My 2014 Indianapolis-Area Holiday Show List

Sorting Items from my Christmas Drawer - H. Baugh

I will review at least four of the following 2014 holiday shows for Nuvo but I have made a list of ALL of the Indianapolis-area holiday shows that I know about here on my own blog just for myself. If it helps you, too…yay!

(11/26/14 – I updated this list a day later to include five dance shows.  HOW could I have forgotten them?!?  Four are versions of the Nutcracker ballet. The other is a holiday alternative from Dance Kaleidoscope.)

Please confirm all dates and locations with the theatres.

Priorities for me, whether I review them or not, include (in fairly random order):

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Theatre Review: “Chicago the Musical” by Actors Theatre of Indiana

On Saturday night a friend and I drove to the new Studio Theater to see the Actors Theatre of Indiana production of “Chicago the Musical.” 

The Studio Theater is part of the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.  Carmel is just north of Indianapolis.  Actors Theatre of Indiana (ATI) is the Center’s resident professional theatre company.

The book for “Chicago the Musical” was written by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse.  The music is by John Kander, with lyrics by Fred Ebb.  Judy Fitzgerald directed ATI’s production.

I loved the intimacy of this production!  I recognized many of the performers from other professional shows in larger venues around town over the years.  It was a treat to be able to see and hear these beloved performers doing their thing up close in a cozy space and in a show that highlights their singing and dancing talents.

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Theatre Review: “Auntie Mame” at Buck Creek, Plus 2011-2012 BCP Season

Last Saturday night I drove to the southeast side of Indianapolis to the Buck Creek Playhouse to see the Buck Creek Players’ production of “Auntie Mame.”  It was written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, based on the 1955 bestselling novel by Patrick Dennis.  It was directed for Buck Creek by Andrew Ranck and produced by Cheryl Kern.

I love the 1974 movie version starring Lucille Ball and I would like to read the novel some day.  Now, after seeing this non-musical stage version, I am fonder than ever of the irrepressible title character and her story. 

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Theatre Review: “Cabaret” by the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre

Last Sunday afternoon I drove to the Marian College campus on the west side of Indianapolis to see the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre’s production of “Cabaret.”   I had never seen this Tony award-winning musical before.

It is so poignant!  Also, both the quality of the performers (all volunteers) and the quality of the design team (all paid professionals) in this production are excellent across the board.  I just stood right up at the end to applaud.

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Season Preview: Indiana Repertory Theatre 2010-2011

Holy smokes!  My first scoop!  The stars are almost never aligned in such a way that I, a part-time theatre blogger, can post something before anyone else does, but I think this time I am first.  Is this what professional journalists feel like?  Oh, scoop, scoop, scoop!

Enough about me, though.  Guess what was in my home email box when I got off work from my day job just now…the following exciting press release from Kelley R. Young, my contact for news about the Indiana Repertory Theatre!  It is the announcement of their 2010-2011 season.

It looks like a good one, don’t you think?

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Dance Review: “Love Is…” by Dance Kaleidoscope

"Love Is..." - Dance Kaleidoscope

Last Thursday night I attended the preview night of Dance Kaleidoscope’s “Love Is…” program at the Indiana Repertory Theatre in downtown Indianapolis.  It was a wonderfully cathartic evening, artistically admirable in and of itself, but also coincidentally a perfect fit for my euphoric, spring-time mood and my emotional and aesthetic needs at the time.  I left feeling washed and ready.

The next day I still felt physically and emotionally uplifted by the experience.  I think this was because the program had incorporated not only strong, graceful dancing and other visuals but also spoken words, sung words, and explicit, well-communicated storytelling in the movements of the dancers (as opposed to abstract emotions.)  Most of it was easy for me to relate to, and yet there was also content that stretched and inspired me. 

The program included four pieces, all of which were new to me.

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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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Season Preview: Theatre on the Square 2009-2010

In Bed With Chuck and Lois at Theatre on the Square

Below is a press release that I received from Executive Artistic Director Ron Spencer on September 2, 2009 about Theatre on the Square’s upcoming season.  I am ashamed to say that I put it in a folder and forgot about it.  I am posting it now (with some bolding added by me and some of the media contact info removed), even though one of the shows is already over, for two reasons:

a)   The librarian in me wants it here on Indy Theatre Habit so that when someone looks in the “Season 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 TOTS’ 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 accompanying this post is from the show that is currently running at TOTS:  “In Bed With Chuck and Lois.” Ron sent me some photos from that show when he sent me the press release for that show.  (Thanks, Ron!)  I am looking forward to seeing this show tomorrow afternoon.

Anyway, here is what is going on at TOTS this season:

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Season Preview: The Theater Within 2010

I received an email last night from The Theater Within’s artstic director, Rod Isaac, announcing their season for 2010.  It looks like a nicely manageable but still intriguing and discussable mix.  There is a spring show, a summer show, and a fall show.

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2009 Indy Fringe: Preview Night Part Two

 

Last night when I sat down at a table at the 2009 Indy Fringe Festival Preview Party, the man sitting diagonally across from me said, “Hey, are you the one that writes that theatre blog?”  I think he had seen me handing my blog card to someone.

Anyway, I admitted to it and he said he enjoyed reading it.  Yay!

Just as he and I and his girlfriend started to chat, I remembered my new video project.  I asked if I could video them.  They said yes, and so now I have video #3 in my Fringe video journal.  (See above.)  Thanks again, Patrick and Jessica!

In the video, Jessica mentions wanting to do a little more research before she decides which shows she wants to see.  I need to do that, too. 

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