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Indiana Players, Inc. Newsletter - July 2023


Press Start transports us inside the bright, pixelated world of video games! When the famous characters we know and love run out of lives, they decide to put on a musical fundraiser that will help them raise gold rings and play on. Through hilarious and heartfelt musical numbers we see the heroes, villains and sidekicks like we’ve never seen them before. But when things go terribly awry, it’s the quiet sidekick Little Mushroom who must find the hero within to help save the day!

Press Start

A Beat by Beat Production

Directed by Sharon Herring


July 21, 22, 23 and 28, 29, 30

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm

Sunday Matinees at 2:30pm


General Admission: $15

Seniors (65+) and Students: $12

Indiana Players (IPI) Members: $10

Children (under 6): $8

Audience Warning:

Flashing lights are used in this performance

Purchase your tickets online on the "Tickets" page of our website or in-person at the Box Office. House and Box Office open 30 minutes before each performance.

Questions? Email:



We are excited to announce that our new season opener will be:

Dead Man’s Cell Phone

Written by Sarah Ruhl

Directed by Vanessa Arvidson

An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man – with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a work about technology's ability to both unite and isolate people, about how we memorialize the dead, and how that memorialization changes us, all portrayed through the journey of a woman forced to confront her own presumptions about morality, redemption, and need to connect in a technologically-obsessed society.


September 8, 9, 10 and 15, 16, 17

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm

Sunday Matinees at 2:30pm




Our summer Saturday Morning Playhouse, “Fun in the Sun,” will take place:

Saturday, August 12th at 11:00am

Saturday Morning Playhouse is a seasonal interactive show geared towards children and families. Enjoy an adventure-packed show while joining in on sing-alongs, games, and more! Our upcoming “Fun in the Sun” playhouse is a special Choose-Your-Own-Adventure edition!

Tickets are $8 per person (ages 2 and under are free). Purchase your tickets online on the "Tickets" page of our website or in-person at the Box Office. House and Box Office open 30 minutes before each performance.



Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the Indiana Players and Historical Society at last month's Murder Mystery dinner, Murder at the Sock Hop! We would like to specifically recognize our event sponsors and volunteers.

Gold Sponsors

InFirst Financial Advisors

ReMax Real Estate Specialists

S&T Financial Services

Silver Sponsor

Mark Arbuckle Nissan

Bronze Sponsors

Kayden & Vaporis, LLC

Cavalancia Orthodontics

Jake Davis - State Farm Insurance


Vanessa Arvidson Ruth Barkey Sam Barna Jonathan Bogert Mary Jo Bowes Stella Chepaitis Clerissa Connelly Jenny Croyle Allen Fiechuk Katie Gaudreau Sean Kelly Kathy KernsJoAnne McQuilkin Jo Nelson Lizanne Porter Andrea Richko Michael Schwartz Sam Sherburne Griffin Poole Smith Jonas Vick Mary Ann Wagner Mary Yanity Bronwen Yoncak



We need your help! We are asking for donations of canned paint, opened or unopened.

Have some extra cans sitting in your garage? Donate them to the Indiana Players! Any color! Any finish! We can use it! Help us continue creating beautiful scenery and decor on stage.

If you can contribute any cans of paint, please reach out to our Theater Manager, Richard Smith, to arrange a donation. Email:



Dead Man’s Cell Phone

Written by Sarah Ruhl

Directed by Vanessa Arvidson

Show Dates: September 8, 9, 10 and 17, 18, 19


Written by Matt Cox

Directed by Shane Sedlemyer

Show Dates: October 20, 21, 22 and 27, 29, 29

A Christmas Peter Pan

An ArtReach Children's Theatre Plays Production

Directed by Tracey Iandiorio

Show Dates: December 1, 2, 3 and 8, 9, 10

The Seven Year Itch

Written by George Axelrod

Directed by Heather Knarr

Show Dates: February 2, 3, 4 and 9, 10, 11

The 13th Annual One-Acts Festival

Coordinated by Eric Witmer

Show Dates: March 29 - April 3

Kimberly Akimbo

Written by David Lindsay-Abaire

Directed by Bill Herring

Show Dates: April 5, 6, 7 and 12, 13, 14

Murdered to Death

Written by Peter Gordon

Directed by Katrina Kayden

Show Dates: May 31, June 1, 2 and 7, 8, 9


We survive and thrive through the support of our community and volunteers like you!

There are many opportunities to get involved onstage and off. No previous experience required!*

Acting Stage Management Lights, Sound and Backstage Crew Set Construction and Painting Theater Upkeep and MaintenanceDirecting* Music and Choreography Props, Wardrobe, and Make-Up Box Office/Tickets/Ushers

*Anyone interested in directing a Mainstage production must have previous directing or stage management experience with the Indiana Players. Previous experience includes Mainstage and/or One-Act Festival productions. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis with approval from the Board of Directors.



This month, our volunteer of the month goes to Justin Brown for all the help and creativity he brought to the set of Press Start!



You can also support live, local community theater by becoming a member! Membership provides you with discounted admission at all mainstage productions and allows you to run for and elect the Board of Directors at our annual meeting each May. Fill out a membership form on the "Become A Member" tab of our website or in-person at the theatre! There is one in every program!

Annual Membership Plans:

Family Membership: $60.00

Individual Membership: $25.00

Student Membership: $20.00

Senior Membership (Ages 65+): $20.00



We need your help to allow us to grow and continue to serve the community through our art. It is only through your donations, volunteerism, and patronage that we can survive and thrive as a member of this community. We accept and appreciate any donations you are able to make to our organization.

Donations can be made on our website using the yellow “Donate” button in the top left corner. You can choose to utilize a Debit/Credit Card, Bank Transfer, or a PayPal account. Physical checks can also be mailed to: Indiana Players, Inc., P.O. Box 333, Indiana, PA 15701



Have a general question for the Indiana Players? Or maybe you have a specific question about tickets or volunteering. We have a dedicated contact to help with all your questions and concerns!

General Information -

Box Office -

Show Submissions -

Volunteer Coordinator -



Katrina Kayden, President

Bill Herring, Vice President/Artistic Director

Sharon Herring, Secretary

Kathy Kerns, Treasurer

Richard Smith, Theater Manager

Vanessa Arvidson, Publicity Director

Eric Witmer, Fundraising Manager



Check out our website and social media accounts to find more information on who we are and what we do! Find information on shows, fundraisers, community events, and other involvement opportunities. Purchase tickets on our website. Like, comment, and share our posts and events!

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