JUNE 2000 GOSSIP

CIVIC THEATRE RESIGNATION
Fort Wayne Civic Theatre Executive Director Al Franklin announced his resignation today after almost four and a half years at the helm. "Working an average of 60 hours each week has taken a toll on me and my family," said Franklin, "and now I'm looking forward to finding a position where I'll be able to spend more time at home." Franklin went on to say that the Fort Wayne community has been very supportive and that his experience at the Civic has been rewarding.

"GRAY" SKIES ARE GONNA CLEAR UP

Local musician and composer Adrienne Provenzano unveiled her newest creation, GRAY, a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray," on Saturday June 10. Librettist Carol Hirsch and lyricist Laurie Goldman (both from New York) were on hand for the reading at the Fort Wayne Ballet. Actor/singers included Steve Black, David Owen Boggs, Tracey Buckmaster, Andrew Gingrich, Scott Graham, and Jennifer Poiry.

ARENA IS SPREADING "RUMORS"
Director Nick Furiak will be holding auditions for "Rumors" at Arena Dinner Theatre on June 11 and 12 at 7: 00. The show opens on August 11 and rehearsals will start on Monday June 26. For more information call (219) 744-4266 or e-mail furiakbhs@hotmail.com.

NICK HARTMAN WINS AWARD
May 8 was the Theatre Department Recognition Night. Hartman had to be talked into attending and did not regret the decision because he won the department's first-ever Academic Achievement Award. "Can we say shocked as all get out!" says Hartman. "This was a nice twist to finales week."

ANTHONY AWARDS
Best Actor in a leading role in a play: James Matusik - IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE; Best Actress in a leading role in a play: Elizabeth A. Sanchez-Franklin - SHIRLEY VALENTINE; Best Actor in a leading role in a musical: Todd Dillon - PHANTOM; Best Actress in a leading role in a musical: Kelly Liechty - PHANTOM; Best Actors in a supporting role in a play: Gregory Stieber - THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG; Best Actress in a supporting role in a play: Cathy Burns - THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG; Best Actor in a supporting role in a musical: Phillip Colglazier - STATE FAIR; Best Actress in a supporting role in a musical: Pam Good - STATE FAIR; Best Actor in an ensemble role in a play: Joe Celarek - IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE; Best Actress in an ensemble role in a play: Mimi Atkinson - IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE;Best Actor in an ensemble role in a musical: Christopher Murphy - STATE FAIR; Best Actress in an ensemble role in a musical: Deborah Hartman - STATE FAIR; Best Actor in a juvenile role: Steven Piercy - STATE FAIR; Best Actress in a juvenile role: Jocelyn Gauthier - STATE FAIR. Visit the Green Room Online for a complete listing of nominees.

NEW THEATRE WEBSITES
 The Hamilton County Theatre Guild is now online at www.hctg.org
 The Ramada Wagon Wheel Theatre in Warsaw also has a new website: www.wagonwheeltheatre.com. Tickets can be ordered directly from the site.  The website Visit Indiana at www.visitindiana.net/arts.html spotlights area and statewide attractions, including theatre productions
 For out of town productions, Ohio Community Theatre: www.octaonline.org
 The Green Room Online has a new home: www.greenroomonline.org . It will take some time for all the files to fall into place, so if you find a broken link that you really wanted to see, email me at jenlcb @ greenroomonline . org .

BOWER NORTH DINNER THEATRE
Alan North's popular audience participation mystery "Murder at the Casino" will be performed on Saturday, July 22, 2000, at the Honeywell Center in Wabash. Tickets can be ordered by calling (219) 563-1102. Dinner begins at 6: 30.

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