Patrons’ donations lift spirits


With so many performing arts organizations hurting with postponements because of the coronavirus pandemic, Civic Theatre Executive Director Michael Lasley is gratified with the community response.

“We are so humbled and moved by the generosity of our patrons,” Lasley said. “I don’t mind saying that I have been moved to tears on more than one occasion thinking about our amazing supporters and their families. It’s because of these gracious people that Civic can weather this storm.”

Civic Theatre’s “A Few Good Men” was set to start March 13 at the Studio Theatre Center for the Performing Arts, but it was postponed three hours before the curtain opened after Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb initially limited gatherings to 250 people or less. Civic’s production of “Matilda the Musical,” originally scheduled for April 24 to May 9, also has been postponed.

Center for the Performing Arts president Jeff McDermott said the Center and resident companies have received thousands of dollars in support through ticket donations.

“The performing arts world is deeply affected by this situation, but we know that’s true in every field, so it’s very gratifying to see our patrons supporting us and our resident companies in this way,” McDermott said. “They seem to appreciate the efforts we are making to stay in touch with them and provide programming through email and social media during this time when we can’t present live events.”

The Center for the Performing Arts is presenting an online series called “Interlude With Virtual Arts and Entertainment.” The twice-weekly collection is emailed to anyone who has bought tickets for a Center for the Performing Arts performance. It also is available on the Center’s website, the

Civic Theatre is holding a weekly series of pop-up classes on its Facebook page at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, so performers can continue honing acting, dance, art and theater skills from home. The workshops are free. Donations are not required to participate but are appreciated, according to a Civic Theatre press release.

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