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Center extends cancellations through May 11

3/16/2020 12AM

Decision reflects tightening state and federal guidelines on COVID-19


CARMEL, IN – In response to new COVID-19 guidelines issued Monday by state and federal officials, the Center for the Performing Arts is extending its previously announced suspension of all performances and other events on its campus through May 11.


The affected venues include the Palladium, the Tarkington and the Studio Theater. The cancellations include performances by Actors Theatre of Indiana, Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, Civic Theatre, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre and Indiana Wind Symphony, as well as education events, rental events and Center Presents performances.


“We regret the circumstances that brought us to this point, but clearly there is no other responsible decision to make for the welfare of our patrons, employees and the community,” said Jeffrey C. McDermott, President/CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts and the Great American Songbook Foundation.


All ticketholders will be contacted and provided refunds or the option to donate the purchase amount to the presenting organization to help defray costs associated with the cancellations. The Center will work to reschedule the canceled events as feasible.


The extension adds four weeks to the one-month suspension the Center announced Friday. Today, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced that the state is following new CDC guidelines recommending no gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks. President Donald Trump announced today a federal guideline that limits gatherings to no more than 10 people.


The Center will continue to follow the guidance of public safety officials and will reassess the suspension as needed.


The Center’s offices will remain in operation during standard business hours. The Box Office and the Great American Songbook Exhibit Gallery at the Palladium will be closed to the public through May 11, but ticket sales for events not affected by the suspension will continue online at or by phone at (317) 843-3800.


Patrons with questions or concerns may contact the Patron Services department at (317) 843-3800 or