Hendricks Civic Theatre
Hendricks Civic Theatre
“Often referred to as the “best kept secret in Hendricks County, ” For over 30 years, HCT have brought family-oriented live theatrical productions to Hendricks County residents.
Hendricks Civic Theatre (HCT) is the only community theatre currently performing in Hendricks County and we encourage your participation in, and support of, the arts. They are a 501(C)3 Not-For-Profit organization.
Longstreet Playhouse is located at 4998 North County Road 100 East, Danville, In
The Woman in Black
Director: Darby O’Brien
Producer: Christa Salyers
Production Dates: October 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, 1, 2
Rehearsals Begin: ~September 12
The Story: Proud and solitary, Eel Marsh House surveys the windswept reaches of the salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the house’s sole inhabitant, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows. It is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman dressed all in black at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold. This feeling is deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black – and her terrible purpose.
Years later, as an old man, he recounts his experiences to an actor in a desperate attempt to exorcise the ghosts of the past. The play unfolds around the conversations of these two characters as they act out the solicitor’s experiences on Eel Marsh all those years ago.
Director: Bob Jessen
Producer: Jerry Vornholt
Tentative Dates: December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21
Rehearsals Begin: ~October 24
The Story: It’s ten days before Christmas, and 15-year-old Alex Norton is struggling. He’s always loved Christmas, but the shine has left his favorite holiday. He sees Christmas as nothing more than an over-hyped, greedy, present-grabbing time of year. Where is the peace in this season that’s suppose to be all about the Prince of Peace? Alex wants to believe in something… but what? Reluctantly, he participates in “Project Christmas” at his church, where members of his youth group are preparing items for the homeless. First, we get a glimpse of the younger children’s adorable Christmas pageant rehearsal, including a child in half a donkey costume (missing his better half!) and a herd of adorable sheep complaining about their itchy wool costumes. Still not warming up to the season, Alex is finally convinced by Angela, a young friend who Alex finds out is homeless, to realize that if you work to make this world a brighter and better place, the peace grows. “It doesn’t help to curse the darkness, it only helps when you light a candle. That’s what God did for us that lovely, silent night.” Filled with warmth and laughter and brightened by traditional Christmas songs sung by the actors, a choir or even your audience members, everyone touched by this play will find something in which they can truly… Believe!
Seussical the Musical (Kids Show)
Music Director: Dr. Mike
Tentative Dates: March 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15
Rehearsals Begin: ~January 9
The Story: The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to a butter battling military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton’s attention to the speck of dust and his “loitering” care of Mayzie LaBird’s egg has elicited taunting and accusations from the rest of the animal kingdom, except for Gertrude McFuzz, who longs for his attention, and JoJo, whose “thinks” save them all in the end.
Director: Darby O’Brien
Tentative Dates: May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10
Rehearsals Begin: ~March 20
The Story: Pride and Prejudice tells the story of the five Bennet daughters who are in need of suitable husbands. The arrival of the wealthy Mr. Bingley and his best friend Mr. Darcy (played by Vincent Kartheiser, best known for his role as Pete Campbell on AMC’s “Mad Men”) stirs romantic thoughts among the sisters and the matrimonial matchmaking begins. Tensions mount between the young, spitfire Elizabeth Bennet (played by Ashley Rose Montondo, a 2011 graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program) and the arrogant Mr. Darcy, though he cannot escape a growing attraction to her rebellious behavior. A tangle of mistaken impressions and unexpected revelations keeps Austen’s famous young couple apart until a major social error ironically allows Darcy to swallow his pride and Elizabeth to rethink her prejudice.
Lend me a Tenor
Director: Vanessa Belcher
Producer: Tara Carson
Tentative Dates: June 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21
Rehearsals Began: ~May 1
The Story: World-renowned tenor Tito Merelli has signed on to play Otello at a Cleveland opera company in the fall of 1934. He arrives late and, through a set of crazy circumstances, passes out after mixing wine with a huge dose of tranquilizers. Believing that the divo is dead, the excitable opera manager taps his hapless assistant, an aspiring singer named Max, to suit up as the Moor and replace Merelli. Meanwhile, the tenor’s jealous wife, his ambitious female co-star, Max’s young girlfriend and the flirtatious head of the opera guild are on the scene fighting—sometimes literally—for the star’s attention.