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May 7, 2014

Line up set for Footlite Musicals

Footlite Musicals will present the best of Broadway in its 2014-15 season.

Indianapolis’ oldest continuing community theatre will mark its 59th year with productions of “Shrek,” “Cats,” “Mame,” “White Christmas,” “The Story of My Life,” “Hairspray” and “The Who’s Tommy.” All performances will be at Footlite’s home since 1974, the Hedback Community Theater at 1847 N. Alabama St., Indianapolis.

The season will open July 11 with “Shrek,” with additional performances July 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26 and 27. The Tony Award-nominated musical is based on the Oscar winning DreamWorks film of the same name. Written for the stage by David Lindsay-Abaire, with music by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics by Lindsay-Abaire, the musical utilizes characters first created by William Steig.

In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseeming ogre shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a short temper, and more than a dozen fairytale misfits, and you have the makings for an evening of family entertainment. Footlite’s Young Adults production features performers ages 18 to 25.

“Cats” will be presented for the first time on the Footlite stage in a Young Artists production featuring performers ages 13 to 18. Based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lloyd-Webber, the musical will run Aug. 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23 and 24.

The Tony Award winning musical tells the story in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heavieside layer. This internationally acclaimed musical thrilled audiences in London for 21 years and Broadway audiences for more than 18 years.

“Mame,” will inaugurate Footlite’s main stage season with performances Sept. 26 and 27, and Oct. 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11 and 12.

The Tony Award-nominated musical hit returns to the Footlite stage in a high-spirited production meant to capture the joy of living life to the hilt. At the height of the 1920s, Mame Dennis becomes the guardian of her 10-year-old nephew, Patrick, and her life is turned upside down, as is his.

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