Carmel Monthly-October 2022

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Back Home Again! Holiday Spectacular Returns to the Dale E. Graham Auditorium! For more than 30 years, the Carmel High School Choir Department has been presenting its annual Holiday Spectacular as a gift to the Carmel Community. We are pleased to feature on our cover this exciting performance that features more than 450 performers singing and dancing and delivers a huge helping of the holiday spirit! The past few years have been unusual with COVID-19 restrictions and auditorium renovations, but Carmel Monthly is excited to announce that this year’s Holiday Spectacular will finally be back on stage in the newly renovated Dale E. Graham Auditorium! The 2022 show “Peace, Love, Joy” is sure to lift your spirits and prepare you for an exciting holiday season. Cover Story Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photo // Laura Arick

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Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Courtesy of Blockhouse Studios

It’s not just a “light show,” as it’s been reported … It’s an event! The Carmel Redevelopment Commission is excited to share more details about its latest initiative that is aimed to not only boost tourism but to add another public art installation that will wow all ages and lend another layer of grandeur to the Center for the Performing Arts Campus and beautiful Carter Green.


e spoke with CRC Director Henry Mestetsky, Blockhouse Studios owner/Cinemaphotographer Kevin Winkler and Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. President/CEO Brenda Myers about the project and its purpose.

NOT YOUR BASIC PROJECTION LIGHT SHOW The CRC is working with Blockhouse Studios because of its local and national reputation of providing unique entertainment experiences using digital arts. Blockhouse Studios is a boutique multimedia production firm that offers state-of-the-art audio and video production, live event production and projection mapping services,

just to list a few of their specialties. There is a lot of artistic development and job creation going into the $2.2 million price tag that is being funded through the CRC’s Urban Parks fund that utilizes TIF dollars generated through CRC projects and not through residential property taxes. Winkler and Mestetsky spoke about the initial investment to build up the installation and the economic impact it’s having on local businesses in both the creative and high-tech industries. “We are installing twelve 20,000-lumen Epson® projectors on top of the James [and Tarkington] buildings [south of the Palladium] that will project onto the face of the Palladium,” Mestetsky explained.


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“Carter Green is at the core of our downtown. It is important to have the ability to offer our citizens and our visitors something to do year-round, and to be able to activate these public spaces is equally important for the development of both culture and commerce.” The story board is currently under development for the launch of the inaugural show, and Mestetsky told us that they are expecting to debut the first ever light show in the Spring of 2023. These projection multi-media shows will be free to the public and will begin at dusk and run on the hour. Exact times and durations are also still in the development phase. In between the projection shows, the lights


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will illuminate the south façade of the Palladium and will work into the start of the main feature as it begins. Mestetsky added, “Essentially between five and eight percent of the entire cost of this project is going towards the design of the show. Everything else we are paying for is the long-term installment to be able to project many more things in the future.” One of the more unique points about the selected “canvas” is that the Palladium’s limestone façade makes for an ideal canvas. Winkler further explained, “We have a couple of things in our favor regarding the Palladium: the light pollution is much less at the Palladium, and the architecture and surface make for a much better canvas. Another thing that separates us from other projection mapping companies is our brightness and pixel density, and that really matters when you’re trying to tell a story on a building’s surface. Our shows are designed at substantially higher resolution, and we create shows that utilize and emphasize a building’s architecture. We aren’t creating a billboard [on a building] — we create theater on a building. And we have some amazing ideas that we are excited to share with everyone when it’s time.”

CREATING JOBS FOR LOCAL CREATIVES AND COMPANIES Blockhouse Studios, based in Bloomington, is comprised of a talented team of creatives from Indiana who are excited to

showcase their work here in Carmel and bring jobs to dozens of artists, tech people and local businesses who are collaborating on this projection art installation. Winkler shared that his team has created and produced short films, music videos and corporate videos and have featured their digital art installations at Newfields — including Harvest Nights — Assembly Hall Bloomington, Red Rock Casino, Las Vegas and is currently working on a permanent installation inside of Epson’s global headquarters. “We involve a lot of different disciplines in our content creation because our foundation is built on cinemaphotography and storytelling,” Winkler shared. “It is really cool that Carmel is willing to invest in a project like this, because they’re not just spending money with one artist — they’re spending that money that will employ a massive team of 3D artists, costume designers, dancers, musicians, 2D animators and all the people involved in the development and technology of the project.” Winkler added, “We mapped the Palladium using drone images [9,000 images] to get a 3D model of that building. We are creating jobs for these tech people and digital artists, and that’s something that Indiana really needs. It’s really exciting for me to be able to convince a young 3D artist to move from a trendy US city to the Midwest because the work we are doing is so exciting and because of all the things that Carmel,


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specifically, has to offer.”

BOOSTING TOURISM IN DOWNTOWN CARMEL Brenda Myers shared why she is excited about the impact the project will have on local tourism in Carmel year-round. “The unique thing about this [projection] show is its location, for one,” Myers said. “We have geolocation data that shows us Carter Green — which is this amazing [public] space — is activated primarily during the Carmel Christkindlmarkt. But I believe it has an opportunity to be such a draw for spontaneous evening entertainment in addition to the quality performance entertainment that you can get.” Myers continued, “There’s two levels of engagement here: visitor and resident. Of course, we want people to buy tickets and go these beautiful venues and engage, but we just don’t have a lot of — again — spontaneous entertainment, so I see this [show] as a year-round, sprinkles-on-the-cake kind of activity. You might go out to dinner and not be quite ready to end the evening and are looking for another evening attraction. I think this [projection art] show is going to be really transformative. And while there are other communities in the country and places like Montreal [Canada] that have notable and seasonal light displays, there’s just not that many, and the fact that this is going to be a year-round experience makes it even richer for me. It’s going to be another opportunity to work with the city


