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Open-air market, crafts, art show, exhibits, apple auction, carnival, and Air Force band concert. Ghost Tours on the Square Oct. Hear ghost stories and take a tour on a covered wagon. Independence Square. Curtain Up! Performance celebrates the songwriters who shaped the Broadway musical.

Quality Hill Playhouse. Wine tastings, jazz performances, arts, and crafts. Elms Resort and Spa. Noon9 PM. Watkins Woolen Mill State Park. Free except tours. Festival of Arts, Crafts, and Music Oct. Traditional arts and crafts. Missouri Town Oktoberfest Oct. Historic downtown. Applefest Oct. Main Street.

Antique Show Oct. Variety of antiques and collectibles. Platte County High School. Free donations for run and chili. Missouri Day Oct. More than 40 bands march in a parade and competition, flea market, arts, crafts, car show, and quilt show. Grundy County Fairgrounds. Living History Festival Oct. Wagon rides, apple butter, steam engines, and American Indian drumming. Antique Show Grounds. Dog walk, obedience match, agility runs, frisbee competition, and demonstrations. Kemper Outdoor Education Center. Donation of dog food accepted. Pony Express Pumpkinfest Oct.

Cemetery Tour Oct. Friends of the historic Anderson House portray people buried in the Machpelah Cemetery. Battle of Lexington State Historic Site. Octoberfest OCT. For more information, call or visit www. Family Fun, By Nature. We are Clinton, Missouri; where small town life is still alive and well. This Golden Valley in which we live offers a multitude of opportunities for you to connect with our natural surroundings, so if you are a hunter or fisher, biker or hiker, or even a professional shopper, come see what Historic Clinton has to offer.

Visit our amazing Henry County Museum, dine with us, and let us show you that We are Clinton, and we are great people, by nature. Juried show featuring oil and acrylic paintings. Artists reception Oct. Candlelight Homes Tour Nov. Tour antebellum homes and a downtown loft, and Father Christmas will light up the streets. Throughout town. American Indian Galleries Nov. New gallery honoring the artistic achievements of native peoples from across North America. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Missouri Theatre.

Municipal Auditorium. Holiday Lighting Ceremony Nov. Holiday lights, singing, and crafts. Courthouse lawn. Lighting Ceremony and Parade Nov. Music, lights, Santa, and parade. McCorkle Park and Downtown. Plaza Lighting Ceremony Nov. More than 80 miles of multicolored lights come on with a flip of the switch. Country Club Plaza. More than booths featuring original crafts, candies, and Christmas decor.

Sermon Center. Christmas Homes Tour Nov. Tour six homes decorated for the holidays and enjoy refreshments. WaterFire Oct. Torch-lit boats make their way down Brush Creek and light a series of 55 floating bonfire sculptures. The fires are set to music. Fire dancers and other performances enhance the experience. The free event starts at pm and goes until midnight. There will also be food vendors. Louis Area Taste of St. Louis Oct. Celebration of food, art, and culture featuring more than forty restaurants, an Iron Chef competition, artists village, and local and national acts in concert.

Free except food. Augusta Bottoms Beer Festival Oct. Enjoy beer tasting, live music, and brewery items for sale, plus get a commemorative glass. Benefits families affected by childhood cancer. Augusta Bottoms near Katy Trailhead. Noon-5 pm. Walk as a group or individual, and enjoy entertainment, door prizes, hot dogs, chips, and cookies.

Long Branch Lake. Donations accepted. Exhibits and sales of a variety of miniatures and supplies. Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center. Artists from around the country display works in a variety of media and styles. Flora Place at the historic Shaw neighborhood. Civic Park.

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Free except special events. Since , Farm Aid has raised nearly thirty-five million dollars to support programs that expand the reach of the Good Food Movement and to help small farms thrive. Its mission is to build. Fall Festival of Local Flavor Oct. Sample the competition chili and live music. Main Street Park. The concert is held at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater and features additional performers Jason Mraz, Wilco, Jamey Johnson and Phosphorescent, as well as family-farm, local, and organic food concessions.

The Homegrown Village showcases hands-on activities and a chance to meet farmers. Starts at the Ameristar Casino and ends at Trailhead Brewery. Registration am. Magicians, balloon creations, ice cream, and cupcakes. Magic House. Noon-9 pm Fri. Arts and Crafts Festival Oct. Handmade arts and crafts. Middle School. Folklife Festival Oct. Artisans demonstrate lifestyles and folk arts of the mids, street musicians, and storytellers.

Historic District. O Pioneers! New opera by Barbara Harbach see p. Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center. Fall Bazaar Oct. Home-cooked meal, crafts, woodworking, homemade apple butter, quilt auction, flea market, and pumpkins. Emmaus Homes campus. Deutsch Country Days Oct. See 80 juried period artisans demonstrate early s German pioneer folkways and life skills. Tour the s log home and enjoy period foods.

Luxenhaus Farm. Home and Remodeling Show Oct. Featuring exhibitors with products and services, seminars, and hands-on demonstrations. Convention Center. Charles to St. Take a mile bike ride that passes through the Great Rivers area, universities, parks, ferry crossings, historic Route 66, trails, and.

Craft Show Oct. Browse 50 booths of handcrafted items. Francis Borgia Grade School gym. More than 40 local artisans and fine craftsmen, raffle, demonstrations, and concert. Meet members of the MERS Team, see demonstrations of large animal rescue equipment, and sample gourmet foods. Harvest Arts Gallery. Noon pm Fri. Pet Expo Oct. More than exhibitors, agility trials, and games for dogs. Fine, folk, and fun art by juried members of The Best of Missouri Hands.

Moonlight reception Fri. Demonstrations of weaving and spinning, plus hand-woven clothing, handmade jewelry, rugs, and baskets for sale. Brentwood Community Center. Artisans open their studios for a unique view of how their work is created. Follow scenic Hwy. All Day. Halloween Happening Oct. Non-scary event followed by a hike through the haunted woods with frightening live spooks.

Scattering Fork Outdoor Center. Feast of the Hunters Full Moon Nov. Candlelit pathway to a tour of the historic house, five-course meal, and music of the era. Daniel Bissell House. Tuesday at the Pops Oct. Music from films, marches, and big bands. Civic Center Theatre. Little House on the Prairie Nov. Fabulous Fox Theatre. Hayrides, candlelit tours of Thornhill and the Historic Village, and refreshments around a bonfire. Faust Park. Craft demonstrations and refreshments. Apple Butter Festival Oct.

Open from 9 am-5 pm, this event is free. Southeast Cotton Carnival Sept. Local groups and organizations offer burgers, chili, and other tasty treats, carnival rides, and games. Rodeo Grounds. Free admission. Art competition and show featuring oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, graphite, charcoal, pen, and ink. Harlin Museum. Noon-4 pm Tues. World-class draft horse pull, logger relay, Ironjack decathlon, antique logging and sawmill equipment displays, fine crafts, and educational activities. Wings of Wonder feature a live eagle and raptor display and show. Ripley County Fairgrounds.

Heritage Days Oct. Historical crafts, music, storytelling, and exhibits. Red House Interpretive Center. Margaret Harwell Art Museum. There are homemade foods including jams and jellies, handmade jewelry, clothing, woodworking, blankets,. Maramec Spring Park. Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus. Participate in common chores and games from the s including dipping candles, churning butter, and walking on stilts. HunterDawson State Historic Site. Ghost Storytelling Oct. Autumn Daze Oct. Artisan and crafts booths, music, and games.

