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Encore Association's 48th annual Encore Awards

The Belfry Theatre cast and crew from the comedy, "The Foreigner" earned six awards at the Encore Association's 48th annual Encore Awards on Oct. 30 at The Toby theater at Indianapolis Museum of Art.

 

Noblesville's Geoff Lynch accepts an award for Best Sound Design for a Comedy, for "The Foreigner" at The Belfry Theatre, during the Encore Association's 48th annual Encore Awards on Oct. 30 at The Toby theater at Indianapolis Museum of Art.


Fishers' Jim Williams reads the nominations and presents an award for Best Light Board Operator for a Comedy at the Encore Association's 48th annual Encore Awards on Oct. 30 at The Toby theater at Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Noblesville's Geoff Lynch accepts an award for Jake Pedzinski, who earned Best Light Board Operator for a Comedy, for "The Foreigner" at The Belfry Theatre, during the Encore Association's 48th annual Encore Awards on Oct. 30 at The Toby theater at Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The Belfry Theatre Apprentice Players wait in the balcony to perform "Under the Sea" from their summer production, Disney's "The Little Mermaid," at the Encore Association's 48th annual Encore Awards on Oct. 30 at The Toby theater at Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The Belfry Theatre Apprentice Players perform "Under the Sea" from their summer production, Disney's "The Little Mermaid," at the Encore Association's 48th annual Encore Awards on Oct. 30 at The Toby theater at Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The Belfry Theatre's Ginny Burt (from left), Elaine Wagner and Larry Wagner attend the Encore Association's 48th annual Encore Awards on Oct. 30 at The Toby theater at Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The Belfry Theatre costumer Norma Floyd created this Ursula costume for Addison McMillan, who played in the theater's Apprentice Players production of Disney's "The Little Mermaid."

Congratulations to the Belfry Award Winners Presented October 30, 2017

The Hamilton County Theatre Guild, The Belfry, would like to congratulate all our volunteers for their participation in the 2016-17 season

The Encore Association Judges’ Committee has recognized the following for their excellence in bringing outstanding performances to the Metropolitan Indianapolis Community live theater stage in the 

2016-17 season:

Daniel Shock-Best Lead Actor in a Comedy-The Foreigner 
Diane Ryan-Best Major Supporting Actress in a Comedy-The Foreigner 
Joe Warner-Best Major Supporting Actor in a Comedy-The Foreigner 
David Melton-Best Lighting Design for a Comedy-The Foreigner 
Geoff Lynch-Best Sound Design for a Comedy-The Foreigner 
Jake Pedzinski-Best Light Board Operator for a Comedy-The Foreigner 
Riley Hobbs-Female Rising Star-Disney’s, Little Mermaid 
Jaden Sparks-Male Rising Star-Disney’s, Little Mermaid

The Encore Association was established in 1970, and is comprised solely of nonprofessional theatre groups in which no one is paid, which operate on a nonprofit basis, offer open auditions, and admission to the general public. The Encore Association is governed by a board of directors comprised of representatives of each participating theater. The board of directors hosts an annual awards ceremony in the fall recognizing excellence from the previous theatrical season. These awards are decided by a committee of judges who apply, are accepted by the board, view productions, and select nominees. The judges then announce the winners at the annual awards ceremony.

The Encore Association is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. It provides for the exchange of ideas and communication between groups and individuals interested in furthering community theater. 

Click here for more information on the Encore Association and to view upcoming Encore Theater show schedules.

48th Annual Encore Association Nominees

Announcing the Hamilton County Theatre Guild, The Belfry

2016-17 Nominees

The Belfry would like to thank all of our volunteers, patrons, and sponsors for making the 52nd season of the Hamilton County Theatre Guild so successful! Best of luck to all of our Encore nominees!