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[Carmel] on layers that can inspire travel on things related to the show.” Myers mentioned that there have been discussions with the CRC about investing in featuring artists of significance. “Since we’re such an art-focused community, I think there’s a long-term opportunity that’s not going to be a oneand-done kind of project, and it’s going to provide the community with a connection to all the entertainment you’ve got in the Midtown and City Center districts,” Myers observed. “With all of that inner engagement with food, drinks and shopping, this is sort of a connector between those two districts. I’m also excited because we have so many sports teams that come to town. This [project] will provide an opportunity for them to come out of their hotels and enjoy a show after a long day of playing and just have an interesting experience. Maybe they can also get some ice cream or do something like that as well. It’s an economic driver that’s going to be the jewelry on an already wonderful community. This project also has the opportunity

to change and evolve over time so that we can tell multiple layers of stories. That’s what makes it so beautiful and unique, and that’s why Hamilton County Tourism is supporting it.” Mestetsky, who was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and spent his earlier years enjoying a plethora of public plazas and art before his family relocated to the U.S. in 1994, spoke about the importance of providing people with public art and public gathering places to bolster culture and commerce withing a community. “In my opinion, this is going to be on the level of something that people would see and are usually paying to see it, whether it’s a light up show at Epcot at Walt Disney World or any other venue where people are paying money to see a unique multimedia show,” Mestetsky said. “Carmel has always excelled at bringing art to the masses, and instead of a ‘sculpture’ park that you have to pay admission to enter and see, you get to see artists in the roundabouts and public spaces that are for everybody to enjoy. And this is going to be an incredible exten-

sion of that, and it’s out there for free.” Mestetsky concluded, “And like Brenda would say, if it gets more people to come here and spend more time in Carmel and spend a little more money, that’s a good thing for the short-term vision for the city, frankly. To be able to give to the young adults who move away at some point to a ‘trendy’ city and move back to Carmel because there’s not only employment opportunities but because they remember what it was like growing up in Carmel and seeing light shows, ice skating at Carter Green, adjacent to the Palladium, and the kind of culture that is here — that is a longtime benefit to the city.” Stay tuned for more announcements from the CRC and Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. as the inaugural projection art show nears its official public debut in Spring of 2023. For more information on Blockhouse Studios and their digital art and production services, visit


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“A Christmas Story” The Musical

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tradition, and they pick stories that we are really connected to. It’s set in Hammond, Indiana, and it celebrates the idea of families, in hard times, and you see parents working really hard to be the best for their families. I think we’re all doing that right now, because it’s such a crazy world. Kids are trying to figure things out and find out who they are. In the story, it isn’t so much about the item that Ralphie so desires as it is about what it means to kind of grow up and learn to stand on your own two feet. One of the great things about Pasek and Paul’s version of the movie is that it blows up all of those imaginative dream sequences into fully realized and fully lived performance numbers. I think it’s great to see an imagination blown up right in front of you — it’s so exciting!”

Jackson Duncan (13) – Ralphie Parker “I think everyone in this cast is super kind, nice and welcoming. This is my first Civic show, and it’s been wonderful so far. I really love my character. He’s funny and tries to be that cute kid but also kind of has an older, more mature side that he lets go of at certain points of the show. I really like how ‘A Christmas Story’ takes place a long time ago. They didn’t have cell phones back then! It was a lot different, and they had weird cars and lots of other stuff. I think it can really open your eyes! I really like the opening number [It All Comes Down to Christmas], and I think it brings a lot of passion and warmth into the show. It lets you know what you’re going to see, and I really like the ‘When You’re a Wimp’ number with the kids. I think its funny, and it shows the humor in this show. I hope that the people that come to see the show leave with happy and joyful spirits. I hope they think it was very interesting and something that they’ll never forget. It’s a funny show, but it’s also full of talent and joy, and I think it sends a really good message to people that will get them in the holiday spirit.”

Parrish Williams – Old Man “People love the original movie, and I’m certainly not going to do an impersonation of Darren McGavin or anything like that, but I want to do justice by the original performance [of the Old Man] and make people feel nostalgic and have a good time. I see a lot of my own family and growing up in this [A Christmas Story] family. The dad

Henry Kirk (11) – Randy Parker “Just like Jackson, it’s my first time being at Civic and it’s my first time actually being on a pro stage. So, it’s just a really cool experience, and it opens your eyes to what you’re experiencing. It’s the closest thing to Broadway that you can get here in Indianapolis, and I feel that it’s a very good experience. All of the casting directors

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“A Christmas Story, The Musical,” which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts — an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun.


hile speaking with a few of the lead cast members and director, I was reminded of how extraordinary the Civic Theatre organization is all over again. I spoke with a few of these remarkable local talents who shared their thoughts about their respective roles, performing for a Civic holiday production and the role that “A Christmas Story” plays in most families’ holiday traditions. Director Emily Rogge Tzucker shared that there will be fun and festive eye candy throughout the production, including leg lamps, a giant spinning slide, rotating scenes showcasing the versatility of the stage and so much more that will immerse audiences into Ralphie’s world and imagination. Emily Rogge Tzucker – Director “I think Christmas time, in general, is about rituals and traditions. We look at doing things that we know and at doing them with our families and our community. Attending any Christmas production is something that we like to make a family tradition, and the wonderful thing about Civic is that they really pick shows that they will repeat so you can make them a

works a lot and maybe isn’t as present in the home, and the mom is kind of doing everything, and the kids kind of walk around on eggshells around the dad — I can relate to all of that. Removing the Covid years, this will be the third straight year I will have done a holiday show at Civic, and the reason why I’ve come back is because of the joy that happens on the stage. Holiday shows are difficult to do and create demands on your personal time, but the joy that happens is unmatched and you feel really good about being able to give that gift to the audiences. When you’ve been in a holiday show at Civic and you see how much the audiences enjoy it and how much they get out of it, it makes it worth coming back and doing.”


