Eclipse presents “Violet” May 30 – June 15

INDIANAPOLIS – Eclipse, the emerging artists program of Summer Stock Stage (SSS), will present the contemporary musical “Violet” May 30 – June 15 on the Russell Stage at the Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre.

 SSS, a premier educational theater group, provides students ages 13 to 19 with an extraordinary performing arts experience. In 2017, SSS introduced Eclipse, an offshoot for young professionals and college students from central Indiana. The performers, who are SSS alumni, have the opportunity to showcase their talent in challenging musical theater productions.

“We believe providing professional opportunities for performers who are just embarking on their careers helps attract and retain emerging artists in our community,” said artistic director Emily Ristine Holloway. “There’s a need for this type of work in the Indianapolis market.”

“Violet” will feature performers who graduated from central Indiana high schools and attend or attended seven different colleges.   With a score from Tony-winning composer Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by the acclaimed Brian Crawley, this moving story will take your breath away.

As a girl, Violet was struck by a wayward axe blade when her father was chopping wood, leaving her with a visible scar across her face. With enough money finally saved she’s traveling across the Deep South in 1964 towards a miracle – the healing touch of a TV evangelist who will make her beautiful. Although she may not succeed in having the scar on her face healed, Violet may be able to repair her deeper scars.

Tickets for the 10 shows are $20 for opening weekend and $30 for all other performances. Click here to purchase tickets or visit  https://summerstockstage.com/

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About Summer Stock Stage

Summer Stock Stage is an intensive, pre-professional program designed to equip young students for collegiate and professional theater programs. Its mission is to enrich the community through theater by inspiring young people to learn, connect and perform. The SSS staff mentors and collaborates with student artists in two major musical productions each summer; this year Thoroughly Modern Millie at Indiana Repertory Theatre in June and Into the Woods at Marian University in July.

Media Contact:                

Rachel Riegel
(317) 402-2609

SUMMER STOCK STAGE AUDITIONS APRIL 19 & 20 AT MARIAN UNIVERSITY

Indianapolis, IN – Summer Stock Stage announces auditions for Thoroughly Modern Millie and Into the Woods.

What is Summer Stock Stage? Summer Stock Stage is a premier educational theater group that provides central Indiana high school students with an extraordinary performing arts experience. Summer Stock Stage features performers ages 13 to 18, from 40+ schools throughout central Indiana.

When are auditions? Auditions for the 2019 main stage productions of Thoroughly Modern Millie and Into the Woods Secret will take place Friday, April 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Auditioners need attend only ONE audition day.  Arrive promptly at start of audition.

Who can audition? Auditions are open to all students who will begin 8th grade in the fall of 2019 through those who will graduate from high school in the spring of 2019. Summer Stock Stage is committed to inclusive casting and students of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

Where are auditions being held?  Auditions will be held at Marian University Theatre, located at 3200 Cold Springs Road, Indianapolis 46222. Students should arrive at the MU Theatre in Marian Hall by 4 p.m. on the 19th, or by 10 a.m. on the 29th.  Students may audition for one or both shows.

Why should I audition? Students who have a strong interest in pursuing a musical theater career beyond high school should consider auditioning. This is an intensive, pre-professional program designed to equip young students for collegiate and professional theater programs.

What should I bring to the audition? Those auditioning should bring the completed audition forms. They should prepare 16 bars of a musical theater selection and bring sheet music in the correct key for the accompanist. Those auditioning will also be asked to participate in a dance audition. Those who are auditioning for Millie and can tap, should bring tap shoes.  Professional headshots and/or resumés are not necessary at auditions. Complete information at https://summerstockstage.com/get-involved/auditions/

What is the time commitment? Most production rehearsals occur Monday through Thursday from 3 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday 10 to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Performances will run from June 27 to 30 (Millie) at Indiana Repertory Theatre and July 25 to 28 (Into the Woods) at Marian University. Millie will rehearse in June at North Central H.S. and IRT and Into the Woods in July at Marian University.

Summer Stock Stage’s Mission – Enriching our community through theater by inspiring young people to learn, connect, and perform.

For immediate release

For more information, contact:
Rachel Riegel, Managing Director
Telephone: 317-402-2609
rachel@summerstockstage.com

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Summer Stock Stage presents “Urinetown” June 28 through July 1

INDIANAPOLIS- More than 40 talented high school students from 20 public, private and charter schools in central Indiana will perform a fully-staged and orchestrated production of “Urinetown.” The Summer Stock Stage (SSS) performance runs June 28 through July 1 at Park Tudor School’s Ayres Auditorium. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

SSS is a premier educational theater group that provides students ages 13 to 19 with an extraordinary performing arts experience.

