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“The Three Musketeers” at IRT, Sept. 20-Oct. 15, 2016

August 19, 2016 Leave a comment

Indiana Repertory Theatre in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Carolyne Holcomb
Indiana Repertory Theatre

Indianapolis—Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) theatre-goers might be delighted to find musketeers off the stage and dueling in front of the historic building for the opening night celebration of The Three Musketeers, which runs September 20 through October 15, 2016, on the OneAmerica Mainstage. 

“Dueling was a mania in France during the era of The Three Musketeers, and the resulting societal cost was high,” said fight choreographer Paul Dennhardt. “We’re approaching twelve duels, brawls and struggles in a way that will emphasize both the adventure and reality of the duels in an exciting, scary, messy, organic and lethal way.” But dueling musketeers aren’t the only thing that will have patrons on the edge of their seats.

The productionunder the direction of Henry Woroniczbrings shadowy lighting to create mystery and intrigue, while illuminating the scenic conventions of 17th century France. Add feather-topped hats, boots and suspenseful, adventure-provoking music and away the production goes!

“Whether you come for the wonderful historic costumes, swashbuckling adventure, multiple romance stories or the historical intrigue, our The Three Musketeers contains it all and will sweep you along in an amazing evening of classic theatre with a lot of flair,” said Artistic Director and co-CEO, Janet Allen.

The IRT celebrates opening night with costumed musketeers and a Grins & Giggles photo booth before the production. Patrons will have an opportunity to explore the set and raise a glass with the cast of The Three Musketeers after the performance.

To learn more about The Three Musketeers and special events visit


What: The Three Musketeers
When: September 20 – October 15, 2016
Where: One America Mainstage, 140 W. Washington Street
Run Time: About 2 hours
Price: Prices start at $25
Age: Recommended for grades 6-12
Content Advisory: The Three Musketeers is an exciting adventure that contains mild language, a bar scene and realistic swordplay.


JEB BURRIS as D’Artagnan




DAN KREMER as Richelieu

ROB JOHANSEN as Rochefort

ROBERT NEAL as Treville










DEVON PAINTER Costume Design
ANN G. WRIGHTSON Lighting Design
BARRY G. FUNDERBURG Sound Design and Composition
PAUL DENNHARDT Fight Direction



Opening Night | September 23, performance at 7:30 PM
Join us as we celebrate the opening night! Watch swordsmen duel in front of the IRT and take a picture with Grins and Giggles photo booth to share with your friends! After the performance, patrons can explore the stage alongside IRT artists and staff, enjoy appetizers and share a champagne toast with the cast.

Post-Show Discussion | October 1, after the 5 PM performance
Join IRT artists for a post-show discussion and learn what it takes to bring The Three Musketeers to life on stage.

IRTea Talk | October 2, after the 2 PM performance
Enjoy cookies and your choice of coffee or tea after the performance, while listening to IRT staff and artists discuss The Three Musketeers set.

Backstage Tour | October 9, after the 2 PM performance
After the performance, join IRT production staff for a backstage tour of The Three Musketeers set.

Happy Hour | October 11, before the 6:30 PM performance
Sun King Brewing Company & New Day Craft come together to host a Happy Hour you don’t want to miss! Come an hour before the performance to enjoy complimentary samples, appetizers and snag half-priced drinks from the bar all night long.

Post-Show Discussion with Jason Kelley, PHD FSA | October 12, after the 7:30 PM performance
Director of IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute and Associate Professor of History in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, Jason Kelley shares a unique perspective of the musketeers: a comparison between 1627, the central year of The Three Musketeers, and 1844, the year of its publication.

Dinner and A Show with The Oceanaire | October 12
Purchase a ticket to see The Three Musketeers and then book a hand-selected three course dinner for two at The Oceanaire for $50! Offer valid with proof of ticket purchase and not to be combined with other offers.

Cookies & Coffee | October 13, performance at 2 PM
Enjoy delicious cookies and your choice of coffee or tea at this matinee, available before the performance and during the intermission.

