Indiana High School Talent Showcase to be held at Palladium


High School students from throughout central Indiana will perform at a benefit event at the Palladium in Carmel on Saturday, May 5, 2012, when Farmers Insurance sponsors the Indiana High School Talent Showcase to benefit the March of Dimes Foundation.

The show will feature top over 20 high schooltalent acts from Central Indiana, including vocalists, musicians, dancers, ensemble groups, bands and other performers. A list of performers is available on the show’s web site,

“This is an opportunity to see a quality show at the stunning Palladium facility while supporting the worthy cause of the March of Dimes,” said Todd Eschmann, Farmers Insurance District Manager in Indianapolis. Farmers Insurance is a long-time supporter of the March of Dimes, raisingnearly $5 million for the group in 2011 from the efforts of Farmers agents and employees.

“With the success of the television shows, ‘Glee’ and ‘American Idol,’ there is great interest in high school talent. We’ve been amazed at the talent we’ve seen from our high schools,” Eschmann said. “This is going to be a fantastic showcase for our young Indiana talent.” Additionally, Farmers Insurance is providing $2,000 in prize money to benefit the fine arts programs of the high schools represented by the winning acts. Current in Carmel is a co-sponsor and is helping promote the event.

Tickets, $20 for general admission and $15 for students,are available, at the Palladium box office, and through select Farmers Insurance agents. “This will be a great chance for people who have not yet been to the Palladium to see it – and perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for high school students to actually perform on the Palladium stage,” Eschmann said.

The show is being produced by Compton Strategies and directed by Victor Ruthig, who produced a talent show at the Palladium during its opening festivities in 2011. “We are in awe of the talent we have lined up for this show,” Ruthig said. “We’ve got some of the best talent available. Some of these acts brought tears to my eyes.”

All net proceeds from the event will be donated to the March of Dimes. For nearly 75 years, the March of Dimes has been driven to give every baby a fightingchance for a healthy life, and Farmers has been a part of that fight for the past 25 years.

“If you haven’t been to the Palladium yet, here’s your opportunity,” Eschmann said. “It’s a great facility and you can see a great show for twenty dollars or less while supporting high school arts programs and the March of Dimes. It will be a great show for the whole family.”