The Shawnee Theatre in Greene County announces its Summer 2014 season filled with timeless tales and American favorites.
New producing director Trey D Rock said, “We have listened to Bloomfield and the surrounding areas and made sure our shows are bigger, our youth theater is improved, and we have brought back the immensely popular melodrama. Under new direction Shawnee is going to be better than ever.”
Rock, in his introduction of the prominent members of Shawnee’s new, and improved company, said “Shawnee has gone many years without a dedicated producing division, and a dedicated artistic division. This is something I wanted to bring back, it brings a much more organized, and professional company to the forefront. This model is used by all of the currently successful regional theaters.”
With that in mind, Shawnee has brought back two veterans. Joshua Carroll is on board as Season 55’s artistic director. With his return to the company Carroll said he wishes to bring quality art to the Bloomfield area. “It’s our highest priority at the theater to create an environment which promotes amazing art at affordable prices and brings in the best artists, and undeniably enjoyable experiences for all.”
Also joining the company is Kody C Jones, as the associate artistic director and the education director. “I’m honored to be a part of the new leadership and to work towards taking the already refined quality of Shawnee to the next level of artistic integrity,” Jones said.
“Both Josh and Kody are amazingly talented individuals I have worked together with in the past, all three of us come from the same Alma Mater, and I knew when I came upon the decision to split the management roles up that these were the two I was going to call. They are my dream team,” Rock said.
Shawnee opens its 55th season with the immensely popular musical “The Drowsy Chaperone.” The book by Bob Martin and Don McKeller, and music/lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, it is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theater fan. As he plays the record of his favorite musical, the fictional 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life on stage.
The show is open for a special two weekend run. Show dates are June 12-15 and June 19-22.
The second show in the lineup is the hilarious comedic version of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” written by John Nicholson and Steven Canny for the hit comedy team Peepolykus. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most celebrated Sherlock Holmes story gets a gloriously funny makeover in this “wonderfully barking spoof” (Daily Telegraph) for a cast of three actors playing multiple roles. Show dates are June 26-29.
Next is “A Year with Frog and Toad,” where Arnold Lobel’s well-loved characters hop from the page to the stage in Robert and Willie Reale’s Tony-nominated musical. This whimsical musical follows two great friends — the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad — through four fun-filled seasons. This children’s tale tells the story of friendship that endures, weathering all seasons. Show dates: July 3-6.
Shawnee’s Annual Variety Show, on the afternoon of July 4, includes skits, songs and performances from Shawnee artists and any interested community member.
On the heels of the swashbuckling action of Treasure Island last year, is Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers. This tale of heroism, treachery, close escapes and above all honor will be performed July 10-13.
The fifth show in the 2014 action-packed season is something that has been asked for time and time again. The return of The Shawnee Theatre World Famous Melodrama. Warm up your pitching arm; there will be plenty of tomatoes to purchase and throw at the cast of this wild and wacky production. Show dates: July 17-20.
To close out the season, Shawnee has obtained special permission to produce one of the greatest plays ever written — Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” This timeless American story revolves around the last days of Willy Loman, a failing salesman, who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness. Show dates: July 24-27.
Show times on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays are at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees will be at 2. Shawnee also is offering the six-show flex pass at a discounted price of $60 for a limited time ($65 regularly). Information can be obtained through the theater’s email, or writing to the P.O. box listed below.
Shawnee Youth Theatre
Shawnee Summer Youth Theatre offers theater programming for students K-12, ages 4-18, and is a fast-paced and fun way to introduce boys and girls to the theater arts. The theater strives to ignite students with the same passion for the arts as the adult theater. Classes are taught by professional actors and theater technicians and final performances will be under the leadership of professional directors and stage managers from all over the United States.
Adventures in Storyland (ages 4-6), $25 if signed up before July 4; otherwise $30. This class will meet from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. July 15-18. Parent orientation will be 9 a.m. July 15. Specifically designed for a younger age group, this class is geared to opening minds, widening imaginations and encouraging creativity through creative play, teamwork, games, and active story-telling. Meant to improve social and communications skills as well as heighten creative momentum.
