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“A Night in India” at Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, June 9-10, 2017

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Image provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Michael Davidson
On behalf of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre presents A NIGHT IN INDIA at The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts, June 9-10, 2017 at 7 pm.

India keeps drawing Mr. Hancock back to its vibrant landscape and culture. After arriving home to Carmel, Indiana last December after his seventh trip to India, GHDT’s Artistic Director Mr. Gregory Hancock is as energized as ever to share his experiences and inspirational discoveries with theater audiences.

“The scope and variety of Indian arts are vast and diverse, and I feel I have only tapped into an extremely small portion of them. I want to share my appreciation for this culture with our GHDT audiences,” Mr. Hancock explains.

The intriguing stories of India’s art, culture and history will forever provoke his thoughts and its richness has naturally sparked his imagination once again to create a work of art filled with stunning music, dance, costumes and theatre sets.

This production will capture the beauty and diversity of this interesting country. As choreographer and storyteller, Mr. Hancock will premiere new works during this performance in addition to presenting other popular company repertoire pieces with Indian flare.

A mix of Eastern and Western music and dance will complement the romantic and dramatic tales of this region. As costumer, he is selecting, designing and constructing costumes and jewelry to enhance the visual authenticity of the evening. As teacher, he will inspire and direct over 20 professional and pre-professional dancers to bring their artistry to the stage.

As artistic director, he will mold all theatrical elements into a one breathtaking 2-hour experience. This is a must-see performance at The Tarkington that will appeal to audiences of all ages.

To complement the evening, an Indian Market will be open in the theatre’s lobby prior to each performance.

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is the resident professional dance company at The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.

For more information, visit http://gregoryhancockdancetheatre.org/, or call 317-844-2660. Tickets: 317-843-3800.

“The Cay” at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Jan. 28 to Feb. 26, 2017

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

By Carolyne Holcomb
Indiana Repertory Theatre

Indianapolis—Amid a war-torn 1942, a young white boy and an older black man find themselves stranded on a Caribbean island in the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s (IRT) The Cay, on the Upperstage from January 28 through February 26, 2017.

In this story of opposites, The Cay follows a friendship that blossoms despite racial division as Phillip (played by Dalyn Stewart) and Timothy (played by David Alan Anderson) learn that without each other, neither will survive. Together, the duo brings Theodore Taylor’s award-winning novel to life and share that despite age, upbringing or race, friendship can be found in the most unlikely of places.

Taking place on a set that brings to life a variety of circumstances and locations, the characters survive being stranded at sea, tossed amidst a hurricane and deserted on an island. Geoffrey Ehrendreich, IRT Properties Manager, believes the complexity and creativity of the set to be the best work of the season.

“My favorite theatre is when you have to use your imagination, and this production encourages just that,” said director and IRT dramaturg, Richard J Roberts, revealing that the sound effects have been created using musical instruments and the props, including two giant palm trees, have been fashioned from items one might find washed ashore after a shipwreck.

“This production asks the audience to look beyond the surface reality of stage objects and imagine a world of natural wonders, just as the characters must look beyond their personal differences and see the possibilities of friendship,” said Roberts.

Celebrate the New Year, with new friendships found only in the IRT’s The Cay. Learn more about this production by visiting http://irtlive.com, or call 317-635-5252.

DETAILS

What: The Cay, by Theodore Taylor, adapted by Gayle Cornelison
When: January 28 – February 26, 2017
Where: IRT Upperstage | 140 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana
Run Time: 80 minutes, no intermission
Age: Recommended for patrons in 4th grade and older
Content themes: Racism and social status, friendship, violence, World War II, man and the natural world, sacrifice, family, coming-of-age and mortality.

Phoenix Theatre Brew-Ha-Ha, June 18, 2016

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Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Olivia Hinkel
Phoenix Theatre

The Phoenix Theatre will hold its 21st annual craft beer festival, Brew-Ha-Ha, on Saturday, June 18, 2016, 3:00-7:00 PM. The event is open to individuals ages 21 and older.