For more information, visit, or call 317-635-5252.

Founded in 1971, the IRT is the largest and leading fully professional not-for-profit theatre in the state and has grown into one of the leading regional theatres in the country. The mission of IRT is to produce top-quality, professional theatre and related activities, providing experiences that will engage, surprise, challenge and entertain people throughout their lifetimes, helping us build a vital and vibrant community.

Indianapolis Children’s Choir 2016-17 Season

August 19, 2016 Leave a comment

Clowes Memorial Hall hosts the ICC on June 15, 2017. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Heidi Harmon
On behalf of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC), one of Indianapolis’ most recognizable music education and choral, kicks off its 31st season this month.

Season tickets go on sale August 25, 2016, available at

The 2016-2017 Indianapolis Children’s Choir season will be an introduction to a new artistic director, Joshua Pedde, as he takes over for longtime artistic director and founder, Henry Leck.

Pedde said, “From day one of the ICC’s founding, they’ve been known for excellence in choral music and participation in the major cultural events in the community. I will continue that legacy Henry created and help impact music education as much as I can.”

In its 31 years, the ICC has grown from two small choirs to one of the largest choral organizations of its kind, with nearly 20 choirs and many music classes serving more than 3,000 young people from ages 18 months to 18 years. The ICC impacts an additional 2,000 children through its Innovations program, which directly supports music in local schools. ICC singers have traveled to and performed on six continents and in some of the world’s most recognizable venues and events.

In addition to welcoming Pedde to the podium this season, the ICC will celebrate their commitment to educating young people and the power of community in choral music.

The Indianapolis Children’s Choir 31st season performance schedule, venue and choir information is as follows:

Friday, October 28, 2016 | 7pm
Music of the Night – Broadway UMC
Description: The ICC is joined by special guests Echoing Air for a family-friendly, not-so-spooky, Halloween concert. This is an ICC experience like no other!
Participating Choirs: Indianapolis Youth Chorale, Lyric, Chamber, and the Neighborhood Choir Academy

Sunday, October 30, 2016 | 2:30 pm
Sweet Melodies: A Classical Afternoon – St. Joan of Arc Indianapolis
Description: ICC singers showcase music they performed at a recent visit to Carnegie Hall, including Mohammed Fairouz’s Zabur.
Participating Choirs: Bella Voce, Cantantes Angeli, and Bel Canto

Friday and Saturday, December 16 and 17, 2016 | 7pm
Angels Sing – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Description: An Indianapolis Tradition! A chance to celebrate what we all believe during this magical time of year. Angelic voices fill the air and bring the holiday spirit to life. Participating Choirs: Indianapolis Youth Chorale, Bella Voce, Cantantes Angeli and Bel Canto

Saturday, December 17, 2016 | 12:30pm
Celebrate the Season – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Description: ICC’s younger ensembles and regional choirs present a holiday concert that will bring the meaning of the season to your heart.
Participating Choirs: Cantantes Angeli, Bel Canto, Octavo, Boone County Children’s Choir, Carmel Children’s Choir, Fishers Children’s Choir, Franklin Children’s Choir, Hendricks County Children’s Choir, Johnson County Children’s Choir, all Preparatory Choirs and the Neighborhood Choir Academy

Saturday, December 17, 2016 | 3:00pm
Sounds of the Season – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Description: Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle and be enveloped in the spirit of the season.
Participating Choirs: Indianapolis Youth Chorale, Kantorei, Lyric, and Chamber

Sunday, March 12, 2017| 3pm
Tapestry of Song – Hilbert Circle Theatre
Description: Hear the ICC’s younger voices harken back to the era of swing and big band in this fun-filled performance!
Participating Choirs: Kantorei, Lyric, Chamber, Octavo, Boone County Children’s Choir, Carmel Children’s Choir, Fishers Children’s, Franklin Children’s Choir, Hendricks County Children’s Choir, Johnson County Children’s Choir, and the Neighborhood Choir Academy

