Civic Pride

This season, Civic Theatre turns 100. Here, a scrapbook of its first century—that’s entertainment!

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Ginger Rogers came to Civic to star in a January 1983 musical.

Ginger Rogers Civic Theatre

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The “New Civic,” then located at 1847 North Alabama Street, where Footlite Musicals now resides, was written up in an undated Indianapolis Star story.

The New Civic Theatre

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Indiana-born composer Cole Porter sent his “heartiest greetings” in this undated telegram from New York.

Cole Porter Civic Theatre

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In a telegram sent from Beverly Hills, silent-film star Mary Pickford remarked that “it is to be hoped every city in our great country will follow your example” in developing a strong community theater.

Mary Pickford Civic Theatre

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In true the-show-must-go-on fashion, a production of Sweet Charity (featuring Holly Stults Haas, pictured here) opened just three days after 9/11. At curtain call, the audience joined the cast in singing a rendition of “God Bless America.”

Sweet Charity  Civic Theatre

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A subscription card for Civic’s very first season, in 1915.

Civic Theatre

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H.M.S. Pinafore was part of Civic’s 1944–1945 season.

H.M.S. Pinafore Civic Theatre

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Broadway star extraordinaire Carol Channing said she “wouldn’t think of not doing” the song “Hello, Dolly” at a Civic benefit, according to this undated news clipping.

Carol Channing Civic Theatre

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Kathy Jordan and Bill Myers starred in 1986’s Guys ‘n’ Dolls, one of several “ventures in black theater the Civic has undertaken,” said the Indianapolis Star.

Guys N Dolls Civic Theatre

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The Ticket 2015This article appeared in The Ticket, a 2015 special publication.

 

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