“These students are some of the best musical theater performers in the area, and many will continue their theater studies in college,” said SSS artistic director Emily Ristine Holloway. “It is inspiring to see them come together in a professional, collaborative environment to produce an outstanding show.”

The Tony Award-winning “Urinetown” is a sidesplitting send-up of greed, love, revolution and musical theater in a time when water is worth its weight in gold.  In a dystopian city, a terrible water shortage has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities controlled by a malevolent company – until a hero decides to plan a revolution.

“Urinetown” is co-directed by Holloway and Charles Goad with musical direction by Michael Raunick and choreography by Brandon Comer, Mariel Greenlee, and Lily Wessel. Tickets are on sale at www.summerstockstage.com and cost $14 for the Thursday preview performance and $18 for all other shows.

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About Summer Stock Stage

Summer Stock Stage is an intensive, pre-professional program designed to equip students for collegiate and professional theater programs. Its mission is to enrich the community through theater by inspiring young people to learn, connect and perform. The SSS staff mentors and collaborates with student artists in two major musical productions each summer, while Park Tudor School generously donates use of its facilities.

Media Contact:
Sarah Holsapple
(317) 363-6800

Summer Stock Stage Eclipse presents “Dogfight” May 31 – June 17

Eclipse program provides paid performing opportunities for young central Indiana artists

INDIANAPOLIS- Eclipse, the emerging artists program of Summer Stock Stage (SSS), will present the contemporary musical “Dogfight” May 31 – June 17 at IndyFringe Basile Theatre.

SSS, a premier educational theater group, provides students ages 13 to 19 with an extraordinary performing arts experience. In 2017, SSS introduced Eclipse, an offshoot for young professionals and college students in central Indiana. The performers, who are SSS alumni, have the opportunity to showcase their talent in challenging musical theater productions.

“We believe providing professional opportunities for performers who are just embarking on their careers helps attract and retain emerging artists in our community,” said artistic director Emily Ristine Holloway. “There’s a need for this type of work in the Indianapolis market.”

“Dogfight” will feature performers who graduated from central Indiana high schools and attend or attended nine different colleges. The musical was written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the songwriting team behind “Dear Evan Hansen,” “La La Land” and “The Greatest Showman.” Dogflight features three young Marines on the eve of their deployment in November 1963. When one of the men meets an awkward and idealistic waitress, she teaches him the power of love and compassion.

Tickets for the 12 shows cost $20 for opening weekend and $30 for all other performances. Click here to purchase tickets or visit https://summerstockstage.com. To watch a preview of Dogfight, click here or visit the Summer Stock Stage YouTube channel. Dogflight includes mature content and strong language.

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About Summer Stock Stage
Summer Stock Stage is an intensive, pre-professional program designed to equip young students for collegiate and professional theater programs. Its mission is to enrich the community through theater by inspiring young people to learn, connect and perform. The SSS staff mentors and collaborates with student artists in two major musical productions each summer, while Park Tudor School generously donates use of its facilities.

Media Contact:
Sarah Holsapple
(317) 363-6800

SUMMER STOCK STAGE AUDITIONS APRIL 27 & 29 AT PARK TUDOR SCHOOL

Indianapolis, IN – Summer Stock Stage announces auditions for Urinetown and The Secret Garden.

What is Summer Stock Stage? Summer Stock Stage is a premier educational theater group that provides central Indiana high school students with an extraordinary performing arts experience. Summer Stock Stage features performers ages 13 to 18, from 40+ schools throughout Central Indiana.

When are auditions? Auditions for the 2018 main stage productions of Urinetown and The Secret Garden will take place Friday, April 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 29 from 2 to 6 p.m.  Auditioners need attend only ONE audition day.  Arrive promptly at start of audition.

Who can audition? Auditions are open to all students who will begin 8th grade in the fall of 2018 through those who will graduate from high school in the spring of 2017. Summer Stock Stage is committed to inclusive casting and students of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

Where are auditions being held?  Auditions will be held at Park Tudor School, located at 7200 N. College Avenue, Indianapolis 46240. Students should arrive at the Studio Theatre door of the Fine Arts Building by 4 p.m. on the 27th, or by 2 p.m. on the 29th.  Students may audition for one or both shows.

Why should I audition? Students who have a strong interest in pursuing a musical theater career beyond high school should consider auditioning. This is an intensive, pre-professional program designed to equip young students for collegiate and professional theater programs.

