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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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


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!

Tom Sawyer: Cast Party Video

I just learned Denise Wilson, Area Instructor for CYT Indy Southside, has posted the video from the cast party for CYT Indy Southside’s performance of Tom Sawyer!  All four of my children crop up in the stills (:10, 1:07, 1:13-1:18), but I recommend paying close attention beginning around 7:04 where my youngest is interviewed by another member of the cast. My favorite part is when she’s asked which scene she liked best. Her answer made me laugh out loud!  🙂

I hope you enjoy it!

On The Milking Of Bears

Boromir: One Does Not Simply Milk A Bear

One of my children recently asked the question, “Can you milk a bear?”

At first, this sounded like a funny thing to ask. Ridiculous, really. But funny as it was, the question wasn’t intended for laughs.  It was asked with a sincere desire to know the answer. Of course there’s quite a difference between “can” and “should” when it comes to something like the matter of milking bears. Even so, the boldness behind risking to ask the “unaskable” started me thinking.

At a certain point in life (for some reason we call this growing up) we tend lose touch with our childlike wonder of the world. We have responsibilities. We have deadlines. We have bills to pay. And soon we’re focusing so much on the tasks before us we begin to just accept things as they are instead of taking time to question why they are the way they are in the first place.  And whether they could be any different. Or whether, perhaps, they should be different.

So take a risk! Be bold! Think outside the box. Reclaim your childlike wonder, and ask the unaskable! See what happens. Who know? What if it turned out bear’s milk has an enzyme that cures cancer? It’s often the unaskable that has the potential to make all the difference. It can be a game changer. A life changer. A world changer.

So ask.

I’d love to know what you think.

Make a Dent in Your Reading Pile

Reading PileI have a confession to make.  Until a few years ago…
I didn’t like to read.

In school, I often stressed over long reading assignments and I rarely ever read for pleasure.  Why?  Because I was a slow reader.

For me, slow reading had nothing to do with any difficulty decoding writing.  I actually learned to read quite early, and I never particularly struggled with the mechanics of the process.  I also didn’t have any problems with reading comprehension.  I made the Honor Roll nearly every semester and I graduated college with a 3.42 GPA.  It was just that reading just always seemed to take me SO MUCH TIME.  I felt secretly embarrassed ashamed that others could do the same about of reading I did in half the time.

This simple 3:36 instructional video changed everything.

It turns out my problem was that I had somehow learned the habit of reading at a speaking pace.  I would actually “say” the words in my head as I read them.  I never recognized I was doing it, and I didn’t know that most people (apparently) don’t.  I was not only able to break my slow reading habit, but I learned some excellent techniques for improving my reading overall.  What a difference!

As a reader and as a writer this has been one of the most valuable pieces of self-improvement I’ve ever done.

I now have stacks of titles in my “to be read” pile that I’m happily looking forward to reading.  Even if you’re comfortable with your own reading pace, I’d encourage you to consider investing the few minutes of your time to watch this video.

You may be surprised by the result.

I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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