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and cast are amazing people, and they’re welcoming, awesome people. I can connect with them because they have the same talents and passions. My favorite scene so far is ‘When You’re a Wimp,’ because it’s such a funny number. So, you’re like a kid and you’re with your friends and then all of a sudden, the bullies come along and you’re like, ‘Oh no!’ and it’s choreographed but it feels like an improv scene! It’s just a very fun number! What I want people to take away from this show is that we put so much effort into doing the show and in trying to make them happy. I want them to laugh and laugh and just have a really good time — and like Jackson said, ‘to take away the message,’ because it’s a good one, and I want them to take that away.” Mikayla Koharchik – Mother “I think about the core memories that I’m creating for my kids and the traditions that they will look back on and talk about. And I feel like theater and productions are at the center of those core memories, especially around the holiday season. When I read the script [of A Christmas Story] and/

or listen to the music, I get weepy because you’re only a little kid for so long and then you’re grown up. I feel like Ralphie is this little kid who grew up that Christmas. I feel like I’m playing myself in this show, as I’ve got two little boys at home and everything that I say in this show are things that I say to my kids like, ‘Hurry up, we’re late! Let’s go!’ One of my character’s songs is called, ‘What a Mother Does’ and she says, ‘There’s so much to do, a house to look festive, a family that’s counting on you …’ and basically, she’s talking about how she wants to build these memories with her kids. We want our kids to forget about the times that have been tough and build these core memories. I can’t wait to share this [experience] with the community, and I also can’t wait for my kids to come see this show!” We all get busy in the hype of our lives, so this holiday season, take a pause … and build those “core” memories. The return on that investment is priceless.

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Carmel Symphony Orchestra Presents:

“Holiday Pops” The Palladium // Dec 4 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 – 3 P.M. ET • SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 – 7 P.M. ET Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Courtesy of CSO

Experience the exceptional as Carmel Symphony Orchestra under Artistic Director Janna Hymes gives you not one but two opportunities to kick off your holiday celebrations with matinee and evening performances of CSO’s “Holiday Pops.” We’ve reimagined our musical gift to you by inviting some of your very favorite performers to the party: multi-genre vocalist Josh Kaufman, winner of NBC-TV’s The Voice Season Six; the wonderful vocalist Leah Crane; the sensational dance troupe NZtapz; and the beloved Indianapolis Children’s Choir! Along with the CSO, they’re guaranteed to get your holidays off to a rousing start. Don’t miss it! Make plans now to be with us on December 4 for one or both shows!


t is always a pleasure to highlight CSO’s “Holiday Pops,” and this year promises to be another exhilarating experience that will feature some of central Indiana’s celebrated talents Leah Crane and Josh Kaufman. So, buy your tickets and build your holiday memories in the heart of Carmel! Purchase your tickets and learn more about how you can support CSO at

A Word From The Artistic Director CSO opened their season with a phenomenal celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in a concert featuring Pavel & Direct Contact. Hymes spoke about the energy that was created in the hall of the Palladium and her intentions to build from

that [energy and diversity] throughout the current and future seasons. “Our first concert we did was so different and unique in the sense that we had all these people [attend] who had never come to our concerts before,” Hymes shared. “I loved it because some people think about orchestra, they think, ‘Oh, it’s not my thing,’ and then they come and they’re like, ‘Well, yes, it really is my thing,’ because we [CSO] don’t just play Beethoven and composers like that, even though we, of course, love that and are trained for that. But we also play the pops, and we play holiday [concerts] and children’s concerts. So, the message is: ‘We do it all!’” Hymes and I spoke before the launch of the 2022–23 season about how she intentionally programmed this [season] to bring

the community as a whole together and to expose both the audiences and musicians to music that is more diverse and unique. “My whole message right now is that it’s all about bringing people together and reaching every facet of the community,” Hymes expressed. “We’re finding guest artists that are going to knock the socks off our audiences. It’s been two years of really hard and horrible stuff, and now, it’s our time to spread joy and to do it in unique ways. I am proud of our orchestra for stepping up and playing music that is so different for them and challenging in many ways.” When asked about the state of the CSO organization — post-pandemic restrictions— and specifically about this year’s “Holiday Pops” concert, Hymes shared, “I’m excited because I see changes within our organization and eye-opening experiences that are just fun. And we’ve got this amazing ‘Holiday Pops’ [concert] coming up and other exciting things coming down the pike. I love collaborations with other arts organizations because we bring not only our audiences together, but we also create something that we probably wouldn’t do except for that time, and if you miss it, it’s done. We are continuing to look at bringing in different organizations, and I’m all about that. And I think audiences love it too.”

