You’re in luck if you’re looking for some great theaters to explore around Fishers. Whether your kiddos run around the house belting out Broadway show tunes on a regular basis or you’re looking to introduce your family to new performances, you’ll find a range of opportunities to check out close to home.
Not sure where to look when you want to catch an exciting live performance? Crème de la Crème of Fishers has you covered. We’ve rounded up four awesome local organizations to check out the next time you’re in the mood for a show.
The Belfry Theatre
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Head over to nearby Noblesville for a welcoming local live theater experience. That’s where you’ll find The Belfry Theatre, a community mainstay that brings together people who want to express their acting and creative skills with audiences who appreciate quality productions. From dramas to musicals to comedies, you’re sure to find a show on this theater’s schedule that will keep you entertained.
The theater got its start way back in 1965, when a few residents of Noblesville decided to take their passion for reading plays together to the next level. First, they formed the Hamilton County Theatre Guild, putting on a performance of “Ah, Wilderness!” to an audience of over 500 people. What followed was years of performances and success, eventually leading to the purchase of the former building for the Emmanuel United Methodist Church in 1968. The Guild improved the building, getting it ready for the first productions at The Belfry in 1969.
Throughout the years that followed, additional expansions and improvements to the building helped create this community institution. The guild today produces a wide variety of plays, so you can stop in for one show or become a season ticket holder to indulge in all the amazing live theater you can get. You’ll find The Belfry at 10690 Greenfield Ave., Noblesville, Indiana, 46060.
Looking for some more great shows to put on your calendar? Just check out Main Street Productions at the Westfield Playhouse. This theater is easy to reach from Fishers, so you can check out any show that fits your interest and enjoy time spent at a local institution.
Main Street Productions seeks to create and present quality performances. Their shows balance artistic vision and expression, all while producing live theater that strives to involve, reflect, and nourish the community. From standard shows to youth productions, Westfield Playhouse hosts it all. Just take a look through the schedule for the upcoming season to find a show that sounds interesting to you and your family. You’ll find comedies, shows that focus on historical characters, popular favorites, and new scripts, so you’re sure to discover a performance (or maybe two or three!) you’ll want to purchase tickets for right away.
Interested in getting involved in local theater? You can even audition for roles here! Check the audition notices to see if you or someone you know would be a good fit for one of the upcoming roles Main Street Productions is casting. You’ll find the theater at 220 N. Union St., Westfield, Indiana, 46074.
The Center for the Performing Arts
The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel is a nonprofit organization featuring a range of opportunities for you to take in live theater close to home. The organization runs a multidisciplinary performing arts campus with a variety of facilities, including the Palladium, a 1,600-seat, state-of-the-art concert hall as well as a 500-seat proscenium theater known as the Tarkington and a 200-seat black box theater called the Studio Theater. With the variety of events scheduled each year, you’re sure to find some amazing shows to watch without traveling far from Fishers. The Center also supports six resident companies:
- Actors Theatre of Indiana
- Carmel Symphony Orchestra
- Central Indiana Dance Ensemble
- Civic Theatre
- Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre
- Indiana Wind Symphony
That list gives insight into the wide range of shows you can take in at the Center! The Center also has a permanent affiliation with the Great American Songbook Foundation. They collaborate extensively, advancing the legacy of timeless Broadway, Hollywood, jazz, and pop music. When you’re not busy watching a show, you’ll want to explore the Great American Songbook Foundation’s exhibit gallery in the Palladium.
If it’s live theater you’re seeking, make sure you have the performances at the Tarkington and the Studio Theater on your list depending on your interests. The Tarkington hosts performances of dance, drama, and musicals as well as variety presentations and lectures. The Studio Theater boasts a flexible black-box design with multiple seating and stage configurations, offering various intimate theatrical and musical productions.
These two theaters are both located in the same building, which you’ll find adjacent to the Center Parking Garage and across the Center Green from the Palladium. The box office and administrative offices are located at the Palladium, at 1 Carter Green, Carmel, Indiana, 46032.
Actors Theatre of Indiana
If you love Broadway shows, make sure you check out the schedule for the Actors Theatre of Indiana we just mentioned above. This prominent Central Indiana cultural organization means it’s easier than ever to take in your favorite Broadway productions, without traveling far from home at all. This professional organization of local and national artists performs right at the studio Theater at the Center for Performing Arts in Carmel, so you can easily pencil Broadway shows into your schedule.
Actors Theatre of Indiana strives to enrich the community with excellent productions, using live performances as a tool for educational engagement. The actors who make up this organization celebrate the power of theater, and their high-quality, professional performances are sure to engage and entertain every member of your family. In fact, they’re Hamilton County’s only professional resident theater company. Time to take in a show? You’ll find the Studio Theater at 4 Carter Green, Carmel, Indiana, 46032.There you have it! Crème de la Crème of Fishers just gave your four awesome ideas for the next time you want to watch live theater. Did we miss your favorite local organization or theater? Let us know so we can add your recommendation for other local families to enjoy.