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"X-Men: The Musical" kicked off last year s CU Fringe Festival.
“X-Men: The Musical” kicked off last year s CU Fringe Festival.

“Star Trek: The Musical” premieres on the mainstage in the University of Colorado’s theater building Friday night.

That means it’s Fringe Festival time.

“We always have an original spoof musical open up Fringe every year,” said senior Chelsea Kari, president of OnStage, the student group that puts on the festival every year. “There is a lot of humor in the Fringe, which is great with bringing in the crowds.”

The 11th annual festival kicks off at 5 tonight with a red carpet event, and features 25 performances through Sunday night. Kari said this is the largest Fringe to date, with 115 student performers participating.

If you go

What: University of Colorado Fringe Festival

When: 5 p.m. Friday through 11:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: University Theatre building, CU campus, Boulder

Cost: Free

“We try to incorporate more diversity in the projects every year,” Kari said. “Onstage is trying to get away from being just a theater group. A lot of the pieces are more ominous and more experimental.”

Some of the performances include original student plays, dance, musicals, comedy, a fashion show and a drag show.

“This year we have such a wide variety of projects,” Kari said. “We’re have performances that have a different following than just theatre and dance. We have a good mix of comedy as well as some mature established pieces.”

CU improv comedy group Left Right TIM will perform two shows this weekend, including one that features the debut of the troupe’s first-ever sketch comedy show.

“It’s great, it’s just like ‘Saturday Night Live,'” said senior Richie Alfson, a co-founder of the group. “This is something that has been years in the making.”

Two years ago, the burgeoning troupe performed its very first show at the Fringe Festival and has grown into a campus staple with a show every Friday during the school year.

“The Fringe puts Left Right TIM on a much larger scale and offers us a chance to perform totally different formats,” Alfson said. “It’s a great time for anyone. Unless people have a big stick up their ass, they’ll definitely find something to enjoy.”

Kari said this is the first year the Fringe Festival will feature live bands. Boulder psychedelic-folk group Fellow Citizens and Denver pop-rock act Petals of Spain perform tonight night in the Loft Theatre.

“Fringe is great because it has a very collegey kind of atmosphere,” Kari said. “The students take the opportunity to do projects that they normally wouldn’t be able to perform during the main season.”

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