All day. An Evening of Piano and Song Oct. Louis performers Deborah Sharn and Rocky Tucker. Homan Hall. Old Iron Works Days Oct. Ghost Walk Oct. Guided tours of the log cabin museum, wooden foot bridge, and Civil War-era courthouse. Businesses along the street have specials for festival-goers.

This event is held in the downtown area on Pine Street from 9 am-4 pm and is free. Four concerts. Iron County Courthouse Square. Begin at the Chamber office. Recklein Commons area. Ozark Craft Fair Oct. Arts, crafts, and food vendors. Finley River Park. America in Concert Oct. Francois State Park. Registration for hike. Fire truck displays, firefighter games, refreshments, and parade starts at Broadway and Lorimier streets.

Capaha Park. Trick-or-treat downtown, plus games, activities, storytelling, and a costume contest. Harrison Street and Long Memorial Hall. Crown Valley Winery. Art competition open to artists living within a mile radius of Poplar Bluff.

Noon-4 PM Tues. Award-winning bluegrass artists perform. Meramec Music Theatre. More than 25 vendors with a variety of items for sale. VFW Hall. All types of crafts and gifts. Bavarian Hall. Handcrafted items. More than booths featuring handmade arts and crafts. Junior High School. More than crafters display and sell handcrafted products. Southwest National Harvest Festival Oct. Silver Dollar City. Screenings, filmmaker discussions, and workshops.

Various locations downtown. Four-person scramble to raise money for the Chamber. Ledgestone at StoneBridge Village. New shows, live demonstrations, music, and local art. Car show, chili cook-off, Kids Village, crafts, and entertainment. Shadow Rock Park. Woodcarving Competition Oct. The Titanic Museum. Crafts, games, parade, car show, and apple butter. Town Square.

Dress your pet contest, local bands, magic show, horseshoe pitching contest, talent show, Guitar Hero contest, carnival, crafts, chili cook-off, pie auction, and parade. Main Square. Chili cook-off, home-baked goods, and pet show. Great Southern Bank lot. Classic cars, motorcycles, and a concert. Crimson Plaza Shopping Center lot. Fall Crafts Fair Oct. Arts, crafts, and a craft area for children. First Christian Church. Fine arts, contemporary crafts, and meet the artists. Sequiota Park. Hundreds of displays and demonstrations featuring products and services. Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.

Different concert each week. Landreth Park Amphitheater. Biologist presents the latest news on black bears and information on how to avoid unpleasant encounters with them. Conservation Nature Center. Fall Festival Oct. Arts, crafts, parade, and live entertainment. Historic Downtown Square. Take a hike, listen to stories, and learn about the wildlife. Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center. Taste of Springfield Oct. Taste a sample of foods, cooking demonstrations, cake decorating event, sandwichbuilding contest, music, and beer garden.

Park Central Square. Noon pm. Mexican mariachi music, dancers, games, and authentic food. Founders Park. Maple Leaf Festival Oct. Most events are held around the historic downtown square and most are free. BBQ chicken and side dishes meal to benefit the 4-H. Vernon County Fairgrounds.

Homestead Days Festival Oct. Demonstrations of early 19th century crafts, life skills, and Ozark agriculture. As You Like It Oct. Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. Museum Christmas Oct. Christmas displays, decorated log cabin, and refreshments. Northward Museum. Chili and salsa competition, crafts, music show, pet parade, and entertainment. Square on Main Street. Take a ghost walk with professor John Knapp and discover history, mystery, and unexplained events in the area.

Learn myths, facts, and history while touring the cave. You might get wet and muddy. Giboney Cave at Doling Park. Drive through colorful lighting displays. Indian Point Village. Veterans Day Parade Nov. Parade and ceremony honoring our veterans. Historic Downtown. Turkey Trot NOV. In , a record number of 5, runners and walkers participated in this run. Awards were presented to the overall winners, with the top three racers in each age group receiving prizes.

Participants are asked to bring three cans of food for the Ozark Food Harvest. More than 5, pounds of food were donated in Tripping the Light Fantasia Nov. A performance by the Springfield Symphony. Holiday Auction Nov. Variety of holiday gift and decoration items and home-baked goods for auction. First Community Church. Death of a Salesman Nov.

Tragic tale of an American salesman facing defeat and disillusion. Gillioz Theatre. Festival of Lights Nov. Animated drive-through display of twinkling lights and holiday-themed displays. South Park. Lord of the Dance Oct. Adventure in sight and sound. Hammons Hall for Performing Arts. Central Pecan Festival Oct. Magic show, pecan pie auction, parade, and pony rides. Come out, act silly, and compete for great prizes, or come out and cheer on the entrants. Downtown starts at Flat Branch Park. Multicultural Fall Festival Oct. Memorial Park. Parade, booths, children's games, and live entertainment.

Downtown on city square. Tour the cemetery while costumed reenactors tell the stories of people who came to the area from foreign lands. Sunset Hills Cemetery. Crafts, demonstrations, quilt raffle, apple butter, and apple pies. Lunch available. Camden County Museum. Antiques and crafts. Craftsmen demonstrate and sell old-fashioned crafts and a showcase of Missouri modern crafts. Fine art and photography shows and art-inspired events. Throughout downtown in the District. Survival of the Fittest Nov. Why not? Get out and take a four-mile run or walk through the woods while having a ton of fun.

There are no time limits, so you can set your own pace. Challenge yourself to an extreme cross-country race featuring an outrageous obstacle course, zombies, and chain saw-wielding madmen. Run up hills, get muddy splashing through creeks, climb fences and hay bales, and crawl through spooky obstacles. There will be a post-race party at the finish with music, food, drink, and a bonfire.

Awards for best costume, most muddy, and more will be awarded. The awards are unusual and worth coming to see. Registration is at 8 am, and the race starts at 9 am. Meet near the parking lot of the Midway Sandbar on Highway Family and group discounts are available. Spectators are free. The Cemetery Club Oct. Miller Performing Arts Center.

Retrospective Oct. Retrospective show looks back at 50 years of Art League artists and artwork. Opening reception Oct. Columbia Art League. Haunted Hay Ride Oct. Eerie entertainment and seasonal refreshments. Wild Cliff Lake area leaving from Blackwater. Spirits, Shadows, and Secrets Oct.

Spooky storytellers, candlelight tours of historic buildings, ghost hunters, guided tours of Sappington Cemetery, haunted trail, carnival games, and costume contests. Festival of visual art that combines Missouri youth and schools with professional teaching artists. County Park. Fall Color Hike Oct. Hike the scenic trails of Gans Creek Wild Area with a park naturalist, and learn about fall trees. Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. Walk the trail, see ghosts and goblins, and vote for your favorite pumpkin, plus enjoy a pumpkin-carving contest. Shady Dell Park. Craft Festival Oct.

More than exhibitors featuring dolls, paintings, wooden toys, florals, and wagon rides. Rabbit Hole Nov. Columbia Entertainment Company. More than booths with holiday crafts and gifts. Benson Convention and Exposition Center. Community Center. Original fine arts and crafts. Richardson Auditorium at Lincoln University. Missouri Contemporary Ballet performance with each piece centered around the concept of falling. Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. Ah, Wilderness!

Macklanburg Playhouse at Stephens College. Christmas Craft Bazaar Nov. Booths with Christmas crafts and gifts. Hand-woven and hand-dyed clothes, scarves, blankets, hats, stuffed animals, and baskets. Boone County Historical Society Museum. Elegant event with music, tea, cucumber sandwiches, canapes, and pastries. Holiday Open House Nov. Tour a holidaydecorated village, and sample treats from the merchants. Traditional holiday music, lighting of downtown, and a fireworks display set to music.