2016-17 Encore Association Season Belfry Nominees

Dana Lesh and Kelly BeDell, Producers-Best Production of a Comedy - The Foreigner

Dana Lesh - Best Director of a Comedy - The Foreigner

Daniel Shock - Best Lead Actor in a Comedy - The Foreigner

Best Lead Actress in a Comedy
Betsy Bullis - Girls of the Garden Club
Nikki Lynch - The Foreigner
Stephani McDole - Perfect Wedding

Best Major Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Dave Hoffman - Perfect Wedding
Joe Wagner - The Foreigner
Adam Workman - The Foreigner

Best Major Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Nancy Lafferty - Girls of the Garden Club
Diann Ryan - The Foreigner

Brad Staggs - Best Minor Supporting Actor in a Comedy-The Foreigner

Best Set Design of a Comedy
Mark Bulmahn - The Foreigner
Susan Hill & Mike Mellott - Dashing Through the Snow
Mike Mellott & Susan Walden - Perfect Wedding

Best Set Decoration of a Comedy
Stephanie Richardson - The Foreigner
Susie Walden, Betty Brown & Carol Douglas - Girls of the Garden Club

David Melton-Best Lighting Design for a Comedy - The Foreigner
Geoff Lynch-Best Sound Design for a Comedy - The Foreigner
Jake Pedzinski-Best Light Board Operator for a Comedy - The Foreigner
Jake Pedzinski-Best Sound Board Operator for a Comedy - The Foreigner

The Belfry is one of eleven theatres in the Encore Association. The Encore Association was established in 1970, and is comprised solely of nonprofessional theatre groups in which no one is paid, which operate on a nonprofit basis, offer open auditions, and admission to the general public.

The Encore Association board of directors hosts an annual awards ceremony in the fall recognizing excellence from the previous theatrical season. These awards are decided by a committee of volunteer judges who are accepted by the board, view productions, and select nominees. The judges then announce the winners at the annual awards ceremony, to be held October 30, 2017 at the Toby Theater located at 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis.

The Encore Association is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. It provides for the exchange of ideas and communication between groups and individuals interested in furthering community theatre.

For further information on The Encore Association, reserved tickets to the event and a complete list of nominees please click here.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Audition Announcement


By Dale Wasserman
Based on the Novel by Ken Kesey
Directed by Jen Otterman

Winner of the 2001 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival

Summary:

A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.

Audition Dates:

Sunday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m. and Monday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. Possible call backs December 12

Location:

The Belfry is located at 10690 Greenfield Ave., Noblesville, IN 46060

Performance Dates:

Friday and Saturday performances at 8:00 p.m. Feb 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17
Sunday matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. on Feb 11 and 18

More Information:

          

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Cast Announcement for Done to Death

The Belfry Theatre proudly announces its cast for 53rd season opener, "Done to Death," a mystery-comedy in two acts, Sept. 22-Oct. 8 at the theater, 10690 Greenfield Ave., Noblesville.

Directed by Nancy Lafferty, the murder-mystery comedy is written by Fred Carmichael. The plot focuses on five has-been mystery fiction writers who are brought to the mysterious Vulture's Vault to collaborate on and write a new murder-mystery TV series. When real murders start to happen, hilarity ensues.

The play is a huge parody of the murder mystery genre as the writers have their own styles that they use in hopes of figuring out the murders. The show is fast paced and full of action!

Drum roll please.......Here is the cast:

Jessica Olive – Barb Weaver
Whitney Olive – Michael Lipphardt
Mildred Maxwell – Cathie Morgan
Brad Benedict – Zach Buzan
Rodney Duckton – Tim Long
Jason Summers – Mike Hlavek
Jane – Debra Underwood
Gregory – Eddie Booher
Stagehand – Lindsey Carter
George – John Spafford
Martha – Susan Hill
The Man – Joe Meyers
Secretary - Katie Gipson
Stephanie Mildaur – Kelli Conkin
Box Office Worker – Barcia Miller Alejos

Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH INC.