What should I bring to the audition? Those auditioning should bring the completed audition forms. They should prepare 16 bars of a musical theater selection and bring sheet music in the correct key for the accompanist. Those auditioning will also be asked to participate in a dance audition. Professional headshots and/or resumés are not necessary at auditions. Complete information at https://summerstockstage.com/get-involved/auditions/

What is the time commitment? Most production rehearsals occur Monday through Thursday from 3 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday 10 to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Performances will be run from June 28 to July 1 Urinetown and July 25 to 29 for The Secret Garden.  Urintetown will rehearse in June and The Secret Garden in July.

Summer Stock Stage’s Mission – Enriching our community through theater by inspiring young people to learn, connect, and perform.

For immediate release

For more information, contact:
Rachel Riegel, Managing Director
Telephone: 317-402-2609
rachel@summerstockstage.com

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Summer Stock Stage presents Pippin July 27-30!

Indianapolis, IN– Summer Stock Stage will present the musical Pippin at Ayres Auditorium at Park Tudor School July 27-30.  Thursday preview and Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:00 pm.  Sunday performance is at 2:00 pm. More than 20 of the most talented students from central Indiana have been rehearsing with director Charles Goad, music director Jeanne Bowling, and choreographer Cherri Jaffee, to mount this fully-staged and orchestrated production featuring Bob Fosse inspired choreography.   These students, ages 13-19, come from 12 different public, private, and charter schools from throughout central Indiana.  These are some of the best musical theater performers in the area.  Many plan to continue their theater studies in college, while others have entirely different plans.  All come together in a professional, collaborative environment to produce outstanding theater each summer.

PIPPIN – Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.

Pippin, a Tony-Award winning musical with an infectious score, comes to Summer Stock Stage July 27-30! Thursday preview performance is at 7:00 pm.  Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:00 pm and Sunday performance is at 2:00 pm. This is a PG production; some material may not be suitable for small children.

Tickets – All tickets are on sale NOW and can be purchased through www.summerstockstage.com or at the box office on the night of show. Preview performance tickets are $14. All other tickets are $18. Shows do sell out so be sure to buy your tickets early! Ticketing questions should be emailed to info@summerstockstage.com.

About Summer Stock Stage – Summer Stock Stage exists to provide theater experiences for teenage students in central Indiana.  Co-founded by Emily Ristine Holloway, artistic director and Jeanne Bowling, music director, the artistic team now includes Kyle Ragsdale, curator of the Harrison Center for the Arts; Mariel Greenlee and Brandon Comer, Dance Kaleidoscope; Cherri Jaffee, former Artistic Director of Dance Kaleidoscope; Michael Moffatt, Theater Department chair, Cathedral High School and professional actor/director Charles Goad. While pursuing their own careers as artists, these adults mentor and collaborate with the student artists in two major musical productions each summer.  Park Tudor School generously donates the use of their beautiful facilities in their common vision for enriching the lives of students through the arts.

For more information, contact:

Rachel Riegel, Managing Director
Telephone: 317-402-2609
rachel@summerstockstage.com
www.summerstockstage.com

John Collins as Pippin and Chase Infiniti Payne as Leading Player

 

Summer Stock Stage presents Disney’s Aladdin Jr. June 21-25!

Indianapolis, IN– Summer Stock Stage will present Aladdin Jr at Ayres Auditorium at Park Tudor School June 21-25.  Wednesday preview and Thursday through Saturday evening performances are at 7:00 pm.  Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2:00 pm. More than 50 of the most talented students from central Indiana have been rehearsing with director Emily Ristine Holloway, music director Jeanne Bowling, and choreographer Mariel Greenlee, to mount this fully-staged production.   These students, ages 13-19, come from 25+ different public, private, and charter schools from throughout central Indiana.  They will be joined by 30 younger students from Summer Stock Stage Academy who will be featured in smaller roles. These are some of the best musical theater performers in the area.  Many plan to continue their theater studies in college, while others have entirely different plans.  All come together in a professional, collaborative environment to produce outstanding theater each summer.

Disney’s Aladdin Jr  –  Welcome to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail!  Disney’s Aladdin Jr. is sure to send audiences soaring on a flying carpet ride filled with romance and adventure.  The tuneful, Academy award-winning score with songs including “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me” will certainly make this musical a family favorite!

When the street urchin, Aladdin, vies for the attention of the beautiful princess, Jasmine, he uses a genie’s magic power to become a prince in order to marry her.  Iago, Jafar, the Genie and more are here in Disney’s Aladdin Jr., a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love.