They perform the traditional sounds of gospel and bluegrass. This concert is at the Lyric Live Theater at 8 pm. Christmas Arts and Crafts Show Nov. Fine arts, crafts, and Santa. Cowan Civic Center Exhibition Hall. Call before traveling. To submit an event: Editors choose events for publication in the magazine, space permitting, but all submissions go onto the web site. Submit events well in advance. Please make sure there is a contact phone number with your event.

The North Village is also home to funky boutiques, specialty shops, and cafes. The neighborhood is still within walking distance of the entire downtown area, but its blend of historical buildings, modern renovations, and artsy vibe give it a life of its own. From noon to three on Tuesdays through Saturdays, you can admire their work and maybe even catch an artist at work in his or her studio.

Saturdays tend to be the best day for visiting with artists, as more of them are around with their doors open to visitors. Orr Street Studios also makes their space available for private events and workshops. Currently, the gallery hosts mixed media workshops every Monday from pm. Plans are also in the works to offer classes in jewelry making, bookmaking, and more. Artrageous Weekend, October The weekend kicks off on Friday at 6 pm, when galleries and shops host art exhibits and activities throughout the downtown area.

Stay for the weekend and enjoy demonstrations, lectures, live music, and even a 5k on Saturday morning. Get a head start on holiday shopping, meet local artists, and see what the North Village is all about. Visit www. At Orr Street Studios, you can visit with the artists while they are working in their studios.

Nichelle moved to Columbia from Chicago and works out of one of the newly renovated studios. Here are just a few names to look for: Allison Smythe works out of Orr Street Studios and produces photography, graphic design, poetry, and prose. Wayne Leal works with nails, rubber, bark, stone, sand, rope, and more to create bas relief sculptures. Marilyn Cummins experiments with a variety of media including oil and watercolor, and she plays with multiple dimensions.

Check out www. Bluestem Missouri Crafts With handmade arts and crafts from more than three hundred regional artisans, a treasure from Bluestem makes a great gift. The doors to each studio at Orr Street, like the one above, are works of art themselves, created by founder Chris Teeter. Flight of Time by Allison Smythe is mixed media. Missouri Art Gallery This gallery features art by award-winning artists from around the world, along with large collections of limited edition prints, with custom framing available. Bu ir d movie the continued t place.

Its fun, la y cover ba id-back e nds and lo nvical acts a s well. Check, Please! Kansas City is KCPT's wildly popular restaurant-review program where viewers become reviewers who dine and dish on their favorite local eateries! Exhibit Schedule Sunday, Sept. Thursdays at 8 p. New episodes begin this fall! Watch past episodes for free with our online video player at www. Citygarden in St. Louis has brought new vibrancy to three acres of land in the city center that had been vacant patches of grass. Now art lovers come to view twenty-four large outdoor sculptures created by internationally known artists.

Children are welcome to frolic in the three water features, and office workers use the park to relax and eat lunch. Tourists arrive eager to enjoy it all. In clear view of the Gateway Arch, the lush park contains more than fourteen hundred trees and shrubs and twelve thousand perennials and wildflowers that attract birds and butterflies. There are no fences, so the site is accessible days. There is not an admission fee, so the inspiration, exploration and enjoyment are free to all. Such visions can become reality on October 10 when Chesterfield Arts unveils a bronze statue of a bearded man emerging from the earth.

The giant lies on his back, appendages and face protruding from the ground. He is seventy feet long, seventeen feet high, and completely climbable. The figure is a second casting of The Awakening by J. Seward Johnson. Askinosie products had been distributed in Singapore for more than a year when the idea to open a store was offered to founder and chocolatier Shawn Askinosie. The manufacturer buys its cocoa beans from farmers in countries such as Mexico and Ecuador to produce an authentic chocolate.

The Singapore location is only the second Askinosie Chocolate store. Louis, a composer, recording. MSR is mainstream, says her publicist Jeffery James. Her latest composition, O Pioneers! Barbara Harbach. As a coppersmith, such ideas are potential designs for rich copper sculptures. Many times, that idea is inspired by nature. Wildlife is his favorite subject, and even the bird feeders he makes are organic in form. Rex had been a demonstrating craftsman at Silver Dollar City for fifteen years—since recruiters found him at a craft show in New York. Once he was finally sold on Missouri, he moved here and met his wife, Marsha.

They opened Mission Metal studio in , and now he is a demonstrating craftsman year-round. Up until about four years ago, he veered toward spoons, pots, pans, and raised pieces. In fact, the functional part of metalworking was what attracted him to it back in college, and away from his initial medium of painting. Now, though, with his own space in a prime area, he has time to play with ideas and make more creatively inspired copper artwork.

The initial idea finally becomes tangible through freehand shaping and torch-induced coloring. Different from other metals, which can be hammered and shaped only when hot, copper stays soft even as it cools. It hardens the more you hammer it, so reheating is often necessary before getting the desired form. And although he has an idea of what colors will materialize, different patterns are created each time a piece is heated.

Colors can change again in the final step, too, when lacquer is added for protection. Call or visit missionmetal. They can be prepared like lobster. Crayfish farming, the production of crayfish in controlled, shallow ponds, is a growing industry. His panoramas range from farm scenes to rock formations. In high school, he painted with oil. For more information visit www. Many think of cancer as something that usually happens to someone else.

Through her constant search for treatment and cures, she discovers a mix that works for her, which includes yoga, diet, supplements, and modern plans of attack; she sees this as a battle. Contact information for her regimen and support groups are also included—a gift for those also suffering. The revelation of emotions that surge as a result of having cancer and the realities of cancer treatments introduces readers to a new level of empathy and respect for those dealing with this disease.

Jan chronicles her journey with blunt honesty and grace. His encounters with other forest fauna and the human who lives nearby show how even small changes in their environment can upset the delicate balance of nature. Forest in the Wind is a beautiful and unusual tale that offers insight and perspective into a fascinating world you might otherwise not know existed.

Allan was inspired and started sculpting models of his own. Soon they were on display at museums and botanical gardens in Missouri and beyond, and Allan started getting requests from dinosaur lovers who wanted something they could take home. Allan sells model kits of several different dinosaurs, including the Bambiraptor and Compsognathus, which were made popular in the Jurassic Park movies. Allan also specializes in species that could fly. While the dinosaurs are popular with. The kits range in size from three and a half inches to six feet.

Price ranges. The three-person staff hand-slices, cooks, bags, and distributes every russet potato. The chips are sold in more than fifty locations in the St. Louis area, and their market is constantly expanding. The gluten-free potato slices are fried in heart-healthy canola oil and have low sodium, no preservatives, no trans fats, and no MSG monosodium glutamate.

Chips can be ordered in a variety of bag and box sizes; call or visit billygoatstl. Talking Turkey For nearly a decade, J. Since he began hunting, Rhon has been handcrafting turkey calls. The calls can also be customized. Costs vary by the type of call you want, and Rhon says it usually takes him about two to three hours to make them from start to finish. For him, the business is a team effort with his son Jacob and wife, Sandy, from which the name J.

Kansas City. For your next getaway or family vacation, visit Fulton and Callaway County, Missouri. For more information and calendar of events visit www. The National Churchill Museum features interactive displays that engage and educate visitors of all ages. Backer Auto World Museum displays an impressive collection of 84 historic automobiles in Hollywood-style sets. Sample some distinctive Missouri wines and a creative bistro menu at Summit Lake Winery.

A pulled-pork sandwich and warm slice of pie will leave you grinning. Free wagon rides. Lunch Served. Merchants will unveil their holiday windows. In , he was the first person to get permission from the governor of Spanish Texas to establish an Anglo-American colony there, and lead a group of three hundred families from Potosi to San Antonio de Bexar. He returned to Missouri and died soon thereafter. His remains rest in a cemetery in the middle of downtown Potosi. Encased beneath a slab of concrete the size of a carport, Moses has resisted body snatchers so far.

