Hedback Theatre: Creating a Dream in Downtown Indianapolis

For current show information at the Hedback Theatre, visit the Footlite Musicals website.

The Hedback Theatre, just a few blocks from Martin Luther King Memorial Park in downtown Indianapolis, has been the site of Footlite Musicals productions since 1974. This is one of the most popular of the many wonderful theatrical venues in Indianapolis. Everybody loves a musical, and this energetic group puts on a new one about every six weeks, rain or shine.

The Hedback Theatre was once the old Civic Theatre of Indianapolis. The Footlite Musicals group, which had been traveling around various churches and high school auditoriums like a clan of gypsies for almost twenty years, finally settled into the Civic in 1974 and renamed it the “Hedback Community Theatre.” A couple years later, local scion Phil Hedback donated the theater building to this dedicated Indianapolis performing arts organization.

One of the main features of the Hedback Theatre is its in-house pipe organ, also donated by Phil Hedback. The instrument sports two manuals and eleven ranks, an authentic Page Theatre pipe organ from the old days. Since its installation, the Hedback Theatre people have added six ranks and made other interesting improvements. The American Theatre Organ Society has taken this pipe organ under its wing. Its members maintain its historic attributes and keep it alive by playing it just before every performance.

Inside the Hedback Theatre halls, rehearsals and productions are not the only activities. As part of their commitment to the dramatic arts in Indianapolis, the organization offers ongoing courses on both onstage and backstage subjects, as well as a summer children’s workshop. During the workshop, the young people get a chance to work with seasoned veteran performers. At the end of the course, they present a full-scale musical on the Hedback stage.

Indianapolis kids are lucky to have such an opportunity at their fingertips, and over the generations, the Hedback Theatre and Footlite Musicals have enhanced their share of young lives, as well as the culture in Indianapolis in general. Without the arts in Indianapolis, life wouldn’t be much of a dream.

Hedback Theatre

1847 N Alabama St

Indianapolis, IN 46202



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