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JK O’Donnell’s displaying staff artwork

Also news from Civic Theatre, Embassy, Poplar Village Gardens, Area Dinner Theatre

Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published June 8, 2022

JK O’Donnell’s will hold a Summer Staff Art Show at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 16, featuring beer from Collective Art and Untitled Art as well as cocktails made from JK’s Private Selection Maker’s Mark.

“Along with working at the pub, many of us are skilled artists in a variety of mediums and skill levels ranging from beginner to masters teaching at a college level,” MJ Goebel said.

Along with artwork from Goebel, the show will feature works from Lauren Conklin, Derek Decker, Erin Duddy, MJ Goebel, En Hughey, Aimee Penn, and Jeremy Stroup. 

Many of the items, including earrings, mugs, ceramic works, wreaths, digital art, stickers, and paintings and drawings, will be for sale

Civic Theatre seeks director, interns

The Fort Wayne Civic Theatre is looking for an experienced technical director/lighting designer/scene shop manager who can start by July 5. 

Responsibilities for this salaried position with a strong benefit package include strong lighting and sound design and supervision, set construction, ability to coordinate, train, and supervise backstage volunteers, special effects, and the ability to oversee technical requirements of productions in coordination with the scenic designer and scenic artist/volunteer voordinator. This person will serve as supervisor to the scenic designer and scenic artist. These three individuals share the production manager duties. Knowledge of lighting and sound equipment is required. 

To apply, send cover letter, resume, current salary, and references to  Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, Executive/Artistic Director, 303 E. Main Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 or

The Civic Theatre also has paid internships and unpaid internships available, primarily in the areas of technical theater and the costume shop. For more information on internships, contact

Silent film series kicks off at Embassy

Embassy Theatre is celebrating the 100th anniversary of silent films. 

The first film in the series, Blood and Sand, will be shown at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 12. The film features one of Americas favorite actors of the 1920s, Rudolph Valentino, and will be accompanied on the Grande Page Pipe Organ by organist Dennis James. 

 Worm bin workshop

Poplar Village Gardens, 2107 Broadway, will hold a volunteer workday and worm bin workshop from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 11. 

Participants will learn about how important worms are to an urban farm and how to care for them to help your garden grow. The fee is $10 if you want to take home a bin. Reservations are due by June 10.

 Auditions for Lucky Stiff at Arena

Arena Dinner Theatre will hold auditions for the Lynn Ahrens/Stephen Flaherty musical Lucky Stiff from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, June 12. Director Ben Wedler is seeking a cast of five women and five men. Auditioners should have a schedule of all rehearsal conflicts at auditions and should prepare a 16-32 bar cut from a Broadway musical. Callbacks, if necessary, will be at 7 p.m. Monday, June 13.

Rehearsals will begin the week of June 26 and will typically be from 7-10 p.m. Monday-Friday. Some Sunday rehearsals might be called. 

Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 and 11; at 8 p.m. Aug. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14.

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