For reservations, call (317) 773-1085 or buy tickets online

The Apprentice Players would like to thank our sponsors for supporting this production of  Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’

Align Orthodontics 
Adriene’s Flowers & Gifts
Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville
Caravan Classes 
The Farmers Bank 
Ginger’s Cafe 
Goldfish Swim School, Fishers 
Hamilton County Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt 
Hamilton County Parks & Recreation 
Hamilton County Television 
Hamilton County Tourism 
High Definition Window Cleaning 
Indiana State Rep. Kathy Kreag Richardson 
K-Trails Equestrian Adventure 
Legacy Keepers Music 
Lil Bloomers Children’s Boutique 
Logan Street Signs & Banners 
McMillan’s Auto Care & Towing 
Native Executive Security 
Noblesville Dairy Queen 
Noblesville Eagles No. 450 
Noblesville Elks No. 576 
Noblesville Jim Dandy 
Noblesville Trophies 
Peterson Architecture 
Pinheads 
Primrose School 
Sloderbeck for Sheriff 
Stony Creek Swim Center 
Tenth Street Photography 

The Belfry Proudly announces the cast for

Disney's The Little Mermaid

By Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Glenn Slater and Doug Wright

The excitement begins with rehearsals starting for Disney’s musical The Little Mermaid presented by The Belfry’s Apprentice Players July 28-30 and Aug. 4-6.

The excitement begins with rehearsals starting for Disney’s musical The Little Mermaid presented by The Belfry’s Apprentice Players July 28-30 and Aug. 4-6. Riley Hobbs, playing the principal role of Ariel with Liam Torres (Pilot), Maddux Morrison (Prince Eric), Charlie Haas (Grimsby), Ben Ohning (Flounder), Brayden Johnson (Scuttle), Connor Spellman (King Triton), Jaden Sparks (Sebastian), Liam Baumer (Chef Louis), Addison McMillan (Ursula), with EvelynRose Burch and Katelyn King (Flotsam and Jetsam) and Sophia McCoskey and Sophaia Prabhu-Hensley (Windward and Leeward) leading the talented cast of Apprentice Players in this Academy Award winning musical. Click here to see the complete list of players in Disney’s The Little Mermaid and bring the whole family to the Belfry to enjoy this fishy fable as it captures your heart with its irresistible songs.

Presented by
The Belfry's Apprentice Players
July 28-30 and Aug. 4-6

All Performances for Disney's The Little Mermaid have sold out. 

The Belfry proudly announces AUDITIONS for our season opener

Done to Death

A Mystery-Comedy done in Two Acts

Directed by Nancy Lafferty

Done to Death is a murder mystery comedy written by Fred Carmichael. The plot focuses on five has-been mystery fiction writers who are brought to the mysterious Vulture's Vault to collaborate on and write a new murder mystery TV series. When real murders start to happen, hilarity ensues.

Announcing the Belfry Theatre’s 53rd Season of quality entertainment.

We are proud to announce a season of varied entertainment including comedy, drama, and musical fun!

Done to Death

A Mystery-Comedy in Two Acts by Fred Carmichael

September 22 - October 8, 2017 

Directed by Nancy Lafferty 

This murder, mystery, comedy is a huge parody of the murder mystery genre as the writers have their own styles that they use in hopes of figuring out the murders. Fast-paced and full of action!!

Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Christmas Cactus

A Comedy by Eliot Byerrum

November 17 - December 3, 2017  

Directed by Elaine Wagner

Comedy, mystery, and romance converge in this charming contemporary Christmas tale where goodwill and justice triumph.

Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

by Dale Wasserman, based on the novel by Ken Kesey

February 2 – February 18, 2018

Directed by Jen Otterman

A dramatic comedy about hope, friendship and the eternal desire to control one's own destiny.

PG-13: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is rated PG-13. Some thematic elements and language might not be suitable for younger children.

Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Nunsense II, The Second Coming  

A Musical Comedy by Dan Goggin

April 6 - April 22, 2018

Directed by Carla Crandall

The sequel to the international hit Nunsense. Look forward to the return of our Sisters of Hoboken appearing back on stage at Mt. Saint Helen's School for what is billed as a "Thank you, Program" for their supporters.

Presented by special arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.

