Fringe Theatre is proud to share our passion for live theatre with school audiences. We believe young people are integral to the artistic fabric of our community — they are the future generation of theatre goers. We program school matinees so students may have an opportunity to experience the wonder that is live theatre.

We ensure that all of our patrons have positive experiences when seeing productions at the ATB Financial Arts Barns. During school matinees, we rely on the support of participating teachers to ensure students are respectful audience members who are ready to enjoy the show.

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Bone Wars by Matthew MacKenzie

Punctuate! Theatre

Spring 2017
in The Backstage Theatre

When eleven year olds Tickailia, Dawn, Chelsea, Rudeger and their babysitter/Palaeontology PhD candidate Lequian are forced to abandon their canoe trip down the Red Deer River and take refuge in an abandoned mine in the Badlands to wait out a tornado, they become embroiled in a historical quarrel; who was the greatest Palaeontologist of them all?

While waiting for the tornado to pass, a trial ensues as Othniel Marsh and Edward Cope, the world’s most legendary dinosaur bone hunters, vie for Palaeontology supremacy. Tickailia and company play unwitting judge and jury, along with a host of wild west characters who are called upon to be the pathological Palaeontologists’ witnesses. When the tornado passes, Tickailia and her friends will walk out into the world determined to not allow the insanity of the Bone Wars to repeat itself; because in the end, neither Marsh nor Cope was the winner—both were losers. Just as our society’s insatiable appetite for fossil fuels pushes our world toward catastrophe, so too did these dinosaur bone hunters’ insatiable appetite for fossils fuel their demise.

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  • Tickets are $7/person + GST
  • A 10% deposit is required at the time of booking.
  • Full payment is required prior to the performance date in order to secure your booking.
  • If a cancellation is required within 30 days of the performance, your deposit will be refunded only if FTA is able to secure another booking in your absence.

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