This irreverently fun and magical production runs June 21-25.  Wednesday preview performance is at 7:00 pm.  Evening performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:00 pm and matinees are Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm.

Tickets – All tickets are on sale NOW and can be purchased through www.summerstockstage.com or at the box office on the night of show. Preview performance tickets are $14. All other tickets are $18. Shows do sell out so be sure to buy your tickets early! Ticketing questions should be emailed to info@summerstockstage.com.

About Summer Stock Stage – Summer Stock Stage exists to provide theater experiences for teenage students in central Indiana.  Co-founded by Emily Ristine Holloway, artistic director and Jeanne Bowling, music director, the artistic team now includes Kyle Ragsdale, curator of the Harrison Center for the Arts; Mariel Greenlee and Brandon Comer, Dance Kaleidoscope; Cherri Jaffee, former Artistic Director of Dance Kaleidoscope; Michael Moffatt, Theater Department chair, Cathedral High School and professional actor/director Charles Goad. While pursuing their own careers as artists, these adults mentor and collaborate with the student artists in two major musical productions each summer.  Park Tudor School generously donates the use of their beautiful facilities in their common vision for enriching the lives of students through the arts.

For immediate release

For more information, contact:
Rachel Riegel, Managing Director
Telephone: 317-402-2609
rachel@summerstockstage.com

Weston LeCrone as Aladdin and Cynthia Kauffman as Jasmine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer Stock Stage ECLIPSE presents Spring Awakening June 1-18!

Indianapolis, IN-ECLIPSE, the emerging artists program of Summer Stock Stage, will present Spring Awakening June 1-18 at IndyFringe Basile Theatre.  Eclipse provides paid performing opportunities for young professionals and college students from central Indiana.  Eclipse, a new program, offers challenging musical theater productions providing central Indiana with edgy and emerging work and artists.  Eclipse is an outgrowth of Summer Stock Stage’s main stage program which focuses on high school performers ages 13-19.  Eclipse will feature performers who are alumni of Summer Stock Stage in college and older.

The opportunity to work with Summer Stock Stage alums and to showcase some of this talent in contemporary musical theater is what drives the SSS artistic team. Artistic Director Emily Ristine Holloway, says the team “shares a common belief that there is a need for this type of work in the Indianapolis market.  And most importantly we believe that providing professional opportunities for performers who are just embarking on their careers is crucial to attracting and retaining emerging artists in our community. Plus it gives us central Indiana the opportunity to see some of the amazing homegrown talent we at Summer Stock Stage have been fostering for the last 14 years!”

Spring Awakening will feature performers who attended eight area high schools and currently attend nine different colleges.  All are alumni of Summer Stock Stage and excited to be part of the premiere Eclipse production of Spring Awakening, an angsty rock musical about the trials and tribulations of growing up.  Tickets are $15 for opening weekend and $30 for all other performances.  Recommended for ages 16+.  Tickets available at summerstockstage.com.

Major supporters of this program are Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate; Livia Russell; and the Arts Council and City of Indianapolis.

About Summer Stock Stage – Summer Stock Stage exists to provide theater experiences for teenage students in central Indiana.  Co-founded by Emily Ristine Holloway, artistic director and Jeanne Bowling, music director, the artistic team now includes Kyle Ragsdale, curator of the Harrison Center for the Arts; Mariel Greenlee and Brandon Comer of Dance Kaleidoscope; Cherri Jaffee, former Artistic Director of Dance Kaleidoscope; Michael Moffatt, Theater Department chair, Cathedral High School and professional actor/director Charles Goad. While pursuing their own careers as artists, these adults mentor and collaborate with the student artists in two major musical productions each summer. Park Tudor School generously donates the use of their beautiful facilities in their common vision for enriching the lives of students and the community through the arts.

For immediate release

For more information, contact:
Rachel Riegel, Managing Director
Telephone: 317-402-2609
rachel@summerstockstage.com

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Summer Stock Stage presents Shrek the Musical July 20-24!

Indianapolis, IN– Summer Stock Stage will present Shrek the Musical at Ayres Auditorium at Park Tudor School July 20-24.  Wednesday preview and Thursday through Saturday evening performances are at 7:30 pm.  Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2:30 pm. More than 40 of the most talented students from central Indiana have been rehearsing with director Emily Ristine Holloway, music director Jeanne Bowling, and choreographer Cherri Jaffee, to mount this fully-staged and orchestrated production.   These students, ages 13-19, come from 25 different public, private, and charter schools from throughout central Indiana.  They will be joined by younger students from Summer Stock Stage Academy who will be featured in smaller roles. These are some of the best musical theater performers in the area.  Many plan to continue their theater studies in college, while others have entirely different plans.  All come together in a professional, collaborative environment to produce outstanding theater each summer.

