Center Stage Productions Indy Presents: December 24th

December 24th

On the evening of December 24th, the Old Man visits the old, abandoned Salt Creek Church to straighten up the place and set out the Christmas communion, just as his late wife, The Mrs., did for many years, “just in case” someone should decide to stop by to worship for the holiday. He can’t imagine who might stop by, but after he dozes off and while he sleeps, we begin to see that Christmas is more than the celebration of a single event in time, and that Jesus’ birth was, and is, for all time.

Written by: Roger W. Smith; Directed by: Shirley Charles


(My wife and oldest daughter will both be performing!)


Performance Details:

SHOW TIMES: Friday & Saturday, Nov 8th & 9th – 7:30pm
Friday & Saturday, Nov 15th & 16th – 7:30pm
Saturday, Nov 9th – 2:00pm
VENUE: Center Stage Productions
1427 Southview Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46227
(click here for a map)
PRICES: $10 – Adults
$5 – Students
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Phone: 317.534.2926

Leave a comment or drop me an email if you’re planning to come.


Seussical Jr.: Presented by CYT Indy

Seussical JrNow one of the most performed shows in America, “Seussical” is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (“Ragtime,” “Once On This Island”) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination–Jojo. “Oh, the Thinks You Can Think” captures the show’s spirit of imagination, as the colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

The story centers around Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double challenge–not only must he protect his tiny friend Jojo (and all the invisible Whos) from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him, the only one who recognizes “his kind and his powerful heart.” Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant, in a story that makes you laugh and cry.

(If you look closely, you’ll see four “Rea-Hedrick” names in the cast list below!)


Performance Details:

SHOW TIMES: Friday, May 31st – 10:00am & 7:00pm
Saturday, Jun 1st – 10:00am & 7:00pm
Sunday, Jun 2nd – 2:00pm
VENUE: Lutheran High School
5555 S Arlington Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46237
(click here for a map)
PRICES: $11 – Individual Online
$13 – At-the-Door Price
$9 – Group Discount (10 ticket minimum)
$9 – Child Discount (Age Limit: 19)
$9 – Student Discount (ID Required)
$9 – Senior Discount (Age Minimum: 65)

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Leave a comment or drop me an email me if you’re thinking about coming!



Cat in the Hat
– Abigail Whorlow

– Simon Lynch

Horton the Elephant
– Clayton Mutchman

Gertrude McFuzz
– Katie Wolfe

Mayzie La Bird
– Kathryn Lynch

Sour Kangaroo
– Natalie Stigall

Young Kangaroo
– Talia Grazian

The Wickersham Brothers
– Bradley Huffman
– Ian Phipps
– Jeremiah Owens
– Nathan Phipps
– Ray Landis
– Taylor Ward

Mr. Mayor
– Eli Robinson

Mrs. Mayor
– Eden Rea-Hedrick

Dr. Dake’s Nurses
– Gwendolyn Lynch
– Josie Carter

Vlad Vladikoff
– Allison Smith

Elephant Bird
– Samuel Woods

The Grinch
– Tekoa Rea-Hedrick

Judge Yertle the Turtle
– Kinlee Deboor

Bird Girls
– Amiah Duncan
– Ashley McCollam
– Hannah Phipps
– Kimra Duncan

– Micah Nelson

The Whos
– Abigail Green
– Addison Howard
– Amanda Reising
– Angela Stigall
– Breanna Woods
– Clayton Smith
– Emma Red
– Gilead Hope Rea-Hedrick
– Gwendolyn Lynch
– Josie Carter
– Katelynn Pinkus
– Kidron Rea-Hedrick
– Kinlee Deboor
– Lexi Walker
– Luke Proctor
– Micah Nelson
– Samuel Woods

Jungle Citizens
– Aleah Mutchman
– Allison Smith
– Bristol Wilson
– Chaste Nickels
– Evee Ochoa
– Maura Phipps
– Tekoa Rea-Hedrick


Next Big Thing

Recently, Kate Hart of YA Highway and Twitter Field Trip Friday fame tagged me in a writing meme – “Next Big Thing”.  After a grueling week at the office grindstone, I needed a short (read 365 days) break.  So I’ve decided to stop long enough to play along.

