Back to Ecstatic-Theatrics Home Page
Ecstatic Theatrics began in October 2011, when I craved to do live theater again. The Firehouse Theater had closed in 2010.
ACTORS REUNION“The script is witty and there were several laugh-out-loud lines.”
and TekVenture Open House & St. Patrick's Day Irish Games and Tomfoolery!
Hello! You are invited to an Actors Reunion of all my present and former actors of The Firehouse Theater, Ecstatic Theatrics, TekVenture, and Shoestring Theater from the 18 years I have been directing theater in Fort Wayne. Family and friends are welcome.
St. Patrick's Day, Sunday, March 17, 2019, 2 to 6pm. 1550 Griffin St., just south of the Tecumseh bridge east of downtown.
Meet up with your old cast members and other actors from other shows, from Wizard of Oz, Dr. Frankenstreudel, Christmas Carol, Frog Prince, Alice in Wonderland, It's a GOOD Life, Harry Potter and the Obnoxious Voice, SNAFU in Santa's Workshop, Monty Python, Cobb and the 12 Dancing Princesses and dozens more. I will have lists of our past shows and casts, and will play videos from old shows as well as lots of other games and activities.
It is at my bigger and better stage at TekVenture, a maker space with all kind of workshops in which I can make theater sets, sew costumes, and do welding, blacksmithing and electronics, and my actors enjoy playing in the clay at the ceramics shop as well. The stage has a purple velveteen front stage curtain, scenery, controllable lighting, a balcony, two dressing rooms, a large audience area and plenty of chairs, huge parking lot, large restrooms and is audience handicapped accessible. My rent is 3% of what it was at the Firehouse.
This Actors Reunion is part of St. Patrick’s Day Tomfoolery at TekVenture. Enjoy family friendly Irish themed games & food, try medieval swordplay, tour the wood, clay, blacksmithing, welding and other workshops and make stuff with the Workshop Makers at “St Patrick’s Day Tomfoolery at TekVenture”, 1550 Griffin St., Fort Wayne, in the old River City area, Sunday, March 17, 2 to 6 pm. Free except food and craft materials.
I will be thrilled to see my past actors again -- Jeannette Jaquish
Contact Jeannette at 260 484-5946 landline, or 260 750-9013 cell
Watch the Video!
This was Dec. 15 & 22, 2018
in Santa's Workshop
plus gift-making, games, and photos w/Santa.
Sat. Dec. 15, 2-5pm
Sat. Dec. 22, 2-5pm
At TekVenture: 1550 Griffin St., Ft. Wayne 46803
"SNAFU in Santa's Workshop:
The Reindeer, Elves and Santa go from panic to creative risk taking when all the toys are accidentally destroyed!
Will Quigley's new invention save Christmas or ruin it forever???
PHOTO: Elves (Maeve Ohlinger, Oliver Welch, Suri King) examine the toys from the Dooplicator built by Quigley (Korbin Reust), thrilling the reindeer (Nigella Shearer-Wilds and Riley Huffman). Not shown are Kiera Hancock, and Brooklyn Keupp as Reindeer, Ashlyn Reust as the Storyteller, and Isaac Lengacher as Santa.
What else we did:
GAMES: Jump Rope Tornado, The Pit of Pendulums, The Ogre's Bridge, Gears, 4 way Chess.
GIFT-MAKING PROJECTS: Clay, Christmas Tree Ornaments, Copper Candle Holders, Magic Magnet Motors.
The Wizard of Oz!
TekVenture Stage, 1550 Griffin St., Ft. Wayne, IN 46803
PERFORMANCES: 7pm, Aug. 3&4, 10&11, 24&25.
August 24 & 25 will be dinner theater, serving at 6pm, for an extra cost.
TICKETS: Adults $9, Teens & Seniors $7, Kids $5.
Last weekend dinner theater, $4 to $8: Irish Stew with or without meat or macaroni, fruit or salad, bread and butter, apple spice cake or chocolate cake - either w/ ice cream, coffee, milk or soda.
April 14 to 29
Open Wed.-Sun. 1 to 8pm.
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
The Skaggs/TekVenture Vintage Vacuum Pop-Up Museum (and Alien Invasion)
Over 160 antique vacuum sweepers from the late 1800's to late 1900's on display.
Planning a live performance of "Invasion of the Vacuums of Outer Space", last weekend, April 28 & 29 at 3pm -- Check back for updates on that.
