Tuesday, February 16, 2010
During your travels down Frankford Avenue, you will probably pass right by without recognizing a quaint little theatre sandwiched between all the other local business and homes along the street. Although the Walking Fish Theatre isn't large regarding square feet, but it speaks volumes.
Owner of the theatre and B. Someday Productions, Michelle Pauls and her husband Stan Heleva moved to Fishtown in hopes to start their own business. Michelle noted that they didn't want to be "vagabonds" and didn't want to just own another coffee shop. They wanted to create an organization where members of the community could congregate while enjoying entertainment. Birthed was The Walking Fish Theatre located at 2509 Frankford Avenue.
The theatre serves all Fishtown residents, from children as young as two years old to adults of all ages. There are weekly playwriting classes, internship opportunities, as well as monthly plays and productions. Children ad adults can come and gain an appreciation for acting without paying outrageous ticket prices (for instance, an entrance fee is not charged for The Family Theatre Series, but accepts "pay what you can" donations.)
"The theatre is all about getting the community involved and having a good time," Pauls said.
B. Someday Productions, a non-profit theatre organization, relies on sponsors and donations in order to raise money for the community theatre. On Friday, February 19th, the organization will be hosting a Happy Hour Salon from 6:00-9:00 pm at the home of Marne Casillo, Board President. The event will help raise money for the theatre's May production, Gravedigger, The Plays of Mark Borkowski. Mr. Borkowski will be reading scenes from his play and discussing his childhood years growing up in Kensington. A $20 ticket price will cover drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and hours of entertainment.
For more information on the event and the organization, please visit www.walkingfishtheatre.com.
Christanna Ciabattoni and Jocelyn McArthur, Group 27, Fishtown
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