Fort Wayne Civic Theatre 90th Anniversary

Phillip Colglazier’s involvement with the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre started when he was in the show South Pacific at age 15. Through his participation with the theatre, Colglazier got the acting bug.

He pursued a career as an actor until he returned to Fort Wayne in 1989 and transitioned to choreographing and directing. He became the theatre’s executive/artistic director in 2000.

“We’ve been going strong for the past 17 years. The organization is much stronger as far as its financial position, position in the community and support from the community,” said Colglazier. “Our patrons are very loyal, and it is unbelievable that for 90 years the community has supported the Civic Theatre. The longevity comes from one generation to the next.”

The Civic Theatre is the oldest community theatre in the nation and the second largest in Indiana.

“Anyone can audition. We want to showcase local pride and to show off the abilities and talents in our community. It is more than just a theatre; it is providing an outlet of expression,” said Colglazier, who is overseeing the 90th anniversary of the theatre.

As part of the celebration, the theatre is doing its major fundraising production on October 14. The evening features local CEOs, community leaders, past Civic board presidents, and other celebrities participating in the reading of TV Land Live!

The premise of TV Land Live! is that Gilligan and his fellow castaways are stranded on an island with Archie and Edith Bunker, George and Weezy Jefferson and The Golden Girls. Evidently, it’s a very small island.

The evening also includes appetizers by Splendid Fare, a dessert reception by DeBrand Fine Chocolate, complimentary bar and both live and silent auctions. All proceeds will benefit the Civic Theatre.


Celebrities Act Up: TV Land Live! October 14, 6pm, Tickets $90, Arts United Center, 303 East Main Street, fwcivic.org



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