‘Scandal’ topic for MN Fringe Fest

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The Minnesota Fringe Festival opened Friday in Minneapolis, and one of the performances being presented throughout the next ten days is “Hermann the German: The Scandal That Rocked New Ulm.” Created by Bill Young (left) and Benjamin Denson, the story is loosely based on the true story of an attempt last year by the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce to establish a “legend” for a giant footprint of Hermann the Cheruscan. When the Associated Press called to establish whether the footstep was indeed found in the dusty corner of the Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Tourism Director Terry Sveine was forced to admit the story was made up. Young and Denson have turned it into a story where “scandal strikes in the heart of small town America!” Young portrays “Jerry Sweetie” in the show. Portraying Hermann the German at right is Andy Brynildson. The show was performed Friday at the New Century Theatre. Other performances will be today at 2:30 p.m., Sunday at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 9, at 4 p.m. Tickets are available at the Minnesota Fringe Festival website, (Minnesota-fringe-festival.myshopify.com/products/show-2737).

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