See the News-Sentinel photos & article on our exhibit!
April 14 - 29, 1 to 8pm - Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Museum and show are FREE! (But bring money for the snackbar!)
TekVenture, 1550 Griffin St., Ft. Wayne ~*~ www.TekVenture.org
Join the cast of the play by contacting Jeannette Jaquish at 260 750-9013 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 16, 17 & 18, 2018
St. Patrick’s Games, Plays and Tomfoolery at TekVenture We had Irish themed contests,
traditional Irish board games such as Hnefatafl,
and craft making such as copper candle holders formed with fire,
and magical magnet spinners,
“Who Framed Lucky the Leprechaun?”.
We served Irish stew, bangers and mash, apple spice cake,
and leprechaun mint cookies.
Friday, March 16, 6 to 10pm. Saturday, March 17, from 6 to 10pm -- St. Patrick's Day!
Sunday, March 18, from 2 to 6pm
$5, $20 for a family of 6.
TekVenture Stage, 1550 Griffin St., Ft. Wayne 260 750-9013
Dec. 9, 2017
TekVenture Elves Make-a-Gift Workshop
Maker Elves supervise your family using hand and power tools:
drills, saws, hammers, drivers, routers, soldering, sewing machines and glues
to make cool stuff out of wood, metal, cloth, clay (glazed and fired over two days) and simple electric circuits,
for a materials fee of $1 to $20, most $3 to $5 each.
DIY or assisted Portaits with Santa or Krampus!
Then use our computers to send the digital images to Walgreens or Target and go pick up cards or photos afterwards.
Free 15 min. performance every hour of
"When Santa's Away" &
"Reindeer #3 is Squeaking"
Saturday, Dec. 9, 1 to 5pm
TekVenture Stage, 1550 Griffin St., Fort Wayne, IN 46803
FREE Admission & Show. Only pay materials fee if you make a gift.
Performed Nov. 11 & 12, 2017
"Harry Potter and the Obnoxious Voice
- The ssssPOOF! -" <-- Click!
--Including a few slightly disturbing humorous moments.
-- In July or August of 2017, Jeannette Jaquish read an article about the new location of TekVenture, at 1550 Griffin St., in Fort Wayne, IN at a former night club in the River City area, and that it had an unused stage.
Within 90 minutes she had called and was on that stage scoping out its possibilities.
She got permission, put away all the clutter, cleaned, put up lights and scenery, and auditioned and rehearsed its first theatrical show.
Performances were Saturday, Nov. 11 at 2pm & 7pm
and Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, at 7pm
Tickets were $5 for age 17 and under, and $7 for adults.
The show earned $920 for TekVenture!!!
Performed Feb. 13, 2016
"Harry Plotter and the Obnoxious Voice"
a comedy parody
Scout Troop 460's
Dinner Theater & Silent Auction
Full Pinocchio Info and Lots of PhotosOrder DVDs of this full length movie. PUBLICITY PHOTO SHOT during early rehearsals, before switching to a videotaped show, due to three actors quitting:
Performed Oct 11 to Nov 28, 2015
Jiminy pulls and Gazzy warns Pinocchio not to go to Mischief Island with Captain Bombastic and the Bad Kids (soon to be Donkeys)
FREE!Snow White and the Eco-Disaster Dwarves
Little Red Riding Hood and the Bad Idea Shortcut
and Snow White and the Eco-Disaster Dwarves!
all by Jeannette Jaquish
March 7, 3pm, at Shawnee Library, 5600 Noll Ave;
March 15, 1:30pm, in the Globe Room at the Main Library at Ewing and Main St.;
and March 28, 3pm at Little Turtle Library at 2201 Sherman Blvd.
260 750-9013. www.ecstatic-theatrics.com.
In "Snow White and the Eco-Disaster Dwarves" a lost little girl discovers the forest is not scary, it is dying, and bumbling dwarves come to the rescue.
Free. Donations accepted March 15.
Photo by Jeannette Jaquish: L to R: Evin Butler, Elaina Blacketor, Wolf, Autumn Byer, Carolann Byer.
Free shows made possible by donations from:
~ Richard's Bakery and Big Apple Pizza, 1130 N. Wells St. 424-4012
~ Linda Lou's Furniture, 1434 N. Wells St.,420-2255 and Bunks and Bedding at 2303 N. Clinton, 260- 373-2865
~ Hyde Brothers Used Books, 1428 Wells St., 424-0197, 264-6369 www.hydebros.com and on Facebook
NEXT SHOW: Pinocchio!
