20 Performing Arts Organizations Take the Stage

20 Performing Arts Organizations Take the StageOn Monday, May 2, the performing arts community will come together to stage one night of music, dance, theater and singing performances at Randy Deer and Wayne Zink present Spotlight 2011. This is the largest fundraiser of its kind in Indiana and the only time in 2011 you can see the full breadth of Indianapolis performing arts all on one Indianapolis stage.

Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University will host Spotlight 2011, which begins at 7:30 PM. The show includes the first performance of the new Nicholas Owens Dance Company, which will stage the world premier of Weather the Storm, choreographed by Nick Owens. The full artistic program is listed at the end of the release.

All proceeds from Spotlight 2011 benefit the Indiana AIDS Fund, which provides grants to agencies and programs across the state to educate and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and serve those living with the disease. Every performer, technician and stagehand is donating his or her time and talent, including the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees of Local 30 and the American Federal of Musician’s – Local #3, so that nearly 90 cents of every dollar raised from the event goes toward grantmaking.

Calendar of Events

Sure, 20 different performing arts organizations seems like a lot… and it is! But don’t be alarmed… everything will be running smoothly based on the schedule of events below. Not only do you get all of these great artists all on stage, you have the opportunity to experience the VIP treatment as well as the artist after party.

  • 5:30 PM – VIP Reception (for $120 ticket holders, sponsors and donors only)
  • 7:30 PM – Performance
  • 9:30 PM – Artist AfterGlow Party

Ticketing Information

$25 and $45 tickets are on sale at the Clowes Hall box office, by calling 800-982-2787, at all Ticketmaster locations or www.ticketmaster.com. A $120 VIP ticket also is available and includes the pre-performance reception at 5:30 PM and a ticket to the Artist AfterGlow party immediately following the performance.

Presenting sponsors for Spotlight 2011 include Randy Deer and Wayne Zink; The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis; Marianne Tobias; Deborah J. Simon; the Efroymson Family Fund, a CICF Fund; Indiana University Health and WFYI.

Spotlight 2011 Artistic Program

  • Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
  • Andante Festivo, Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
  • Actors Theatre of Indiana
  • “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago by John Kander & Fred Ebb
  • The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
  • Excerpt from Hope is a Habit by D.E. Ison
  • Shawnee High Madrigals
  • “Keep Holding On” by Avril Lavigne
  • Indianapolis Opera
  • “Ebben, ne andro’ lontana” from La Wally by Alfredo Catalani (1854-1893)
  • Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
  • Le Grand Tango, Astor Piazzolla
  • Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre
  • Excerpt from SALOME
  • Phoenix Theatre
  • Excerpt from The Zippers of Zoomerville or 200 Laps and a Lass
  • Indianapolis Children’s Choir
  • “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les MisĂ©rables by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg
  • Nicholas Owens Dance Company
  • Weather the Storm (World Premiere)
  • Asia La Bouche of “The Ladies of Legends of Talbott Street”
  • Performing to: “Firework,” sung by Katy Perry; written by Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Sandy Wilhelm, Ester Dean; produced by Stargate and Sandy Vee.
  • Brenda Williams and the Pride of Indy Jazz Ensemble
  • “Chega De Sausade” music by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Portugueses lyrics VinĂ­cius de Moraes, Arrangement by Mark Taylor, English lyrics by John Hendricks and Jessie Cavanaugh
  • Dance Kaleidoscope and Cathy Morris
  • Finale from Skinwalkers
  • Tasha Jones
  • “Tongue and Cheek”
  • Butler Ballet
  • Adagio from Grand Pas de Deux from The Sleeping Beauty
  • Indiana Repertory Theatre
  • Excerpt from Neat by Charlayne Woddard
  • Indianapolis Men’s Chorus
  • “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Paul Simon, arranged by David Maddux
  • Kenyettá Dance Company
  • Dance Like No One’s Watching
  • Meridian Song Project
  • “All The Way/Our Love Is Here To Stay” by J. Van Heusen-S. Cahn/George & Ira Gershwin
  • Indianapolis Civic Theatre
  • “Seasons of Love” from Rent by Johnathon Larson

Performance line-up is subject to change.

About the Beneficiary – Indiana AIDS Fund

The Indiana AIDS Fund began in 1994 and has become the largest private funder of HIV and AIDS programs in the state of Indiana. As a nationally recognized community partner of the National AIDS Fund, it raises funds to support agencies providing programs and services for testing and prevention of HIV as well as to assist Hoosiers living with HIV/AIDS. To date it has provided more than $5 million in grants to more than 60 organizations across Indiana.