Brighton Beach Memoirs

A Dramatic Comedy by Neil Simon

June 1 - June 17, 2018

Directed by James H. Williams

This is a wonderful, semi-autobiographical comedy with heart, wit and hysterical insights into family life and growing up-just a little off-center.

PG-13: Brighton Beach Memoirs is rated PG-13. Some thematic elements and language might not be suitable for younger children.

resented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. 

Disney’s Camp Rock: The Musical

July 27 – August 5, 2018

Directed by Connie Murello-Todd

A classic story of rivalry and power, Disney's Camp Rock: The Musical opens with Mitchie and her friends arriving at Camp Rock, ready to spend another summer jamming out and having the time of their lives.

Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International 

Announcing Auditions for Disney's The Little Mermaid


Book by Doug Wright
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Glenn Slater
Directed by Connie Murello-Todd

Audition dates:

Sunday, June 4 at 5:00pm 
Monday, June 5 at 6:00pm

Location:

The Belfry Theatre, 10690 Greenfield Ave., Noblesville, IN 46060

Audition Announcement for Disney's The Little Mermaid

In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above.

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."

In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above.

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."

Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. Children 5 to 13 will bring this production to life.

Audition Information

To audition, be between the ages of 5-13, prepare 16 measures of a song (piano and cd player provided) and a short monologue. We will also be dancing.

Around 25 speaking parts with a multitude of chorus parts of sea creatures.

Don't miss out on the fun of the great Disney show with great music.

 

Opening Night Celebrations - How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying!

Photos by Betsy Reason

Mount Vernon High School student Dakota Fisher and her mom after the show. Dakota plays Hedy RaRue, Mr. Biggley’s secret mistress, in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!”

Noblesville High School junior Ben Elliott (left), who plays Ponty Finch, Leroy Delph who plays Mr. Biggley, and show director James H. Williams shoot the breeze after opening night of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!”

Noblesville’s Rob Lawson poses with Noblesville High School junior Ben Elliott, who plays Ponty Finch, the lead role, in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!” Lawson is also an actor at The Belfry.

Guests visit with actors following the show on opening night of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!”

Opening Reception at Ivy Tech Campus

The Belfry Theatre welcomed guests to a special opening night reception on January 27th. Guests were treated to appetizers courtesy of the Nameless Catering Company and a cash bar before the opening night of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. The musical was performed in the Ivy Tech Auditorium. 

Performance Schedule

Friday and Saturdays Jan. 27, 28, Feb. 3, 4, 10, 11- Curtain at 8:00pm
Sunday Matinees Feb. 5 and 12 - Curtain at 2:00pm

47th Annual Encore Association Awards

Photos by Betsy Reason

 

The Belfry Theatre’s Carla Crandall, a board member who has acted in and directed many shows at The Belfry, received the coveted E. Edward Green Lifetime Achievement Award on Oct.  24, 2016, during the 47th annual Encore Association Awards at The Toby Theater at Indianapolis Museum of Art.

 

The Belfry Theatre folks attend the 47th annual Encore Association Awards at The Toby theater at Indianapolis Museum of Art on Oct. 24, 2016.

 

Longtime Belfry veteran and retired board member Ginny Burt smiles for a photo with current Belfry president Charlie McMillan at the 47th annual Encore Association Awards at The Toby theater at Indianapolis Museum of Art on Oct. 24, 2016.

 

Gabriel Palm and Elissa Maudlin received Rising Star awards for their roles in “Aladdin: Dual Language Edition,” at the 47th annual Encore Association Awards at The Toby theater at Indianapolis Museum of Art on Oct. 24, 2016. Elissa Maudlin also won Best Performer Under the Age of 18 in a Musical for her performance in The Belfry’s “Little Women.”

 

The Belfry Theatre’s Apprentice Players’ cast of “Aladdin: Dual Language Edition,” performed “A Friend Like Me” at the 47th annual Encore Association Awards at The Toby theater at Indianapolis Museum of Art on Oct. 24, 2016.

2016-2017 Official Season Sponsors of The Belfry Theatre