SEEKING SPONSORS: Sponsor a FREE or Reduced Price Show for $60. Or call Jeannette at 260 750-9013.
In 2014, I visited family in Tucson and produced 3 plays at my mother's Red Barn Theater:
A GREAT SHOW! ~ Now it is over.
Please email email@example.com to get on the contact list for our next show.
The Cobbler- Sam Smiley
Thursday, March 1, 6:30pm: FREE show
---for special needs & noisy.
Friday, March 2, 7pm
Saturday, March 3, 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, March 4, 2pm
Ticket ordering Online is Closed Now.
There are plenty of good seats yet, so just come and pay at the door!
----Large Family or Group Discount - Call 484-5946.
Thursday, March 1: FREE Show for Special Needs - Too noisy for most audiences.
For those whose condition makes them a distraction to others, accompanied by a companion or two.
Call to make reservations: 484-5946.
LOCATION: Main Library Auditorium, Ewing/Wayne/Washington. Bring your library card for free parking.
The Wicked Witch (Emma Norder) demands the ruby slippers from Dorothy (Alia Davis) and the smirking Glinda (Michelle Bonahoom) to the terror of the Munchkins (Autumn Byer, Emma Weldon, Dayani Guevara, Amber Antonios, Carolann Byer, Grace Sarrazin, Emma St. Peters, and Elaina Blacketor on the floor) during rehearsal for Ecstatic Theatrics' "Wizard of Oz" production performing March 1-4, at the Main Library.
Ecstatic Theatrics and The Fort Wayne Dance CollectiveENCORE PERFORMANCES!
and the Parkour Brotherhood of FreeRunners
Saturday, April 28, 7pm
Sunday, April 29, 2pm
LOCATION: University of St. Francis, North Campus Theater on Spring Street
WARNING! Spring Street is blocked off just east of the campus right now.
ALL ABOUT The New Musical Wizard of Oz!
This very funny action-packed show opens with a startling Kansas scene showing Dorothy's impulsive lovable personality that keeps getting her into trouble. A persistent vacuum cleaner salesman vexes Auntie Em and then tangles with a flying broom, then later tricks Dorothy with a false story that keeps her from making a terrible decision.
The tornado races through the audience as well as Kansas like a three ring circus gone wild, plopping Dorothy into a terrified Munchkinland. Soon she meets the exuberant Scarecrow, earnest Tin Man and cringing Lion who dedicate themselves to protecting this little girl in a strange land.
This production cleverly weaves long beloved folk tunes and classical music with new music, adding beauty and excitement (and lowering the ticket price) of this newly revised production. Beautiful old songs like "Simple Melody/Musical Demon" by Irving Berlin, and "Grandfather's Clock" by Henry Clay Work are rescued from slipping into an undeserved oblivion by being adapted into this play which is destined to gain popularity. Many of these are duets and it has been a real pleasure watching the younger actors' eyes switching back and forth from singer to singer, each singing a different tune and lyrics, in rehearsal. Orchestral classical music as well has found new life in this script driving the Tornado scene, Flying Monkey Attack, and the Great and Terrible Oz's Presentation.
The New Musical Wizard of Oz
adapted by Jeannette Jaquish
from the classic by L. Frank Baum
Directed by Brian Stoner, Karima Davis and Jeannette Jaquish
DOROTHY - Alia Davis, 11
WITCH - Emma Norder, 13
AUNTIE EM - Brittney Bressler
UNCLE HENRY - Brian Stoner
TOTO - Bonnie, Alia Davis’s Dog
WIZARD - Ary Sakri, 13
GLINDA - Michelle Bonahoom, 15
SCARECROW - Maura Furry, 12
TIN MAN - Hayli Moon, 12
LION - Brandon Johnson, 15
MUNCHKIN-MONKEYS & other parts
Emma St. Peters, 11 - Bagel Monkey
Elaina Blacketor, 7 - Forgotten Warning, Shark
Grace Sarrazin, 10 - Sleepy Monkey
Ross Blacketor- History Pageant Director
Dayani Guevara, 9 - Three Guesses, Little Witch
Amber Antonios - Mopping Monkey
Autumn Byer, 7 - Gives Autographs
Carolann Byer, 10 - Little Witch
EMERALD CITIZENS/WINKY GUARDS/STAGEHANDS
Zephyr Jaquish, 12 - Warthog, Lousy Munchkin
Ross Blacketor - Lousy Dorothy
Matt Bonahoom - Lousy Glinda
Caleb Rutz, 9 - Lousy Toto
Samantha Vega, 15 - Bubbler
Jeannette Jaquish - Lousy Witch, Apple Tree
ECSTATIC THEATRIC struts its giant puppet stuff at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at Deer Park Lodge, March 17, 2013!
