What: The Fort Wayne Civic Theatre's Celebrities Act Up “Super Heroes Adventure!” fundraiser will feature live and silent auctions, food, drink and local leaders performing in an original comedy stage reading. Proceeds go toward Civic Theatre programming.
When: 6 p.m. Oct. 12
Where: Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.
Cost: $90 per person; reservations are due by Monday at 422-8641, Ext. 226, or at www.fwcivic.org.
The Fort Wayne Civic Theatre is dusting off the superheroes that baby boomers grew up with on television for its annual Celebrities Act Up “Super Heroes Adventure!” fundraiser.
The parody, performed by local community leaders and celebs reading on stage, will feature Steel Dynamics founder Keith Busse as Superman, the Man of Steel; Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards as Wonder Woman; Fort Wayne TinCaps President Mike Nutter as Batman; and local actor and Civic Theatre audience favorite Bob Ahlersmeyer as Underdog.
A host of other local leaders, including Mayor Tom Henry and his wife, Cindy, as Superman's adoptive parents, will add to show at 6 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Arts United Center.
“It's just a fun event,” said Phillip Colglazier, the Civic's executive/artistic director and the script author and performance director.
Tickets are $90 per person and include “abundant appetizers” from Splendid Fare; an open bar with beer, wine and a specialty drink called Kryptonite; live and silent auctions; and a dessert reception by DeBrand Fine Chocolates. Reservations are due by Monday at 422-8641, Ext. 226, or at www.fwcivic.org.
All proceeds go to the Civic's operating fund to support programming, Colglazier said. This is the fourth year for the fundraiser, which has raised $50,000 to $60,000 each year previously.
After coming up with “Super Heroes Adventure!” as the theme for the play, the process of bringing it to the stage worked somewhat the opposite of a normal Civic production:
Instead of auditioning actors for roles in a script, Colglazier spent the summer persuading more than 15 local business and community leaders to perform in the stage reading. The celebs will read their parts from a script while wearing an item or two as a costume to suggest their character.
Once he had the celebrities lined up, Colglazier then had to write the script, weaving in all the inside jokes about the performers and other humor he could. And he came up with a lot of it, he promised.
He also did some research to capture the dialogue, phrasing and style of the old TV series on which he based the script.
Cast members will have two rehearsals before their performance.
It's also not too late to join the cast — or to put someone else in it: The role of the villain The Penguin will be auctioned off before the performance, so a guest can bid and win the role, Colglazier said.
He also has worked some audience participation into the show as well.