News: “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” Returns to Civic (also a brief word about “Annie”)

Guess what? The Indianapolis Civic Theatre’s production of “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” is coming back for a week in October with the original cast from last April!   You know me: I don’t usually get excited about shows for kids but I am excited about this one because of who is in it.   The cast includes Phillip Armstrong, Craig Underwood, Diane Tsao Boehm, Mark Fishback, and Rebecca DeVries McConnell (seen left to right in photo above) plus Claire Wilcher.   I was sorry to have missed this production last April.  October is going to be a crazy-busy month, but I would like to take advantage of this second chance, if I can.

Below is the press release that Margaret Henney of the Three-Sixty Group sent me for this show.  (Margaret is Civic’s PR coordinator):

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Word of Mouth and Mailbox

As always, there was a lot going on in terms of live theatre in the Indianapolis area last weekend and I have a lot in my email box about events coming up. 

Here is my writing plan for the next few days:

  • Word of Mouth and Mailbox (today’s post)
  • IndyFringe DivaFest Overview
  • Spotlight 2010 For the Record
  • Theatre Review: “Dash Thirty Dash” at IndyFringe DivaFest
  • Theatre Review: “Madwomen’s Late Night Cabaret” at IndyFringe DivaFest
  • Theatre Review: “Always Patsy Cline” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre.  (And since this show runs through June 6, 2010, I will tell you right away that whether or not you are a country music fan, this show is a treat.  It is a satisfying musical tribute to the late Patsy Cline, but it also a moving and funny show about friendship and the power of musical storytelling in general.  Plus there are lots of beautiful dresses.)
  • If I have time, something related to the copious, compulsive notes I took at the Steven Dietz interview last month and the DivaFest panel of advisors this month.

In the meantime, here are a few items from last weekend’s gallivanting and from my email box, in random order:

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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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Indianapolis Civic Theatre’s 2008-2009 Season

Ulrike Steinert, Director of Marketing for the Indianapolis Civic Theatre, sent me the following information about their upcoming season and asked me to post it in my event calendar.  I don’t have an events calendar, but I do have a “Season Previews” category here on my blog, and a Search box.  I am going to post her list right here where I (and you) can find it easily:

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Theatre Review: “My Way” at the Indianapolis Civic

From left: Katy Gentry, Troy Johnson, Tobin Strader, and Annette “Missie” Hirsch in “My Way.”This afternoon I drove over to Marian College to see the Indianapolis Civic Theatre’s production of “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra.”  It was conceived by David Grapes and Todd Olson.  Civic’s production was directed and choreographed by Cynthia Collins, with music direction by Terry Woods and orchestra management by Al French.


Today was the last performance, so I know you won’t be using this review to help you decide whether or not to go see this show.  However, I would like to write about it anyway, just because.

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