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The Center’s group for women, the Luminaries, meets at 11 a.m. on the 4th Tuesday of every other month to learn about the many happenings on the Center’s campus. Tickets for the presentations are $15 and include a boxed lunch. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 317.843.3800.


The SHOWGIRL must go on!

September 25, 2018  11:00 presentation followed by lunch at Noon

Carol Worcel is truly a “triple threat”.  Her career as an actress, director, dancer, and choreographer is vast and encompasses many types of theatre – vaudeville, burlesque, and Broadway to name a few.  Her vivacious personality shines through every role she takes on. 


Come hear her stories of Broadway tours, life as a choreographer and the latest projects she’s working on for the Center. We may even get on our feet and try out a few steps!


About the Presenter:

Carol Worcel is an incredibly accomplished performer, choreographer, and director.  She produces, directs and choreographs musical theatre, burlesque, opening ceremonies, and various theatrical projects.  As co-owner of Worcel Shepard Productions, Carol has directed and choreographed numerous musical shows for local, regional, and national theaters.

Her performance credits are vast and include lead dancer in the National Broadway Tours of 42nd Street and Anything Goes. She has choreographed and performed in numerous ATI and Civic Theater productions.



Hamilton County in the Golden Age of Hollywood

November 27, 2018  11:00 presentation followed by lunch at Noon


You might think that Hamilton County is a long way from Hollywood.  While we don’t have a movie star connection like Fairmount does to James Dean or Fort Wayne to Carole Lombard, fragments of Tinseltown have appeared in this area.  In the mid-twentieth century, the county produced musical stars, stunt drivers, costumers, writers, acting coaches and others.  This presentation will look at their contributions both in front of and behind the camera. 


About the Presenter:

David Heighway is the Hamilton County Historian and a native Hoosier. He received his undergraduate degree in history from Western Kentucky University and his Masters in History from Utah State University.  He has worked nationally for museums such as Pennsbury Manor and locally for museums such as Conner Prairie He is presently an employee of the Hamilton East Public Library and is on the board of directors of the Hamilton County Historical Society.


And All That Jazz!

January 22, 2019  11:00 presentation followed by lunch at Noon


Bethany Robinson wears many musical hats: composer, musician, teacher, and booking agent.  As a professional jazz musician, Bethany has played some pretty cool gigs and has stories to tell about being a female bass player in a world often thought of as mostly male. Not only is she an incredible musician, she has a wonderful career as a jazz educator earning her Jazz Educator of the Year and serving as the President of the Indiana Jazz Educator’s Association.


During her presentation, Bethany will tell stories of her musical career, fill us in on her work as one of Indiana’s leading jazz educators, and maybe even break out her bass to share a little jazz with us.


About the Presenter

Bethany Robinson studied music education and string bass at Olivet Nazarene University, where she received an undergraduate and Master's degree. She is the assistant band director, assistant orchestra director, and director of the jazz program at Noblesville High School. In 2011, she received a Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Grant to travel to New York City & New Orleans to blog on the current trends of jazz in America, attend the Band Director Academy at Jazz @ Lincoln Center, and to compose a piece inspired by the two jazz-saturated cities.  In 2014-2015, she was named Indiana Jazz Educator of the Year, by the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation, and in 2015 was named Noblesville Teacher of the Year, for Noblesville Schools. She is the past President of the Indiana Jazz Educators Association, where she created All-District Jazz Band in 2015, and helped the Center for the Performing Arts write a grant for Indiana's BiCentennial that coordinated an Indiana Jazz Legends Concert in April 2016 at the Palladium.


Miss Robinson spends her time outside the classroom performing upright and electric bass in several groups, including the Blue Door Jazz Combo, Sarah Scharbrough, and Everett Greene



Born into the Business ~ Marionettes

March 26, 2019  11:00 presentation followed by lunch at Noon


For many decades, children and adults around the world have been captivated by the enchanting Melchior Marionettes.  Third generation puppeteer, Heidi Shackleford, will share with us how her grandmother, a German immigrant and artist, founded the company in the 1950s creating beautiful hand-crafted puppets brought to life by her construction and puppeteering skills.  Heidi’s mother, Peggy, joined the artistry in the 70s continuing the tradition. Today, Heidi manages the technology associated with the productions and as the fiber arts teacher at Center Grove High School, is uniquely skilled to continue the tradition of bringing these incredible handmade puppets to life.  Children, parents, and grandparents have delighted in The Melchior Marionettes holiday show which has been part of the Center’s Peanut Butter & Jam series the past 4 seasons.


About the Presenter:

Heidi holds a BFA in fine arts & BA in art education from Columbus College of Art and IUPUI.  Previous to becoming the art teacher at Center Grove High School, Heidi was a full time puppeteer.


The Andrews Sisters in the Songbook

May 28, 2019  11:00 presentation followed by lunch at Noon


During their short career, the close-harmony singing Andrews Sisters sung their way to 113 Billboard hits and starred in 17 films. Join Lisa Lobdell, Archivist at the Songbook Foundation as she discusses the current exhibit that celebrates their lives and careers and talks about the collection of materials that made the exhibit possible.



About the Presenter:

Archivist Lisa Lobdell has had a life-long interest in preserving and organizing things dating back to her childhood when she used rainy days to reorganize her coloring books and games. She worked in banking, manufacturing, and property management prior to returning to her first love. She joined the Great American Songbook Foundation in May 2010 after completing her graduate degrees in library science and history.



Since joining the Songbook Foundation, she has moved the collections twice, provided input on the design of office space, and serves as both head librarian and museum curator along with her archival duties. Today she oversees a team of volunteers and interns who work to make all of our collections accessible in a variety of ways to our user community.


In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her four grown children, grandchildren and friends, preferably outdoors.


For more information, contact Julia Shildmyer-Heighway at 317.819.3516 or