Featuring Exceptional Local Talent Those who attended CSO’s season opener that featured Pavel & Direct Contact have already experienced the spectacular talent and charisma of Indianapolis vocalist Leah Crane. Crane is well known to audiences in the Hoosier state, throughout the Midwest, and beyond. The versatile singer studied at the renowned IU Jacobs School of Music. Equally at home on the international concert stage, in commercial recording studios, and in faith communities, she is also the lead vocalist for Pavel & Direct Contact Latin Jazz and Salsa. Crane is an accomplished studio session singer, and she can often be heard on national promotional recordings for various music publishers, including Walt Disney, Hal Leonard, Beckenhorst, Lorenz, Alfred, Carl Fischer, and Shawnee Press. She recently finished recording a solo album of jazz and Brazilian standards with Chica-


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go-based producer/arranger Paul Langford, “Lucky to Be Me,” available on all platforms. In addition to her many musical pursuits, she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at IU Health’s Riley Hospital for Children, having earned a graduate degree in social work from Indiana University. She and her husband Jeff reside in Indianapolis with their two children, Karis and Carson. Crane shared her thoughts on the importance of people coming together this holiday season in celebration of life and in practicing gratitude amid our challenges and daily stressors. She also shared her excitement for working with CSO again and performing for the audiences at this year’s “Holiday Pops” concerts. “I work at Riley Hospital four days a week, and I get to see some of people’s best moments of their lives and some of the worst moments,” Crane said. “I have a unique window to see into some of the most challenging aspects of what’s going on from a medical perspective. And there

are even more ways that our society is feeling stressed and anxious. All you have to do is turn on the news for a second or look at your social media — if you’re following too many negative people — and you just get a sense of feeling overwhelmed. If we practice gratitude and practice being able to celebrate everyday moments, I think that’s the only way to combat the stress, pressure and anxiety that we all feel just being in this world right now.” Crane continued, “I’ve got friends and family already buying tickets [to ‘Holiday Pops’] and it’s definitely not too early to start getting your tickets! I’ve had the opportunity to work with ICC several times and Josh [Joshua] Pedde is another ball of energy and pure excitement. Having the Indianapolis Children’s Choir there bringing all of their families out is going to be a huge bonus. They have such a great following and perform at such a high level of excellence. And people just love watching kids sing! And Josh Kaufman is an

incredible vocalist. Of course, everyone has followed his career from the time he was on ‘The Voice’ and won. I used to sing in the studio with him [Kaufman] doing publisher demos, and I also did some caroling gigs with him. He’s just a really amazing artist.” Crane shared a couple of teasers about her upcoming performance and duets in CSO’s “Holiday Pops.” “Josh [Kaufman] and I will be doing a couple of duets — one of the duets is ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside,’ a great holiday classic. And the other [duet] is a famous Stevie Wonder song, which I’ve loved listening to but have never actually sung before: ‘Someday at Christmas.’ I’ve never heard it done with an orchestra, so I think that’s going to be really awesome! And then I have two solos, arrangements by my friend Paul Langford, who does fabulous orchestral arrangements. One of my solos is a bossa nova arrangement and the other song is Paul’s arrangement of ‘O Holy Night,’ and it’s beautiful. It has the high B-flat at the end, which everybody loves. It’s going to be great!”

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excited to perform ‘The Nutcracker,’ especially at the Palladium. This year will be the first time [since the onset of the pandemic] that it will feel like a ‘normal’ environment. It’s an excitement and an exchange of energy that we may be feeling even more than before [the pandemic]. We really missed that feeling between the performers and the audience being together without masks and restrictions. We are looking forward to it!” Patrons of IBC and ticketholders will not only experience a longstanding tradition of exceptional ballet but will have the added experience of the epitome of holiday ambiance in front of the Palladium — Carmel’s Christkindlmarkt. And once guests enter the Palladium and walk into the extravagant hall, they will feel a charge of positive energy! This is not just a “show.” It is holiday magic!

Immerse Yourselves in the Magic of IBC’s

“The Nutcracker” Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Renzulli Photography and IBC

Indiana Ballet Conservatory’s “The Nutcracker” is staged by founding Artistic Director Alyona Yakovleva and based on the 1934 choreography of Vasily Vainonen. Children and adults of all ages will be transformed by this heartwarming tale of a young girl and her beloved Nutcracker as she battles off evil and learns the value and resiliency of the human spirit. Come experience this timeless and beloved holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker,” as it debuted nearly 100 years ago.


he Indiana Ballet Conservatory, founded in 2010 by Yakovleva, is a pre-professional ballet school committed to providing the best classical ballet training to its students and launching the next generation of dancers onto the world stage. IBC students continually place in top positions in national and international competitions and pursue professional careers in dance around the world.

HONORING A HOLIDAY TRADITION Acknowledging the hardships that so many have been afflicted with, particularly throughout the last two years, Yakovleva spoke about how the arts and productions such as “The Nutcracker” can bring our lives to a pause and allow

us to reconnect with beauty, love and the traditions that many of us hold dear. “There’s so much going on, and people are, at the same time, afraid and worried,” Yakovleva observed. “[The holidays] are a good and happy time, and when they come to see ‘The Nutcracker,’ they can escape from all the troubles and worries for a while.” Yakovleva said IBC staff and students are excited to perform “The Nutcracker” at the Palladium in Carmel and are not anticipating any COVID-19-related restrictions this season. The Palladium lends another layer of elegance and sophistication to an already breathtaking and authentic production of “The Nutcracker.” “’The Nutcracker’ is a miracle to me,” Yakovleva said. “Honestly, we are always

IBC SETS THE STANDARD OF EXCEPTIONALISM Exhibiting an authentic interpretation of Vainonen’s choreography, the performers who will be dancing the coveted role of the “Sugar Plum Fairy” this year are IBC dancers Aurora Ausserer (17) and Shannon McNiven (16). Yakovleva shared that Ausserer’s family is originally from Seattle, Washington, and her entire family uprooted and moved to Carmel so that Ausserer could train with IBC. She is finishing her senior year through The Laurel Springs School, and she has danced in the “The Nutcracker” for many years and the Sugar Plum Fairy has always been a “dream role” for her. Ausserer is excited to perform in “The Nutcracker” this year the role of Sugar Plum Fairy again. McNiven has been dancing with IBC for three years. She was invited to the Youth America Grand Prix Finals this year after placing second in Contemporary and Top 12 in the Classical category at this year’s Kansas City Regional. She has loved being in the Advanced Day Program this year and continues to look forward to the next opportunities and experiences she will have with IBC. IBC is thrilled to collaborate with and feature once again Sebastian Vinet — international guest artist and permanent principal guest dancer with Utah Metropolitan Ballet.


