Celebrating 100 years with Booth Tarkington


By Sophie Pappas

This year Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre is celebrating its 100th season of professionally designed, directed and choreographed theatre in central Indiana. To mark this historic year, Civic will be staging five Broadway classics throughout the 2014-15 Mainstage season.

“When selecting the shows for this season, we kept several things in mind,” said Civic’s artistic director, Bob Sorbera. “We wanted a lineup of shows that are stage worthy and have been critically acclaimed.”

With this objective in mind, a variety of dramas, comedies, musicals and family-friendly productions will be brought to the stage during the 2014-15 centennial season including “Swing!,” “Golda’s Balcony,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Moon Over Buffalo” and “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”

“There is something for everybody,” Sorbera said. “‘Swing!’ is lots of fun and high energy, ‘Golda’s Balcony’ is an incredible one-woman show, and some people say ‘Spamalot’ is the funniest musical they’ve ever seen!”

In addition to staging Broadway-caliber productions throughout the last 100 years, Civic has given central Indiana actors an opportunity to refine and display their skills while also introducing theatre to children through its educational programs.

“Theatre isn’t like fine art where you just need a paint brush or canvas,” Sorbera said. “You also need lights, sets, curtains and a stage. For 100 years, Civic has been able to provide all of this to central Indiana performers.”

Civic’s Mainstage season will open with the high-energy musical “Swing!” on Sept. 5. The show will run until Sept. 20. Showtimes are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit CivicTheatre.org or call 843-3800.