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Being Liberal
10/29/2018
Being Liberal

Being Liberal

(W) SHAME ON US! - "The aggressiveness of the Trump administration's policies toward migrant children has created a new term -- 'tender age shelters' -- language which ironically obfuscates the truth about the billion-dollar business of holding children in shelters run by some of the same private companies that operate prisons."

Last painting I did
10/28/2018

Last painting I did

I haven't shared a painting for a while.....😉
09/19/2018

I haven't shared a painting for a while.....😉

Most recent acrylic painting.

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09/18/2018

Art and Soul by Phoebe LLC

06/07/2018

Has anyone had any experience selling their things on Etsy? Please share pros and cons.

This one inspired by Cable Girls on Netflix.  Those 1928 gals had to be pretty tough.
10/12/2017

This one inspired by Cable Girls on Netflix. Those 1928 gals had to be pretty tough.

This week’s painting....another paint over.😊
09/29/2017

This week’s painting....another paint over.😊

16x20 acrylic
09/26/2017

16x20 acrylic

Most recent acrylic painting.
09/26/2017

Most recent acrylic painting.

I haven't added any new art by me in a long time.  Well, it's been a while since I have painted.  These are two new piec...
09/08/2017

I haven't added any new art by me in a long time. Well, it's been a while since I have painted. These are two new pieces done within the last month.

05/06/2017

Some of the happiest days of my life at my Gallery!!❤️😂

Art and Soul by Phoebe LLC
05/06/2017

Art and Soul by Phoebe LLC

TBT...this was my attempt at a composite painting of three classic movie stars of the past that I loved:  Buster Keaton,...
03/30/2017

TBT...this was my attempt at a composite painting of three classic movie stars of the past that I loved: Buster Keaton, Fred Astaire, and Bing Crosby. Who is it? Up to you to decide, I guess.

This one won a Blue Ribbon at the Minnetrista Juried Art Show a while back.  I think it was 2009 or so....after Gallery ...
03/15/2017

This one won a Blue Ribbon at the Minnetrista Juried Art Show a while back. I think it was 2009 or so....after Gallery opened I didn't have time for art shows...:)

This was one of Tim's favorites.
03/13/2017

This was one of Tim's favorites.

An older funky/fun painting....😊
03/08/2017

An older funky/fun painting....😊

TBT - Anyone remember the Fashion Show at my Gallery?  Here is beautiful Cheryl Crowder....fun memories.
02/16/2017

TBT - Anyone remember the Fashion Show at my Gallery? Here is beautiful Cheryl Crowder....fun memories.

Cheryl Crowder, Fashions of Town Boutique owner Mattie Coleman

Anyone remember this little gal?  She sits in a window seat in my house now.  She was the mascot of the Gallery....made ...
02/08/2017

Anyone remember this little gal? She sits in a window seat in my house now. She was the mascot of the Gallery....made by Andrea Hartmeyer Johns.

Two gorgeous gals from the Gallery days!! ❤️❤️
12/31/2016

Two gorgeous gals from the Gallery days!! ❤️❤️

Lisa Love and Ruth Ann Berkey
The After Party

Recent painting to remind me of my trip to Venice..😀
12/18/2016

Recent painting to remind me of my trip to Venice..😀

Two super friends!
11/12/2016

Two super friends!

Lisa Love and Ruth Ann Berkey
The After Party

Flashback to 2011 RIALZO.....Marty Grubbs was my escort, God Bless him!
11/11/2016

Flashback to 2011 RIALZO.....Marty Grubbs was my escort, God Bless him!

July 2015 painting
04/02/2016

July 2015 painting

Last painting in July 2015
04/02/2016

Last painting in July 2015

Anybody remember these two from "Harvey?"  This picture still makes me laugh!  👏👏😂😂
03/14/2016

Anybody remember these two from "Harvey?" This picture still makes me laugh! 👏👏😂😂

LAST DAY to find out Veta's Secret!! Call 288-PLAY for tickets to HARVEY right now!

