Julie Gabel & Mike Thomas

Building upon their passion

Posted: June 10, 2018 at 1 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER 'Mike and Julie are like the Lunt and Fontaine of Northwest Arkansas, mixed with a bit of Sonny and Cher. They are both so smart, funny and focused -- making them people with whom you want to collaborate ... their commitment and sharp creativity elevate any project." -- Mark Landon Smith

If you have a child -- or are a child, or know a child -- who is involved in the performing arts in Northwest Arkansas, it's a good bet that that child has met Mike Thomas or Julie Gabel.

Through Others’ Eyes

Julie Gabel and Mike Thomas

“[Mike] likes to have kids do monologues, where they write about their experiences and lives. That makes a certain kind of kid come alive, because no one has ever asked them to talk about these things, and they get to say what they feel. Some of them are quite profound and heartfelt, and kids will remember that from year to year — ‘Mr. Thomas got me through Drama I and let me tell my story.’” — FHS Drama Department Chairman Warren Rosenaur

“[Julie] is a world-class collaborator when we are working on shows together at Arts Live and other places. We bounce around ideas, some lead to other ideas, others may let us see things a bit differently. She knows what she wants, but is open to suggestions and options. As a producer, she is exceptional to work with. And she is my best friend, so that’s a bonus.” — Mark Landon Smith

“They were the first couple in theater we met before we moved here, and they’re one of the reasons we moved to Northwest Arkansas.” — Kassie Misiewicz

Courtesy photo "She said to me in class one day, 'He makes me laugh,'" remembers friend and classmate Warren Rosenaur of Gabel's infatuation with Thom...

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