Actresses Autumn and Carolann Byer joined Zephyr Jaquish with green dogs Spot and Amphetrious. Tom Jaquish is inside giant puppet girl. Jeannette Jaquish also marched and shot this photo.
Since it began in 2011, Ecstatic Theatrics produced:
-- “Don’t Look in the Lake” at Fright Night, Oct 2011
-- “Wizard of Oz” at Library Main Stage March 1, 2 & 4, 2012
-- “Wiz” again at St. Francis South Stage April 28 & 29, 2012
-- “Harry Potter and the Obnoxious Voice ~ the sssPOOF!” at outdoor bleachers at Franke Park, August 2012.
-- “SNAFU in Santa’s Workshop” and “Hansel & Gretel and the Falling Christmas Elves” at Cinema Center the Main Library in December 2012.
Four shows in 12 months, just like Youtheatre.
Absurdly Ambitious Next Project?
Wizard of Oz on Location:
I am working on the screen play of a film-style video of “Wizard of Oz” to shoot spring-summer-early fall 2014?, shot in the incredibly beautiful and potentially creepy Franke Park woods, plus other locations for Kansas, Emerald City, Wizard’s Throne Room and Witch’s Castle.
The script, directing and rehearsals are hard work, but no problem. Been there done that. It is the realistic sets (cardboard scenery won’t do it ), and actual buildings that will require great imagination and hundreds of man-hours to attain. A believable Munchkinland in the woods will require days to create, then we carry it home and then back to set up for the shoot.
I also need a competent technical and support crew such assistant directors, audio & camera operators, costumers, set builders, organizers, scouts and so on.
I could delay this project and do it in 2014, but I would like to do it this year. I have a history of not giving myself enough time to do a project right -- everything takes 3 to 5 times as long as I expect, but usually I was doing most of the work. If I had competent help, if I could hand a sketch to someone and a pile of materials and they put it together, if I told a group of actors to come back on Friday memorized and they did, if people were out scouting the indoor locations for me, well, it could work.
I am working on a shooting script and if I can get everything figured out: script, camera shots and locations, effects such as flying monkeys and witch, Wizard’s giant head, castle corridors, huge Emerald City on a hill, Glinda appearing, TORNADO!!!! -- If I can figure out how we’ll do EVERYTHING, then it will be a go. Because if one thing doesn’t work, the whole thing can’t be finished.
I know I can get actors. What I need assurance of is a technical video and theatrical crew, skilled, dependable, available. I will be able to pay the crew, because this is intended to be a mass distributed production. Maybe not on movie screens but DVD distribution. I write good scripts. The rest is the hard part.
If you are interested in helping, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 260 750-9013.
Thanks! -- Jeannette Jaquish
Our Most Recent Show:
Dec. 15, 20* & 29, 2012!
Two Modern Children's Holiday Classics!
SNAFU in Santa's Workshop!
Hansel and Gretel
Falling Christmas Elves!
* The dopey duo of Hansel & Gretel drive Santa's Elves to madness and send their parents into The Awful Offspring Protection Program. Only the Narrator knows a happy ending is in store!
*SNAFU in Santa's Workshop: Will Quigley's invention save Christmas even after it is short circuited by hot cocoa??? It's the Raucous Reindeer to the Rescue -- so you'd better RUN!
Dec 15: Cinema Center off Clay, between Berry and Main: 11 am
Dec 20: Main Library Meeting Room A: 7 pm --*Special Needs get in FREE!
Dec. 29: Cinema Center: 11 am
CAST:HANSEL & GRETEL and the FALLING CHRISTMAS ELVES
READER - Michelle Bonahoom
HANSEL - Walker Andrews
GRETEL - Sona Andrews
STEPMOM - Brenna Watson
FATHER - Brandon Johnson
WITCH - Brittney Bressler -Dec 15, 29. Jeannette Jaquish -Dec 20.