Recent painting that was to be used as poster for The Laramie Project for next year, but now that is cancelled.  This is...
10/14/2013

Recent painting that was to be used as poster for The Laramie Project for next year, but now that is cancelled. This is the month to remember Mathew Shepherd ...and honor him.

06/15/2013

REVIEW- THIRD AGE THEATRE GROUP - OLD IS NOT A 4-LETTER WORD
Muncie has a precious gem of theatrical entertainment that I had the pleasure of enjoying this afternoon, THE THIRD AGE THEATRE GROUP. This group was formed in 1992 by Dr. Donald Heady, Professor of Theatre at BSU. Upon the death of Dr. Heady in 1995, Mr. Frank Gray, BSU Communications Studies, was asked to take over the leadership of this group of senior entertainers.

The group is now comprised of men and women, ages 55 years to 94 years old. Gray has been their very capable leader ever since, even though he never qualified age-wise for the group. Some of you may remember Frank Gray from Muncie stages as a very gifted and talented actor, singer, and director.

Today's show was called "Old is Not a 4-Letter Word" and was held in conjunction with The Community Center for Vital Aging at the Luther Church at 4401 N. Wheeling in Muncie.

What this group proves is that entertainers never lose their love to entertain, whether it is the love of singing, or dancing, or telling stories, or making people laugh. It was all captured in this lovely show by these seniors, and the joy in their eyes and the songs in their hearts!

Karen Bartling even kicked up her heels with a tap dance, and Rodelyn McPherson didn't let anybody show her up, so she did a jitterbug to the tune of "Rock-Around-the-Clock."

Kathy Mulroony gave an awe-inspiring rendition of the Janis Ian song, "At 17," and I couldn't help asking myself (being a theatre person for so long).....where has this gal been with that voice?

Barb Frost added her lovely voice to touching songs we all remember, and Ruth Ann Berkey did a smashing job with a blues number.

Lavenna Putman, the oldest member of the group at 94, sang a sentimental, but beautiful song, "Then," that made us all think and admire her beautiful voice.

The men did an "Old Men's Rap" which was hilarious, but they each sang touching and heartfelt songs too. "September Song," by Ole Bohn was particularly touching, as was Philip Stephenson's "Younger than Springtime" and Chuck Leslie's "When I Was Seventeen."

Wanita Spence added the humorous bits that she is so famous for in her purple dress and flowery red hat....waving her hands and doing her winks and wiggles. The audience loved her!

The group is accompanied by Paul McDaniel and Jane Sylvester.

They appear at different organizations when booked. They will travel, but not too far. In September they will be appearing at a reunion in Anderson, and in Carmel at a Senior Citizens Organization. I would highly recommend this group, either for an evening's entertainment.......or to book for your organization as a fundraiser. Just get in touch with Frank Gray....he is on Facebook.....or contact me. I will get the message to Frank. This is definitely a group that needs to be SEEN!

Phoebe Wantz
Art & Soul by Phoebe LLC

06/15/2013

REVIEW - LEGALLY BLONDE - MUNCIE CIVIC THEATRE
There is no doubt about it! Muncie Civic saved its best until the last as it opened its final show for the season, “Legally Blonde” tonight on the Mainstage. “Legally Blonde” is a musical with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and book by Heather Hach.

The show originally premiered in pre-Broadway tryouts in San Francisco, CA. It then moved in April 2007 to Broadway, and opened to mostly positive reviews and grossed more than $1,000.000 a week on several occasions.

It’s the story of Elle Woods, a well-to-do sorority girl, who enrolls in Harvard Law School with the sole purpose of winning back her ex-boyfriend, Warner. However, in doing so, she learns how her knowledge she gains can help others, and successfully defends an exercise queen, in a murder trial, and finds true love for herself in the bargain.

Before anything else is said, this show proves several good points of theatre. Number one is that the importance of the Director casting a great cast, and this Director did. Number two is that it proves the theatre adage that there is no such thing as a small part. This cast, no matter how small their role was, took it, developed it, and made the most of it, and that is what made this such an outstanding show. There were so many stand-out moments, by so many members of the cast. The complete cast was superb! That is what makes a great show.