Sample the region’s finest microbrews and craft beers, enjoy live music all afternoon long, and indulge in great food at Indy’s original beer sampling event.

Proceeds from Brew-Ha-Ha support the Phoenix Theatre. Corporate sponsors for this year’s event are The Doug Dilling Team at Unite Real Estate and Williams Creek Consulting.

THE EVENT
Brew-Ha-Ha provides an outdoor block party atmosphere in the 700 block of North Park Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and East St. Clair Street in downtown Indianapolis’ historic Chatham Arch neighborhood, with the street traffic rerouted for the event. Live entertainment is provided all afternoon by local bands The Underhills, Jon Strahl Band, and Monkey Fightin’ Snakes. Brew-Ha-Ha is held rain or shine.

BEER AND FOOD
Brew-Ha-Ha attracts the area’s finest microbrewers and craft beer distributors each year. This year, dozens of breweries from all over Indiana have been confirmed, including some new to the festival. For a full list of the brewers in attendance, visit the “News and Events” page of http://phoenixtheatre.org/.

Participating food vendors this year include King David Dogs, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and Punch Burger.

THE BANDS

The Underhills

Weaving together guitars, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and electric bass, The Underhills evoke the folk music traditions of Appalachia, while experimenting with motifs and grooves that draw influence from The Grateful Dead, The Beatles, Bob Marley, D’Angelo, John Hartford, Bach, and Vivaldi. Inspired by the wooded hills of southern Indiana, this seven-piece outfit uses intricate string arrangements, rich vocal harmonies, and modern songwriting styles to create a sound that is uniquely their own.

Jon Strahl Band

Jon Strahl Band is an Indianapolis, IN based Blues, Rock, and Soul act, which over the past few years has built a grass roots following in the Central Indiana region. With the release of their first full-length album, The Ladder, and on the strength of their crowd-pleasing live shows, their reputation continues to grow in leaps and bounds. The band takes a no-frills approach to their music, focusing on musicianship and soulfulness to get their point across. Taking cues from the Chicago, Mississippi , and Texas Blues traditions, and the Soul influence of Stax Records and Muscle Shoals, they have blended the old-school and the modern to create a sound all their own.

Monkey Fightin’ Snakes

In 2009, Stupid Nasty Angry Knights of the Evil Science (S.N.A.K.E.S.) began their conquest to consume the world with obnoxious conformity. They infiltrated the music business, embedding clandestine messages in the ‘out-tune’ vocals and repetitive beats of popular music. Thus, Mankind’s Only Non-Knights of Evil Yuck (M.O.N.K.E.Y.) was formed to fight SNAKES at its core: with straightforward, in-your-face rock and roll. One six string, one four string, one kit and one voice combine to stamp out the evil yuck. Over the years, fighters have been lost in battle, but Totin’ Todd (six string) and Marauding Mike (four string) have managed to survive. This summer, they are joined by recent recruits Raucous Rachelle on vocals and Rambunctious Rod on the kit. To protect its Monkey fightin’ members from Snake harm, they have periodically been forced to operate under pseudonym. Nevertheless, for seven straight years, Monkey Fightin’ Snakes has bombarded Brew-Ha-Ha with its electric attack on obnoxious conformity.

TICKETS
Tickets for Brew-Ha-Ha are on sale now. Tickets are $30 per person if purchased before the day of the event and will be $40 on the day of the event.

VIP tickets are on sale now and are $50. VIP admission starts at 2:00 PM, an hour before regular admission. VIP tickets are only available before the day of the events and are limited in quantity. Tickets for Designated Drivers are $10.

Tickets are available online at http://phoenixtheatre.org/ or by calling the Box Office at 317-635-7529.

