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Joy Winter-Schmidt loves the theatre.

So it’s fitting that she’s one of the key organizers of the Spikey Loves the Fringe event, which will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thurs., July 11 at X-Cues Cafe & Lounge, which is located at 551 Sargent Ave. Tickets are $10, and doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Billed as an evening of singing and celebration, the event is a fundraiser for Spikey Productions — a longtime project that is close to Winter-Schmidt’s heart. At the upcoming event, the St. Vital resident — who is Spikey Productions’ writer and former producer and director — will be officially handing the baton to director (choral and stage) Coral Militere, and producer and artistic director Kristina Cummins. Winter-Schmidt will stay on as a consultant.

"I will officially pass the torch on to these two very talented, passionate, brilliant and dedicated young ladies," Winter-Schmidt said.

Winter-Schmidt said the goal of the upcoming event is to celebrate the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, of which she is a big fan.

"Spikey wants you to share the Fringe experience by giving you a taste of some musicals at this year’s Fringe," said Winter-Schmidt, adding that several Spikey cast and alumni will be appearing in different Fringe productions this year.

As well as previewing several of this year’s Fringe shows — including The Beauty and the Lonely Beast, 35MM: A Musical Exhibition, Silence! The Musical (The Unauthorized Parody of the Silence of the Lambs), and Tell Me on a Sunday — songs from Spikey’s Points — featuring original music by Paulo Bergantim and Dave Schmidt — will also be showcased.

"Although Spikey won’t be at this year’s Fringe, watch for all upcoming productions on the Spikey’s Points Facebook page. This fall, all 24 songs will be re-recorded in Paulo’s studio, and proceeds from the CDs will be for a charity fundraiser."

Winter-Schmidt said the event is aimed at adults who enjoy musical theatre, or who might want to sample a taste of it for the first time.

"It will be a fun evening with dinner, beverages, and a night out with friends — and there will be room to dance," she said, noting her gratitude to Bergantim and X-Cues’ owner Sal Infantino.

"Thanks to Paulo for introducing me to Sal and X-Cues. Sal is a very generous and kind community-oriented man. We are grateful for his support."

The Fringe also has a personal significance to Winter-Schmidt and her husband, Dave, who will celebrate their 31st wedding anniversary and 30th anniversary of attending the Fringe this month.    

Email Winter-Schmidt at jwinterschmidt@gmail.com or Militere at mitska32@gmail.com for more information.

Simon Fuller

Simon Fuller
The Lance community journalist

Simon Fuller is the community journalist for The Lance. Canstar’s senior reporter, he joined the team in June 2009 to write for The Sou’wester, which was then the new paper in the Canstar family. In June 2012, Fuller crossed the Red River to write for the Lance, and has spent the best part of the last decade getting to know the people and places that make southeast Winnipeg such a diverse, eclectic and culturally enriching place to live. A patriotic Brit and supporter of Southampton Football Club, he hopes to see England win a soccer world cup in his lifetime. Twenty years after immigrating to Winnipeg, Fuller — a graduate of the University of North London and Red River College’s creative communications program — now prefers coffee and doughnuts to tea and crumpets. His journalism journey started with an internship at the Winnipeg Free Press in January 2008, which was soon followed by a nine-month stint as a general assignment reporter at the Winnipeg Sun. Despite his allergies, he’s the proud father of his girlfriend’s four cats. Email him at simon.fuller@canstarnews.com Call him at 204-697-7111. . Email him at simon.fuller@canstarnews.com Call him at 204-697-7111

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