Season Preview: Indianapolis Civic Theatre 2009-2010

Mark Fishback as the Lion, Rick Shinkle as the Tin Man, Rory D. Shivers as the Scarecrow in Indy Civic's 2008 Wizard of Oz

Ulrike Steinert, Director of Marketing for the Indianapolis Civic Theatre, emailed me the following press release on August 10, 2009.  I am ashamed to say that I put it away in a folder and forgot about it.  I am posting it now (with the introductory message and media contact info removed), even though some of the shows are already over, for two reasons:

a)   The librarian in me wants it here on Indy Theatre Habit so that when someone looks in the “Seasons Previews” category it will be there, and when someone puts this theatre’s name or any of these show names in the Search box, they will come up.

b)   You might not have already heard about the Indy Civic’s 2009-2010 season.

As always, I recommend that when you get ready to actually go see one of these shows, you call the theatre or visit the theatre’s own website to confirm dates, times, and other details.

By the way, the photo above is from a group of photos that Ulrike sent me last year with her press release about Civic’s 2008 production of “The Wizard of Oz.”  (Thanks, Ulrike!)  Mark Fishbeck was the Lion, Rick Shinkle was the Tin Man, and Rory D. Shivers was the Scarecrow in that production.  I am sorry that I did not have time to see it.

At a party not too long ago, someone connected with this year’s production said, “It’s going to be gayer than ever.”

“Good!” I said.  I didn’t ask if by “gayer” he meant more stylish, more campy, or more light-hearted.  I just made a mental note to put this year’s production on my calendar as soon as I got home.  As you’ll see from the press release below, this year’s production of “The Wizard of Oz” opens at the Indianapolis Civic Theatre on Friday, December 11, 2009.

 

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INDIANAPOLIS CIVIC THEATRE – 2009-2010 SEASON (AT A GLANCE)

(please use for calendar listings & quick reference)

 

EVITA (musical)

Winner of 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice masterpiece tells the story of the legendary Eva Perón and her amazing rise from poverty to becoming the most powerful woman her country and, indeed, Latin America had ever seen. “Saint to the working-class, reviled by the aristocracy and mistrusted by the military” Argentina’s controversial First Lady, who died at the age of 33, was destined to leave a fascinating political legacy unique in the 20th century. Told through a compelling score that fuses haunting chorales with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences, the show creates an arresting theatrical portrait as complex as the woman herself. “A stunning, exhilarating theatrical experience.” – New York Post

 

SHOW DATES:             September 11 – September 27, 2009

SHOW TIMES:              Thu. 7pm, Fri. & Sat. 8pm, Sun. 2pm

TICKETS:                     $25 (Thu.) and $32 (Fri.-Sun.), group discounts available

BOX OFFICE:               (317) 923-4597 or online at: www.civictheatre.org

 

CAMELOT (musical concert)

This celebrated musical and Tony Award winner by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederic Loewe, following their smash-hit My Fair Lady, is based on the King Arthur legend and his Knights of the Round Table as adapted from the T.H. White tetralogy novel “The Once and the Future King”. Featuring a superb score, the story centers on the affair between Arthur’s wife, Guenevere, and his great friend, Sir Lancelot, beautifully captured in numbers as “If Ever I Would Leave You” and “I Loved You Once in Silence.” The title song subsequently joined Arthurian legend with American political mythology. “Musically rich, legend-based classic.” – New York Times

 

SHOW DATES:             October 2 – October 4, 2009

SHOW TIMES:              Fri. & Sat. 7pm, Sun. 2pm

TICKETS:                     $24, group discounts available

BOX OFFICE:               (317) 923-4597 or online at: www.civictheatre.org

 

THE ELEPHANT MAN (drama)

This award-winning drama by Bernard Pomerance chronicles the final years in the life of Joseph Carey Merrick (1862-1890), a remarkably sensitive and intelligent man, who was afflicted with an extremely rare hereditary disorder. Known only as “The Elephant Man” because of his monstrously deformed body, Merrick scrapes a living as a carnival attraction until an ambitions young doctor provides him with a home at the London Hospital in Whitechapel where his presence is shrewdly used by Victorian society to raise funds. Merrick befriends an actress who tries to ease his loneliness but her efforts are thwarted by hypocrisy. Even those who love him can’t help him. “Unforgettable, engrossing and moving.” – New York Daily News

 

SHOW DATES:             October 30 – November 15, 2009

SHOW TIMES:              Thu. 7pm, Fri. & Sat. 8pm, Sun. 2pm

TICKETS:                     $21 (Thu.) and $28 (Fri.-Sun.), group discounts available

BOX OFFICE:               (317) 923-4597 or online at: www.civictheatre.org

 

THE WIZARD OF OZ (holiday musical)

This Civic Theatre signature holiday extravaganza returns more spectacular than ever, bringing MGM’s popular movie to life on stage. Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and whisks her, and her little dog too, far away to the marvelous Land of Oz. She tries to get back home with the help of the Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. Follow the yellow brick road with Dorothy, Toto and their three faithful friends as they travel the universe of their imagination in search of the great and powerful Wizard. There are witches, good and wicked, and plenty of adventures along the way. Due to popular demand, there will be an Audience Sing-A-Long on January 1 at 7pm. “It’s over the rainbow time, kids.” – Newark Star Ledger