2016-17 Season at The Center for the Performing Arts

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The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Anne O’Brien
The Center for the Performing Arts

The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana announces its 2016-2017 season, presented by Allied Solutions. Highlights include:

* Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis
* Alan Cumming
* The Yellowjackets
* Sara Evans
* Havana Cuba All-Stars
* Lang Lang
* Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
* Anoushka Shankar
* Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra
* Joan Baez
* Official Blues Brothers Revue

Subscriptions on sale Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Carmel, Ind. (April 25, 2016) – President and CEO Tania Castroverde Moskalenko and Artistic Director Michael Feinstein today unveiled the 2016-17 Season, presented by Allied Solutions, during a special gathering at the Palladium for subscribers and donors.

The 2016-17 season at the Center for the Performing Arts will feature six subscription series, including: Printing Partners Classical, The Stratford Songbook, Jazz, Country, World Stage and Dance. In addition, the Center will present Drewry Simmons Vornehm Pop/Blues/Folk, University of Indianapolis Spotlight, Family and Holiday performances.

Highlights of the season includes performances by Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, Alan Cumming, the Yellowjackets, Sara Evans, Havana Cuba All-Stars, Lang Lang, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Anoushka Shankar, Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Joan Baez, and the Official Blues Brothers Revue and more.

The Center’s annual Songbook Celebration Gala presented by Krieg DeVault returns in October and the second annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza returns in December.

New this year, the Center has increased subscriber benefits. Now, save 20-30% on tickets in a subscription series, and 15% on Create Your Own series. The 15-20% subscriber discount can be applied to any additional performances throughout the Center Presents 2016-17 season presented by Allied Solutions, including just-added performances.

“The Center has prepared a sensational lineup awaiting your discovery. From powerful classical recitals and orchestral performances, to exhilarating Songbook and Broadway showcases, from hand-clapping and foot-stomping pop rock, and blues bands, to awe-inspiring family friendly presentations, the season ahead is filled with incredible talent and flair. We look forward to sharing the season with the community and will continue, as always, to announce new performances throughout the year,” said Moskalenko.

Subscriptions are on sale Tuesday, April 26, beginning at 6 a.m. online and 10 a.m at the Palladium box office window and by phone at 317-843-3800 or toll-free at 877-909-2787. The season lineup will be outlined in full on the Center for the Performing Arts’ website:www.TheCenterPresents.org.

“The 2016-17 Season presented by Allied Solutions” includes:
Printing Partners Classical Series

Lang Lang
Tue., September 27 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

Russian String Orchestra
Sat., October 29 at 8pm | The Palladium

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Fri., December 9 at 8pm | The Palladium

Prague Philharmonia Orchestra
Fri., January 20 at 8pm | The Palladium

Venice Baroque Orchestra with Nicola Benedetti, Violin
Sat., February 18 at 8pm | The Palladium

Direct from Kiev, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Fri., March 3 at 8pm | The Palladium

The Stratford Songbook Series
2016 Songbook Academy Finals
Sat., July 23 at 7pm | The Palladium

Up, Up, & Away: Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. and The Next Dimension
Fri., September 23 at 8pm | The Palladium

Alan Cumming
Sat., December 3 at 8pm | The Palladium

Neil Berg’s “101 Years of Broadway”
Sat., January 21 at 8pm | The Palladium

Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra:
By George! The Pops Play Gershwin
Sun., April 2 at 7pm | The Palladium

Michael Feinstein with Special Guest
Sat., April 29 at 8pm | The Palladium

Jazz Series

Arturo Sandoval
Fri. September 30 at 8pm | The Palladium

Dr. John “The Spirit of Satch”
with Nicholas Payton
Sat., November 19 at 8pm | The Palladium

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Mon., December 5 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

The Yellowjackets
Fri., February 24 at 8pm | The Palladium

Joey Alexander Trio
Sat., March 25 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels Featuring Bill Frisell
with Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland & Greg Leisz
Thur., April 20 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

Country Series A

Scotty McCreery
Fri., September 9 at 8pm | The Palladium

LeAnn Rimes
Sun., October 2 at 7pm | The Palladium

Sara Evans
Fri., February 3 at 8pm | The Palladium

The Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, and “Ranger Doug” Green
Fri., April 28 at 8pm | The Palladium

More Country Music! This year, the Center is adding more country performances and offering two Country Series packages. Subscribe now to the Country Series A. Stay tuned later this season for an additional package, Country Series B, for even more artists and discounts!

