Time and again the arts have proved themselves a valuable tool in education. But in this day and age it can be hard to afford to take your Indianapolis kids to engaging Indianapolis performing arts events. That is why four Indianapolis theatres are offering FREE tickets for youth in Indiana. With a simple reservation, parents (who will have to pay for their own ticket) can bring their Indianapolis kids to an exhilarating new experience. It may just change their (and your) outlook on the world.
The four participating theatres are the Phoenix Theatre on Mass Ave, Indianapolis Civic Theatre on the campus of Marian University, the Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis downtown and the Actors Theatre of Indiana in Westfield, Indiana. This Indianapolis art organizations understand the value that kids measure in our society. That is why from now until March 28, 2010, they are opening their doors free of charge to Indianapolis kids age eleven to eighteen.
“How,” you ask, “can I take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity for my kids to engage in art on budget?” Its simple. Just call the theatre in advance of when you would like to see the show. Each performance has four tickets reserved for interested Indiana youth. Be prepared to give your name, address and perhaps email. Then simply show up and claim your tickets. Your Indianapolis kids will be enjoying theatre in no time. You never know who in your family might get bit by the theatre bug! Read on for info on shows currently lighting up Indianapolis stages. Pick the perfect one for you and yours.
The Phoenix Theatre presents Call Me BORICUA, through February 21. This one-man show is hilarious and powerful exploration of the Hispanic experience in the United States. Written and performed by Ricardo Melendez, it contains come language. Nothing is off limits in this comical look at the life of Melendez’s Hispanic Everyman.
Then Sunlight takes the stage at the Phoenix Theatre, February 25 through March 20. In this fierce political drama, one liberal university professor takes on the conservative dean of a law school (who happens to be his son and former protege). What happens when this respected academic leaders begins to break the rules he has spent his whole life protecting? Find out on stage at the Phoenix Theatre. Tickets for adults available for as little as $15.00. For additional information visit the Phoenix Theatre’s website.
749 North Park Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46202
The Indiana Repertory Theatre
The IRT presents Romeo and Juliet now through February 27. In this updated version of Shakespeare’s classic romance, African American Capulets are pitted against White Montagues in a rehash of West Side Story (minus the singing, dancing and updated language). This ranks as a great opportunity to expose your Indianapolis kids to one of literature’s greats.
On the upper stage of the IRT, check out Going Solo, a rolling repertory first for this Indianapolis theatre. They will present three one-person shows in a rolling schedule. Catch all three if you can. The first, Pretty Fire, examines the adolescence of one young black girl in the United State. The Year of Magical Thinking, the second play to open in Going Solo, is based on the novel/ memoir by Joan Didion of the same name. Finally, After Paul McCartney charts the journey of two friends who traverse the Atlantic and back all to meet “half of the greatest collaboration of the 20th century.”
Then on IRT’s main stage beginning March 24 is Becky’s New Car, a goofy comedy where mistaken identity collides with midlife crisis. For additional information about any of these Indianapolis art events, visit the IRT’s official website.
Indiana Repertory Theatre
140 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Indianapolis Civic Theatre
The Indianapolis Civic Theatre on the campus of Marian University presents My Fair Lady in concert February 12 through 14. Their concert presentation of My Fair Lady will feature all of your favorites from this popular Lerner and Lowe musical. Revisit all the classics such as “The Rain in Spain,” “Get Me To the Church On Time” and of course “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly.”
Then catch Indianapolis Civic Theatre’s production of Carousel, March 12 through March 28. Hailed by Time Magazine as the “best musical of the 20th century” Carousel won five Tony Awards for its 1994 revival. Rodgers and Hammerstein hit it on the nose with this Maine set musical. It unravels a family drama with beautiful music and choreography, culminating in a “dramatic testament to the power of love and redemption.” For additional information, visit Indianapolis Civic Theatre’s website.
Actors Theatre of Indiana
On stage at the Actors Theatre of Indiana March 3 through 28 is the hilarious comedy Nunsense. Enjoy as comedy ensues in a nunnery with some of the most zany ladies of God ever. For additional information visit the Actors Theatre of Indiana’s official website.