Introductory and Intermediate Theatre (ages 7-12), $65 before July 4; otherwise $75.
Designed to enable introductory students as well as challenge returning students, young actors learn the foundations of theater both onstage and offstage as well as introductory performance skills that include team building, physical and vocal exploration, improvisation and scene work.
This program will conclude with a performance on the Shawnee stage. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to noon July 22-25 and 29-31. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1-2, and 2 p.m. Aug. 3.
Teen Playbuilding and Performance (Age 13-18), $65 before July 4; otherwise $75.
Actors train in the techniques necessary for complete character development through the use of scene and monologue work. Actors learn to create realistic characters in believable situations through directed scene work and improvisation techniques. Vocal and movement techniques will also be taught in order for actors to gain more control of their voice and physicality. Advanced actors hone their craft as they create a performance for the Shawnee stage in the conclusion of the program.
The class will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. July 22-25 and 29-31. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1-2 and 2 p.m. Aug. 3.
Advanced Internship (Age 15-18), free.
This new offering is for the advanced student who has experience with on-and/or off-stage theater. The student will work one-on-one with a professional theater designer or technician and learn how to work backstage as a light and sound board operator, spotlight operator and more. The student will then have the opportunity to work these positions throughout the season as an intern at Shawnee. This would be a great way for the up-and-coming theater artist to work with professionals and build an early resume. These positions are limited and will be granted through an interview process.
Any additional children? Any sibling signed up gets $15 off registration.
The theater’s website is down for renovations, but order forms may be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by letter to P.O. Box 22, Bloomfield IN, 47424.
The Shawnee Theatre in Greene County announces its Summer 2014 season filled with timeless tales and American favorites.
ISU to bring The Color Run to Terre Haute
Indiana State University is planning a colorful kickoff event for the 2014-15 school year.
The university is bringing The Color Run to Terre Haute on Aug. 23. One of the largest event series in the nation, the race douses participants from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. Billed as the “happiest 5K on the planet,” the event caters to everyone — first-time runners to professional athletes — and has no winners or official times.
Ride With The Governor is set for July 25
On Friday, ABATE of Indiana will present the annual Ride With The Governor.
This event to promote motorcycle awareness is open to all motorcyclists. Donations will benefit the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund.
‘Sound of Music’ this weekend and next at Maple Avenue UMC
Maple Avenue United Methodist Church’s Summer Theatre will present six performances of “The Sound of Music” beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, July 25.
Brazil Concert Band sets ‘German Musikfest’ concert for July 27
The Brazil Concert Band will present “German Musikfest” at 7 p.m. Sunday at Forest Park in Brazil, rain or shine.
Join SPPRAK for photo at Rex game
SPPRAK Night will be 7 p.m. July 25 during the Terre Haute Rex game at Bob Warn Field. Five hundred people, all wearing the same glasses, will get their picture taken.
Adults invited to join New Horizons Band at Community School of Arts
New Horizons Band at the Indiana State University Community School of the Arts welcomes adults, age 25 and older, with little or no musical experience to become a New Horizons Music member.
Gospel soloist to perform July 27 in Brazil
Gospel music soloist Ryan Seaton will be in concert at 6 p.m. on Sunday in First Christian Church at Brazil.
Arrowhead Show July 27 in Sullivan County
An Arrowhead Show featuring Prehistoric First American artifacts is set for Sunday in Sullivan County.
Terre Haute Parks plan National Dance Day event on July 26
The Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Department will be participating in National Dance Day on Saturday.
Gym Bob’s Jamboree July 26 at Boot City Opry
Solos, duets and instrumentals are all part of the great Gym Bob’s Jamboree show set for 7 p.m. Saturday in Boot City Opry at 11800 S. U.S. 41.
Nature Conservancy announces ‘Natural Treasures’ challenge
The Nature Conservancy and Honda of America Mfg. Inc. announce the highly anticipated summer Natural Treasures challenge that gives Hoosiers an opportunity to explore natural sites in Indiana and a chance to win a Honda Civic Hybrid.
