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Breaking news: CBC's Mainstreet discusses the Atlantic Fringe Fest issue with Ken Pinto and Stewart Legere 

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Stewart Legere (Zuppa Theatre, The Safety Position) and Ken Pinto made an appearance on CBC's Mainstreet to talk with host Stephanie Domet about today's announcement that the Atlantic Fringe Festival will be put on hold for up to two years while Pinto works on the Titanic 100 project.

Legere was able to express many concerns the theatre community has since hearing about this issue, responding to Pinto's suggestion the festival would have suffered because all of the volunteers would be busy with Titanic 100. Legere asserts there is no shortage of people who are enthusiastic and eager to volunteer for the festival. He also responded to the fact that---in advance of Pinto's announcement---there was no job posting or open call for the festival coordinator, a move that many in the community found insulting and confusing. Legere suggested a caring and committed member of the local theatre community should have tried harder to find a replacement.

Puzzlingly, Ken Pinto spoke via telephone with Domet from the lobby of the CBC building. He suggested the audience for the festival just wasn't there in the numbers he'd like and his ultimate plan was to grow the festival to be a comparable size to the Jazz Fest. How this goal would be easier to attain with two years off is uncertain.

When asked about why he chose not to find a replacement while he worked on Titanic 100, he said he had some colleagues in mind, but, unfortunately, "the management skills just weren't there." He states he'd been looking for a replacement for a year and that finding someone else to take a stab at the festival---someone who may even be able to turn a profit---is something he'd like.

Over to you, theatre community. We think there is definitely someone out there who can build upon the momentum of this festival and make 2011 something great.

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