By Tom Alvarez, Indianapolis Performing Arts Examiner
December 27, 2012
Covering the performing arts in the Indianapolis area for Examiner.com is a broad pursuit, considering the myriad of organizations, large and small, and multiple disciplines that constitute this writer’s beat.
This selection of the 10 most special events of the past year is based on the overall artistic quality of each presentation, as well as the entertainment and inspirational value of each.
Owing to the fact that it was impossible to attend every event scheduled in a market replete with arts and entertainment opportunities, this list is in no way definitive, but it does subjectively represent this reviewer’s most memorable experiences of 2012.
“Evening With The Stars”
For the fourth year in a row, the Indianapolis City Ballet, founded by Jane Fortune and Bob Hesse, presented a gala at the Murat Theatre featuring a bevy of acclaimed dancers representing some of the world’s most renowned dance companies.
The Great American Songbook High School Vocal Competition Finals
The Palladium was the site where teenage crooner Nick Ziobro was named winner of this national competition sponsored by the Michael Feinstein Initiative, headquartered at Carmel’s Center for the Performing Arts.
The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, led by artistic director extraordinaire Eric Stark, celebrated its 75th anniversary by teaming up with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the Hilbert Circle Theatre for this presentation of Hector Berlioz’s masterpiece.
“August: Osage County”
The Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play by Tracy Letts, directed by Bryan Fonseca, featured a who’s who cast of local professional actors in stellar performances at the Phoenix Theatre.
Heartland Actors’ Theatre brought Shakespeare to White River State Park with this outstanding production, directed by Michael Shelton, which also featured some of the area’s finest Equity actors.
“Hello, Dolly!” with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Christian and gospel recording artist Sandi Patty successfully stepped out of her comfort zone to take on the role of irrepressible Dolly Levi in this ISO concert version, led by principal pops conductor Jack Everly.
“Old Blue Eyes: Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack”
Dance Kaleidoscope once again proved why it is the most successful — not to mention the most popular — contemporary dance company around in this sparkling tribute, with choreography by artistic director David Hochoy and Butler dance professor Cynthia Pratt.
“An Evening with Jonathan Groff”
This “Glee” star gave a tour-de-force performance at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club that showcased not only his impressive voice, range and repertoire, but also his infectious personality and indefatigable showmanship.
“The Miracle Worker”
Phenomenal 12-year-old actor Ciarra Krohne was riveting as Helen Keller in this Indiana Repertory Theatre production of the play based on the blind icon’s autobiography.
This stunning community theater production, presented by Footlite Musicals, featured a impressively talented cast and production values that reflected a professional quality of the highest caliber.
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