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Theaters announce upcoming shows

Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published February 23, 2022

It might still be cold outside, be theater season is beginning to heat up, with Fort Wayne Civic Theatre and First Prebyterian Theater announces upcoming shows.

Among performances slated for the 95th season of Fort Wayne Civic Theatre are: SpongeBob the Musical (July 21-31); Steel Magnolias (Sept. 9-18); Elf the Musical (Nov. 5-20); Hello, Dolly! (Feb. 18-26, 2023); The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (March 17-April 2, 2023); and Into the Woods (May 6-14, 2023).

Although dates are still be determined, First Presbyterian Theater is set to perform The Play That Goes Wrong (directed by Christopher J. Murphy), Disenchanted, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Godspell, and Clybourne Park.

Ecstatic Theatrics auditions

Ecstatic Theatrics will hold auditions for Why’s a Troll in Baby’s Crib? and other quirky Irish plays Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 26-27, from 1-3 p.m. in The Zone at TekVenture, 1550 Griffin St., Fort Wayne. All ages are needed to play fairies, leprechauns, trolls, and humans and to operate giant puppets. Performances are March 17 -19 outside in the Twistful Meadow. Call Jeannette Jaquish at (260) 750-9013 for other audition times. 

Playground 630 premieres play

Playground 630 will present Women Unbound, an original play by Ruth Tyndall Baker from March 4-13 in PFW’s Kettler Hall Studio Theatre. The play is about Fort Wayne sisters Edith Alice and Margaret Hamilton, whose contributions have been overlooked due to their gender. Tickets are $20.

Craig Humphrey retirement celebration

The PFW Department of Theatre will present an afternoon of performances by a small group of alumni and friends recommended by retiring assistant professor Craig Humphrey. The celebration will be Saturday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. in Williams Theatre. 

Diana Fair art exhibit at the Garden

The Garden, 3308 N. Anthony Blvd., will exhibit a variety of works and mediums by Diana Fair. Her collection of graphite, colored pencil, pastel, oil, and collages represent work she has done over the years while living in Fort Wayne. “Remembrances & Reflections” will be open to the public Thursday, March 3, from 6-8 p.m.

Fort Wayne Children’s Choir fundraiser

The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir will hold their annual fundraiser, Do Re Mi, on Saturday, Feb. 26, with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and a program at 7 p.m. This event provides the financial foundation for the mission and programs of the choir. The evening will include drinks, music, and dinner at the Ballroom at Embassy Theatre. The theme is “South Beach Soiree,” and South Beach cocktail attire is encouraged. Go to to view the menu and ideas on South Beach cocktail attire.

Paws & Dawgs fundraiser

The Sassy Vegan will host a Paws & Dawgs fundraiser at Tazza Café, 5991 Bluffton Road, for Humane Fort Wayne on Sunday, Feb. 27, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Made-from-scratch vegan and gluten-free hot dogs and deli salads will be sold. Bring in a donation for Humane Fort Wayne to receive 15 percent off your order. 

Black History Seminar

Bigger Than Us will hold a free Black history seminar Sunday, Feb. 27, from 2-4 p.m. at Indiana Tech’s Snyder Academic Center. Speakers will touch on topics such as Black business, Black health, and community solutions. Donations will be accepted to go toward future events.

Tula Awards at After Dark

After Dark will hold its annual Tula Awards on Friday, Feb. 25, at 11 p.m. to recognize and honor this year’s performers. The event will be hosted by Dixxxie and Pat.

Black maternal health addressed in seminar

The Doula Network of Fort Wayne will hold a seminar, “Black Maternal Health: Telling Our Stories,” on Sunday, Feb. 27, from 4:30-7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 609 Putnam St., as well as via Zoom. 

Childbirth professionals will share stories as they pertain to the maternal health of Black women. The event has a suggested donation of $20 or more. Tickets can be ordered at (search “Black maternal health”).

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