ATI announces new season at gala
By Karen Kennedy
Actor’s Theatre of Indiana has announced a very ambitious and exciting 2014-15 season, and the theatre troupe is hoping to raise much of the revenue needed to support that season at their annual fundraising gala on March 8.
The new season kicks off in September with the iconic musical “My Fair Lady,” which ATI plans to present with a ten-person cast accompanied by two baby grand pianos.
In November, they will present “Pete ‘n’ Keely,” a kitschy, ’60s period piece about a duo of singing sweethearts whose musical career together ended with a big break up at Caesar’s Palace. However, they have been talked into reuniting in a live television special, which will prove difficult at best since they are no longer speaking to each other.
Tony award-winning “The 39 Steps” will open at the end of January 2015 and run through mid-February.
The stage play is a hilarious parody of the 1935 melodrama by Alfred Hitchcock. The play calls for a cast of four actors to play a total of 150 characters, with lightning fast costume changes (sometimes even playing multiple characters at one time.) Hitchcock fans will be delighted by numerous allusions to and puns on other Hitchcock classics.
And in May 2015, take a trip back to the era of leg warmers, roller skates and Olivia Newton John with “Xanadu.” The stage play is based on the 1980 film of the same name, which bombed at the box office but became a cult classic.
In December, by popular demand, they will reprise the heartwarming show, “A Year with Frog and Toad.”
“An Evening of Jazz,” featuring the Tim Brickley Quintet, will take place at 6:30 p.m. March 8 at the Woodland Country Club. The evening will start with a wine and hors d’oeuvres hour followed by a sit-down dinner accompanied by live jazz music. A silent and live auction, with an electronic bidding system will take place. Live auction items will include a seven-night stay in a Hilton Head vacation home and a walk-on role in a future ATI production.
By far the most interesting auction item will be a painting by renowned Dallas-based artist Richard Nunez. He will create the painting and interact with guests throughout the course of the evening, and Nunez will present the finished painting to be auctioned off at the end of the night.
For the Gala, individual tickets are $125, tables for 8 are $950 and tables for 12 are $1150. For more information call 669-7983.