LFW Reviews: Three Rivers Music Theatre’s The Last 5 Years
Apr04

LFW Reviews: Three Rivers Music Theatre’s The Last 5 Years

This past weekend, Three Rivers Music Theatre raised the curtain at the Parkview Physicians Group ArtsLab for its stage debut and production of The Last 5 Years. Living Fort Wayne’s Susan Tsai and Rachelle Reinking attended the performance and are here to give you a first look. Susan: So as I stated in my preview last Thursday, this is definitely a show you do not want to miss! My feelings I gained through a sneak peek at their rehearsal were confirmed when I attended opening night. The two characters were played by two amazingly strong actors, Billy Dawson and Jessica Butler. They pulled you into their characters so deeply, I could feel each glimmer of hope and each crack of heartbreak. The music, the lighting, and the stage, all helped bring the story of the relationship to life. For anyone attending, don’t expect to leave on a happy note from the story though. You’ll certainly be blown away by the stunning performance itself, but as for the story, you start and end in a dichotomy of happiness and sadness, each represented by one of the characters. Rachelle: To echo Susan, this production is a must-see! I hadn’t ever seen a live performance of this show, but the actors brought it to life. Dawson and Butler filled the stage with their presence, no ensemble necessary. The music, which alone is full of fantastic ballads and catchy tunes, added to the emotional spectrum the couple went through. From the first glance of love at first sight to the pain of separation (or vice versa if we’re talking about Kathy’s perspective), both actors gave powerful delivery of each part of Jamie and Kathy’s relationship. There is also plenty of comic relief throughout the show. Some scenes are a bit adult for little ones, but overall it’s great for a date night or a night out with friends. The Last 5 Years definitely is an accurate portrayal of romantic relationships that makes you feel all of the emotions. Three Rivers Music Theatre set the bar high with their inaugural premiere, and I can’t wait to see their next show. There are still four more opportunities to catch the show! Friday, April 8 at 8:00pm Saturday, April 9 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm Sunday, April 10 at 1:00pm Adult Tickets are $25, Students with ID can get tickets for $18, and Adults 60 and over can get $20 tickets. Click here to buy tickets online or call the ArtsTix Box Office at (260) 422-4226. Also, be sure to keep up to date on the Three Rivers Music Theatre’s other upcoming productions on their website and...

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LFW Weekend Fun File
Mar31

LFW Weekend Fun File

1. Euchre Tournament! Thursday, March 31 at 8 pm There’s a Euchre tournament at Pedal City on Thursday with great prizes! Should be super fun, Euchre is basically a competitive sport if you’re from Indiana. Kinda like Corn-hole. 2. The Last Five Years April 1-10 Friday and Saturday at 8pm Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm I heard this was a great show! You can read more of the details about the production in our LFW preview article. I’ll definitely be going to see this show, and you should too! 3. Flamingo Nosebleed, the Snarks, AM Nice, Bi at Bob Vila’s This Old House Friday, April 1 at 7 pm Have you ever been to Bob Vila’s This Old House? If you have not … you should! Everyone is welcome to these house shows, and it’s a great time in a great place! 4. All In Block Party April 1-3, times and locations vary “Progress” through the city visiting the different branches of Allen County Public Library and complete the challenges set before you! 5. Soiree’s Can Opener Saturday, April 2 at 4 pm 10 local, relatively new bands will be playing at the Philmore on Broadway. Come out and support local talent! Also, Bravas will be there and CS3 is providing drinks. Yay! 6. Easter Bone Hunt Saturday, April 2 at 12 pm So much cuteness happening here. I cannot wait to take my dog to this. Last year, I hid easter eggs for my daughter and when I woke up, the dog had found/eaten all of them. So. He will be happy to have an event all his own. I am sure of it. 7. Skunk Cabbage — It’s More Than Just a Smelly Plant Sunday, March 3 at 1 pm Skunk Cabbage is weird. Pack up the kiddos and take them to Fox Island to spend some time in the great outdoors and maybe learn some stuff too! 8. Monthly Gallery Cleanup Sunday, April 3 at 3 pm Wunderkammer is great. We love Wunderkammer. Let’s help Wunderkammer stay fresh. 9. Taiko Drumming Workshop Tuesday, April 5 at 10 am I don’t actually know anything about Taiko Drumming, but this looks super cool. I can’t keep a beat to save my life, but if you can and you know something about drumming, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn from a taiko master. 10. StoryBook’s “Dr. Seuss on the loose!” Wednesday, April 6 at 9:30 am Fort Wayne Youtheatre’s StoryBook Theatre is presenting “Dr. Seuss on the Loose” at the Allen County Public Library! It’s free and the kids will love...

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Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy
Feb12

Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy

To be a standout performer, you have to be a triple threat – a singer, dancer, and actor. If you’ve dreamt of making your stage debut, you can make it a reality at Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy. Located in Downtown Fort Wayne, Triple Threat is unlike any performance academy in the area. The brand new facility offers a wide array of dance classes and private acting and voice so students can become just that – a triple threat. Executive Director Andy Planck originally hatched the idea of an all-encompassing performing arts academy in 2005 after touring nationally as a musical theatre actor. He returned to his Fort Wayne roots in 2009, but it just didn’t feel like the right time to start a studio. So, he pursued performing opportunities at top theatres in Chicago for a few years. Planck started taking note of the news of Fort Wayne’s emerging cultural vibrancy and downtown revitalization, and he said; “Now it’s time.” He acquired the first floor of the Randall Lofts Apartments on Pearl Street and began working on the rehearsal spaces immediately. His long-standing connections to the arts scene in Fort Wayne, including the collaboration with the newly formed Three Rivers Music Theatre, helped him to acquire professional performing arts instructors to begin the company. If you are looking to perform, opportunities are abundant for singers, dancers, and actors. Try a musical theatre class! The Three Rivers Music Theatre, with Resident Music Director Tommy Saul, debuts their first production, The Last Five Years, April 1-10 at the Parkview Physicians Group Arts Lab. “We’re very excited about this premier, and we’re looking forward to future performances in collaboration with other local performing arts groups!” Perhaps you think you have two left feet and just want to have some fun at a dance class. Drop-ins are always a welcome addition to the Triple Threat community. Join in on ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and even heels! If you’re looking for a way to get your sweat on, there’s Zumba offered on Saturday mornings. Whether you’re a long-time lover of the spotlight or you’ve never set foot onstage, you too can become a triple threat! Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy offers classes on a semester basis for those age three to adult. Registration for this semester closes on February 21, but you can drop in on an adult dance class whenever you feel like busting a move. Check out triplethreatfw.com to see their full class roster and pricing.   Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy 212 Pearl Street Fort Wayne, IN...

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