Indy Theatre News, Expanded Writing Plan, and a Bunny

 

Believe it or not, I have been plugging away at the items on my Writing Plan from March 2.  In the meantime, however:

***  A giant bunny visited me in my workplace with an invitation to see Q Artistry’s next show, “Bunny Spectacular” when it opens on April 1, 2011.  (See video, above.)  I suspect this is a kids’ show, and you know me, I don’t normally review kids’ shows, but I do love the Q folks’ work in general – they are the people that brought us “Cabaret Poe” – and this warm and delightful marketing gimmick totally worked on me.  As soon as the Bunny left, I had my iPhone out and was rearranging my April calendar.

***  One of my favorite playwrights, James Still, told me that his new play, “Love Me Some Amnesia,” will get its world premiere at the American Blues Theater in Chicago this spring.  I feel a road trip coming on!

***  One of my Twitter friends, Scott Semester ( www.twitter.com/sssemester), and I got to attend the final dress rehearsal of the Indianapolis Opera’s production of “La Tragedie de Carmen” in their intimate new space, the Frank and Katrina Basile Opera Center.  This very beautiful (and sexy! and action-packed!) yet very accessible experience was – I am not exaggerating – a life-changer for me.  I was wearing just my everyday jewels and my hair was still silver, but by the end of the opera I was weeping like Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman” or like Cher in “Moonstruck” all the same.

I want to write a LOT more about my night at the opera, so add that to the Writing Plan.  And think about buying a ticket to see “Carmen” yourself.  It only runs this weekend and next.

(Photo above of Darren K. Stokes as Escamillo and Ariana Chris as Carmen was taken by Denis Ryan Kelly, Jr. – www.deniskelly.com)

And, of course, there are several other new shows that I would like to see this coming weekend:

***  Professional storyteller/actor Antonio Sacre will be sharing his new solo performance piece at the Indiana History Center on Saturday night only.  He was brought to Indy by Storytelling Arts of Indiana. 

***  Matt the Monkey Poet is visiting from Britain with two new shows at the Indy Fringe Theatre.   He was one of my favorite performers at the 2007 and 2008 Indy Fringe Festivals.

***  “Cabaret” opens at the Indianapolis Civic Theatre

***  “Pajama Game” opens at Footlite Musicals

***  And the parent of a teen I know emailed me to say that the teen is in her middle school’s production of “Annie, Jr.” this weekend, so I am going to try to squeeze that in, too, just to enjoy, not to blog or tweet about.

I think those are all of the shows opening this weekend about which I have received emails.  (My email address is amarylliswriter at gmail dot com.)

The Storytelling Ability of a Boy” is still running at the Phoenix Theatre.  The Epilogue Players’ production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” is still running, too.  Half/Black Productions’ “Diaspora” has its last two performances at the Indy Fringe Theatre this Saturday and Sunday, I believe.  (I wrote a little more about my experience of these shows on Lou Harry’s “You Review It Monday” post in his A&E blog for the Indianapolis Business Journal last Monday.  I would love to see any of them again.) 

(In the photo above are, left to right:  Maggie Williams as Scout, Ken Ganza as Atticus, and Cormac Doebbeling as Jem in Epilogue’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.”  Photo provided by Rann DeStefano and taken, I think, by Ralph Grant.)

I have not yet seen, but would like to see, “Buried Child,” by Sam Shepard, on its second weekend at the Theatre Within, in the Fountain Square neighborhood on the near southside of Indy.  And there are only two more performances of “In Acting Shakespeare,” by James DeVita, on Saturday at the Indiana Repertory Theatre.

And those are only the shows I have emails about for this weekend!  Still more are opening in the weeks to come.

Also, Thom Johnson from the Rick-Weils Theatre Company out east of Indy emailed me to say that his show, “Tuesdays with Morrie,” is expanding its successful run there in Greenfield by touring to a church in Franklin later this month and to Westfield in April.  I’m sorry that his email did not include the exact dates, times, or locations to share with you.  I can tell you that Thom plays Morrie, “(t)he role of Mitch is played by Gary Roberts.  Making his directorial debut is Tom Corbett.”

And one other bit of Indianapolis-area theatre news before I fall asleep here at my laptop:

***  March 31, 2011 is the deadline for applications to the Blaine Jarrett Memorial Scholarship.  Here is an excerpt from the email that the folks at Buck Creek Players on the southeast side of Indianapolis emailed me:

Jarrett Memorial Scholarship Fund, a fund managed by Buck Creek Players, is pleased to announce the availability of the Blaine Jarrett Memorial Scholarship. Any graduating high school senior or college freshman who is currently enrolled or accepted into a performing arts related major/minor at a college or university is eligible to apply.  Majors/minors which will be considered include: dance, theater performance, technical theater, instrumental music, vocal music, or related field.  Recipients will be based on the applicant’s participation, accomplishments, and involvement in the performing arts in the Central Indiana region.  Recipients will receive a minimum scholarship of $1,000.  Applications are available to download on the scholarship’s website and must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2011 to be considered for a scholarship this year. 

The Blaine Jarrett Memorial Scholarship Fund was started six years ago by Blaine’s family and friends.  The fund has since been growing steadily thanks to the contributions of a variety of donors and various fundraising activities.  The Blaine Jarrett Memorial Scholarship Fund has now reached sufficient funding to allow meaningful annual scholarships to be awarded on an on-going basis.  Additional donations are still being sought and can be sent to BJMSF, 11150 Southeatern Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46259.  More information on donating to the fund can be found by visiting the scholarship’s website. (http://www.buckcreekplayers.com/BJMSF.htm)

‘See you at the theatres…

Hope Baugh – www.IndyTheatreHabit.com

(Above video was taken by Megan the Bunny Minder with my iPHone.  The volume is so low because I forgot to ask Megan to stand very close to us, but I still love the fact that a giant bunny came to see me, so I am posting the video anyway.)

Update at lunch 3/11/11 – Oh, wait!  How could I have almost forgotten:  “Hairspray” is still running at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, too!

I also forgot to remind you to check each theatre’s website or call the theatre to confirm show times.  Have a great weekend!

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