Madeline Pyke led the ensemble as the blonde and perky Elle Woods. There is so much talent wrapped up in this young lady. She gave a performance full of strenuous dancing emotion-filled singing and inspired acting. She was totally matched in her performance by Cody Ricks as Emmett Forrest. He was equal in talent and personality. The two were a good twosome, and fun to watch the unintended relationship developing through the scenes ending in the happy couple.

Katherine Jones played Paulette Bonafonte. What a delight she was. She displayed a great skill in comedic timing and possessed a captivatingly strong voice. Civic now has a gal who can “belt” a song to the roof tops! The audience cheered as she exited on her ending of the song “Ireland.” In a later scene with Kodie Egenolf (Kyle), the hunky UPS guy who stole Paulette’s heart, there was a hilarious moment with Egenolf’s entrance, and the timing between the two was perfect.

Liz Bancroft handled the exhausting role of Brooke Wyndham, the exercise, fitness guru accused of murdering her husband. She deftly handled a long exercise sequence and went right into a scene of having to answer questions by the attorneys, and didn’t seem to be even out of breath. I would have been dead. She handled it with grace and poise.

Michael Wenger was the Professor Callahan. He may have turned out to be a sleazy character, but he sure has a beautiful voice. Kara Schoenhofer was Vivienne, Elle’s rival-turned friend. Schoenhofer sang with a depth beyond her years. Kyler Kays was Warner Huntington III, Elle’s lost love, and he played that despicable character very well.
There were so many wonderful highlights to the show. The “Greek Chorus” was magnificent….the girls a delight! “Bend and Snap” is just a marvelous piece. The audience loved it.

The choreography by April Sirokie, assisted by Heather A. Closson was outstanding. The costuming by Susan Lankford is some of the best I have seen….just perfect for this show! The orchestra, again, was on stage behind the set, and this is so much better than in the pit. We can hear the voices over the orchestra so much better and the blend of music and voices is lovely! Congratulations to all the musicians…..beautiful job!

Congratulations to Stage Manager Chelsea Kleeburg and her Set Crew as the scene changes were absolutely seamless….very good job. Lighting by Kyle Jarvis was also done very well. Sound by Bree McIntosh was right on with no problems….good job.

The set was imaginative and adequate for the show. In all reality, the cast was so good, and the acting, singing, and dancing so well done, who really noticed the set?

Director, Molly Casey, really must take a bow for this one. The staging of this show was so well done, the directing, the casting, and she did the magnificent props for the show too. It is a shame that Muncie Civic will be losing this very talented lady. We saw what a gifted actress she was in “Southern Baptist Sissies” and now we see what a skilled Director she is. It is Civic’s loss that she moves on, but we wish her the best in her future endeavors.

As I said in the beginning, Civic saved the best for last. This was the best musical of the year, in my humble opinion. The audience tonight loved it, and gave it a standing ovation! Get your tickets now to see this one. It certainly is worth seeing.

Muncie Civic Theatre presents Legally Blonde: The Musical on the Mainstage Theatre June 14-15, 21-23, & 27-29. Thursday, Friday, & Saturday shows are at 7:30pm and the Sunday Matinee on June 23rd is at 2:00pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for Groups of 10+, and $10 for students & children. Reserved Seating

Phoebe Wantz

06/08/2013

REVIEW - BOY GETS GIRL - STUDIO THEATRE - MUNCIE CIVIC
In the opening tonight of "Boy Gets Girl" at Muncie Civic Studio Theatre, the audience in attendance was treated by Director, Bill Wilkison, to what the concept of true "black box theatre" should look like. For the first time since the Cathy Casazza Memorial Fund provided Muncie Civic with the set pieces for the Studio Theatre, these pieces have been used in the manner in which they were intended. It was a delight to see the simplicity in which this illusion can be used, and the artfully smooth transitions from scene to scene.

