The Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland began in 1947 as a post-war initiative to re-unite Europe through culture, with a number of distinguished musicians from the war-ravaged countries of the continent invited to perform. Aware there would be a good crowd and focused press interest; six Scottish and two English theatre companies decided to turn up uninvited and fend for themselves. The next year a critic dubbed this gatecrashers’ enterprise “the fringe of the official festival drama”, and the name and the spirit of the Fringe was born.
DSA Theatre Performances at the Fringe
Lyrics, and Book by Jake Brash
Directed by Eli Carpenter and Shawn Hann
Technical Direction by Austin Allen
- 2017-18: Two Original World Premiere Musicals
Wall! A Thinly Veiled Metaphor for our Current Political Landscape Disguised as a New American Musical
Wall 2.0! A Thinly Veiled Metaphor for our Current Political Landscape Disguised as a New American Musical.
World premiere of two companion poignant political musicals direct from Colorado, USATwo cultures have thrived over many years, one on each side of massive impenetrable wall. Neither knows of the other’s existence. Factions on both sides of the wall challenge the status quo. Poignant social commentary emerges… plus tap dancing! When the wall falls, the two societies are forced to interact. Smart ideas for how to unite a terminally divided world emerge… plus hummable tunes and pirouettes! These companion pieces work together, separately, or in any order.
Listen to a podcast about our show: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/musicaltalk/e/51601530
- 2013-2014 – Before Wonderland by Brandon Becker (an original Alice in Wonderland prequel), C Venues
2013-2014 – A Glee Inspired Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, arranged by Shawn Hann, C Venues
- 2007-2008 – The Inconvenient Truths by the Ensemble directed/conceived/choreographed by Shawn Hann with the American High School Theatre Festival – High school Theatre departments are nominated and then apply to be chosen to perform in Edinburgh
- 2002-2003 – How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying by Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows directed/choreographed by Shawn Hann, vocal direction by Traci Kern with the American High School Theatre Festival – High school Theatre departments are nominated and then apply to be chosen to perform in Edinburgh