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The Indianapolis Civic Theatre has officially moved into its new home in the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. The theatre, previously located on Marian College’s campus, is now I n a beautiful new venue, complete with a free parking garage whose elevator drops you right in the lobby. The theatre itself has spacious seating and high ceilings.

The 2011/2012 season includes Amadeus, on stage now. The play won a Tony Award and was then adapted into a movie which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. The story, a mix of fact and fiction, examines the themes of genius and mediocrity. Two composers in 18th century Austria vie for the emperors’ approval and public’s eye. The first is an upright Italian man named Antonio Salieri. The second is a child prodigy, now at the height of his creativity, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Mozart is as childish and crass as he is brilliant. His immaturity and cockiness grate on the nerves of many in the Austrian court, but no one more than fellow composer Salieri. Despite violating every principle Salieri lives by, he knows that Mozart is still able to create music more beautiful than he will ever make. As much as he hates Mozart, he can’t help but admire and envy his work.

The show rests firmly on the shoulders on John Michael Goodson’s portrayal of Salieri. His wonderful performance oscillates from carefully control condescension to passionate outbursts of disgust and despair in rambling Italian. Add in a simple set, sumptuous period costumes and insane giggle from Mozart and it’s a amazing dramatic addition to your entertainment calendar.

Don't Miss the Show


The show closes Nov. 12. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The Tarkington is located at 3 Center Green, Carmel, IN 46032 at the Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets: Ticket prices start at $26 and can be purchased by calling (317) 923-4597 or visiting

Photos courtesy of the Indianapolis Civic Theatre