Potosi historians are a bit more blunt. The marshal and a posse of enraged citizens sent Weed tumbling back to Texas, bearing no pall. Texas historians say there was no posse, and that Weed returned to Texas with a Potosi City Council resolution opposing the move. In , both parties agreed, the governor of Texas made one more attempt to get Moses. Texans say the Lone Star secretary of state came to make one last plea for the body, but instead came away recommending Moses rest in peace in Potosi. Local tales persist that the Texas official came to apologize, making Potosi the only American town to repel a Lone Star invasion.

Moses is the grandfather of Texas, not Missouri. But among his myriad of Missouri accomplishments, he donated land for the Washington County seat of government. The town became Potosi, named for a Bolivian silver mining town. Recently, my wife, Cheryl, and I headed to a wedding in Perryville.

Leaving the uncrooked lines of Interstate 44—the corrected smile of Route 66 after billions of dollars of asphalt orthodontistry—I dipped south into the mining exhibit at the St. Clair Historical Museum. From there, Route 47 seeks to join Route 21, and like two old friends, they share a path for five twisting miles to Old Mines. Suffice it to say that this road has delivered more than one species to glory. Creeping carefully through Old Mines toward Potosi, we rolled across an ancient hillscape.

As we left Potosi in a light mist, we drove down a path with a pine forest veneer and a hardwood core. Route P dances along the edge of the Mark Twain Forest, weaving through miles of woods and few signs of civilization. Cheryl and I passed another grave, the plot of Vance Heflin, a close friend who died too young. The highly acclaimed musical follows the last seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Lost in the fog, a stranger seeks refuge in a nearby house only to find a man shot dead and his wife standing over him with a smoking gun.

But the woman s dazed confession is anything but convincing. Pat Mullen really takes the ubiquitous cheesecake in this show, vamping up the Southern belle Blanche. With corporate farming being the primary supplier of so many foodstuffs, love of the land is what keeps many of these farms alive even while so many other family farms collapse around them.

Reading about the decline of family farming is much different from witnessing the stress and sacrifice needed to keep seed in the ground. These seemingly simple songs are as evocative as the characters onstage. Since then, Still has contributed seven plays to the series. An original parody of the beloved TV show. Cerda and Hell in a Handbag Productions, the show features all of the beloved sitcom characters, including the forthright Dorothy, the sweet airheaded Rose, the lusty Blanche, and the sharp-tongued Sophia. The production also features The Golden Girls trivia and games to help fully embrace the Miami experience.

Hard times mean hard decisions as an Indiana family faces the prospect of losing their farm. This small-town tale returns by popular demand, featuring music by Tim Grimm and Jason Wilber, with generous helpings of courage, love, and humor. Check the website for special programming for this play.

A celebration of Broadway, Times Square, and the people who make the magic of musical theater, and winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical. Aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer comes to the big city from Allentown Pennsylvania, and soon lands her first big job in the ensemble of a glitzy new Broadway show. But just before opening night, the leading lady breaks her ankle. Will Peggy be able to step in and become a star? So does Victoria. Will they hit it off or just eat fries? Audience members are encouraged to ask questions and take home informational brochures provided by panel members.

Now I understand why I think this, why I avoid that. I can write. Come be entertained as local performers showcase their vocal, dance, and instrumental talents! Join the fun by donating to vote for your favorite act! Lady Day by the Fonseca Theatre company has been extended through May 4. Dolores Hydock crafts a vivid tale that examines gender fluidity before there was vocabulary for such a thing.

Hydock takes on the narrator figure of a stooped old woman of the time relating the tale to her listeners. Her performance is as mesmerizing as the story. She is accompanied by PanHarmonium, a trio that specializes in early music. Their haunting tunes enhance the performance and bring the production to a deeper submersion. This performance was March Michael J.

To facilitate his comings and goings as he pleases, he is Ernest in London, but at his country home, he is John and has a fictional roguish brother Ernest. Gwendolen is adamant that the name Ernest is key to her love, so John is faced with procuring a hasty name change.

There he meets Cecily Cardew and immediately decides he must marry her. However, Cecily has similar ideas regarding the name Ernest as Gwendolyn does, and so he too is faced with an imminent name change. The cast is perfectly competent in their roles. During scene changes, Anderson directs the actors in moving set pieces by ringing a bell and he bops along to jazzed-up pop songs. A little stroke of brilliance there.

Duprey is a lovely if spacy Cecily. Reilly is a quandary, however. He crosses the line from fop to effeminate in his affectations. Given his performance, it would not be a stretch to think he is in love with John and jealous of Gwendolyn, hence his anti-marriage attitude. Given the ending, this could be a very hellish outcome for him. And was it really necessary for him to talk with his mouth full of cucumber sandwich? Quibble aside, this is an excellent period piece for modern audiences.

Two charming young ladies — sophisticated Gwendolen from the city and naive Cecily from the country — are in love with Earnest Worthing. But there is no such person as Earnest Worthing. It sounds like a big mess, but Oscar Wilde unwinds this knotty affair into one of the favorite comedies of English literature.

The Percies feel that their efforts and loyalty have not been recognized by the newly minted King Henry IV and seek revenge. The York family, in an ages-old feud with the Lancasters who now have the royal seat, also work to topple the king. Friday and Saturday performances will even feature locally brewed beers provided by the Garfield Brewery. The musicians of PanHarmonium selected, arranged, and interpreted a wide range of early music to provide a musical setting and themes.

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Fifteen years after Nora snubbed social convention by leaving her husband and three young children, she is back on that doorstep seeking a divorce that never happened, which has left in her an awkward legal situation. Torvald is too easy to forgive, too sympathetic in this setting without knowing how he treated Nora in the original. So, it made my brain stumble when a fuck would fly. Otherwise, the play is extremely engaging, quick and funny and hard and sad and angry and so, so many more emotions all at once because there is so much going on here.

Both Nora and her husband Torvald have their newfound places in society on the line, and then there is the onslaught of feeling when confronting the family you abandoned and the wife and mother who abandoned you. Part 2 could stand alongside the original regarding its commentary on family, society, and awareness of the self. And what a ride. No matter who is on stage, they are engaging in quick-fire succession — ideas, feelings, hostilities, forgiveness, determination, defeat.

The stage is so full of engagements that the spare set feels ready to burst. The cast does an exemplary job of keeping up with it all and making it funny just when you need a break from the drama. As Holiday lets the music drive her song set, she inserts anecdotes about life while her accompanist, Jimmy Powers Jon Stombaugh , remains mostly silent.

A seedy bar in Philadelphia. Straight from Broadway, this is a scaldingly funny and deadly serious exploration of divorce, family, and lost love. What happens throughout the play is a fierce and funny five-round boxing match as the characters explore and engage their feelings and each other during an unexpected reunion. The production does not require its original to exist wholly on its own. Come be entertained as local performers showcase their vocal, dance, and instrumental talents.

Join the fun by donating to vote for your favorite act. Interested in performing? Register by March Before I say anything else, you need to know that in order to get the most out of the show, you have to be a fan of Jurassic Park the first one. That being said, I am a dino-sized fan of all the films and books , to the point that I can recite right along with the actors the chunks of dialogue lifted from the film for this show. The parody takes Jurassic Park and condenses it into a one-hour marathon with two actors Jim Banta and Pat Mullen and a sound artist foley Olivia Schaperjohn.