Here goes…

What’s the working title for your book?
Raven Academy. It’s Book 1 in a middle grade series I’m planning. And no it’s not a magical school for wizards and witches. This is the only book that takes place in a school setting. 🙂

What is the one sentence synopsis for your book?
A 13-year-old boy discovers he’s a member of a secret society of time travelers from another world who’ve built their society by studying Earth’s history and that he’s been hidden in Earth’s timeline by his own people to protect his future and the future of his world.

What genre does your book fall under?
Time Travel/Fantasy

What other books would you compare your story to in your genre?
Sadly, nothing comes to mind. But maybe that’s actually a good thing! *fingers-crossed*

Where did the idea come from for your book?
I’ve always been fascinated by time travel. And family secrets. The idea came to me in college while I was studying philosophy and contemplating the notion of freedom and the struggle between the individual and society’s needs. There’s also a deep family thread in the story that likely arose from my experience growing up in a family with our own secrets “private history”.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I never really think about books in terms of movies. I’ve got nothing.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I intend to work with an agency, but that could change in the future.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? May we see an intro?
I’d rather not say. Let’s just agree it’s taken me longer than it could have. As for the intro, I’d be happy to share it. Just ask!

What else about your book might pique a reader’s interest?
Mystery, family secrets, cover-ups, danger, ravens, time travel, friendship and self-discovery.

Tagging: Alina Klein, Michele Shaw, Jennifer Walkup


Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities by Mike Jung


12-year-old Vincent Wu is the unofficial president of the “unofficial” Captain Stupendous Fan Club which consists of exactly three members . Unofficially, Vincent is a geek. Officially, Vincent is about to try to save the world! Of course, secretly crushing on the spunky Polly Winnicott-Lee can only make the job that much harder.

Vincent is assisted in his adventures by his friends (and fellow fan club members) George and Max who spend nearly as much time busting each other’s chops (and Vincent’s) as they do helping each other out. Clearly, the three of them are the best of friends.

Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities is a fantastic middle grade debut from author, Mike Jung, that’s packed with adventure and full of surprises. It’s a story about friendship, secrets (the good kind!), bravery and doing what’s right even when everyone says it’s time to give up and let the grown-ups take charge.

The voice of Vincent Wu really carries the story. It sets the tone from page one, preparing you to enter a world where “Stupendous Alerts” about the latest evil villain attack are commonplace, and where kids everywhere rush to the scene to cheer on Captain Stupendous (the reigning superhero in Copperplate City) as he Corkscrews, Whirligigs, and Meteor Strikes his way to victory! Captain Stupendous can not only fly, he has super strength, he’s impervious to all known attacks, and he’s always around when you need him. Well, almost always…

You’ll have to pick up a copy yourself to find out why.

You won’t be disappointed!



“A snappy, hilarious adventure set in a world I would love to live in. Clever, fun and full of surprises.” ~ Michael Buckley, author of NEEDS

“Jung’s novel is a hilarious twist on the classic superhero story! Giant robots, hidden lairs, middle-school crushes and uber-fanboys combine to make one stupendous debut!” ~ Matthew Cody, author of POWERLESS

“Fast-paced, suspenseful and downright hilarious. Mike Jung gets the details of the comics world exactly right. Readers will love the surprising twists and turns.” ~ H.N. Kowitt, author of THE LOSER LIST

“Wow! Superheroes, Supervillans, geeks on bikes, a stinky swamp, real friends, deep dark secrets, shattering windows, BIG decisions…and everything else that matters!!” ~ Kathleen Duey, author of SKIN HUNGER



Mike Jung

“Mike Jung is an active blogger, parent, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators member, and library professional. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife and two young children. This is his first novel.”


(This book review was originally posted at KidLit Network.)

Happy New Year!!!

Believe: Truffula Tree (Lorax)

I snapped this picture at the Garfield Park Conservatory just before New Year’s Eve. I actually found this lone pink “tuft” lying by itself on the path, but I set it in a shaft of sunlight on this bed of green leaves to contract the colors. The plant it came from was nowhere around. While I was tempted to walk the conservatory looking for the sign to learn the plant’s name, I decided instead to believe it was the tuft from a Truffula tree…The last one of all.

All I need now is to find the courage to help it to grow.

I hope your 2013 is filled with many new opportunities to choose to believe!