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by Wendy Gennaula • July 16, 2008 • The two week countdown to the fringe begins. We are beginning to sketch out our family schedule. I am thrilled that the Rarig Center complex will be hosting shows again this year. Those venues, along with Mixed Blood, the Southern, and Bedlam are all within walking distance. Plus, it is easy to find a nice outdoor spot to enjoy a packed lunch between kids’ fringe shows. We always make our way to Jimmy John’s at least once.

Tommy, now 10, is determined to see all of the “official” kids’ shows this year. Unlike last year, it is humanly possible. He reminded me that his favorite show last year was NOT a kids’ show. It was “Around the World in 80 days in under 60 minutes”.

Good To Momma is the blog of Wendy Gennaula, one of five bloggers covering the Minnesota Fringe Festival for the Daily Planet.

After the first fringe show case at the Ritz I added one more for our family. “Silent Poetry-Mime”:http://www.fringefestival.org/2008/show/?id=913 Inspired by Marcel Marceau by Dean Hatton. Under 5 are not permitted. Hatton’s three minute snippet was brilliant. I want to see more. Plus, 6 weeks into summer vacation I would like to emphasize to my boys the power of silence.

Top Hat Theater’s “Robin Hood The Musical!”:http://www.fringefestival.org/2008/show/?id=799 was the only Kids’ Fringe offering at the showcase. Two young actors sang a Broadway style pop power-ballad with strong clear voices. When my children were younger Top Hat’s shows were among their favorites. The shows follow a set formula and are earnest and irony-free. That is their strength. I highly recommend this as a “first fringe show” for a younger child.

More to come.

Wendy Gennaula is a singer and actress in the Twin Cities. She is the mother of two extraordinary Fringelings.