The use of an umbrella to represent a Dilophosaurus is also brilliantly apropos. And the actors run often literally with it. Over-the-top impressions, crazy props, and the frenetic pace make for a show as deadpan as a living dinosaur. Best of the best are impressions of the intense park keeper Muldoon and the skeevy Ian Malcolm, who sounds like a high Dory. Using a foley artist was cool at first, but after a while, it gets grating, like those creaky doors opening and closing.

Personally, I would cut back on that. This is the first troupe to perform the show since Recent Cutbacks premiered it. Letters Sent explores the aftermath of a suicide attempt and its effects on friends and family. Claire Lexy Weixel , a young adult living on her own, sent out nine confessional letters before slashing open her arm.

Somehow, her mother received her letter in the mail soon enough to find her daughter still alive and got her to the hospital in time to save her life. It feels long and drawn out. This is the world premiere of Letters Sent by Janice Hibbard, and I feel it needs to be kicked back to workshopping for character development and story arc.

And at Footlite, the first row is a sprinkle zone, so heads up. Another important element is the tap dancing. Let me tell you something: Tapping is hard. So I bet choreographer Trish Roberds had her hands full getting all these volunteer performers in sync. But she did, and they did, and it was super impressive.

As for the leads, Sydney Norwalk is beautiful as love interest Kathy Selden, and Updike combines slapstick humor with his solid vocal numbers. Unfortunately, Russel is flat at times, but his overall performance makes up for a few missed notes. Kathleen Clarke Horrigan directs this classic in such a way that any fan will be thrilled with the production.

This boggles my mind. How does that aspect of your life affect your ability to do your duty? If the government drafted you, they should be glad you are there anyway. But instead of just making you kill people, which is heinous enough, they also harshly punished anyone suspected of homosexual activity.

This is ironic because their justification for their treatment of gay people was that homosexuality was a mental illness. So I suppose they though hard labor would cure you. In , gay people were official banned from the military, and any currently serving were discharged. Finally, in , homosexuality was no longer registered as a crime. Stuart Jonathan Krouse is starting basic training, and he keeps a journal, which he plans to publish once the war is over. Stuart is immediately drawn to one of the men in his squad, Mitch Tanner Brunson.

But Stuart is confused and awkward. Mitch takes a shine to Stuart as well, and semi-innocently flirts with him in a nebulous sort of way. Until the kiss. And things go downhill from there. Stuart is given an out by joining up with Yank Magazine under the guidance of Artie D. Scott Robinson , who shows him the ins and outs so to speak of being gay in the military. This is a superlative show in its acting, singing, and emoting. You are sincerely invested in the fates of these young men — even the auxiliary characters.

From funny to heart wrenching, the show runs the gamut, and the musical numbers are iconic. The production is engrossing, and the performances are standing ovation worthy. A personality that we see grow from an introverted klutz to a man assured of his worth in the world.

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Authentic historical slides take the place of a backdrop, which I found to be much more effective, reminding us that this is more than just a story — the war was a real, catastrophic event. From hard-to-find dead babies, to whore r stories, to the purple human pincushion, to burial with Eggo waffles, eccentricity abounds. All four actors seamlessly transition from character to character, giving each one just what he or she needs to make them real.

This is a challenging show. You will leave either blown away or confused as hell. Decide how far you will let your mind take you. Once in modern San Francisco a young man found a diary of 60 years old in a junk shop. Having read it, he discovered that it were the personal notes made by a soldier in When the young farmer Stu, living in the Midwest, was 18 years old, he received a summons to the army.

In training camp, located in the Texas, young recruits learnt martial weapons that they had to know during the military service in the battles in the Pacific. For a young man, it became even more difficult to stay in the camp, when he had the urge to brave Mitch. Falling in love with a comrade, Stu did not know how to tell him about his feelings. Mitch also realized his awakened sexual desire for men, but he resisted, remembering girlfriends back home.

When recruits fulfilled training military skills, they were put on a train and sent to the west coast of the country. Taking advantage of the moment, Stu confessed Mitch of his feelings and kissed him. Soon it turned out that a colleague was experiencing response cravings to this young man. Caught in the midst of battle, many soldiers lost their hearts. The same emotion came to Stu, who was terrified after seeing the massacre.

Soon the young man met with a reporter-gay from Yank Magazine. Artie got the young man assigned to him as a photographer. Getting rid Stu of the nightmare of fighting and fear of death, he also alienated him from partner Mitch. Under the guidance of an experienced homosexual, young man discovered the secret gay world, which existed in the army. Stu trusted all new experiences to his diary. Only after many months, he was able to be reunited with a former lover. Stu had to endure not only the battle with the enemies of his country, but also with colleagues.

This show is faithfully adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green from their original award-winning screenplay. Four actors portray nineteen characters in this poignant dark comedy that oscillates between absurdity and deeply emotional honesty. Warning: This show has strong adult content and situations. Sorry, no Pigeon here. Devan Mathias as Piggie and Carlos Medina Maldonado as Gerald the elephant bring the characters to life in this romp through a day in the life, with Brianna Milan, Tiffany Gilliam, and Jaddy Ciucci backing them up as The Squirrelles in an impressive showing.

The crazy adventures are milked for kid-centric silliness, and the children are engrossed from the start. No higher recommendation is possible, especially from my little wiggler. Dee Timi directs Libby Buck, Christian Condra, Jonathan Scoble, and Brenna Whitaker, with musical director Sandy Baetzhold, through what can only be described as the comedic, awkward, embarrassing, and exhausting pitfalls of relationships and marriage.

Sing it. But the guys make up for it in their sheer determination to take every potential gag as far as possible — and then take it one step more. Pitch perfect or not, this is a show worth seeing — especially with a date. Los Angeles-based actor Jeremy Gillett will staging his one-man show. The show is approximately 75 minutes, including pre- and post-show activities. Lockdown by Douglas Craven. The Yellow Boat by David Saar.

They sailed far out to sea. The blue one returned to the harbor. The red one sailed home, too. But the yellow boat sailed up to the sun. The Viscountess is in a funk. This may or may not help the next victim. Joan has been sentenced to lose her head for impersonating her famous brother William Shakespeare. If you like Shakespeare, Monty Python, a little love, a little death, a lot of laughs and lunch at the pub, you must read Lose Not Thy Head! Are YOU the punniest person in Indianapolis?

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Said situations include a literally broken heart, a literal shoe drop, ironing board as a literally potential lethal weapon, literally falling in love, and literal sacks of love. The name, Almost, Maine, comes from the small community the play is set in. Nine couples have unusual interactions under the Northern Lights one Friday night. Could be something supernatural?

Could be just plain silly playwriting. Andrea Odle directs a multipurpose cast that does spot-on jobs for each of their various characters: Matt Hartzburg, Jackson Stollings, Kyrsten Lyster, Mason Odle, Lexi Odle, and Jennifer Poynter are all consistently on point, taking each scene quite seriously regardless of the circumstances, making the weird seem normal somehow. This show is hilarious and well worth the trip through BFE to get to the little barn theater. Knees are bruised.

Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine, will never be the same. But not quite. Harry Roat, a brutal and sophisticated criminal, coerces two small-time thugs into helping him con Susy into giving up the doll. A battle of wits ensues as Susy and the young girl upstairs launch a counterplot against the thieves.

The drama plays on the themes of darkness and light as Susy navigates through her sightless world, and the crooks signal each other with light through the Venetian blinds. Note: Many dates are sold out already. Make reservations ASAP. The show is for children ages years old and their families. This daytime production features storytime seating where children and adults can sit on the floor, in addition to chair options along the back or side of the theater.