Benefit, walk Aug. 2 to support MS Society
The fourth annual Multiple Sclerosis Benefit will take place Aug. 2 at the Rosedale Tavern, 93 W. Middle St., Rosedale.
Arte é Vino for adults planned July 29
Looking for a girls night out or a fun and unique date? Arte é Vino events are fun art-themed events for adults.
Visit musical ‘petting zoo’ at Children’s Museum
The theme for downtown Terre Haute’s First Friday on Aug. 1 will be “Dog Days of Summer.” What better time for children to visit a petting zoo? The Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame is planning a petting zoo of a different kind, though: a musical instrument menagerie.
Celebrate Smokey Bear’s birthday Aug. 2
Visitors to Turkey Run State Park in Parke County can eat cake and ice cream, meet firefighters and see fire engines and other equipment at a birthday party for Smokey Bear on Aug. 2.
Sisters plan annual used book sale
The Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods are preparing for their annual used book sale.
The event is scheduled for Aug. 2-10 in the Providence Spirituality and Conference Center conference room, across the hall from Linden Leaf Gifts.
Ride Tour de Park Aug. 16 through Vigo parks
The Tour de Park, a set of non-competitive bike rides through Vigo County parks, will begin at 8 p.m. on Aug. 16. Routes of 10 or 50 miles are available, with both starting at Hawthorn Park’s Dogwood Shelter.
River City adds 2 Artist of the Month galleries
River City Art Association Inc. in Terre Haute now has three Artist of the Month galleries to showcase artwork by its members.
Marshall Library announces photo winners
Marshall Public Library announces winners of an animal photography contest staged in conjunction with its recent “PAWS” to Read Summer Reading Program.
Hole-y-One Golf Scramble scheduled
Golfers are invited to mark their calendars for the 12th annual Hole-y-One Golf Scramble, presented by the Sisters of Providence at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. The event will take place on Sept. 12 at the Country Club of Terre Haute, 57 Allendale.
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Habitat Cruise In set for July 26 in Brazil
Habitat for Humanity of Clay County has set its Brazil Kroger Cruise In for 5 to 9 p.m. July 26 on the Kroger parking lot, east of Brazil on U.S. 40.
Scoop up some blueberries, live music
Terre Foods Cooperative Market will present the sixth annual Blueberry Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, at Central Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Seventh St.
Blueberry compote sundaes will be available for $5.
‘On the Banks of the Wabash’ band festival set
Seven bands from Indiana and Kentucky will join the Terre Haute Community Band and special guest Gymnasium Heide-Ost Symphonic Band from Heide, Germany, to present the fourth annual “On the Banks of the Wabash” Community Band Festival on Friday and Saturday. Five bands are making their first appearance at the festival. All concerts are at Fairbanks Park and are free.
Crossroads Rep offers a different show each night
Patrons still have time to see all four shows in this summer’s Crossroads Repertory Theatre season at Indiana State University. During the final two weeks of the season, a different play is presented each evening, with a Sunday matinee.
Experience pioneer life July 19 at Turkey Run Heritage Festival
Turkey Run State Park will host the Pioneer Heritage Festival on Saturday, a chance to experience the 19th century.
A variety of hands-on activities will be available for visitors to try and to enjoy.
Concert band to add a little bluegrass July 20
The Brazil Concert Band is scheduled to present “OK! … Yellow Hammer!” on Sunday at the special time of 7 p.m. at Forest Park.
Firefighters plan Aug. 16 fish fry
The Shepardsville Volunteer Fire Department has planned a fish fry fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 16 in the Shepardsville firehouse.
Author receives honor for children’s book on Saint Mother Theodore
Mary K. Doyle has written many books. But she had never attempted to write a children’s book.
However, her first one, “Saint Theodora and her Promise to God,” was recently honored by placing fourth in a contest conducted by the Catholic Press Association.
‘Accidental Love’ author at Open Door July 21
Switz City writer Ralph W. Roach, author of “Accidental Love,” will be available to sign copies of his book from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The event will take place at the Open Door Christian Bookstore, 3125 S. Third Place.
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