"Boy Gets Girl" is not an easy subject to deal with, and sit through, without getting a little uncomfortable. That is what makes good theatre. It starts with a blind date, and grows to an obsession into stalking, and then you are wondering what is next?

Theresa Bedell (Rachel Hertenstein) is outstanding in the lead role, and is not only believable, but very natural, and the audience can feel her growing fear and anxiety. Tony (Stephen Ikerd) gives the right amount of pushing a little too hard, too fast, bordering on quirkiness, then his growing anger to make us understand Theresa's uneasiness, then growing fear and terror.

Howard Siegel (Robby Tompkins) as Theresa's boss was so likeable and natural on stage. Everybody would like to have a boss like him. Harriet (Ashley Williams), Theresa's assistant, was very convincing in her ineptness, but should speak up because she was hard to hear at times.

Adeline Beck (Becky Williams) as the Police Detective investigating the stalker, was very adequate in her role in advising Theresa how to best protect herself.

Some of the most entertaining parts of the show, however, come with Les Kennkat (Barry McMullen) when Theresa, the journalist, comes to interview him for an article she is writing. McMullen pulls out all his acting props in this one, and it is great!

This is a thoughtful show, well directed, fantastic staging, excellent lighting, and music that fits it perfectly. The lobby even is equipped with statistics on stalking that can be perused at your leisure during intermission or prior to the show.

This is a show well worth your time to see. Do take a sweater or jacket because the air conditioning is set too cold....at least it was tonight.

Show times are: June - 8th, 14th - 16th & 21st - 22nd. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00pm and the Sunday matinee on June 16th is at 2:00pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and students. Seating is general admission.

Phoebe Wantz
Art & Soul by Phoebe LLC

05/19/2013

What fabulous, talented turn-out we had at AUDITIONS for "I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES" for Art and Soul Theatre Group yesterday! Ronald Harrington. Director, after a tough decision, has cast his show!
Herb- Jeffrey Rapkin
Libby- Wednesday Cunnington
Steffy- Antoinette Markward Heard

Mark your calendars NOW for this wonderful Neil Simon show at Cornerstone Arts in September.

05/13/2013
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Put this on your calendar.....don't miss this AUDITION!

AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT:
Art and Soul Theatre is pleased to announce open auditions for "I Ought To Be In Pictures"- a comedy by Neil Simon. The comedy will be directed by Ronald Harrington and will take center stage at Cornerstone Center for the Arts on September 6-7 and 13-14, 2013. Open auditions will be on May 18, 2013 at Dr Jeff Rapkin's office at 2801 N Oakwood in Muncie, IN starting at 1pm. You don't have to have anything prepared as we will be reading from the script.

We will be casting for the roles of Steffy and Libby.

Steffy: late 30's or early 40's. Make up/ Hair designer to the stars. Very caring and motherly.
Libby: Late teens or early 20's. New Yorker ( a little rough around the edges) in search of finding her father,

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ronald Harrington at [email protected]

Thanks
Ronald Harrington

05/05/2013

Today is the final (sold out) performance of "The MOMologues"....bittersweet. It has been a whopping success, as I knew it would be with this talented cast, great script, delicious food at Vera Mae's...you just could not beat the combo! We have launched a new Theatre Group (Art and Soul Theatre Group) in town and folks can take us serious now...know we have something fine to offer, and will look forward to our next project....Neil Simon's "I Ought to be in Pictures" in September.

When we started this adventure around the table at TUESDAY at VERA MAE'S (most of you are too young to remember this) but I was reminded of the old Andy Hardy movies. I felt like Jeffrey Rapkin and I were like Andy Rooney and Judy Garland...."Let's do a play!" We started with nothing, absolutely nothing, and we have built a repertoire group, now have a Season planned and scheduled, a Script Committee building a 2014 Season. We have launched our first production, "The MOMologues,"and it was a success! We did it! Now, with your help...the Muncie audience, we will see how this goes.....:) I have always thought there is always room for more good theatre in Muncie.....and different kinds of theatre in Muncie.

Well, we will see, won't we? We are on our way....:) Bon Voyage, my friends!

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