Things to Do in Fort Wayne and Beyond

Youtheatre announces classes for fall


Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published August 18, 2021

Registration is open for Fort Wayne Youtheatre’s Fall 2021 classes, which meet every Saturday from Sept. 11-Nov. 13, except where otherwise noted. The classes  include:

Let’s Show Off! Digs & Dinos (age 4-5) – 9-10 a.m.

Creative Drama: Cartoon Network, Episode 1 (grade 2-3) – 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Beginning Drama: Science Fiction: Heroes and Monsters (grade 4-5) – 10-11 a.m.

Tech Theatre: Stage Makeup (grade 6-12) – 10-11 a.m.

Pre-Creative Drama: Coloring Outside the Lines (grade K-1) – 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Voice for Stage: Disney Villains (grade 3-8) – 11 a.m.-noon

Senior Drama: A Guide to Comedy & Tragedy, Part 1 (grade 9-12) – 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Musical Theatre Dance: Too Cool for School! (grade 3-8) – noon-1 p.m.

Drama: Putting It Together, Part 1 (grade 5-12) – 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Musical Theatre: Dear Evan Hansen (grade 7-12) – 1-2 p.m. (through May 7, 2022)

Junior Drama: The Exploration of Scene Work, Part 1 (grade 6-8) – 2-3 p.m.

Tech Theatre: Lighting (grade 6-12) – 10-11 a.m. (begins October 16)

The second semester of classes will meet every Saturday from from March 5-May 14, except where otherwise noted. The classes  include:

Let’s Show Off! Bedtime Stories (age 4-5) – 9-10 a.m.

Creative Drama: Cartoon Network, Episode 2 (grade 2-3) – 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Beginning Drama: The Phantom Tollbooth (grade 4-5) – 10-11 a.m.

Tech Theatre: Costuming (grade 6-12) – 10-11 a.m.

Pre-Creative Drama: Coloring Outside the Lines (grade K-1) – 10:30-11:30 a.m.

See fortwayneyoutheatre.org for more information and to register for classes.

OPEN STREETS FORT WAYNE RETURNS

Open Streets Fort Wayne will return on Sunday, Aug. 29, from noon-4 p.m. 

The free community event will provide all ages and cultures with a safe space to bike, walk, and play. The 1.5-mile stretch will be from the South Calhoun Street corridor from Superior to Pontiac streets, with connections to The Landing, Promenade Park, and many neighborhoods along the way. 

More than a hundred free activities are planned along the route, including live music, BMX, roller derby, soccer, pickleball, table tennis, nature activities, yoga, fitness classes, chess, Harry Potter Wizards Unite, dancing, outdoor curling, and a bubble machine. 

Organizers have partnered with CTN for free bus transportation around the event with designated bus stops for people on foot.

The Open Streets Bike Parade will kick off the event at noon, beginning at Promenade Park and finishing at Pontiac Street. 

Residents of all ages are encouraged to join the bike decoration contest that will take place at 11 a.m. at Promenade Park. 

Multiple awards will be presented for the following themes: Fort Wayne People and Places, Fort Wayne Companies, Inventions and Innovations, and Fort Wayne Schools and Sports. This year’s theme is Spirit of the Summit City. 

Visit openstreetsfw.org to register for the bike decoration contest and to learn more about the bike parade.

WHO WILL SPEAK FOR THE TREES? PHOTO EXHIBIT

Ashley Beatty’s photographic work, “Who Will Speak for the Trees?” will premiere on Thursday, Aug. 26, from 5-7 p.m. at the Visual Arts Gallery at Purdue Fort Wayne. 

The exhibition is free and open to the public through Sept. 26. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends.

Beatty is a photographer from Fort Wayne, working in a transdisciplinary method. She received a B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an M.F.A. in 2019 from Cranbrook Academy of Art. 

“2020 brought fire, industry deforestation, and careless destruction echoed by the unconcerned human hand to forests worldwide,” Beatty said. “This body of work propels a discussion about and around trees, aiming to highlight the state of urgency worldwide.”

RAILROAD OPEN HOUSE

The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society will present a living railroad history during a three-day event on Aug. 20-22, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and noon-4 p.m. on Sunday. 

This annual open house features world-famous steam locomotive No. 765, historic displays, train rides, and local food trucks, including Whip N Chill, Big Eyed Fish, and Full Circle Barbecue. 

Admission and parking are free. Train rides are $8 (children three and under do not require a ticket) and are about 15-20 minutes in length. Parking and boarding are at 15808 Edgerton Road, New Haven. 

For more information, go to their web site at

fortwaynerailroad.org/event/2021-open-house-august.

CARRIAGE RIDE WITH PRINCESSES

Your Party Princess is partnering with Rosewood Carriage Rides to offer princess horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown Fort Wayne. 

Each month’s 15-minute ride will include two princesses and will feature an additional “surprise” character to meet and greet while you wait. Each ride includes four “royal guests” — one adult with three children, or two adults with two children. 

This month’s ride, themed “The Ocean Is Calling,” will be on Saturday, Aug. 21, with Moana, Ariel, and a surprise guest. 

During the ride, characters will share the secrets of becoming a royal princess, share their favorite dreams and stories, and even sing a song, followed by photo opportunities afterward. 

Pickup destination will be at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Wayne, which is a 10-minute walk from the Barr Street Farmer’s Market. Limited spots are available and are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Visit yourpartyprincess.com to reserve a spot.

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