There will be pre- and post-show activities for an experience totaling 75 minutes. This is a catered cabaret events, and reservations must be made in advance. Proceeds from the night will go toward helping the IRT put world-class theater on its stages. Offer valid on performances March when you book by Feb. As reclusive as Boo Radley is, To Kill a Mockingbird is as ubiquitous, being a favorite among theater-goers and school groups alike.

She, her brother Jem Dalyn Stewart , and out-of-town friend Dill Ben Boyce had been especially speculating on the hermit Boo Radley Colby Rison since his brother Nathan also played by Rison had returned to take care of him, and Scout had been finding small gifts in the knot of a tree that separated their property. That summer, Scout and Jem, and by extension Dill, learn a lot about the nature of people — the unseen things that make people more than a one-dimensional caricature — and what it means to do the right thing. The large cast does a lovely job of bringing the townspeople of Maycomb, Alabama, to life.

The children are charming, and Kruze effectively conveys both the fortitude and weariness of a man besieged by honor. Emily Rogge Tzucker directs a show that brings the life-changing events home for the audience. The show is both shrewd and sympathetic as it reveals the best and worst of humanity.

After the show, a few people retired to Tappers Arcade Bar. Even though my companion and I arrived at least 30 minutes before Billy and set up camp next to the Donkey Kong machine, the 6-and-a-half-foot Billy managed to elude me and bee-lined to the game cabinet. While not on par with Just Jared celebs, Billy still has a, granted small, retinue to keep track of things like Twitch feeds and costuming, not to mention appearances and such. His right-hand man Neil Hernandez dresses up as Mario. I think I got in the way of that.

Sorry not sorry. Billy is affable regardless of his reputation for being kind of an asshole. All I knew was that the show was written by Casey, which put it on my to-see list, and that it was a musical about video games. As I moved forward in the queue to enter the theater, I saw a giant man with long dark hair wearing a white suit and an American flag tie who was standing at the entrance greeting the audience.

It was the Fringe, after all. Crazy shit happens. When it was my turn to enter, Billy shook my hand and he and his fellow greeter Walter Day said some flattering things to me, and then I was on my way. As I was leaving, Billy took my hand again and paid me another compliment. And that was that.

And here he came again, even taller now that I was seated. We chatted for a few minutes, a conversation in which he admitted to being an unapologetic flirt, and later he came back over to give me a few of the trading cards that Day had designed for the event that was to take place later that night at Tappers. All this struck me as funny. So I had to text one of my best friends who happens to have enough knowledge about s pop culture that he could rival the Recordkeeper in Ready Player One.

This happens to be the same person who accompanied me to the show Thursday, my fellow journalist and best friend of odd years, Paul Pogue. I think he was [censored]. Paul: I think you broke my husband. Yeah, that was from his wife, another best friend of mine, Katrina, responding because Paul was on the floor laughing, with tears running down his face.

Which is funny since 1 I am a journalist, and 2 he did an interview with these guys this week. However, on Thursday, Billy and I kept up running conversations before the show and afterward at Tappers, before everyone was booted for the night. I got some interesting insights, and I had fun. I should have been recording. Go big or go home. I think that attitude is what led him to competitive video game playing in the first place. When Casey began working on the it, there were four others in existence, including a musical, Fistful of Quarters , based on the documentary of the same name.

This is also the docu-drama that her now-boyfriend attempted to stump her with, and it was her initial inspiration for the show. Well, she had seen it, but that was OK. She was looking for material to craft a new show for the Fringe, and it fit. Here, Casey has taken the basic premise of events surrounding the accusations that Billy cheated to achieve his record-breaking scores and turned it into a campy musical.

Does Billy see himself up there on stage? No, he says. Not the comedy. This production is an extended version of the short Fringe Festival offering. Fast forward a few decades. Steve remains obsessed, and his long-suffering wife Kayla Lee, original is on the edge. Devilry is planned, loyalties are weighed, and priorities are amended. Unfortunately, the new version feels less cohesive than the original even with expanded storylines and exposition. Nor is his transition from pinball to cabinet gaming or the source of his determination.

The relationship between Billy and Brian becomes nebulous. The dynamic I love best is the Wiebes. Ultimately, this show is neither fish nor fowl. The music numbers to acting ratio barely makes it a musical, and so much camp in the face of a very serious McConnell makes us wonder why Nathan is so seriously disturbed, like when he gets his Smeagol on with a quarter. Add to that an intense, emotionally sincere monologue from Sturm in the second half, and the over-the-top elements lose their charm.

And there really, really needs to be a screen for the projections. I am critiquing a work in progress. Plus, there are so many exciting elements to this event. Not only are you witnessing the evolution of a show, but you can also meet the man it is based on. The Level Up is a story in itself. This is an upgraded, full-length version of the IndyFringe Festival show from this past summer. Billy Mitchell, the Donkey Kong world-record holder and Video Game Player of the Century, had it all until a cult-classic documentary brought the public gamer back into the public eye.

Gaming contests, celebrity appearances, drinks, food, and the hot sauce will be flowing! Scout, a young girl in a quiet Southern town, is about to experience dramatic events that will affect the rest of her life. She and her brother, Jem, are being raised by their widowed father, Atticus, and by a strong-minded housekeeper, Calpurnia.

Welcome back to and Rydell High. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play takes place on Labor Day Weekend in the joint backyards of two middle-aged widows. Flo Owens lives in one house with her two maturing daughters, Madge and Millie, and a boarder. Helen Potts lives with her elderly and invalid mother. Into this female atmosphere comes a young man whose animal vitality seriously upsets the entire group. Tina will just KILL to get the lead in the school play.

The true onstage diva is John Vessels as Sylvia St. Croix, talent agent. Vessels gets the best parts, owning the stage in heels and turbans, acting superior and fabulous, and he belts out many of the best musical numbers. While not onstage as often, Cynthia Collins is equally over the top and pounding those vocals as washed-up actress-turned-school-teacher Miss Thorn. Critiquing kids always leaves me feeling mean spirited — much like theater critic Lita Encore, played by Suzanne Stark with flamboyance and a careless ego.

While Beck certainly gets the camp like any good Girl Scout should, vocally I feel she is inconsistent — a sharp here, a flat there. She does tap prettily though. However, the guy sitting next to me was. Blame the drink or my lack thereof? Or am I just being too Lita?

Anna Tara Sorg is an illiterate maid in the Harnham household. Both she and the lady of the house, Edith Lori Ecker , feel smothered in their sequestered, humdrum lives, and so Edith, hoping to live vicariously through Anna, allows Anna to go to the fair. Anna meets a man there, playboy Charles Zachary Hoover , and after a tryst with him the next day, finds herself pregnant and Charles miles away.

Before discovering she is pregnant, Anna and Charles had been writing to each other, but since Anna is illiterate, Edith had been the one writing the letters for her. Through these letters, Edith begins to remember what is missing from her life … and her marriage: passion. I was having an off day too. While certainly good, neither rose to the level I have heard from them before. Character-wise, however, they were spot on. Hoover only has to switch on that panty-poofing smile to make you believe he could get a Victorian lass out of her drawers.

Ecker takes Edith on a subtle transformation as she reclaims her youth. Semester as the narcoleptic Arthur Harnham. Directed by D. Of course, the diary itself serves several literary purposes. So the playwrights add detail, the director and actors give characters more depth, and the crew creates the atmosphere—all with poetic license.

In the unedited version of the diary, Anne is a little more catty, a little more graphic, but Kesselman uses these elements sparingly. She includes that, as a normal teenager would, Anne starts to become sexually aware and that Anne often viciously disliked her mother. Miranda Troutt starts year-old Anne off as flighty and slightly annoying, occasionally sweet — the definition of a year-old with ADD. But after two years, Troutt lets Anne mellow out a little. Even after 25 months, Anne remains a ray of sun in a crypt-like environment.

