Record Breaking Orlando Festivities Frazzle Planners and Performers

Posted: Jun. 12th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

Orlando's Fringe Festival was an undisputed success, at least according to attendees, but event planners aren't too thrilled about the prospect of a bigger performance next year and performers reported decreased revenue despite the huge influx of visitors. Still, next year's event will almost certainly be a smash.

It was a record run for the largest Orlando Fringe Festival in history, but don't expect it to get any bigger next year.

"We don't want to grow too fast," said festival producer Michael Marinaccio.

More tickets were sold, more families attended the free Kids Fringe and more patrons visited nearby businesses during the 2013 festival that ended last week.

But the money earned by performers fell slightly from 2012, according to Marinaccio. The early arrival of summer storms and competition from events in downtown Orlando — including two concerts by former Beatle Paul McCartney on the festival's first weekend — posed challenges and dampened theatergoers' enthusiasm.


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