World Stage Series

Ballet Folklorico “Quetzalli” de Veracruz
Sun., September 25 at 7pm | The Palladium

Havana Cuba All-Stars
Fri., November 4 at 8pm | The Palladium

Danú: An Evening of Celtic Music
Fri., March 10 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Anoushka Shankar
Fri., March 24 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Simon Shaheen
Sat., April 8 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Dance Series

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
September 23 & 24 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Koresh Dance Company
25th Anniversary Celebration
November 11 & 12 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Russian National Ballet Theatre
January 13 & 14 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Ballet Hispanico
March 17 & 18 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Drewry Simmons Vornehm Pop/Blues/Folk Performances

The Official Blues Brothers Revue
Sat., August 27 at 8pm | The Palladium

George Thorogood & The Destroyers
Sat., September 17 at 8pm | The Palladium

An Evening with Joan Baez
Thur., October 20 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

R.E.M.’s Mike Mills’ Concerto
for Violin, Rock Band, and Orchestra
Sat., November 5 at 8pm | The Palladium

“1964 the Tribute” – Celebrating the Beatles
Sat., February 17 at 8pm | The Palladium

Family Performances

Leela – The Divine Play
Sat., October 1 at 7pm | The Tarkington

Shaolin Warriors
Sat., March 18 at 8pm | The Palladium

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo LIVE!
Sun., April 23 at 1pm & 4pm | The Palladium

CNO Financial Indiana Music Series

Purdue Glee Club & Purduettes
Sat., September 24 at 8pm | The Palladium

University of Indianapolis Spotlight Performances

Reduced Shakespeare Co.
The Complete History of America (abridged): Election Edition
Fri., September 30 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Jake Shimabukuro
Mon., November 7 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

Five Irish Tenors
Sat., February 4 at 8pm | The Palladium

Vienna Boys Choir
Sat., March 4 at 8pm | The Palladium

Holiday Performances

Sandi Patty Christmas
Fri., December 2 at 8pm | The Palladium

Dave Koz & Friends Holiday
Thur., December 8 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

Home Free Holiday
Thur., December 15 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

Special Events

2016 Songbook Celebration Gala presented by Krieg DeVault
Sat., October 15 | The Palladium

New Years Eve Extravaganza
Sat., December 31 at 8pm | The Palladium

“The Mousetrap” at IRT, Apr. 26-May 22, 2016

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Indiana Repertory Theatre. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Carolyne Holcomb
Indiana Repertory Theatre

The Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) presents the world’s longest running stage play The Mousetrap by English crime novelist and playwright Agatha Christie from April 26 to May 22, 2016 on the OneAmerica Mainstage.

The Mousetrap is the story of Mollie and Giles Ralston, two newlyweds who have inherited a beautiful but high maintenance country manor. Against their better judgment, they decide to turn it into a hotel. After their visitors arrive, a blizzard traps them inside the home and where among them, a murderer stalks.

“This production magnetizes people. It welcomes mystery aficionados, has impeccable scenery and costumes and above all, incredible acting,” said Janet Allen, IRT executive artistic director and CEO. “When we produced The Mousetrap in the 80’s it was tremendous fun and we deserve to experience this treat all over again.”

Infusing the production with new life is IRT associate artistic director Courtney Sale, who says that directing The Mousetrap is exactly why she came to the IRT. “The Mousetrap is risk-taking artistry. I look at this production and realize what a great gift it is to be positioned in this way,” said Sale. “This play is fun, surprising, fulfilling and the artistic world is large and interesting enough that we can take a very different approach every time we produce something that has previously been on stage.”

