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A cast member, David Merten, looks over his lines during an Oct. 14 rehearsal of Annie on the second floor of the historic Muncie Civic Theatre in downtown Muncie, Ind.

• “God of Carnage” is playing at muncie civic from Oct. 25 through Nov. 9th • “Annie” is playing from Dec. 6-Dec. 22. • Muncie Civic Theatre was started in 1931 by a secondgeneration member of the Ball family, William Ball. • The theatre used to be at the current location of the Cornerstone Center for the Arts building but moved to its current location in 1965.

with a community theatre like Muncie Civic, which is not something that you can always get in the classroom at Ball State. Sandman has been with Muncie Civic for the past five years, and despite working in Los Angeles, he felt Muncie – his hometown – was where he should be. “I said, ‘No, I’m never coming back; I’m in L.A. now…and I’m not moving back to Indiana,’” he says. “Never say never.” Since moving back, Sandman says he has enjoyed watching hundreds of community members and Ball State students come together for one common purpose: to entertain. Another rewarding part of the job, he says, is watching new relationships form. “A lot of the college students become somewhat

adopted by other members of the cast because they get to work with people of all ages,” he says. Within the past four years, Muncie Civic has doubled its attendance rates, allowing actors to take an even greater impact. With six main stage shows, four studio shows, and three to four youth programs per year, Sandman believes the sky is the limit. He plans to expand the education program and maintain the quality of shows while allowing more people to experience the power of the stage lights. “We want to change expectations on what it means to be a community theatre,” Sandman says. “Seeing the improvement in our shows and seeing the audience’s reaction is like no other. Theatre changes people. It inspires and moves them to feel.”

• The upstairs of the theater used to be apartments. • During World War II, the theater temporarily closed. Formal performances resumed in 1946. • In addition to Muncie Civic, past Muncie theaters include the Wysor Theatre, Indiana Rivoli Theatre, Hoosier Theatre, Star Theatre, Strand Theatre and Refineo Vaudeville Theater. Muncie Civic is the only historic theater still standing.


Volume 5 // Issue 1  
Volume 5 // Issue 1  

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