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Born in Santiago de Chile, Vinet began ballet training at Escuela de Ballet del Teatro Muncipal de Santiago. After two years under full scholarship, he moved to Houston, Texas, to finish his training at Ben Stevenson Houston Ballet Academy. In 2009, he joined the Houston Ballet and in 2010 the San Francisco Ballet. Vinet also was a recipient of the Premio Jóvenes Líderes del diario El Mercurio (2009) — an award to Chilean artists presented by the ambassador of Chile in the United States. Most recently, Vinet was honored to be a 2020 Prix de Lausanne competition jurist in Switzerland, being the youngest person in the history of the prestigious competition to be invited to join the panel of judges. IBC is collaborating again with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir and its artistic director Joshua Pedde. For those that missed previous productions of IBC’s “The Nutcracker” that featured children from ICC — you are in for an unforgettable experience!

TEA AND SWEETS WITH THE SUGAR PLUM FAIRY Has your little one dreamed about dancing with the Sugar Plum Fairy? Mark your calendar for IBC’s special Nutcracker event taking place Sunday, November 13, 2022, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Indiana Ballet Conservatory located at 849 West Carmel Drive in Carmel, Indiana. Enjoy refreshments and learn ballet with the Sugar Plum Fairy as she dances to the music from the Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite! Additionally, IBC will be performing on the opening day of the Carmel Christkindlmarkt, November 19, from 4:10 to 4:35 p.m. IBC will be performing on two additional days and times on December 4 and 18 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. To purchase tickets to “The Nutcracker” or to make a financial contribution in support of IBC’s programming and productions, visit indianaballetconservatory. org. Your generous support of IBC will help ensure its world-class productions, such as “The Nutcracker,” will continue to delight audiences for decades to come.

IBC Performances at Carmel Christkindlmarkt November 19 (Opening Day of Christkindlmarkt): 4:10–4:35 p.m. ET December 4: 11–11:45 a.m. ET December 18: 11–11:45 a.m. ET Indiana Ballet Conservatory: The Nutcracker The Palladium // Nov 26 and 27 EVENT DETAILS Sat Nov 26 at 2 p.m. ET Sat Nov 26 at 7 p.m. ET Sun Nov 27 at 1 p.m. ET Sun Nov 27 at 6 p.m. ET


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A SYMPHONIC CHRISTMAS TOUR THE PALLADIUM // SATURDAY, DEC 10, 8 P.M. ET Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Courtesy of The Center

Marie Osmond has spent more than six iconic decades in the entertainment business performing as a successful singer, television performer and talk show host, dancer, actor, author, entrepreneur and public speaker.


smond’s debut single “Paper Roses” reached the No. 1 spot on two Billboard charts, a feat that not only placed her among an elite class of musical royalty but instantly catapulted her into international superstardom. Going beyond her small-screen fame co-hosting “Donny & Marie,” Osmond has remained an instantly recognizable figure across the globe. Since she and brother Donny ended their 11-year Las Vegas residency at the Flamingo in 2019, she has traveled the nation with sell-out shows featuring a 30-piece orchestra. Osmond’s latest album is 2021’s “Unexpected,” a collection of Broadway and opera classics. Osmond is a multiple gold and platinum selling artist and CMA winner, garnering numerous Billboard chart-topping singles and albums and three New York Times Bestselling books. As a philanthropist, Osmond cofounded Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which has raised more than 8 billion dollars for children to date. Marie was recently awarded “The Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service” by four-star General Bob Brown, US Army Pacific (representing Secretary of Defense James Mattis), during her birthday concert in Hawaii. Osmond’s recently released “Unexpected” studio album pushed her voice to remarkable heights and debuted No. 1 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover Albums Chart following its December 2021 release. It has spent several weeks in the Top 10, having entered and re-entered the charts. Osmond has always had great affection for her countless fans and personally keeps in touch daily with them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram:


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Janelle Morrison: You have enjoyed a remarkable career, and now with the holiday season approaching, you have decided to end your residency in Las Vegas and tour again. What was the motivating factor behind that decision? Marie Osmond: It’s interesting — philosophically, I don’t really need to tour anymore. I really love being home with my eight children [pauses] well, I have seven now, but I will always have eight. And I have eight grandchildren. I am a spiritual and intuitive person, you know what I mean? I think to have survived my career — this is my 6th decade of performing consistently — as a female [artist] is just ridiculous in this business. There’s not many of us, and even my sweet friend Olivia [Newton-John] had five decades. But I’m still young, and I believe that you find the holiday spirit through serving others. So, it was an absolute must to go out and do shows. People are so sad right now. Some are lonely, some have lost loved ones, and some are financially stressed. So, for these reasons, I made the decision to go to them instead of having them come to Las Vegas. It’s not about the profit. That’s not why I am doing it. I give [the tour] the “Marie Osmond Good Housekeeping Stamp of Approval”! You will leave feeling happy — I promise you! JM: Your show features several different musical genres that you appear to effortlessly perform. Is there any one genre or a few that resonate with you more than the others, or do you enjoy them all equally? Osmond: Yes, and I’ll tell which ones during my show! I am one of those few entertainers that can sing multiple genres, and I don’t think there’s many of us, but I love putting all of that into a show because it gives something to everybody. I really love doing that. I am going to put one or actually maybe two songs from new album in the show. I was blown away by the success of the album, honestly because it’s my farewell album, and I did it strictly because I spent 25 years learning to sing soprano and opera. I sing in German, French and Italian. Now, the album isn’t strictly [opera]. I do songs from the Great American Songbook like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which is really the song that got me to sing when I was a little girl in “the business.” I knew when I heard [Judy Garland] and looked into her eyes, she knew my life and what it was like to be a child performer. I’ll also be singing “Unexpected,” the title cut.

