Indianapolis is known for many things, such as the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race (the Indy 500), the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, and the beloved Superbowl XLIII winners, the Indianapolis Colts. But theater? If the Mud Creek Players have anything to say about it, drama will continue to make a name for itself in Indy for years to come.
Backstage video with the Mud Creek Players in Indianapolis, Indiana
Mud Creek Players, Inc. is a volunteer organization in Geist that puts on plays in the aptly named Mud Creek Barn (as it is, in fact, a barn.) The unassuming barn is as much a part of Indianapolis history as Peyton Manning and Tony Hulman. The Mud Creek Players have been around for 50 years, and have evolved from a lonely group of WWII valley women to a bustling troupe of actors involved in both Indianapolis performing arts and the Indianapolis nonprofit community.
50 years ago, the enterprising and imaginative women of Mud Valley gathered together every week to do their part for the war effort, sewing blankets and bandages while praying for the safe return of their soldiers. Once the war ended, the fast friendships the women had formed held steady as they continued to meet once a month. Gradually they came to include their men, and entertainment became the main focus of the meetings, in the form of reading plays aloud. Eventually a leader was chosen, a committee was formed, and in time a tight-knit theater troup was born.
There are many other organizations that contribute to Indianapolis theater, such as the Indianapolis Civic Theatre, Murat Theatre and the Indiana Repertory Theatre. All of these special troups add entertainment value and life to the Circle City, but the Mud Creek Players contribute something extra. They’re not only enthusiastic actors, they’re active volunteers in the Indy community as well. The Players support numerous Indianapolis nonprofits, such as the American Heart Association, the Humane Society of Indianapolis, and the Butler University MBA program.
The Mud Creek Players take great pride in including Indianapolis residents and Indianapolis kids in their group, and any and all are encouraged to audition for roles in their productions. These productions range from drama to comedy, well-known to little known. The Mud Creek Players are always eagerly planning their next show. So next time you’re looking for things to do in Indianapolis, and you’ve had your fill of Indianapolis sporting events and site-seeing along the Canal, consider broadening your horizons at the Mud Creek Barn with the Mud Creek Players. Nothing says Indianapolis like some good old-fashioned drama and laughter.
The Mud Creek Players Theatre
9740 E 86th St, Indianapolis, IN
For current and upcoming performances, visit their website.
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