Opens after Thanksgiving
The Pulse Opera House is pleased to announce the arrival of
A Christmas Carol adapted for the stage by Michael
Paller from the classic Christmas tale by Charles
Dickens. The action takes place in Dickens'
own home on Christmas Eve, 1843. A group of guests have gathered for a festive
holiday party and encourage Mr. Dickens
to tell them a story. Charles Dickens
then proceeds to unfold the redemptive tale using himself and his guests as
characters in the story. This entertaining adaptation includes a cast of 16
playing over 40 roles.
In addition to the cast, many hands have been hard at work
behind the scenes creating the Victorian costumes and special effects necessary
for the production. Sewing machines have been busy at the homes of Joenita Keller, Chris Fuller, Ellen Layman, Jan Carnes, Julie Jester, Cynthia Smyth-Wartzok, Sandra Smith and Lisa Bracht. Set construction has been
Monday-Friday evenings including workers Ron Wartzok, Steve Rodenberger, Mike Smyth, Jerry Smyth, and David Scribner. Mike and Jerry Smyth have
also created a special puppet/robot specifically for the production. (You'll
have to come to find out more!)
Directed by Cynthia Smyth-Wartzok
Technical Direction by Ron Wartzok
Janna Brothers.................Catherine Dickens
of Christmas Past
In the spirit of the holiday season, the Pulse Opera House
is offering $2 off per ticket per item brought to the theatre for the Food
Pantry. The following items are needed: canned peas, mixed vegetables, chili
beans, fruits, cooking oil, small cans shortening, cake mixes & icing,
pancake mix & syrup, oatmeal, chicken or beef broth, noodles, tuna,
macaroni & cheese, Spaghettios, paper towels and toilet tissue. Only one
discount per food item. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer.
Thanks to Lilly Nutter for her assistance
in coordinating this partnership and thank you for giving back to the
The lobby windows are looking particularly spiffy these days
thanks to Roger
and Caroline Krummel who generously donated two new
awnings from Marion Tent and Awning.
The black and white striped awnings really make the entrance look special.
Once again the Pulse lobby will be bright with the holiday
lights of Christmas trees decorated by local designers including Citizen's Telephone, The Warren Arts Festival Committee, Randy Neuman, P.J. Flowers & Gifts and Bob
& Nancy Smyth. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this festive art
Show nights will be a little warmer at the Pulse this
December thanks to Bob
and Cristi Sloan. They will be
selling their famous lattes and hot chocolate during the performances of A Christmas Carol and donating a portion
of the proceeds to the Pulse Opera House.
Bob & Cristi opened a coffeehouse - Coffee d' Vine - in Huntington
five years ago. They sold the coffeehouse in April
and have made their delicious beverages available for wedding receptions,
birthday parties, retirement parties, celebrations, and (fortunately for us)
Bob says "We love what
we do. When we came to do lattes at the Pulse for the Playwrights productions,
we were overwhelmed by the welcoming sincerity we received. We are very
grateful for the opportunity to serve people. We are very grateful to serve
Him." In addition to the drinks, Treva Flemming will provide freshly baked
goods. Treva is known for her wonderful cookies and muffins.
When we count our blessings this Christmas, Bill
and Eileen Abbott
will be at the top of the list! In addition to being long-time supporters of
the Pulse, they recently surprised and honored us with cake for the entire
audience of See How They Run in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the
Pulse. The thought and generosity of spirit was very much appreciated by the
cast, crew and audience!
Jana Henly Baker
is returning from her tour headlining on the MS Zulderdam, which is part of the
Holland America Cruise Lines. She will join her husband Dan Baker who is currently in rehearsal for
A Christmas Carol at Amish Acres in Nappanee.
recently fell and broke her hip. For years, she has been an unwavering
supporter of the Pulse Opera House. We miss her sewing expertise for A
Christmas Carol. Hurry back, Ruth!
had articles published in the November issues of Fort Wayne Magazine and
Sandbar, which covers the Northern IN Lake Country, as well as other national
publications. She writes regularly for the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. Her website
is http://www.KayleenR.com .
is currently in Shanghai, China
on a trip with her 90-year-old uncle. She has traveled all over East
Asia, visiting such places as Chiang Mai,
Tokyo, Yokahama and Nagasaki,
Japan and Shanghai.
Steve Weber was
asked by his company to have his play 8
Magic Steps to a. Successful Business read for the company Christmas party.
David Dean is
playing Clarence the Angel
in First Presbyterian Theatre 's production of It's a Wonderful Life. Show dates are December 1-17. For more
Information, call 260-422-6329.
Bob Barnes has
been the voice of "Director Finch"
for several interactive cellphone games for the company Conditor. The latest
Halloween game (based in Boston)
had a nice write up in the Boston Globe. To read the article online, check out
will have her work featured at the Creative Arts Council in Bluffton. The
exhibit is entitled "Barns: Pastoral Icons" and will be in the
Balentine Gallery until November
30, 2007. The Arts Commerce Visitors Centre is located at 211
Water Street in Bluffton.
and was a runner up in the Rockin' Doc's Singing Idol in September.
Darren and Julie
Turney renewed their vows on October
29th, 2006 in honor of their 10th anniversary. Several Pulse
players played a part. Their first show together at the Pulse was Nail Simon's Barefoot In the Park.