Shrek the Musical – Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek the Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure featuring all new songs and a sidesplitting book. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage, and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears.

“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand…and his name is Shrek.

This irreverently fun and family friendly musical runs July 20-24.  Wednesday preview performance is at 7:30 pm.  Evening performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and matinees are Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm.

Tickets – All tickets are on sale NOW and can be purchased through www.summerstockstage.com or at the box office on the night of show. Preview performance tickets are $12. All other tickets are $18. Shows do sell out so be sure to buy your tickets early! Ticketing questions should be emailed to info@summerstockstage.com.

About Summer Stock Stage – Summer Stock Stage exists to provide theater experiences for teenage students in central Indiana.  Co-founded by Emily Ristine Holloway, artistic director and Jeanne Bowling, music director, the artistic team now includes Kyle Ragsdale, curator of the Harrison Center for the Arts; Mariel Greenlee and Brandon Comer, Dance Kaleidoscope; Cherri Jaffee, former Artistic Director of Dance Kaleidoscope; Michael Moffatt, Theater Department chair, Cathedral High School and professional actor/director Charles Goad. While pursuing their own careers as artists, these adults mentor and collaborate with the student artists in two major musical productions each summer.  Park Tudor School generously donates the use of their beautiful facilities in their common vision for enriching the lives of students through the arts.

For immediate release

For more information, contact:
Rachel Riegel, Managing Director
Telephone: 317-402-2609
rachel@summerstockstage.com

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Summer Stock Stage presents Bonnie & Clyde June 23-25!

Indianapolis, IN– Summer Stock Stage will present the musical Bonnie & Clyde at Ayres Auditorium at Park Tudor School June 23-25.  Thursday preview and Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 pm.  Sunday performance is at 2:30 pm. More than 25 of the most talented students from central Indiana have been rehearsing with director Charles Goad, music director Jeanne Bowling, and choreographer Cherri Jaffee, to mount this fully-staged and orchestrated production.   These students, ages 13-19, come from 15 different public, private, and charter schools from throughout central Indiana.  These are some of the best musical theater performers in the area.  Many plan to continue their theater studies in college, while others have entirely different plans.  All come together in a professional, collaborative environment to produce outstanding theater each summer.

Bonnie & Clyde –When Bonnie and Clyde meet, their mutual cravings for excitement and fame immediately set them on a mission to chase their dreams.  Their bold and reckless behavior turns the young lovers’ thrilling adventure into a downward spiral, putting themselves and their loved ones in trouble with the law.  Forced to stay on the run, the lovers resort to robbery and murder to survive.  As the infamous duo’s fame grows bigger, their inevitable end draws nearer.

Bonnie & Clyde, a thrilling musical with a non-traditional score, combining blues, gospel and rockabilly music, comes to Summer Stock Stage June 23-25! Thursday preview performance is at 7:30 pm.  Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 pm and Sunday performance is at 2:30 pm. This is a PG production; some material may not be suitable for small children.

Tickets – All tickets are on sale NOW and can be purchased through www.summerstockstage.com or at the box office on the night of show. Preview performance tickets are $12. All other tickets are $18. Shows do sell out so be sure to buy your tickets early! Ticketing questions should be emailed to info@summerstockstage.com.

About Summer Stock Stage – Summer Stock Stage exists to provide theater experiences for teenage students in central Indiana.  Co-founded by Emily Ristine Holloway, artistic director and Jeanne Bowling, music director, the artistic team now includes Kyle Ragsdale, curator of the Harrison Center for the Arts; Mariel Greenlee and Brandon Comer, Dance Kaleidoscope; Cherri Jaffee, former Artistic Director of Dance Kaleidoscope; Michael Moffatt, Theater Department chair, Cathedral High School and professional actor/director Charles Goad. While pursuing their own careers as artists, these adults mentor and collaborate with the student artists in two major musical productions each summer. Shrek the Musical will be performed July 20-24. Park Tudor School generously donates the use of their beautiful facilities in their common vision for enriching the lives of students through the arts.

For immediate release

For more information, contact:
Rachel Riegel, Managing Director
Telephone: 317-402-2609
rachel@summerstockstage.com

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