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Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre launches capital campaign

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Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre announced the launch of its capital campaign, The Incredible Journey, during the theater’s sold-out Gala Celebration. The evening’s festivities included the inaugural performance at the Tarkington, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” which opened to multiple rave reviews. 

Cheri Dick, Civic Theatre executive director, said, “Civic has already achieved 100 percent participation from our Board of Trustees, raising $3.2 million during the capital campaign’s silent phase. Our spectacular season begins with this exciting accomplishment as we settle into our new home in the Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts.”

The Incredible Journey campaign has been raising funds since the beginning of 2011, and will continue until 2014. Support generated through the campaign will aid in fulfilling the terms of Civic’s 100-year lease at the Tarkington, augmenting and replenishing Civic’s endowment, and providing capacity growth and program support.

Major donors who support Civic Theatre with gifts of $100,000 or more will be honored with naming rights to specific areas of the theater’s state-of-the-art venue, the Tarkington, including classrooms, rehearsal spaces, and meeting areas.

“When community members choose to support Civic Theatre during a down economy, it speaks volumes about how vital they believe this organization is to the community,” said Don Knebel, chairman of Civic Theatre’s Capital Campaign. “And for that we are extremely thankful.”

In addition to financial contributions, individuals and groups can opt to support Civic’s Incredible Journey through the Name a Seat program. For $1,000 supporters are able to place the name of their choosing on a seat in the Tarkington, which will remain there throughout the life of the brand new seat. Flexible payment plans are available for this opportunity, including group payment options or installment plans. Cast and crew members of “The Drowsy Chaperone” pooled their support to buy a seat plaque, ensuring that the first Civic production in the hall would be commemorated for years to come.

Individuals can support Civic’s Incredible Journey by making a donation through the theater’s website (CivicTheatre.org/support) or by contacting Catherine Dixon, manager of grants and stewardship, at (317) 924-6770 ext. 206 or catherine@civictheatre.org, who can also provide information on the Name a Seat opportunity.

Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre is the largest of more than 70 community theaters in Indiana. It is also one of the 10 largest active community theaters in the United States and is considered to be one of the nation’s longest continuously operating community theaters. The theater has been a vital part of the city’s cultural landscape, serving audiences and cast and crew members from Indianapolis, Avon, Brownsburg, Carmel, Fishers, Greenfield, Greenwood, Noblesville, Westfield, Zionsville and communities throughout Central Indiana for 97 years.

Civic Theatre is the principal resident theater company of the Tarkington, the new 500-seat state-of-the-art proscenium theater at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.


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