While exploring how to recreate The Mousetrap, Sale –alongside the creative team—constantly pushed how grand the production could be in order to generate attention, connection and resentment. “The audience and characters must feel disoriented, so we created places for people stay, hide and crawl – even a window for a skier to reach from the outside,” said Sale. “Maximizing this pressure in a grandiose setting was our goal.”

The incredibly ornate “Downton Abbey-meets-Hogwarts” inspired set, designed by Butler University professor Rob Koharchick, features details that indicate something is awry. That uneasy feeling is reinforced through the production’s sound cues created by nationally accomplished composer, musician and sound designer David Dabbon.

“Dabbon has created evocative piano pieces specifically for the IRT that are both moving and suspenseful and will be an incredible accompaniment to the work we present on stage,” said Sale.

Celebrating outrageous characters and an intense sleuth, this award-winning play soon celebrates its 64th birthday, but hasn’t lost a beat with age. Part drawing room comedy and part murder mystery, The Mousetrap is a doubled-barreled whodunit full of twists and surprises.

DETAILS
WHAT: The Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie
WHERE: 140 W. Washington Street | OneAmerica Mainstage
WHEN: April 26 – May 22
TICKETS: $25 – 59
AGE: Recommended for audiences in 7th grade and older due to mild language
LEARN MORE: www.irtlive.com
VIEW THE PROGRAM

CAST & THE CREATIVE TEAM

RYAN ARTZBERGER | Giles Ralston
CASSANDRA BISSELL | Molly Ralston
JAN LUCAS | Mrs. Boyle
JÜRGEN HOOPER | Christopher Wren
JENNIFER JOHANSEN | Miss Casewell
ROBERT NEAL | Major Metcalf
CHARLES PASTERNAK | Det. Sgt. Trotter
HENRY WORONICZ | Mr. Paravicini
COURTNEY SALE | Director
ROB KOHARCHIK | Scenic Design
ALISON HERYER |Costume Design
MICHELLE HABECK | Lighting Design
TODD MACK REISCHMAN | Sound Design
DAVID DABBON | Composer

SPECIAL EVENTS
• Preview Performance – All tickets $25
4/26 at 7:30 PM
4/27 at 6:30 PM
4/28 at 7:30 PM
5/7 at 9 PM

• Opening Night Performance
4/29 at 7 PM
Join us for a post-show reception and champagne toast with the cast.

• Backstage Tour – after the performance
5/6 at 7:30 PM

• IRTea Talk | ASL/AD – Tea & cookies after the performance & discussion with IRT artists
5/8 at 2 PM

• Mother’s Day Brunch
5/8 at 12:30 PM
$60 includes a ticket to The Mousetrap and brunch before the performance. To book contact the ticket office at 317.635.5252. Limited availability.

• Post-Show Discussion with IRT artists
5/14 at 8 PM

• Happy Hour Series
5/17 at 5:30 PM
Complimentary drinks from Sun King Brewing and New Day Craft plus 1/2 priced bar drinks all night long!

• Dinner & Show at The Oceanaire
5/18 at 5 PM
To book contact the ticket office at 317.635.5252. Tickets $75 per person and include one ticket to The Mousetrap and a three-course, hand-selected dinner.

• Cookies & Coffee Matinee & Post-show discussion
5/19 at 2 PM
Join us for cookies from Vanilla Bean Bakery and coffee before and during intermission of The Mousetrap

CALENDAR
Tuesday, April 26 at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 27 at 6:30 PM
Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 PM
Friday, April 29 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 30 at 1 & 5 PM
Sunday, May 01 at 2 PM
Friday, May 06 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 07 at 5 & 9 PM
Sunday, May 08 at 2 PM
Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 PM
Friday, May 13 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 14 at 4 & 8 PM
Sunday, May 15 at 2 & 6 PM
Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30PM
Wednesday, May 18 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, May 19 at 2 & 7:30 PM
Friday, May 20 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 21 at 2 & 6 PM
Sunday, May 22 at 2 PM