Sunday, March 12, 2017| 7pm
Voices of Youth – Hilbert Circle Theatre
Description: The ICC transforms the Hilbert Circle Theatre stage into a 1940’s dance hall in this celebration of swing and big band music!
Participating Choirs: Indianapolis Youth Chorale, Bella Voce, Cantantes Angeli, and Bel Canto

Saturday May 13, 2017| 3pm & 7pm
In Harmony – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Description: Hear the sounds of the ICC as they highlight music from around the world with special guests the New World Symphony Orchestra.
3pm Participating Choirs: Cantantes Angeli, Bel Canto, Lyric, Boone County Children’s Choir and Preparatory Choir, Franklin Children’s Choir and Preparatory Choir, Johnson County Children’s Choir and Preparatory Choir, Hendricks County Children’s Choir and Preparatory Choir, and Henry County Preparatory Choir
7pm Participating Choirs: Cantantes Angeli, Bel Canto, Kantorei, Octavo, Carmel Children’s Choir and Preparatory Choir, Fishers Children’s Choir and Preparatory Choir, Butler Preparatory Choirs and the Neighborhood Choir Academy

Sunday May 21, 2017 l 3 pm
Hear Our Song- Christel DeHaan Center (tentative location)
Description: The ICC’s most experienced singers are celebrated and honored for their dedication to the highest level of choral performance.
Participating Choirs: Indianapolis Youth Chorale, Bella Voce

Thursday, June 15, 2017 | 7pm
Choral Festival – Clowes Memorial Hall
Description: An incredible concert that showcases both older and younger singers of the ICC. Choral Fest campers, singing songs they mastered in just five days, share the stage with several hundred ICC singers. Simply amazing!
Participating Choirs: Cantantes Angeli, Bel Canto, Kantorei, Lyric, Chamber, and Festival Singers

Individual tickets will go on sale October 12, 2016

About Indianapolis Children’s Choir
Currently in its 31st season, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir has grown to become one of the largest children’s choirs in the world. Founded by Artistic Director Emeritus Henry Leck and currently led by Joshua Pedde, the ICC serves more than 5,000 Central Indiana children from pre-school age through high school. The Indianapolis Children’s Choir nurtures and inspires student achievement through quality music education and the pursuit of artistic excellence in choral music performance. For more information, visit

Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park, Aug. 27, 2016

August 13, 2016 Leave a comment

Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park in Indianapolis, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Kay Feeney-Caito
On behalf of the Feast of Lanterns

The Feast of Lanterns annual, family-friendly festival organized by the Lanterns Foundation Inc. is slated for Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, from 4:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. at Spades Park, 1800 Block of Nowland Avenue, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Admission is free.

This colorful and visually-appealing one-day festival features glowing lanterns, food trucks, live music from local and national bands, a kids zone, community vendors, artists, yoga, a beer garden, and more. Festival attendees can enjoy the event after dark when one can see and enjoy the lanterns and lights throughout the festival.

The Feast of Lanterns Festival is host to over 30 local artists with items for sale, neighborhood organizations, games, and performances. Food trucks include Duos, Citizen Hash, Calliope Sno Balls, Cosmic Chrome, Gauchos Fire, General American Donut Company, Taste of Caribbean, Der Pretzel Wagen, Kickstand The Flying Cupcake, Gordon’s Ice Cream and more. The beer garden will feature Metazoa, Flat 12 Bierworks, Ash & Elm Cider Company and Tastings Wine.

Live music features Damon Karl, The Punkin Holler Boys, Busman’s Holiday, Bonessetters, Rodney Stepp & The Steppin’ Out Band featuring Steve Cooper and The Pork and Beans Brass Band.

Feast of Lanterns is sponsored by John Boner Neighborhood Centers, Eskenazi Health, Pearl Street Pizzeria & Pub, Near Eastside Area Renewal, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and the Tick Tock Lounge.

