Storytime with Civic
Storytime promotes school readiness in preschoolers through the study of theatre. This well-established early childhood education program targets low income children and has the unique ability to teach preschoolers the importance of collaborative work, personal responsibility, empathy for others, literacy, creative thinking, and problem solving by experiencing the journey each story takes from imagination on the page to reality on the stage.

Storytime with Civic has a three-part structure based on well-established Jr. Civic programming, engaging child care centers of all kinds through different levels of involvement. The program includes an interactive Storytime session at the preschool’s facility with a Jr. Civic artist-instructor; a trip to the Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts for Backstage Pass; and tickets to a Civic children’s production in the Tarkington — either THE CAT IN THE HAT (February 2017) or SEUSSICAL (June 2017). The cross-curricular nature of theatre promotes learning in fine arts, language, math, and science as they learn about visual and performing arts, storytelling techniques, and the simple machines used to execute onstage magic. Each lesson will prepare children for success in kindergarten, building a firm foundation for further academic achievement and lessening the chance for discontinued education.

If you are interested in participating in Storytime with Civic, please contact our Education and Administration Associate, Karaline Feller, at or 317/853.6327.

Backstage Pass

  • 1 hr. tour (limit 30 students per tour, minimum of 15)
  • Age 4 and up
  • $5 per student (2 chaperones per each group attend for free)

As part of our dedication to theatre education and appreciation, Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre offers daytime tours for school groups. Students, age 4 and up, are invited to attend an exciting 1-hour field trip designed to introduce the young people of our community to the magical world of a working theatre. Activities include purchasing a ticket at the box office, finding the corresponding seat in the theatre, and discovering how a live stage production is put together. A sound and light demonstration, a visit to the stage, a backstage tour of the theatre and an abbreviated acting class are also included.

Mondays – Thursdays

  • 10/16 – 10/26 10:00 – 11:00 & 11:00 – 12:00
  • 12/18 – 12/21 10:00 – 11:00 & 11:00 – 12:00


  • 2/5 – 2/15 10:00 – 11:00 & 11:00 – 12:00
  • 4/30 – 5/10 10:00 – 11:00 & 11:00 – 12:00

Please contact Karaline Feller at 317-853-6327 or e-mail to arrange for a BACKSTAGE PASS field trip.


Civic Theatre’s SneakView program is an outreach initiative designed to provide members of non-profit social service organizations, primarily nursing homes and senior groups, with the opportunity to enjoy live theatre. SneakView consists of two phases, SneakView at the Tarkington and SneakView on Tour, which combined reach over 3,000 seniors annually.

SneakView at the Tarkington takes place during the final dress rehearsal for each of Civic’s Mainstage shows and provides meaningful social engagement for underserved members of the Central Indiana community. With opportunities to attend a total of seven different productions each year, Civic encourages sustained participation among groups to increase the positive effects on senior health through cultural activities.

SneakView at the Tarkington is by invitation only.

To increase its service to the senior community, Civic takes “SneakView on Tour” to seniors who are no longer able to travel to the Tarkington by transporting performers of all ages to retirement facilities, with a focus on serving non‐profit senior homes. For these deserving yet underserved individuals, attending a live performance of memorable tunes has many cognitive benefits. According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, “Music has power – especially for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. And it can spark compelling outcomes even in the very late stages of the disease.” Furthermore, the Foundation indicates that selections identified with an individual’s young adult years (ages 18‐25) trigger the most dynamic responses among Alzheimer’s patients. For many of today’s dementia patients, this era includes many Broadway classics regularly performed on the Civic stage.

If you are interested in bringing Civic performers to your nursing home, please contact Holly Stults Haas at

Perfect Harmony
Perfect Harmony, a partnership piloted in 2013 in collaboration with the Special Olympics of Hamilton County, enhances the lives of the community’s youth by building awareness and empathy among children with a diverse range of backgrounds and daily challenges. Perfect Harmony pairs members of ACT ONE – Jr. Civic’s premier performance troupe – with a special needs peer of a similar age to learn music and choreography while forming a supportive relationship through the rehearsal and performance process.

Perfect Harmony has performed at high-profile events such as the Special Olympics State Games in Terre Haute and the Joseph Maley 5k. These performances give participants the opportunity to pursue a common goal while developing confidence and building strong bonds with the members of ACT ONE.

Since its inception, Perfect Harmony has expanded to include partnerships with Joseph Maley Foundation, ArtMix, and the Special Olympics of Marion County. In fall of 2016, Jr. Civic will offer a technique-based Perfect Harmony course at the Indiana Landmarks Center near downtown Indianapolis.

Inclusive Performances
Civic Theatre is proud to offer inclusive performances of THE CAT IN THE HAT. These adjusted performances ensure theatre access in a comfortable setting to all members of our community through accommodations for sensory sensitivities, mobility issues, and other special needs. Adaptations include keeping the house lights up, adjusting overwhelming sound effects, adjusting house rules to allow for talking and moving, additional seating options for those with mobility devices, and an American Sign Language interpreter upon request. Overall, these adjustments provide an open, welcoming, and safe environment for everyone to enjoy live theatre at Civic.


For more information or questions about our outreach programs, please contact Director of Development & Administration Julia Bonnett at



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