Indianapolis Civic Theatre picks 2010-2011 lineup

March 17, 2010
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Patrons attending Indianapolis Civic Theatre's production of "Carousel" have been privy to the company's lineup for 2010-2001--the last before it packs up and moves to the new Regional Performing Arts Center in Carmel.

Coming up:


Sept 10-25: "Annie."

Oct. 29-Nov. 13: "The Belle of Amhest," the one-woman play about Emily Dickinson.

Dec. 10-Jan. 1: "Beauty and the Beast."

Jan. 21-Feb. 5: "The Last Night at Ballyhoo" by Alfred Uhry (of "Driving Miss Daisy" fame)

March 11-26: "Cabaret."

May 6-21: "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940."


Your thoughts on the season?

And what shows would you like to see in the first season at Civic's new home?

  • Shows
    The Drowsy Chaperone, The Full Monty, Spamalot, or Chicago
  • Name change too?
    Does anybody know if they're going to exchange the "Indianapolis" in their name for "Carmel"?
  • Shows
    As my mother-in-law says, "they do Annie somewhere in Indiana almost every other year and I say I won't go, but I always do." If she wants to go, I'll go with, but not otherwise.

    Beauty and The Beast is such a HUGE production I can't image how much it will have to be scaled down for the Civic. It's also on the line up for Chicago's Broadway Across America series.

    We just saw Cabaret within the last 3 years downtown, so as much as I love that one, I think I'll pass.

    As for the other 3, I am not familiar with them enough to judge. Will have to learn more before I decide.

    It does seem to me that the local theaters do tend to choose the same stuff a lot. Joseph...Dreamcoat, Annie, and Wizard of Oz to name a few seem to pop up every year somewhere in town. I'd like to see more variety.
    • Not a good lineup
      Not a good lineup at all. Nothing I would go to see. I would have thought the first year would open with a blockbuster schedule.
      • last year, not first
        This is the season for the LAST year on Marian campus. 2011-2012 will be in Carmel.
        • Beauty and the Beast
          Actually, this will be the third go round for Beauty and the Beast at Civic. They've been alternating it with the Wizard of Oz and Joeseph and the Amazing Technicolor Overcoat for a number of years.
          • Maybe
            Carmel Taxpayers willing the Civic will be playing at the shiny new overblown PAC. But, I don't know if construction on their theater has even been started
          • Traitors
            I think Civic needs to learn a lesson about loyalty to their fans. It is a slap in the face of Indpls residents that they are moving to Carmel. Sure, I am probably closer to Carmel but I won't go to Civic productions there. I would rather spend my money at IRT, or Phoenix or Theatre on the Square.

            Next year's season line-up is a real yawner. Has another theatre already done The Allergist's Wife? If not, I would love to see that done in Indianapolis....but not in Carmel.
          • last time?
            IRT did a production of The Allergist's Wife that was roundly panned, as I recall. Civic's last go-round with Beauty/Beast was wonderful! Mostly a dull season, though.
          • Repeats
            Sandy, thanks for the heads up on the info on Civic's past repeaters. I've only lived in Indy 3 yrs.
          • Bored
            Eh, it's safe... and boring. Cabaret maybe... the rest... eh
          • surprised
            Huh. I guess I am surprised by the disappointment in the comments so far. The season looks like a good mix to me, with a little something for everyone.

            For the past almost three years I have seen 100+ shows per year in the Indianapolis area and the only show in the above line-up that I have already seen before is "Annie."

            I am looking forward to the whole season.

            Hope Baugh
            Indy Theatre Habit
          • Beauty
            Civic does a wonderful job with Beauty and the Beast. They've done it twice before and each time the costumes and sets have been breathtaking.

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