of year. We need to experience joy and happiness again.

and come to the show and enjoy each other. Because you don’t know how much longer you will have each other. I promise you this show will be so fun! You will laugh and you will cry. So, go out and celebrate this time

JM: In addition to joy and happiness, what else can we expect to experience when you perform at the Palladium in December? Osmond: It’s going to be so fun! I’m doing some elements that are not only “Christmas,” but I’m going to take them down memory lane a little bit and remember times past. I’ve been associated with some of the best Christmas shows, I think, on the planet from Andy Williams to Bob Hope and my own specials with “Donny & Marie,” and we’re going to make you remember what’s good in life, I promise you! And I’m bringing David Osmond [nephew] who is a bona fide miracle. Wait until you hear this kid sing! There’s just the two of us in our family that can sing multiple genres of music, so you’re going to hear everything from big band to opera to traditional. It’s going to be so fun! We’re going to give it everything that we have out there!


JM: Speaking of your album “Unexpected,” congratulations on it being in the top ten for multiple weeks. Isn’t it like 22-plus weeks or more now? Osmond: It keeps going back up in the top ten, and I’m like, “Shut up!” It’s my best album ever, and it’s the last. [Laughing] My brothers all tease me, “Wow, Marie. You beat us all.” Not that there’s competition in my family whatsoever! “Unexpected” was such a sweet and truly unexpected thing for me. It was a labor of love. It was recorded in Prague, and I really enjoyed doing it. JM: Knowing how challenging times have been and continue to be for people throughout our nation, what words of encouragement do you have for your fans as we begin to plan for the holiday season and a brand-new year? Osmond: I don’t know how much longer I’ll do this [touring], but I really do love people. And people are so sad, it just breaks my heart. I do these messages on social media and I do all these things to try and lift people up. You can get through it — I promise you. I’ve seen the other side of hell and back in my life. And I know there’s people that are worse off. Serving [others] gets you through it. So, get some people together

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Gained National and Local Support Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Submitted

A special celebrity concert benefit was held on Saturday, October 1, in support of Ukrainian refugees who have crossed and continue to cross over the Ukrainian and Polish border in seek of humanitarian aid. The event in Indianapolis raised a remarkable total of $41,202.70.


ith the help of the event committee and our sponsors, this event quickly evolved into a significant affair that featured internationally renowned singer and actor Franc D’Ambrosio accompanied by Stephanie Lynne Smith as the concert’s headliners. The funds raised have contributed to the combined total that has been raised by D’Ambrosio since he began fundraising on behalf of the Dominican Friars, who have been offering humanitarian aid to Ukrainian refugees since the onset of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

LOCAL AND NATIONAL TALENTS FEATURED The concert also featured local artists and talents: Don Farrell accompanied by Terry Woods, Artistic Director Alyona Yakovleva-Randall and the Indiana Ballet Conservatory and a special “surprise” recorded performance by celebrity singer/songwriter John Ondrasik with Five for Fighting. The fundraiser was hosted at the private residence of Mr. Ryan and Mrs. Amy Wright of Indianapolis and included small plates featuring both American and authentic Ukrainian fare

— prepared by Lena and Amy’s mothers and culinary professionals Valentyna Osinnia and Teri Uhrig. There was a live auction of some remarkable and hard-to-obtain items and 100 percent of the event proceeds went to the Dominican Friars, who are on the front lines offering food, shelter, medical and mental health care to Ukrainian refugees and their children. The Dominican Friars have an established 501(c)(3) set up, and all of the donations made to their website are being used to provide humanitarian aid to the Ukrainian refugees in their care.


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Some friars have converted parishes into oncology wards and are providing both physical and mental health care to those who are in desperate need.

HOW CAN YOU HELP? The “Indiana Stands with Ukraine” fundraiser is an ongoing fundraiser, and we hope that many of our friends and associates will continue to support this important cause and the friars’ extraordinary work and for Ukrainian refugees. My publisher, Lena Lucas, is from Kyiv, Ukraine, and still has family abroad. Through her lens, I have gained a perspective on the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the genocide that is ongoing — I personally cannot turn a cheek to this. This is not a political issue — it is a humanitarian crisis where men, women and children are being annihilated, but they refuse to lay down their arms and hoist a white flag. The Ukrainian people continue to fight for their very existence.

My publishers, Neil and Lena Lucas, myself and our extremely dedicated committee are committed to continue raising as much awareness and monetary support as possible. Donations made to the Dominican Friars’ fund can be made for any amount, day or night, 365 days a year. Please consider donating to the Dominican Friars website at indianadonation. Together, we can help save and improve the lives of Ukrainians who are fighting for their freedom and their futures.

“INDIANA STANDS WITH UKRAINE” EVENT SPONSORS Simply put, this event would not have been possible without the generosity and energy of our sponsors and performers. On behalf of the fundraiser committee, I would like to acknowledge the following:

NEAL BURNETT AND KAREN BRABENDER OF INDIANAPOLIS: Neal Burnett, Karen Brabender and their seven children and three grandchildren, along with Wilson the chocolate Labrador, are all native to Indiana. Neal and Karen both own and work together in a commercial development company in downtown Indy. They have completed many notable projects in central Indiana over the past 35 years. One more recent project is the New Back 9 golf and entertainment facility located in downtown Indy adjacent to the

Lucas Oil stadium. Back 9 is a state-of-theart golf and entertainment facility where one can enjoy playing golf courses and different games while in the comfort of one of the 75 available bays. Back 9 features more than four bars and dining experiences, along with a full music pavilion and balconies that can fit 700–800 guests for some of the best music performances Indy has to offer. Neal and Karen both lead very active lives enjoying family, social gatherings, tennis and many outdoor activities together. They especially like being involved in helping our community here but also abroad advance and thrive. Visit for more information.

