German Village Gazette

'A Lovely Night'

Couple salutes SRO with cabaret-style show


Joe Bishara and Liz Wheeler will present A Lovely Night, a cabaret-style performance for the SRO Theatre Troupe.

But for the Upper Arlington couple, it's more than the same old song and dance -- it's personal.

Bishara and Wheeler, who are engaged, met at the theater four years ago during the production of A Grand Night for Singing.

"This is the first time we've done something like this," Bishara said. "We're very comfortable with each other and we're very comfortable making fun of each other."

A Lovely Night will be performed 8 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Van Fleet Theatre, Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave. It is a fundraiser for SRO, a semi-professional theater company that offers main-stage productions and touring shows, as well as outreach and educational programs.

A Lovely Night will feature music from previous and future SRO shows, including: A Grand Night for Singing, Follies: in Concert, Chess: In Concert, Next to Normal and The Sound of Music.

Bishara said they're mostly upbeat, familiar songs, with some audience participation throughout the evening.

"The whole premise is to educate those who are not familiar with the past five years of SRO and what the company is trying to achieve with its intergenerational shows and its intergenerational casting," he said.

Pre-ordered tickets, available through, cost $20. Admission at the door is $25.

Whether working together or separately, Bishara and Wheeler are familiar faces on the local theater scene. Bishara, associate producing director at CATCO, is president of Theatre Roundtable, a consortium of central Ohio theater groups.

Wheeler is a middle school drama instructor for Columbus School for Girls. She has directed and choreographed professionally for SRO, CATCO, The Phoenix Theater for Children and Wright State University.

She said she enjoys sharing the stage with her fiance.

"Joe and I work really well together," she said. "We're one of those weird couples who can actually work together and have a social life, too."