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When You Hear the Chime

By Alchemy Arts

Created by Nichole Carey and Andrew Lester

A nostalgic love letter to the stories that made us, come explore what it means to believe in magic at any age. This whimsical, poignant journey will tug at your heartstrings and make you feel like a kid again.
Adult language,Flashing lights,Loud noises
The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16 and up
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Cast and Crew
Andrew Lester
Andrew Lester (he/him) is an award-winning artist who has been a staple of the Twin Cities dance community for almost two decades. Both a professional ballet and contemporary dancer, Andrew has called Shapiro & Smith Dance his artistic home for over ten years. He was also a full-time company member of James Sewell Ballet for six seasons. As a guest artist, he has danced principal roles with a variety of well-known Minnesota companies, including Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota, Metropolitan Ballet, Eclectic Edge Ensemble, Ethnic Dance Theatre, Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, and the Minnesota Opera. Beyond Minnesota, Andrew has performed in New York City as well as toured internationally to the Toronto Film Festival, Festival del Pitic (Hermosillo, Mexico), and the Festival de Danse (Cannes, France). He's also had the good fortune to work with an array of celebrated choreographers, including Anna-Marie Holmes (former Artistic Director of Boston Ballet), Gabrielle Lamb (Pigeonwing Dance founder and 2020 Guggenheim Fellow), Darrius Strong (2021 McKnight Choreographer Fellow), and many more. As an actor, Andrew has performed with Siege Perilous Productions, Shadow Horse Theatre, and understudied at Park Square Theatre. Also an avid designer, he's created costumes for Freshwater Theater, done scenic design for the Phoenix Theater, as well as fabricated a host of props and costumes for various cabarets over the last decade. He hopes you enjoy the show as much as he and Nichole have enjoyed building it together for you.
Nichole Carey
Nichole Carey (she/her) is an accomplished vocalist and cabaret artist that has been seen performing across the Twin Cities at such music venues as Jazz Central, Honey, Vieux Carré, Crooners, the Acadia, the Minnesota Music Cafe, Blanche's at the Black Hart, and the Dakota Jazz Club. She has also taken her cabaret shows out of state, having performed at both the historic Duplex in New York City and Davenport’s Piano Bar and Cabaret in Chicago. A published playwright, Nichole has written for several local companies including Freshwater Theater, Smartmouth Comedy Co., Theatre Unbound, and Jezebel Theater Company. She is also the director/writer/star of “A Very Carey Christmas Cabaret,” an annual holiday variety show that has sold out every year since its premiere at the Bryant Lake Bowl in 2018. She is a member of the Twin Cities Cabaret Artist Network as well as alumni of the prestigious International Cabaret Conference at Yale University, where she worked with such well-known artists as Julie Wilson, Amanda McBroom, Carol Hall, and Tony Award winner Faith Prince. While Nichole has performed in several Fringe shows over the years (The Flashlight Zone, Madame Executioner, and SmashHammer: The Heavy Metal Musical Featuring the Heavy Metal Stylings of the Heavy Metal Band, SmashHammer), she's especially excited to be producing and performing with her favorite scene partner in this year's festival.
Callie Aho
Creative Consultant
Callie Aho (she/her) spends her days working as an occupational therapist, and her nights as a busy theater artist. As a director, some of her favorite credits include "Independence" with Chameleon Theater Circle, "Teenage Misery" with Devious Mechanics, and "Reclaiming My Time" with Jezebel Theatre Company for the 2019 Minnesota Fringe Festival. She is also the resident intimacy director with Lyric Arts, where she has worked on such productions as "Proof," "Little Women," "It's a Wonderful Life," "Girl on the Train, "The Wedding Singer," and many more. Callie is excited to be working with Nichole and Drew to help bring their production to life.
Megan Guidry
Stage Manager
Megan Guidry (she/they) is a theater transplant to the Twin Cities who now calls MN "home." In their decade living here, they have been luckily fulfilled with much theater and some film credits, both on the stage/in front of the camera (acting, improvising, singing, voice-over) as well as behind the scenes (directing, stage managing). Megan is currently the Associate Production Manager for Smartmouth Comedy Company. Most notably, Megan has performed on local stages such as the Crane, the Jungle, New Century, and the Rarig Arena. They have also worked with several independent theater companies and some larger theaters including HUGE Theater, Phoenix Theater, and Theater in the Round, just to name a few. Most recently, you will likely have seen them performing in the local musical "Norseplay" or stage managing for Wadsworth Theater Company's festival of one-act plays, both at the Phoenix Theater. This will mark Megan's sixth time participating in the MN Fringe Festival, and they're pleased to come back to it once again. They are super proud and excited to be a part of this production and hope you enjoy the show as much as they do!
Scot Froelich
Sound Design
Scot Froelich (he/him) is a longtime Fringer, having produced four shows at Fringe - "Men Will Be Boys," "Break Your Heart," "A Man's Guide," and this year's "Aging In An Age of Change;" performed in a half dozen others, and created sound design for countless shows. He's also an author whose work can be found on Amazon and at, and a musician who hosts the monthly show "Singin' Songs With Scot" (formerly "Whiskey In the Living Room") at The Phoenix. He's fortunate to have had Nichole as a musical and artistic partner for a decade!
More Information

Alchemy: A seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination thereof.

Alchemy Arts is the production company and brainchild of husband and wife duo Andrew Lester and Nichole Carey.

Lester, an award-winning professional dancer, and Carey, a playwright, and accomplished vocalist, are incredibly excited to create this production together from scratch. Using multigenre elements, this show strives to create theatre magic while transporting and inspiring its audience. This is their first production under the Alchemy Arts moniker.


**Content Warning**

Alongside nostalgia and whimsy, this show also touches on more serious themes including childhood trauma, loss, and grief.


Andrew and Nichole were high school sweethearts who bonded early over their love of performance. As adults, while their artistic pursuits took them in different directions, they always knew they wanted to make theater together. They were thrilled to get into the Minnesota Fringe Festival for the first time in 2020, only to have their aspirations dashed by the pandemic. Their mutual interest in children’s stories inspired them to create "When You Hear the Chime," a production that combines and showcases their many talents. Pulling from their own experiences, they can't wait to finally share this very personal and special production.

Nichole-Drew 2002

Andrew and Nichole, circa 2002, in their high school production of “Antigone.”
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