CARMEL MONTHLY AND ZIONSVILLE MONTHLY: Publishers Neil and Lena Lucas are the owners and publishers of Carmel’s and Zionsville’s premier lifestyle magazines and have been publishing in these communities for nearly a decade. The Lucases and head writer Janelle Morrison publish


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stories on the communities’ arts, education, business, nonprofit, government and community affairs as they impact the lives of the residents and business owners. Visit and

RYAN AND AMY WRIGHT: Ryan is a bankruptcy attorney in Indianapolis, Indiana (bankruptcybyphone. com), and fronts the band Dean Martini. Amy is a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. The Wrights are avid

supporters of the arts and staunch advocates for humanitarian efforts both locally and abroad.

HOTEL CARMICHAEL: Hotel Carmichael, an Autograph Collection Hotel, is located in the heart of the Carmel City Center. This greater Indianapolis hotel offers modern accommodations located next to the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, one of the greatest music halls of its time. Visit

PIANO SOLUTIONS – CARMEL: Piano Solutions in Carmel prides itself on offering not only the best pianos available today but also a thorough understanding of the instruments it sells and services. Today, it is Indiana’s largest provider of new and used pianos, digital pianos, hybrid pianos, organs and keyboards, with an extensive collection of pianos from all over the world. Visit Piano Solutions at

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Back Home Again! Holiday Spectacular Returns to the Dale E. Graham Auditorium! Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Laura Arick and submitted

For more than 30 years, the Carmel High School Choir Department has been presenting its annual Holiday Spectacular as a gift to the Carmel Community. We are pleased to feature on our cover this exciting performance that features more than 450 performers singing and dancing and delivers a huge helping of the holiday spirit! The past few years have been unusual with COVID-19 restrictions and auditorium renovations, but Carmel Monthly is excited to announce that this year’s Holiday Spectacular will finally be back on stage in the newly renovated Dale E. Graham Auditorium!


he 2022 show “Peace, Love, Joy” is sure to lift your spirits and prepare you for an exciting holiday season filled with exactly what the title of the show promises … a newfound sense of peace, a reminder of the love that we all share and the overpowering joy that we all receive from this time of togetherness, renewal and rebirth.

WORKING THROUGH THE CHALLENGES The renovation and expansion of the CHS performing arts space has been ongoing since 2020 and was necessary to not only meet current ADA compliance but to house the performing arts programs and classes that have more than doubled since the original space was completed in 1993. The renovations will provide an additional 17,000 square feet


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to the performing arts complex and will include additional large, shared ensemble/rehearsal rooms, classrooms, storage space and the renovations to the Dale E. Graham Auditorium. CHS Director of Choirs Kathrine Kouns shared with us what the last few years have been like for the performing arts department as a whole and the toll that the pandemic and construction/ renovations have had specifically on the annual Holiday Spectacular shows and the choir department’s bottom line. “Any kind of construction or renovation is extraordinarily challenging, whether it’s your bathroom or a huge project like this,” Kouns said. “That being said, the nature of what we do in the performing arts department … we have huge classes and manage many more students than are in a regular classroom. We also have unique needs, as far as risers, acoustic treatments and things that are just not found in regular classrooms. It has been very challenging, and we’ve had to move a couple of times in the process, and we don’t expect to be fully moved into the renovated choir room spaces until probably August of next year. But that’s OK, because having the performance space really does make a huge difference.” Kouns added, “There’s just something different about being able to perform on a stage in an actual auditorium with lighting and sound and everything that is set up for a performing arts show. It’s a very different atmosphere, and sadly, the majority of our students have never performed in our auditorium or had a


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single concert in there. We’ve been out [of the space] because of COVID and then the renovations.” In the absence of concerts and a traditional Holiday Spectacular experience with ticketed seats, Kouns shared how they have worked through the past few years in spite of the loss of revenue from ticket sales. “It has been challenging, but we didn’t want the tradition to die because we didn’t have an auditorium,” Kouns shared. “And I’m really proud to say that even though we weren’t able to bring in the revenue that we usually do from our shows, we have not raised our student fees. We’re working really hard at fundraising and finding corporate sponsors, so we’re really hopeful that with this show coming up and having all of the concessions, silent auction, flowers, etc. back again, that will help our budget and get us out of the basement, where it [budget] has been the last few years.”

NEWLY RENOVATED AND READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS Kouns previewed some of the details of the newly renovated auditorium and some of the additions and upgrades that will be enjoyed by its audiences and performers alike. “I will say that at first glance it might not appear drastically different,” Kouns explained. “There are some aesthetic treatments that will look different, and all of the seating is new. There are all new acoustic treatments hanging on both the walls and the ceiling, a new sound system and soundboard, and the stage has been completely resurfaced. We did lose seats because of ADA compliance requirements, and we’ll take a little hit on ticket sales, but we still have approximately 1200 seats — I haven’t received the final seating chart yet — and that’s still a large theater and will work for us really well. The seating layout will be similar to what it was before the

renovation, and we will still have the balcony seating available.” Kouns also mentioned that as part of the upgrades, the orchestra pit now has a “pit filler” that creates an extension of the stage and allows the performers to get much closer to the audience, providing more performance space on the stage. She also pointed out that due to supply chain issues, there will be touch-ups and minor installations over the next few months but that these won’t have an impact on the experience of the Holiday Spectacular performances or on the comfort of the audience members.

