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A&E Roundup: Wilcher hits the road, a trio of Sondheim shows, cat videos, more

June 16, 2015

This and that from the A&E front:

—Local actress Claire Wilcher ("Schoolhouse Wrong," "Hair"), who successful crafted a $30k crowd-sourcing campaign to buy an RV and travel the country to perform at every ComedySportz venue, is on the road. She left June 16 heading toward her first performances in Richmond, VA, and Washington, D.C. June 19-20. You can follow her travels here. Bon voyage.

Theatre on the Square's 2015/16 schedule will be musical-heavy. It opens with "Enter Love," a new airport-set show by Lynn Lupold and Kenny Shepard, ends with a 20th-anniversary revival of "Rent," and includes a Zack Neiditch /Zach Rosing production of "Bat Boy." Stephen Sondheim's rarely produced (at least, around here) show "Passion" arrives in March. Side note: With Actors Theatre of Indiana staging "Sweeney Todd" and Buck Creek Players offerings "Assassins," that means three of Sondheim's most challenging works will be staged in Central Indiana in the first thee months of 2016. Also coming from TOTS: a production of the current Broadway hit "Skylight" starring Bill Simmons, Brent Marty returning in "Miss Gulch Returns" and more.

Horse Feathers and Georgia Satellites will co-headline the 2015 Colts Kickoff Concert on Georgia St. Sept. 11.

—An IU study has shown that viewing cat videos boosts energy and positive emotions. The study was published in the journal "Computers in Human Behavior." According to assistant professor and study conductor Jessica Gall Myrick, “Some people may think watching online cat videos isn’t a serious enough topic for academic research, but the fact is that it’s one of the most popular uses of the Internet today. If we want to better understand the effects the Internet may have on us as individuals and on society, then researchers can’t ignore Internet cats anymore.

—Look for a bigger dancing figure on the newly revamped Celebrate the Arts license plates.

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