Stuck in the "dinner and a movie" rut when it comes to plans for an evening out? Shake up your routine and come experience the thrill of the theater! You don't have to make a trip to Broadway to find impressive talent-Hamilton County, Indiana is filled with venues to take in a memorable live performance. Matteo's

Where to start? Noblesville's Belfry Theatre is a great candidate, putting on six productions a year that run the gamut from comedies to dramas to musicals. Seating is cozy and intimate, giving audience members an up-close view of the action and a true feel for what community theater is all about.

From April 5-21, you can catch a live performance of the beloved classic Little Shop of Horrors, a quirky and fun story about a blood-hungry plant called Audrey II that brings fame and fortune to an unsuspecting florist's assistant. With each scene a new and delightful twist unfolds-if you're a fan of romance, revenge, and humor, you're sure to get your fill. The superb cast of this 1960's era production brings the story to life through laughter, songs, and a wickedly surprising ending for the audience. (Curious? Go see for yourself!) Be sure to arrive early enough to snag a front-row seat and bring cash for an assortment of $1 refreshments at intermission.
And Belfry Theatre fans, go ahead and mark your calendars for June 7, when the next production, The Spitfire Grill, begins its run.

The Belfry TheatreHungry for more? The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel has (home of Booth Tarkington Civic Theater and Actors Theatre of Indiana) a busy month in store. At the Palladium, find your groove listening to Doc Severinsen's world-class jazz trumpet, be enchanted by the magical notes of Beethoven's Ninth, tap your foot to the music of Chick Corea and (fellow Hoosier) Gary Burton, or hear Michael McDonald belt out his Grammy-winning hits. There's even a FREE performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem on April 19-don't miss this opportunity! At the Tarkington, April 26 kicks off a production of Into the Woods, a tale of a couple attempting to break a spell cast over them.

Head to Westfield for even more local talent. The Westfield Playhouse presents The Dealer Smiles beginning April 12, a lighthearted production about a middle-aged man who confronts issues of faith, God, and yes, even chocolate!  Also check out the Carmel Community Playhouse for another dose of excellent community theater.

Whatever your theater persuasion, Hamilton County, Indiana has more than enough to satisfy your inner thespian. Make plans to visit one of our outstanding performance arts venues today!