ELF 1 – Bossy - Nina Robinson
ELF 2 - Smelly - Scott Sarrazin
ELF 3- Sassy - Grace Sarrazin
ELF 4 - Clumsy - Ani Andrews
ELF 5 - Narcolepty - Emily Dini
ELF 6 - Whiny - Emma St. Peters
ELF 7- SNEEZY – Emma Robinson
FAIRY DOG MOTHER - Amber Antonios
FAIRY FROG MOTHER - Megan Antonios
SNAFU in SANTA'S WORKSHOP
Reader - Jeannette Jaquish
Elves: --1 Scooter - bossy- Amber Antonios
--2 Twinkle - cutsey- Megan Antonios
--3 Quigley - nerdy- Sona Andrews
--4 Snicker - sarcastic- Ani Andrews
Rudolph - Grace Sarrazin
Reindeer 1 – Dasher - Scott Sarrazin
Reindeer 2 – Dancer -Emma St. Peters
Reindeer 3 – Prancer -Nina Robinson
Inside Duplicator: Toy Thrower - Walker Andrews
Inside Duplicator: Box Shaker - Emily Dini
Sleepy Pajama Child -Walker Andrews
Excited Pajama Child -Emily Dini
Backstage Manager - Brittney Bressler
Smoke Machine - Brenna Watson
Duplicator FX Sounds- Michelle Bonahoom
Duplicator FX Lights - Brandon Johnson
Voice of Mom - Michelle Bonahoom
Voice of Dad - Brandon Johnson
Set Changers - Brenna, Emma R, Michelle, Brittney B/
Ecstatic Theatrics began in October 2011, when I craved to do live theater again. The Firehouse Theater had closed in 2010.
I and some of my old Firehouse kid actors were performing "Don't Look in the Lake" for Fright Night at the outdoor stage of the Main Library, on a Saturday, the week before Halloween 2011. I scheduled an organizing meeting to start Ecstatic Theatrics. The notice ran in Whatzup? and the News-Sentinel Ticket, that I know of. Only one other person came besides the kids rehearsing and two parents; that one person was also a past actor of mine. But they were a crackin' good group of actors and very enthusiastic, so why not? I'd never do anything if I waited for support.
Nov. 6 I traveled to Jackson, Ohio to see the Jackson Theater perform my Harry Potter parody, with three new scenes that I had written but never got to direct or see performed. They did a great job and I was happy to see my three new scenes blended in fine. The actors and members of the audience greeted me with affection and praise, someone paid for a hotel room and dinner for me. It was amazing. They had full houses and I wanted so much to produce it here. When we first performed the script in Fort Wayne, the first performance had only family of the actors, like most of the Firehouse productions.
I videotaped the Jackson show, edited it, and played it on my "Firehouse Presents" Access Fort Wayne TV show.
Nov. 29, 2011
I finally got this new ecstatic-theatrics website up.
End of December 2011
Did auditions at the Main Library for my Wizard of Oz adaption. Got a great cast.
------To see our past shows, please go to History!
See Jeannette's old Firehouse Theater website.
VOLUNTEERS MAKE THEATER POSSIBLE!CREW & HELPER Positions:
Assistant Directors - take on a scene or group of actors in rehearsals, help decisions and work of the production
Lighting Tech - learn to run the Library stage light board
Audio Tech - learn to run the Library audio board
Stage Crafters - set up scenery and figure out set changes
Helpers - at auditions, rehearsals, backstage during shows - to fit your schedule
Publicity Helpers - take flyers to school, church, school
- Call a few businesses to offer discounts for the employees
- Making scenery and props, scouting purchases, organizing storage
- Measure actors, help actors try on costumes, assemble costume sets and label them and their storage area
- Give opinion on costume design
-Sew if you have the skill
- Take each volunteer's availability schedule and schedule them into the production. Send the schedule to volunteers.
CLICK to VOLUNTEER!
Filming Wizard of Oz on Location in 2013!
Postponed one year to get everything ready.
Munchkin, Scarecrow, Tin Man & Lion scenes will be shotPlaywright Jeannette Jaquish sells her scripts at www.theaterfunscripts.com
in the beautiful, spooky
Franke Park Woods.
Scenes in Kansas, Witch's Castle and Wizard's Throne Room to be shot at other locations.
Filming over the Spring, Summer & early Fall of 2013.
Auditions beginning of April 2013.
We need volunteers to help. Also hiring underpaid crew.
Please call Jeannette at 260 484-5946 or email email@example.com.