ECLIPSE, the emerging artists program of Summer Stock Stage, will present Spring Awakening June 1-18 at IndyFringe Basile Theatre. Eclipse provides paid performing opportunities for young professionals and college students from central Indiana. Eclipse, a new program, offers challenging musical theater productions providing central Indiana with edgy and emerging work and artists. Eclipse is an outgrowth of Summer Stock Stage’s main stage program which focuses on high school performers ages 13-19. Eclipse will feature performers who are alumni of Summer Stock Stage in college and older.
The opportunity to work with Summer Stock Stage alums and to showcase some of this talent in contemporary musical theater is what drives the SSS artistic team. Artistic Director Emily Ristine Holloway, says the team “shares a common belief that there is a need for this type of work in the Indianapolis market. And most importantly we believe that providing professional opportunities for performers who are just embarking on their careers is crucial to attracting and retaining emerging artists in our community. Plus it gives us central Indiana the opportunity to see some of the amazing homegrown talent we at Summer Stock Stage have been fostering for the last 14 years!”
Spring Awakening will feature performers who attended eight area high schools and currently attend nine different colleges. All are alumni of Summer Stock Stage and excited to be part of the premiere Eclipse production of Spring Awakening, an angsty rock musical about the trials and tribulations of growing up. Tickets are $15 for opening weekend and $30 for all other performances. Recommended for ages 16+. Tickets available at summerstockstage.com.
Major supporters of this program are the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis; Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate; Livia Russell; and the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation.
About Summer Stock Stage – Summer Stock Stage exists to provide theater experiences for teenage students in central Indiana. Co-founded by Emily Ristine Holloway, artistic director and Jeanne Bowling, music director, the artistic team now includes Kyle Ragsdale, curator of the Harrison Center for the Arts; Mariel Greenlee and Brandon Comer of Dance Kaleidoscope; Cherri Jaffee, former Artistic Director of Dance Kaleidoscope; Michael Moffatt, Theater Department chair, Cathedral High School and professional actor/director Charles Goad. While pursuing their own careers as artists, these adults mentor and collaborate with the student artists in two major musical productions each summer. Park Tudor School generously donates the use of their beautiful facilities in their common vision for enriching the lives of students and the community through the arts.