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Spotlight 2015 at Clowes Memorial Hall, May 11, 2015

March 16, 2015 Leave a comment
Clowes Memorial Hall.

Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Lisa Sirkin Vielee
On behalf of Spotlight 2015

Tickets are now on sale for the Deborah J. Simon and Wayne P. Zink present Spotlight 2015, returning to Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University on Monday, May 11, 2015, at 8 pm. For the first time in the event’s history, every seat in the house is $25.

“We want to share this fabulous showcase of the arts with as many people as possible, which is why we have made the performance even more affordable,” said Betty Wilson, President & CEO of The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis, which operates the Indiana AIDS Fund.

“Every seat is $25, from the front row to the balconies. It is our goal to fill Clowes Memorial Hall to show our appreciation for the wonderfully talented arts organizations in our city who perform to remind us of the continued need to fight the spread of HIV in our state.”

Since the early 1990s, the Indianapolis performing arts’ community has donated its time and talent to raise money for HIV testing and treatment as prevention. The evening has grown to be the largest HIV-fundraiser of its kind in Indiana. It also is the only night to experience the wide variety of the Indianapolis performing arts scene all on one stage.

“We have assembled such a fantastic and diverse group of performers for Spotlight 2015, who once again are all donating their performances for this important event,” said David Hochoy, artistic director for Dance Kaleidoscope and the annual Spotlight event.

The performance line-up for Spotlight 2015 includes:

“Andrea Merlyn” (Taylor Martin) from Indy Magic Monthly @ Theatre on the Square (NEW!)

Ballet Theatre of Carmel at Performer’s Edge (NEW!)

Ballet Theatre of Indiana (NEW!)

Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre

Brothers United/The Ball Project (NEW!)

Dance Kaleidoscope

Indiana Ballet Conservatory (NEW!)

Indiana Repertory Theatre

Indianapolis Children’s Choir

Indianapolis Opera

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Indy Pride Bag Ladies

Phoenix Theatre

Steven Stolen from The Meridian Project

(performance line-up subject to change)

In addition to the performers, all the technicians and stagehands donate their time and talent, including the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees of Local 30 and the American Federal of Musician’s – Local #3.

As a result, nearly 90 cents of every dollar raised from the event goes toward grantmaking for HIV testing and treatment as prevention.

Tickets for this spectacular night of music, dance, theater and, for the first time, magic and vogueing are now on sale. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Clowes Hall box office, at all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-982-2787.

With a $125 donation, guests also can attend a pre-performance VIP Party at 6 p.m. at the Schrott Center.

All proceeds from Spotlight 2015 will benefit the Indiana AIDS Fund, a program of The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis. For more information about the event, visit http://www.spotlightindy.org/.

Title sponsors for Spotlight 2015 are Wayne P. Zink and Deborah J. Simon. The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis and Efroymson Family Fund, a CICF Fund are presenting sponsors.

Spotlight 2014 at Clowes Hall, May 19

April 30, 2014 Leave a comment
Clowes Memorial Hall

Clowes Memorial Hall. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Lisa Sirkin Vielee
On behalf of Spotlight 2014
http://spotlightindy.org/

For the 20th year, the Indianapolis performing arts community is coming together on one night to raise money for the Indiana AIDS Fund with a gala performance at Deborah J. Simon and Wayne P. Zink present Spotlight 2014.

David Hochoy, artistic director for Spotlight 2014, has announced the program for Monday, May 19, 2014, at Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University, 4602 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana. The program includes six new performances, including one world premiere, but many previous performers are not in the line-up. The full program is listed below, in the order it will be presented.

“As the Indianapolis performing arts community grows, we are continuously approached by new groups who want to be a part of Spotlight,” Hochoy said. “In order to showcase the breadth of the arts and to keep the show to a manageable length, we’ve had to break the show into two groups, one which you’ll see on stage this year and a completely different line up of performers next year.”

Brenda Williams featuring the Pride of Indy Jazz Ensemble

“Seven Day Fool” by B. Gordy Jr. and Sonny Wilson, Arranged by D. Smith
Vocals: Brenda Williams
Conductor: Chris Forsythe

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre
Gepetto and The Cricket Duet from “PINOCCHIO”
Choreography:Gregory Hancock
Music: Ludavico Einaudi

Q Artistry
Excerpts from ZirkusGrimm

Motus Dance
Displaced
Choreography: Ashley Benninghoff

The Fourth Wall
“Little Match Girl” by Brett Abigaña

Bobdirex Productions
“Aquarius” from Hair by James Rado, Gerome Ragni & Galt MacDermot
Director: Bob Harbin
Musical Director: Trevor Fanning
Choreographer: Kenny Shepard

I AM TASHA JONES
“Dear God”
Original Poetry by Tasha Jones

Indianapolis Men’s Chorus
“Turn it Off” from The Book of Mormon by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone
Director: Greg Sanders

No Exit Performance
The Sermon,” a scene from Swan Lake

Indianapolis School of Ballet
Diamanté (World Premiere)
Choreography: Victoria Lyras
Music: “Palladio for String Orchestra: Allegretto”byKarl Jenkins

Kenyettá Dance Company and Nicholas Owens Dance Company
Messing Around
Music of Ray Charles

David Murray, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
“Capriccio #2” by David Anderson

John Michael Goodson, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Shadow Box by Michael Cristopher

Doug Dilling
“Bring Him Home” from Les Misérables by Claude-Michel Schönberg & Alain Boublil

Asia LaBouche of “The Ladies of Legends at Talbott Street”
“Wings” by Little Mix

Begun in the early 1990s as PARTners Performing for Life, Spotlight has grown into the largest fundraising event of its kind in the Midwest. Last year Spotlight netted more than $367,000. Because everyone associated with Spotlight – from the performers and stagehands to the lighting crew and marketing staff – donate their time, nearly 90 cents of every dollar raised from the event goes toward grantmaking for HIV testing and treatment as prevention.

Tickets for this spectacular night of music, dance, theater and spoken word performances are $25, $50 and $150 and are available at the Clowes Hall box office, at all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-982-2787.  The $150 VIP ticket includes a pre-performance reception at 5:30 p.m. at the Schrott Center.

For more information about the event, visit www.spotlightindy.org, or call 317-940-6444.

Presenting sponsors for Spotlight 2014 include Wayne P. Zink; Deborah J. Simon; The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis; Efroymson Family Fund, a CICF Fund; and WFYI.