Tony Sirk moved
to Alabama to work at the Alabama
Shakespeare Festival. You can check out the festival at www.asf.net .
Congratulations to Wal-Mart of Huntington
on the opening of their new Supercenter. In honor of their opening, Wal-Mart
generously donated $1,000 to the Pulse Opera House. On opening weekend,
Wal-Mart shoppers were greeted by Pulse players in costume welcoming them to
the store. Thanks to John Myers
for providing this opportunity.
WELCOME HUGGY BEAR ICE CREAM SHOP
When heading into Warren
from Huntington or Fort
Wayne, take a look at the new convenience store/ice
cream shop as you cross the railroad tracks. Thanks to long-time Pulse
supporters Dallas and Shella
Heyde for a wonderful addition to Warren!
Thanks to the efforts of former teacher David
Dean, over 600 local and area students will
see A Christmas Carol. Students from
Salamonie, Crestview, Riverview and Community
(Bluffton) will attend the production. Many thanks to the cast and crew members
(and their understanding bosses and teachers) who arranged for time off from
work and school.
Why not remember the Pulse in your year end giving? The
Pulse Opera House is a 50l(c)3 organization. Any donations from now until the end
of the year will be listed in the 2007 program and newsletters.
Photos from the Pulse production of " Frumpled Fairy
Tales" are being considered by Eldridge Publishing Company for inclusion in
their catalog and for possible ads. They found our photos on the Pulse website!
You can check out our website at www.pulseoperahouse.org.
The Story Continues...
the past few newsletter articles, we told the fairytale story how Cynthia's
dream to reopen the Pulse Opera House evolved.
This, last episode in 2006, is going to jump around a little bit. After 20 years and over 70 shows at the
theatre, I want to talk about several ACCOMPLISHMENTS of the
Past 20 years of the Pulse Opera House is the "Second Life" of the theatre. It
started with a large vacant 2nd floor room and, based on its late
1800's History as the center of local entertainment, it was restored to produce
shows again. Since 1986, it grew year by
year from local amateur shows with minimal sets & costumes to higher &
higher quality productions. Each year
the theatre building has made minor improvements with very limited funds;
but the growth of the quality of productions has been major. The theatre's growth expands to statewide
recognition and even international recognition by representing the United States
twice at International Theatre Festivals in Germany. We keep mentioning the invitation to Germany
because it is so extremely rare and is an enormous accomplishment for a
Community Theatre the size of the Pulse from a small town in Indiana to achieve
2003, the Pulse offered, for the first time, a special presentation of "The
Diary of Anne Frank" to Huntington County's 8th grade students. Approximately 400 eighth graders experienced
a live theatrical production at the Pulse.
Since 2003, the Pulse has offered live performances of Shakespeare and,
this year, Charles Dickens of which are part of the reading cirriculum for the
Huntington County middle schools. For
many of the students, these school tours are their first (and possibly only)
time seeing LIVE actors on stage performing material they will be studying in
school. The kids are well behaved and
enthusiastic watching these performances. We've attempted to continue to look
for shows that coincide with the school's cirriculum for middle & high
school students. We think that we've had
an impact on the students and, for example, find it gratifying when a high
school student recognized one of our student actresses Lorry Pasterer and said:
"Hey, I remember seeing You in that Play at the Pulse when I was in the eighth
grade. You played Anne
thing to remember is that the Pulse Opera House is still a "Community
Theatre." It has involved over the past
20 years hundreds of VOLUNTEERS as Actors & Actresses, Artists, Ushers,
Crew, Box Office personnel, and Concession workers, etc. Each show incorporates an average of fifteen
to as many as forty volunteers helping put a show together. Over the years,
we've seen lots of people come and go.
Many kids involved with the theatre have grown up and now have kids of
their own, a few of which are now today's performers, crew, and volunteers. When Cynthia & I were youth, we were
inspired by our own individual local theatre organizations. We hope that the Pulse has and will continue
to be an inspiration to ALL its volunteers and we sincerely appreciate
everyone's help throughout the years.
ALL the Volunteers involved over the years are too large to list for this
article; but, we've been attempting to document all the past show programs with
everyone's names on the PulseOperaHouse.org website.
ALL: the restoration, the continual growth in quality of shows, the hundreds of
kids experiencing a LIVE theatrical show AND the involvement of so many
volunteers would NOT have ever evolved without one person's Dream. It was Cynthia's Dream, at the age of
fifteen, to convert an old abandoned theatre into a fully functioning, growing
Center for the Arts in a very small town where her parents grew up. It is Cynthia's dedication to the Arts, her
strong education & enthusiasm for live theatre, and her determination not to
give up in the face of adversity that has kept the theatre going these past 20
years and hopefully many years to come.
Cynthia's ability as an Artistic Director of over 70 productions keeps
audiences coming to see what new and exciting productions the Pulse Opera House
will produce year after year. It is
Cynthia's vision that brings each show to life! When Cynthia received her Master's Degree in
1987 from Indiana University, the faculty there indicated that Cynthia could
pursue a career in theatre at most any major theatre organization throughout the
country. They even offered her a
position at IU. Many times, Cynthia has
wondered what would have happened if she had accepted that position. Instead,
she had a Dream to Re-Open the Pulse and She Did It!