Idiosyncratic details such as Mrs. By the time the Annex is discovered, you genuinely care about the eight people living there, not just Anne. Smith, reflects the claustrophobic conditions the two-families-plus-one and a cat lived in. Soulful music and compelling choreography combined with witty and poetic storytelling makes this a mesmerizing theater experience.

Tender, funny, and incredibly moving, this contemporary new love story will grab you from the inside out. Together they make a tentative stab at love … until the past catches up to the future and smacks it in the face. This is an encore run back by popular demand. The show blends the hard edge of rock and roll and punk with the drama of musical theater and features the music of Queen and Green Day. The show received rave reviews across sold-out performances during IndyFringe this past summer.

The show is an Indianapolis premiere. What happens when a married Victorian British woman writes letters for her illiterate maid and falls in love with the man to whom she is writing? Ruthless is based on the thriller The Bad Seed. Eight-year-old Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking and she will do anything to win the part in her school play.

Anything includes murdering the leading lady! This spoof has enough plot twists and multiple identities to fill several old movies … the fun comes from the sheer brazenness! In a world turned upside down by the Holocaust, Anne Frank held on to her faith in humanity. Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. The show has been extended through Feb. No pressure, eh? But they are the focus, regardless.

But Lucas sincerely conveys the emotional upheaval of a devoted mother whose unconditional love remains fully intact. Lucas and director Jolene Mentink Moffatt are both longtime presences in the Indianapolis theater community. Both work to make Miriam as interesting as possible, but the confessional setup pulls us in only to let us slowly fade back out. By the way, you can buy a raffle ticket before the show to win the pie. While the list is a sweet gesture from a 7-year-old and a fun game for college kids, in the end, it falls short of effective.

A heavy-duty dose of an SSRI would be more suitable. Even the reenactment of putting his beloved dog to sleep is more silly than it is weepy sentimentality. One audience member gets to stick their hand in their sock to make a puppet. And because I am the definition of a shrinking violent, I was terrified when I found myself seated on the stage with four others. But Truschinski is encouraging and good-natured toward his drafted actors. In fact, Truschinski himself directed by Tim Ocel is what makes the show recommendable. Here he reminds me of Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor , not just in a passing resemblance but also in his excitable and playful mannerisms.

His character has personality to work with, and little quirks are written in, such as his penchant for vinyl records. And I mean really obscure. Google it. This is a play that deserved to come out of the closet. The storyline is heart wrenching, but it is infused with humor, which the cast runs with merrily.

She is desperate for attention, so she brings home a broke, straight, drunken sailor, Karl Chris Saunders , and basically offers to be his sugar mamma as long as he stays with her — no other strings attached. Gray makes Candy both lovely and pitiful — like a wilted Southern belle. Saunders makes it clear just how little Candy thinks of herself if this is the man she chose to bring home. A loveable gay couple live upstairs. Gossipy and flamboyant, Joe Barsanti and Christian Condra are often comic relief and occasional commentary. BOLT premiered with a profound play and an arresting production of it.

The new company, initiated by longtime thespian Michael Swinford who also directed the show , was created as an outlet for LGBTQ plays. But it also reminds us that there is still work to be done to insure that progress continues. Transgender, aging, homophobia, and survival are all themes in this poetic, at times, brutal play.

On the rebound from a year relationship, Candy has picked up a rough sailor, Karl, on whom she lavishes money. A bold new play based on works by the prolific Russian playwright, poet, and author Anton Chekhov. The ensemble is made up of Butler University Theatre students and alumni, many of whom also studied at the prestigious Moscow Art Theatre School, where Anton Chekhov famously served as playwright in residence.

Now, the company aims to innovate and break ground on new forms of theater-making and presentation. More Shakespeare! More drinking! The show is a fun-filled family journey through the history of the holiday season and all of its music and traditions. Julie Lyn Barber, playwright, and producer, stars alongside Dave Ruark and Sage Murrell in this fast-paced collection of humorous and endearing stories and music ranging from early chants to medieval, Renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, Victorian, and contemporary.

A warm and light-hearted show for the whole family! Hi everyone! Next weekend should go back to normal. My father is expected to pass away within the next 48 hours or so, and I am leaving to go to Ohio to see him before he goes. I love you all, and I love the theater community, but I love my dad more, so this will be the third weekend with no reviews from me. There are a ton of openings this weekend, so I will try to get a roundup on here either tomorrow or Thursday.

If you want, you can check out my evolving calendar here. Check them out here. Friday, Nov. This deal is good for all sales — online, by phone or in person. This beloved Frank Capra American holiday classic film comes to life as a captivating live s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that bring dozens of familiar characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Indianapolis native and current New York City-based singer-actor-dancer Melissa Schott presents a cabaret show in which she is accompanied by her pianist and music director Scott Harris.

Singing a blend of pop, Broadway, and folk, in addition to tunes from the Great American Songbook, Melissa will share stories about her life and career during a captivating show that will also include some surprises. Gerry Trentham. Stark Naked is a two-woman play in which the artist Margaret Stark and graduate student Carrie Cohen explore the choices women make in their lives and the consequences of those choices. Carol Weiss, the playwright, has been writing about artists and the arts for more than 30 years.

She was a columnist and feature writer for the statewide arts magazine Arts Indiana and has co-authored three books. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown is a musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics, and musical theater itself!

Florence Foster Jenkins was the laughing stock of the New York socialites. Her friends indulged her, attending her recitals for the comedic entertainment, though Florence thought they were genuine in their support. She hired an accompanist, Cosme McMoon, who took the job because, as a struggling young musician, he needed rent money, though he was appalled by her voice.

Her performances took on a cult-like following, with audience members shoving handkerchiefs in their mouths to muffle their laughter or even fleeing the hall because they were just going to lose it. Slowly, her performances got out of hand, with the audience growing and growing until the duo found themselves performing at Carnegie Hall in Souvenir is ridiculously hilarious.

But, poetic license. The story is told to us by Cosme, who is now working at a supper club.

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  5. In between his flashbacks to his time with Florence, John D. Lori Ecker is the flamboyant and melodramatic Florence. At one point, she practically and gleefully assaults the audience with maracas and flowers. The Carnegie experience comes complete with equally absurd outfits by costume designer Susan Sanderock. The over-the-top looks on his face are just as outrageous as Florence herself. The play explores friendship, loyalty, passion for the arts, and musical interpretation.

    The NOT romantic but almost familial relationship that evolves between Florence and Cosme over their 12 years of working together is deeply touching and a testament to the power of friendship. Camilla Upchurch has directed a hit that deserves to be supported. Go see it! You will love it! Drugs and alcohol severely affected the quality of his work, so those plays became unpopular and obscure. However, the use of some really nasty rose incense at the end had my best friend on the edge of a full-blown asthma attack and left me with a headache from hell. Ryan Mullins directs fallen-out friends Gigi Jennewein as the self-conscious, pent-up Trinket and Beverly Roche as the shoplifting, washed-up prostitute Celeste.

    Roche is particularly interesting in her portrayal of a woman on the rock bottom, willing to eat Vanilla Wafers from a box containing a dead cockroach, and Roche and Jennewein play well off each other. I love the hats that costume designers Kat Robinson and Traci Snider put on the ladies. A mixture of comedy and commentary, Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm is about two black boys portrayed with the kind of broad stereotypical characteristics that would comfortably land them in The Breakfast Club.

