish adults and we all loved those Choose Your Own Adventure books,” Hutchinson laughed.
“ We thought Choose Your Own Adventure Books would make a great long form improv,” he said.
“ And it keeps us on our toes,” he said adding it will be fun to watch the audience helping create the story,” he continued.