SHOW DATES:             December 11, 2009 – January 3, 2010

SHOW TIMES:              Thu. & Fri. 7pm, Sat. 2pm & 7pm, Sun. 2pm (no show 12/24 & 12/25, Sun. 12/27 at 2pm & 7pm)

TICKETS:                     $34 (Thu.-Sun.), group discounts available

BOX OFFICE:               (317) 923-4597 or online at: www.civictheatre.org

 

BUS STOP (comedy/drama)

A lot can happen in a single night. A tawdry nightclub singer can discover domesticity, a brash rancher can soften his touch, a drunken lecher can regain his dignity and even the most solitary and forlorn can find romance in a tiny, Midwestern roadside diner populated with weary travelers in the middle of a blizzard. While exuberant and comical on the surface, this enduring play by Pulitzer Price-winning American playwright William Inge is a tenderhearted tale of love and loneliness that examines the hunger for companionship and understanding which resides in us all. The 1956 movie version of the same name starred Marilyn Monroe as the young lounge singer. “An uproarious comedy that never strays from the truth.” – New York Times

 

SHOW DATES:             January 22 – February 7, 2010

SHOW TIMES:              Thu. 7pm, Fri. & Sat. 8pm, Sun. 2pm

TICKETS:                     $21 (Thu.) and $28 (Fri.-Sun.), group discounts available

BOX OFFICE:               (317) 923-4597 or online at: www.civictheatre.org

 

MY FAIR LADY (musical concert)

One of Broadway’s most beloved musicals by the talented duo of Loewe and Lerner based upon George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion” tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a coarse little flower girl in 1910 London and her transformation from a cockney ‘guttersnipe’ into an upper class lady. She falls under the wing of Henry Higgins, a phonetics professor who makes a bet that if he could get her to speak the English language properly, he could pass her off as a duchess in a matter of months. Hit tunes include “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Wouldn’t It Be Lovely” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.” “Sterling songs that elevate the spirits.” – Variety

 

SHOW DATES:             February 12 – February 14, 2010

SHOW TIMES:              Fri. & Sat. 7pm, Sun. 2pm

TICKETS:                     $24, group discounts available

BOX OFFICE:               (317) 923-4597 or online at: www.civictheatre.org

 

CAROUSEL (musical)

Lauded by Time Magazine as “best musical of the 20th century”, this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic won 5 Tony Awards for its 1994 Broadway revival. Set in a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, carnival barker Billy captivates and marries naïve millworker Julie. Desperate for money when he learns he will soon be a father, Billy is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent “up there”. Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day fifteen years later to make amends to the daughter he left behind. The show is a dramatic testament to the power of love and redemption. “Beautiful, bountiful, beguiling.” – New York Daily Mirror

 

SHOW DATES:             March 12 – March 28, 2010

SHOW TIMES:              Thu. 7pm, Fri. & Sat. 8pm, Sun. 2pm

TICKETS:                     $25 (Thu.) and $32 (Fri.-Sun.), group discounts available

BOX OFFICE:               (317) 923-4597 or online at: www.civictheatre.org

 

A FLEA IN HER EAR (comedy)

When a wife becomes suspicious of her husband, she and her conniving best friend hatch a plan that upsets their world and everyone in their path. Raymonde suspects her husband, Victor Emmanuel, of infidelity and she turns to her best friend, Lucienne, to help her gain proof. They concoct a plot – based on a perfumed letter – to trap him at the Hotel Coq d’Or in Montretout. Of course, there are complications. In true French farce fashion, the scheme misfires when everyone shows up at the hotel, complicated by confused identities, revolving beds, a great many doors and unbridled passions in this George Feydeau classic, superbly translated by Sir John Mortimer. “A veritable thunderstorm of merriment.”  – New York Times

 

SHOW DATES:             May 7 – May 23, 2010

SHOW TIMES:              Thu. 7pm, Fri. & Sat. 8pm, Sun. 2pm

TICKETS:                     $21 (Thu.) and $28 (Fri.-Sun.), group discounts available

BOX OFFICE:               (317) 923-4597 or online at: www.civictheatre.org

 

ABOUT THE THEATRE:

Indianapolis Civic Theatre, founded in 1915, is the state’s largest professionally managed community theatre and one of the ten largest community theatres in the country, providing high quality live theatrical entertainment for a broad-based audience. The Theatre produces six shows during its mainstage season, featuring both large-scale musicals and popular plays, in addition to two concert musicals and annual youth productions. Civic represents a unique blend of avocational actors, technicians and professional staff, and offers a wide variety of educational and community outreach programs.

 

LOCATION:INDIANAPOLIS CIVIC THEATRE, 3200 Cold Spring Rd, Indianapolis IN 46222, located on the campus of Marian University.

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‘See you at the theatres!

Hope Baugh – www.IndyTheatreHabit.com and @IndyTheatre on Twitter.com.

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