    While both black, they are polar opposites. Marquis attends an exclusive, all-white prep school and his adoptive parents are white. He is bookish and almost effeminate in his sunny attitude and mannerisms. Tru is more street-smart, living in a lower-class inner-city area with his single mother. She takes Tru home with them, thinking how exciting it is that Marquis has his first cultural i.

    Fawning over her son and in extension Tru, as she is too excited to see Marquis form a friendship with another black boy. Tru decides that Marquis is too white, and he writes a manual for Marquis on how to be black. Short gives Tru an ease and confidence that translates into both authority and entertainment. Though he is set up to be just a template, Short creates a much richer character in his manifestation of Tru through line delivery and body language.

    The sarcastic and coy Tru is accessible and approachable no matter your race. He is an outsider in both races. Through either his innately submissive personality or his subconscious reacting to his all-white environment, he has never developed himself as an individual, merely reflecting the thoughts and attitudes of those around him. Is this nature versus nurture? Mwaafrika must take Marquis through this delicate revelation, but alas, the play ends before Marquis has the chance to make much progress. James Banta as school chum Fielder is so much more hilarious as Dionysus.

    Packaging hard truths in a piece that is truly entertaining is a hard match, but Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies does it. As Marquis invades the life of Tru and his friends and starts injecting slang and black culture into his life it reminds Ben of his own journey joining a Black Fraternity and experiencing what had essentially been lost to him in his formative years. What he loves most about this play is its use of comedy to ease the audience into a number of very crucial conversations that we as a society are struggling with.

    Ben has been enjoying making his directorial debut working with a cast that has tremendous energy and talent. Souvenir is a fantasia on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy socialite and a real-life historical figure, told through the eyes of her accompanist Cosme McMoon. Jenkins is completely tone deaf but convinced she is a great soprano. In , she met mediocre pianist Cosme McMoon, and the two teamed up in the hope of achieving success. Over the next dozen years, their bizarre partnership yielded hilariously off-key recitals that became the talk of New York, earned them cultish fame.

    This is presented by the same cast, crew, production team that brought you Souvenir at Footlite Musicals and IndyFringe Festival and last month at Myers Dinner Theater. A timely examination of growing up black in America by rising-star African-American playwright Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm. Marquis, a book-smart prep-schooler from the suburbs, meets Tru, a street-savvy Baltimorean, in a holding cell.

    In the company of fellow misfits and outcasts, Trinket Dugan and Celeste Griffin attempt to repair a friendship torn apart by unhealthy codependency and a string of hurt feelings. The popcorn is strung on the tree, the carolers are singing, and the booze is flowing. But will their friendship survive the ravages they inflict on each other? I love the idea that all of us are mutilated in some way. The Best of Broadway is a celebration of music from the Great White Way and features some of the most memorable songs, dances, and magical moments from your favorite Broadway shows, including A Chorus Line, Chicago, Gypsy, Evita, Cabaret, Grease , and many more.

    A once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Fishers Police and the Fishers Firefighters perform an historical reenactment! On Saturday, Nov. Commotion and mayhem ensued until it snowballed into an explosion of violence that left one person dead and 32 injured, and it caused the destruction of two buildings.

    So infamous was the occurrence that it made national headlines and put Fishers on the map. The Slam theme is Immigration. These up-to-five-minute personal stories must be true, told in the first person, and based on the theme. The theme is broad and may be interpreted many ways.

    No props nor reading from the page. Host Celestine Bloomfield will pick names of those who want to tell from a hat at the top of the show. The first-place winner will open for Donald Davis on Saturday, Dec. Storytelling Arts of Indiana presents Dr. Matlack grew up near the Whitewater Formation in Richmond, Indiana, which is world famous for its fossils.

    It was one of the first natural exposures from the Ordovician period to be discovered and studied in this country. This geological period and system is million years old! It promises to be a multi-sensory experience. Epilogue Players, a community theater, has been serving Indianapolis audiences for over 40 years.

    Its current home, N. Alabama St. All of the actors, crew and board of directors are unpaid volunteers. All proceeds will go to fund the materials needed for these upgrades and repairs. On the list of items needed are improvements to the exterior of the facility, installation of ADA restroom for audience and cast and crew, upgrades to the auditorium lighting system, and more. Funds will be raised through admission to the event and through a silent auction of items donated by various companies and individuals. The Comedy of Errors is a fast-paced farce involving mistaken identities, backhanded business, and even more mistaken identities.

    The evening will culminate in the only performance of Yellow Heat , a new play by Allan Bates. Vanessa lives with her mother, who is too busy to listen to her, so she spends a lot of time in her room. There is one treasure she keeps there: her father. Vanessa gets carried away with her imagination by telling her father elaborate stories. Then Mom does the unthinkable: she invites Timmy Fibbins over. No one at school talks to Timmy! Her imaginary father reminds her that no one talks to her either. The cultural touchstone that is The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged was born when three inspired, charismatic comics, having honed their pass-the-hat act at Renaissance fairs, premiered their preposterous masterwork at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in These Shining Lives focuses on the story of Catherine Donohue and some of her female co-workers, known as the Radium Girls, who were lied to by their employers about the health effects of the radium they were using to paint watches in the s and s.

    Their case helped change laws that would help keep future employees safe from dangers and health issues they would face in the workplace. Roncalli High School: Steel Magnolias. By the end of , all three Fail sisters will be dead — expiring in reverse order, youngest to oldest, from blunt object to the head, disappearance, and finally consumption.

    Tuneful songs, and a whimsical chorus follow the story of Nelly, Jenny June, and Gerty as they live out their lives above the family clock repair shop near the Chicago River, before their time unexpectedly runs out. Alice goes on a steampunk, grunge rock journey through the eyes of five children. This play was inspired by the well known dream that many people in professional and amateur theater have, that they go must perform in a play that they have inexplicably never been to rehearsals for and for which they know neither the lines or the plot.

    So in this play, George is an accountant who wanders onto an empty stage, not certain where he is or how he got there. Support the development of this new play and offer feedback through the talkback to immediately follow the reading. Take a glimpse inside the development process and hear this play before it comes to a stage near you!

    This is an incredibly unique opportunity to hear a play in progress and participate in the development of his work. This is not a passive show! Since no audience props are allowed, the callback audience participation and Time Warping is crucial. This is the best vocal work I have heard from him in a long time, and he wraps his mouth around those syllables and spits them back out with a smirk. She still seems innocent somehow even when she is climbing Rocky eye candy Joe Doyel like a monkey. He takes what is usually portrayed as an unwashed undertaker and makes him sexy-grungy and quirky-funny.

    Anna Lee as Magenta and Alexandria Warfiel as Columbia also get their own looks but play out their characters more to book, with satiating results, as does Josiah McCruiston as Eddie and Dr. The ensemble drips with various incarnations of sexuality in its eclectic costuming Ashley Kiefer and Andrea Bear and choreography Mariel Greenlee. Read the program. And you gotta love Brent Marty music director. Hot Patootie, bless my soul! Bumbling journalist Greg is fan-boying. However, the magazine is in dire straits.

    Its owner is on his deathbed, and his daughter, Elsa, has no intention of keeping the magazine alive. Actually, the show shares some of the topics touched on in Gods and Monsters , specifically the philosophy of the horror-movie-making industry, the evolution of the genre, and the fates of those left behind as they are supplanted by the next generation.

    The addition is jarring in that there is no lead-in — the revelation seems pulled from the ass — and from there the story just loses its interest. Instead of letting the audience ruminate on its deeper meaning, we are barraged by family drama. Tom Weingartner as Greg is endearingly geeky. Miranda Nehrig is fine as the emotionally maxed-out Elsa, and she is a cute drunk.

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