FREE parking will be available at Circle City Industrial Complex located at 1125 Brookside Ave. Park free and walk down the new Pogue’s Run Trail to Spades Park and the Feast of Lanterns.

All are invited to bring family and friends and be a part of over a decade of community tradition. For more information, visit

Stipends Available to Indiana Nonprofits

August 13, 2016 Leave a comment

By Kristen Fuhs Wells
Indiana Humanities

INDIANAPOLIS (August 12, 2016)—Nonprofit organizations can apply for a $100 stipend to host a film screening and community discussion about the past, present and future of Indiana.

In celebration of Indiana’s Bicentennial and its Next Indiana thematic initiative, Indiana Humanities collaborated with WFYI Public Media to create a special episode of the documentary film series Hoosiers: The Story of Indiana.

Entitled “The Next Indiana,” the episode captures the unique moment in 2016 as Hoosiers look back and celebrate the state’s rich history, as well as look forward and imagine Indiana’s future.

A companion discussion guide, created by Indiana Humanities, is available to the public for free and can be downloaded at It includes tips for starting conversations, finding great facilitators and leading meaningful discussions.

“The film is a great jumping off point for thoughtful, open-ended and imaginative conversations about Indiana’s future,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “You’ll meet people from across the state who are committed to making their communities better and they’re hopeful about the future. We think the remarkable and inspiring stories are worth talking about with friends and neighbors.”

Hoosiers: The Story of Indiana explores Indiana’s 200-year history through the descendants of ordinary Hoosiers who lived through extraordinary times. Hosted by historian Dr. James Madison, the four-part series dives into Indiana’s most pivotal moments.

The Next Indiana episode features Hoosiers who are taking on today’s biggest challenges—changes in industry and agriculture, population growth and decline, planning for a high-tech future—so that their communities are more resilient and prepared for the future.

“We at WFYI are proud to offer the insightful documentary, Hoosiers: The Story of Indiana, as a window into the history of our state and its people. The final episode, The Next Indiana, in particular, truly lends itself to dialogue about what we want for Indiana’s next chapter. We look forward to the conversation,” said Clayton Taylor, vice president of television production, WFYI.

Schools, libraries, community centers and other tax-exempt organizations interested in hosting a public screening of episode four of Hoosiers: The Story of Indiana and subsequent discussion can apply for the $100 stipend to pay for items like food and beverage, a room rental fee, or for a facilitator.

Awarded organizations will also receive a copy of “The Next Indiana” episode to host the public screening and discussion between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016. Stipends will be awarded on a rolling basis and awarded to communities based on criteria outlined in the application.

To apply to host a program and receive a stipend, visit The film will run on public media stations across the state this fall; check local listings for dates and times.

About Indiana Humanities
Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk. Learn more at

About WFYI
As a PBS and NPR member station that also produces local and original content, WFYI Public Media serves the public through six 24/7 digital broadcast services. WFYI Public Radio operates on two distinct stations – 90.1 FM and 90.1 HD2 The Point, while WFYI Public Television operates three DTV services (20.1, 20.2 and 20.3). Through intentional community engagement, WFYI has a strong education component, particularly as a hub for the public media initiative American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, and an ongoing public presence as an organization that amplifies the voices of our community. Learn more at

Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour in Indianapolis, Aug. 6, 2016

August 4, 2016 Leave a comment
By Evily Giannopoulos
Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour
WHAT: Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour Presented by ROUSH: The longest-running professional wakeboard circuit in the industry is coming to Indianapolis for the final stop of the 2016 season on Saturday, Aug. 6,2016. The world’s top wakeboarders and wakesurfers will be in town to compete for the overall series title.
This is the first time in five years the tour will host an event at Precedent Office Park, one of the most-revered venues in water sports.
Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (schedule here)
Precedent Office Park
9315 Delegates Row
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Adults – $5 online, $10 at the gate; $5 for children ages 6-12
Buy tickets, see schedule, get more info at
ABOVE: Photos provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.