Three Mini Reviews Plus Ghost Story News

There is SO MUCH performance art – creepy or otherwise – going on in the Indianapolis area this month!  I am working on three reviews, now:

  • Broadway Across America’s touring production of “Mary Poppins” at the Murat Theatre is CHARMING and fresh for all ages, not to mention supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.   My father and I saw this last Wednesday and loved it, but so did the little girl behind us whom we overheard asking her father, “Is she really flying?  How did she get up there?”  There are only three more performances left: tonight plus a matinee and evening show tomorrow.  If you are strapped for cash and don’t care where you sit, go to the box office an hour before showtime and ask about last-minute half-price discounts.  (I don’t know for sure that they offer them for every performance, but I know they do for some.)
  • Q Artistry’s 2010 production of “Cabaret Poe.”  I attended the opening night festivities last night at the Irvington Lodge and was just blown away by this funny, dark, respectful re-imagining of Edgar Allen Poe’s stories and poems in music, dance, and theatre craft.  Performances continue weekends through October.
  • The storytelling double feature of Donald Davis and Carmen Deedy presented by Storyelling Arts of Indiana at the Indiana History Center.  This, too, was a treat.  My friend Dawn and I enjoyed it very much last Saturday night.

Speaking of storytelling, even with all of the performance art choices available this month, one thing I always make time for in October is live ghost stories.  Next weekend, Storytelling Arts of Indiana is hosting two ghost story events outside on the canal “porch” at the Indiana History Center.  One is for families; the other is for mature audiences.  I have heard and enjoyed all except one of the featured tellers.  Here are the press releases for each event:

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Storytelling Arts Presents Scary Stories for Families

on the Canal in October

July 20, 2010 (Indianapolis)— Ghosts, ghouls and goblins – oh my! Storytelling Arts of Indiana will present Scary Stories for Families on the Canal from 7:30 – 9 p.m. Friday, October 8, 2010. This not-too-scary family presentation will feature spooky tales that will give shivers of delight. Bundle up for this outdoor presentation along the canal as storytellers Cynthia Changaris, Lou Ann Homan, Sally Perkins and Khabir Shareef spin their scary tales. A snack bar will feature candy, popcorn and soft drinks. Chairs will be provided, but families may bring their own folding lawn chairs or blankets.

Sponsored by LewisWagner, Scary Stories for Familes on the Canal will take place at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center along the canal, located at 450 W. Ohio Street. The event is interpreted for the deaf and hearing impaired.  Tickets are $5 for children ages 5-12 and $10 for adults. Limited free parking is available at the History Center parking lot at the corner of West and New York streets.

To order tickets or for more information, please call (317) 232-1637 or visit www.storytellingarts.org/store/category/Tickets.

This event is part of the Storytelling Arts of Indiana 2010 – 2011 season presented in collaboration with the Indiana Historical Society and sponsored by Printing Partners. Upcoming Printing Partners Storytellers Theater performances include Niall de Burca, Antonio Rocha, Minton Sparks, Antonio Sacre, Beth Horner, Kevin Kling and Simone Perrin. More details are available at www.storytellingarts.org.

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Storytelling Arts of Indiana Presents Frightful Tales

October 9 in Downtown Indianapolis

 Disquieting, Disturbing & Dreadful Tales is a Bone-chilling Event

 for Mature Audiences Only

July 20, 2010 (Indianapolis)— In the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock, Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King, scary stories aren’t just for kids.  Storytelling Arts of Indiana will present Disquieting, Disturbing & Dreadful Tales from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Saturday, October 9, 2010. This unique evening of storytelling under the stars will make attendees’ skin crawl as they grasp in fright. Due to some mature material, this event is for adults only. Beware as favorite storytellers spin tales to frighten even the bravest. The evening will feature stories told by Celestine Bloomfield, Lou Ann Homan, Sally Perkins and Bob Sander. To help calm nerves, a cash bar and popcorn will be available for those who dare to attend!

Sponsored by Ryan Zumbahlen and LewisWagner, Disquieting, Disturbing & Dreadful Tales will take place at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center along the canal, located at 450 W. Ohio Street. Bring a blanket and snuggle under the moonlit sky at this outdoor presentation. The event is interpreted for the deaf and hearing impaired.  Advance adult tickets are $15; tickets at the gate are $20. Limited free parking is available at the History Center parking lot at the corner of West and New York streets.

To order tickets or for more information, please call (317) 232-1637 or visit www.storytellingarts.org/store/category/Tickets.

This event is part of the Storytelling Arts of Indiana 2010 – 2011 season presented in collaboration with the Indiana Historical Society and sponsored by Printing Partners. Upcoming Printing Partners Storytellers Theater performances include Niall de Burca, Antonio Rocha, Minton Sparks, Antonio Sacre, Beth Horner, Kevin Kling and Simone Perrin. More details are available at www.storytellingarts.org.

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Storytelling Arts of Indiana is one of the premier storytelling organizations in the country. Originally founded as Stories, Inc., in 1988, this unique non-profit presents a year-round schedule of diverse concerts and programs centered on the art of storytelling. Programming ranges from storytelling concerts for adults, a family series, performances for students, the As I Recall Storytelling Guild, summertime Stories in the Park for latch-key children, storytelling for patients at Riley Children’s Hospital, to numerous workshops, programs and community activities. As one of only a very few storytelling organizations in the country to present a year-round schedule, Storytelling Arts of Indiana has made Indianapolis a location of choice on the national storytelling scene.

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On Friday, October 22, 2010, I will tell a story myself as part of the Bloomington Storytellers’ Guild’s annual Festival of Ghost Stories.

This event will be held outside in Bryant Park in Bloomington, Indiana, unless it’s raining, in which case the event will take place in the Monroe County Public Library.  If the weather is clear, dress warmly and bring a blanket to sit on.  This event is for teens and adults only.  Admission is free.  The event is from 7-8:30pm.

I don’t know, yet, what my fellow Guild members will be telling, but I am going to tell a version of “Mary Culhane and the Dead Man,” aka “Hope’s zombie story.”

‘See you at…well, see you at the theatres but also at the outdoor ghost story events!

Hope Baugh – www.IndyTheatreHabit.com and www.twitter.com/indytheatre

PS – I found the above photo in the creative commons area of flickr.com.  It is called “My Ghost” and was taken by mattwi1s0n.

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