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COVID-19 and How to Support the Arts

Less than a week ago I saw Murder on the Orient Express at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. The set was opulent and the murder was crackling with tension and humor... and no one else will get to see it. Since that night the IRT, along with almost every arts organization in the city, has decided to cancel the rest of its shows through the Spring. There are directors, set designers, and actors who have poured their hearts into these productions that the public will never see. It's heartbreaking. The city is going dark in the hope that we can stop the rapid spread of COVID-19. It's a hard choice, but one that is incredibly important for the safety of the public. 
That being said, the arts community, restaurants, and small businesses in our city are facing a very tough time. As people practice social distancing they are not attending events, eating out, or shopping, but that doesn't mean you can't support those places! You can donate directly to the theatres. Check their webs…
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Indiana Repertory Theatre announces 2020-2021 Season

The Indiana Repertory Theatre has announced the 2020 - 2021 Season. Set to begin on September 9, 2020, the season continues IRT’s commitment to literary and multigenerational stories, celebrates the city’s Bicentennial and centers on the importance of community and change.
The Signature Six Series includes Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Indianapolis at 200: Finding Home, Native Gardens, Thurgood, The Widow Lincoln, and Steel Magnolias. The additional productions for students and families will be Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat, and the return of the Indy holiday tradition Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
The IRT will continue into the second year of the INclusion Series to celebrate diverse storytelling with the hot-button comedy Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías and Thurgood, a portrait of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall by George Stevens, Jr. Rounding out the INclusion Series will be Indianapolis at 200: Finding Home, a collection of stories crafted …

Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd is a deliciously dark musical that tackles a revenge story worthy of The Count of Monte Cristo. The content is not for the faint of heart, but the Stephen Sondheim musical is a classic for a reason. 

The famous score is brought to life in reverberating tones by the Carmel Symphony Orchestra in the first-ever collaboration between the group and the Actors Theatre of Indiana. The 32-piece orchestra is on stage, just behind the simple set. An 80-person choir provides the backdrop, rising above the action and adding a Greek chorus element to the tragedy. The unique set up adds gravitas to the big numbers, as does Erin Meyer's lighting design, filling the ample space with an eerie red glow. The whole production has an operatic feel that suits the material beautifully.
Don Farrell plays the title character and the role allows him to showcase his incredible baritone voice. He is full of grief and a bloodthirsty rage. Judy Fitzgerald is Mrs. Lovett, his partner in crime. The p…

Broadway Across America Announces 2020/21 Season

Broadway in Indianapolis is proud to announce the 2020-2021 season headlined by the six-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen, and the new musical Mean Girls.   Season tickets for the 2020-2021 Broadway in Indianapolis Season are on sale now with TWO convenient ways to purchase:
1. Order online 7 days a week/24 hours a day at www.BroadwayinIndianapolis.com 2. Call the Broadway Across America toll-free Indianapolis Season Ticket Hotline at 800-793-7469. The Hotline hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.
Prices for the five-show season ticket package range between $216—$614 depending on seat location.
EXCLUSIVE SEASON TICKET HOLDER REWARDS: • Flexible ticket exchanges • No upgrade charges for exchanged seats in same price level regardless of performance • Priority purchase opportunities for additional tickets to all Broadway in Indianapolis shows • Lost ticket insurance and replacement service • Purchasing privileges in any of our other Broadway Across America cities • Same pre…

Hamilton Review and Lottery

Much has been said about this smash hit musical Hamilton. It seems universally beloved by all audiences and seeing it in person you'll understand why. In the midst of the warp-speed raps and deep dive into history, there's a passion that gets to the core of what America is truly about. It's the story of an immigrant, a story of someone who overcomes every obstacle, hauling themselves up from the bottom with pure ambition and drive. It's the story of a broken man and the people his decisions affected in both good ways and bad. It’s also a love story, filled with heartache and the relatable position of being lost and searching for your way home to the one you miss. It’s the story of jealousy and what happens when you can’t let go of injured pride. It is tragedy on a Greek scale. And all of that is rolled into one show that clocks in just under 3 hours. It’s pretty epic.
Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the music, lyrics, and book and his brilliance is woven into each song. The H…

Bard Fest Opens This Week

Indy's Shakespeare festival is back for its 5th year! Bard Fest 2019 includes productions of "Henry IV", "Hamlet", a youth production of "The Tempest", and the regional premiere of "Lear's Shadow" by Elerding - an award-winning adaptation of King Lear.

For tickets and more info, visit their website here. 

The Little Choo-Choo That Thinks She Can

All aboard! The Indiana Repertory Theatre's Exploring Stages program is currently producing "The Little Choo-Choo That Thinks She Can", written by James Still, the playwright-in-residence. He's reimagined the classic tale through the eyes of an imaginative brother and sister. Devan Mathias and Isaiah Moore play the enthusiastic duo. They throw themselves into the roles and embody the frustration, joy, and vulnerability of two kids. 

Throughout the show Frankie Bolda provides dozens of musical embellishments to each scenes. Kazoos, tambourines, cymbals, and train whistles make up her costume and add to the fun. 
As the little train attempts to climb the big hill the children in the audience find themselves cheering her on. The story, by its very nature, is repetitive, but it gives the kids a chance to grasp the idea and works well for the youth audiences it's intended for.  Grab your kiddos, nieces and nephews, or grandkids and visit the Choo-Choo as she teaches audi…