Phoenix Theater rising to new heights in Duryea

By Bill O’Boyle - boboyle@timesleader.com
Moving furniture to clear the area are members of Leadership Wilkes-Barre’s Phoenix Rising project committee. Left to right: Angeline Abraham, Kelly Rava-Osborn, Alexandra Osborn (volunteer), Alicia Bond. -
Members of the Phoenix Rising project committee remove old sets in order to rip up old carpet to make way for a new layout of Phoenix Performing Arts Theatre in Duryea. Left to right: Angeline Abraham, Alicia Bond, Taryn Quinn (volunteer), Brittany Quinn. -
Nick Argot, Phoenix Rising project committee member, cuts up carpet for removal. -
Alexandra Osborn, daughter of a Phoesnix Rising project committee member, vacuums the floor after carpet was taken up. - -
Members of Leadership Wilkes-Barre’s Phoenix Rising project committee were busy ripping up carpet as a part of the rehabilitation project at Pheonix Performing Center in Duryea. From left: Marleny Encarnacion, Alicia Bond, Brittany Quinn. Background: Angelina Abraham. - -

DURYEA — The project is called “Phoenix Rising,” but while the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre at 411 Main St., in Duryea, is not rising from the ashes, it is hoping to rise to new heights for its talent to shine.

Members of the Leadership Wilkes-Barre class of 2018 are appealing to the community to assist with an important project that will make a lasting impact on the Phoenix Performance Arts Center.

The project will expand the seating area, refurbish the stage, which currently has some dangerous weak spots, refresh the lobby area and give new light to the signage and front exterior.

The Phoenix Theater will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in May, but the building it is located in is more than 100 years old. The project committee is hopeful these changes will continue to bring music and the arts to the local community.

“From the first performance I saw at Phoenix, I was amazed by the level of talent of the stage there, but the building was run down and definitely did not shine like the talent,” said Ruth Lovett, a member of the project committee. “Phoenix was the first place I thought of for a project idea when I found out I was going to be in the 2018 Leadership Wilkes-Barre class.”

Lovett said the children and adults of the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre have a passion for performing. She said the theater is one of the few companies that will work with young performers as young as 4 to 6 years of age, giving them a place to be on stage.

Lovett said every theater production is a learning experience not only in acting, but also with creativity and thinking out of the box to give children a well-rounded knowledge of theater in every capacity. The Phoenix theater people believe that kids can do anything when challenged and mentored to reach for the stars.

“I feel truly blessed to have so much support for the theater and for our kids,” said Lee LaChette, theater director. “It’s overwhelming, and I have not come down off the cloud yet.”

Lovett said as the committee embarked on the project, they realized that they couldn’t do it alone. She said the committee is turning to the community for support with a tax-deductible donation to help cover the costs of project materials.

Information on how interested donors can participate in making the project a reality is provided on the committee’s Facebook page — Phoenix Rising.

Moving furniture to clear the area are members of Leadership Wilkes-Barre’s Phoenix Rising project committee. Left to right: Angeline Abraham, Kelly Rava-Osborn, Alexandra Osborn (volunteer), Alicia Bond.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_PHOENIX-RISING-1-1.jpgMoving furniture to clear the area are members of Leadership Wilkes-Barre’s Phoenix Rising project committee. Left to right: Angeline Abraham, Kelly Rava-Osborn, Alexandra Osborn (volunteer), Alicia Bond.

Members of the Phoenix Rising project committee remove old sets in order to rip up old carpet to make way for a new layout of Phoenix Performing Arts Theatre in Duryea. Left to right: Angeline Abraham, Alicia Bond, Taryn Quinn (volunteer), Brittany Quinn.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_PHOENIX-RISING-2-Copy-1.jpgMembers of the Phoenix Rising project committee remove old sets in order to rip up old carpet to make way for a new layout of Phoenix Performing Arts Theatre in Duryea. Left to right: Angeline Abraham, Alicia Bond, Taryn Quinn (volunteer), Brittany Quinn.

Nick Argot, Phoenix Rising project committee member, cuts up carpet for removal.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_PHOENIX-RISING-3-1.jpgNick Argot, Phoenix Rising project committee member, cuts up carpet for removal.

Alexandra Osborn, daughter of a Phoesnix Rising project committee member, vacuums the floor after carpet was taken up.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_PHOENIX-RISING-4-1.jpgAlexandra Osborn, daughter of a Phoesnix Rising project committee member, vacuums the floor after carpet was taken up.

Members of Leadership Wilkes-Barre’s Phoenix Rising project committee were busy ripping up carpet as a part of the rehabilitation project at Pheonix Performing Center in Duryea. From left: Marleny Encarnacion, Alicia Bond, Brittany Quinn. Background: Angelina Abraham.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_PHOENIX-RISING-5-1.jpgMembers of Leadership Wilkes-Barre’s Phoenix Rising project committee were busy ripping up carpet as a part of the rehabilitation project at Pheonix Performing Center in Duryea. From left: Marleny Encarnacion, Alicia Bond, Brittany Quinn. Background: Angelina Abraham.

By Bill O’Boyle

boboyle@timesleader.com

Editor’s Note

This is a first in a series lookign at Leadership Wilkes-Barre projects for 2018.

How you can help

The Leadership Wilkes-Barre team that is refurbishing the Phoenix Performing Arts Center in Duryea — “Phoenix Rising” — is in need of the following items:

66 sheets 4 foot x 8 foot, 3/4 inch plywood

40 – 2×6 boards

30 – 4×4 boards

32 – 2x6x8 boards

60 – 2x6x10 boards

35 – 2x6x12 boards

26 – 4x4x8 boards

15lb exterior 2 inch screws

15 lbs D6 spike nails

2 boxes of gun nails 3 1/4

6 sheets wall paneling

Door framing/ molding

3 bar height stools

Letter stencils

Marquee letters – “Phoenix”

Exterior Sign – lighted

Electrical work

Display shelving

Carpet Square Glue

Baseboard molding

Chairs

Paper towels

Paint brushes- rollers and Brushes

Paint trays

Gloves

* Gift cards to major home improvement store also accepted.

Please contact any team member if you are interested in donating:

Email: lwbcurtaincall@gmail.com; or PhoenixRisingLWB18@gmail.com

Phoenix Rising project team members

Angeline Abraham – angeline@eocinc.org

Michelle Reilly – michelle.reilly@benchmark.us

Nick Argot – NArgot@borton-lawson.com

Cassie Fiume – cassie@wbdcp.org

Alicia Bond – alicia.bond@wilkes.edu

Kelly Rava – kellyrava@gmail.com

Marleny Encarnacion – marleny.encarnacion@wellsfargo.com

Ruth Lovett – Ruth.Lovett@CVSHealth.com

Brittany Quinn – brittany.quinn@luzernecounty.org

Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.

Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.