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It Takes a Village


This has truly been a fantastic summer. I have come so far and learned so much about what it means to be a performer. I have had an absolutely amazing time at the Edmonton and Vancouver fringe festivals. I am so pleased with how Rabbit Stew was received by both cities. Before I fly out of Vancouver back to Calgary to start working on Cowtown Opera’s next show, I have one last piece of fringe business to take care of.

I have so many people that I want to thank for helping me make this fringe tour a possibility. Without these people and so many others that I haven’t named here, this tour would not have been possible.

Jeff Newman of Newman Mentalism. Jeff has been an incredible friend, teacher, confidant, and recourse throughout this entire process. He has an incredible wealth of knowledge on the subject of magic shows at festivals. Jeff has taught me everything I know about marketing, scripting, staging, festival administration and so much more. Thank you, Jeff!

Hannah Rud. Hannah is a powerhouse at a festival. She is kind of scary! Having Hannah’s keen directorial eye on my show from its very first public performance until my last shows in Edmonton before I went off to be on my own in Vancouver improved my show immensely. She gave advice freely and in abundance, on all topics from performance notes to handbill technique. Thank you Hannah!

The festival administration at the Edmonton and Vancouver International fringe festivals. You all put in countless hours to make these festivals fun and profitable. Without you these festivals would not exist and for that, I thank you!

My family! My Mom Karren, for always being the stern voice of perseverance. My sister Taylor, for always assuring me that I am the best that I can be and encouraging me through to the end. And to my Dad Robert, mostly silent but when he has input, it’s always creative, helpful, and something no one else would have thought of!

My graphic designer! (My uncle Brian) without whom my posters, handbills, and promotional materials simply would not exist! He selflessly gave his time, services, and talents when he was asked and went above and beyond the call of duty! He returned a gorgeous product and I think the images he created are a huge reason behind the success of this summers’ shows.

My grandparents, Roy and Violet, and Pete and Barb, my aunts and uncles, my cousins and my friends. For supporting Rabbit Stew from the very beginning. You were at the world premier and helped send this creation off into the world a better show than it came in. Your love and Support is extremely humbling!

To all of my audience members. Thank you for seeing a weird title in your fringe guide and buying a ticket. For giving this new work a chance and for telling others to do the same! I love you all!

Finally, I have to thank my Beautiful Fiancée Megan. Everything I have mentioned above, well she has done all of that and more. She started two new NURSING jobs while I was griping away creating this little show and she still found the time to encourage and foster my creativity! When times were hard she pushed me forward, she was my sounding board, my rock, my biggest cheerleader, and my shoulder to cry on! Thank you and I love you to pieces.

There are so many others who have helped me along the way and I am whole heartedly thankful to each and every one of you for the work you have done to make this summer a whirlwind experience.

I am glad it’s over and I cannot wait to do it all again next year!

Until Next week,

Ben

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