KEEP A CLOSE EYE OUT FOR TICKET SALE ANNOUNCEMENTS! The Holiday Spectacular is a longstanding tradition for many local families and former CHS students and has traditionally sold out. Given that it will be returning to its home in the Dale E. Graham Auditorium, it will likely sell out quickly. Kouns and the entire CHS Performing Arts Department staff are awaiting the final seating chart with assigned seat numbers before she can make the ticket link for this year’s Holiday Spectacular live. She encourages everyone to keep an eye on their social media accounts and visit the CHS website for updates! Additionally, like in prior years, there will be community giveback opportunities at each of the performances benefiting local nonprofits in the local and central Indiana communities. Kouns added, “We hope that you will join us for this year’s ‘welcome home’ event, which will take place from November 30 through December 4 with performances at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday evenings, as well as 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Go to for more information coming soon!”


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Benefit of Tomorrow Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Courtesy of Carmel Redevelopment Commission

The Carmel Redevelopment Commission recently announced that it will again be partnering with Carmel-based Pedcor and made public their plans to redevelop the approximate 38 acres of vacant land at Pennsylvania and 111th Streets, releasing the proposed renderings of what this mixed-use development will look like after an estimated time frame of 15 years and upon the completion of its proposed four phases.


RC Director Henry Mestetsky spoke about the proposed plans and tax benefits that will impact not only the residents within and surrounding the development but the Carmel Clay School district as well.

THE PROPOSED REDEVELOPMENT PLAN “This is the largest remaining undeveloped piece of land [in Carmel],” Mestetsky said. “There were previous office parks proposed [for this land], and I think we are lucky to have a developer like Pedcor that is willing to take on this extensive of

a project.” Mestetsky added, “The project will have about 430,000 square feet of office space, mostly along Pennsylvania Street, though [the project] is going to be mostly multifamily with 12 ½ percent of that multifamily being workforce housing, which, frankly, is sorely needed everywhere throughout America.” The mixed-used development will also include 58 for-sale townhouses, two public parking garages that will have solar components, 912 multi-family units and a large public plaza that will be surrounded by retail and restaurants.


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“It gives us a chance to set the trend for a more dense development along the US 31 corridor and will look less like the suburbia of the 90s and will look more like a walkable and welcoming city,” Mestetsky explained. “The plaza is actually fairly large and will have an amphitheater with seating and a stage that will have large screen as well. So, think Midtown Plaza but with better seating. And there will be a fountain with some steps and a place to rest on one side. It will be activated with retail all around it. How exciting for the neighborhoods and adjacent offices around it! Instead of


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fourth-story elements on top. The boulevards are going to be lined in some cases with first-floor retail, and you can see all the parking is really hidden. The public garages can’t be seen from the streets. We don’t often get a chance to remake such a large parcel in such a properly urban planned out way.”

THE TAX ADVANTAGES this parcel being developed into a giant office park, they are going to get Midtown Plaza–like amenities that they can walk to, and that’s going to raise property values all around.” When asked what specific architecture was planned for the for-sale town homes, Mestetsky replied, “The specific architecture hasn’t been set in stone, but I’m going to imagine it will look fairly traditional and will be exceptionally nice, as these will be for-sale units. From the picture, you can tell that they have garages on site but are detached. They are three-story townhomes with

“In addition to the housing and recreational amenities this mixed-use development will bring to the immediate area, Mestetsky also shared some of the financial stats that will have a direct impact on property values and on the Carmel Clay Schools who remain the second-lowest funded school district in the state of Indiana based on the existing school funding formula. “The entire site pays less than $10,000 a year in property taxes,” Mestetsky stated. “Once the redevelopment is completed, it’s going to pay $3.7 million a year in property taxes. In addition, CCS will get almost half a million dollars in additional taxes when this property is fully built

out because of their referendum rate that’s attached to properties, whether it’s in a TIF district or not. And I have one more financial data point, which is that the set value per acre of the site jumps from $13,000 of assessed value per acre to $5.8 million of assessed value per acre.” Giving credit to Pedcor for their ability to steward major redevelopment projects in Carmel’s core over the last couple of decades amid economic downturns and a global pandemic, Mestetsky stated, “I think it’s important to point out that this is a 15-year project, and Pedcor is the same developer that did City Center. Pedcor has proven to the taxpayers that they know how to do a multi-year project and do it well. It also required Brainard’s attention to detail to get these redevelopment projects right and his push for quality, and I think that’s important to continue as we move forward.” Although the final plans are still under development, Mestetsky did state that he believes the developers will begin pushing dirt on the site in the later part of 2023.”



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may also report great difficulty sleeping and feel their brain is constantly racing or ‘on alert.’ Those stuck in a freeze response will often report feeling numb or disconnected with poor sleep. When they experience a stress, they tend to shut down and retreat into themselves. They also tend to report low energy and slow cognitive processes such as problem solving or decision-making. When the brain relaxes these imbalances in the stress system, the brain can then self-correct the stuck hemisphere and reset itself.”


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Restful Sleep Writer // Janelle Morrison

Sometimes the stresses of life become more than disruptive — prolonged stress can significantly impact one’s health and have negative effects on the brain and body.


he brain is your central command center. When your brain is out of balance or stuck, you don’t feel right, and it’s impossible to function at your highest level. Cereset is a proven technology that’s non-invasive and highly effective. Cereset can help your brain free itself, enabling you to achieve higher levels of well-being and balance throughout your life. Prior to opening the Carmel Cereset office, owner and Tech Coach Brenda Hanning had a license for the legacy technology and served clients for 5 years under the name of Balanced Matter. When Cereset Corporate released the new-and-improved Cereset technology and offered a new business model, Hanning immediately

upgraded to the improved version and opened the Carmel office in 2018.

THE SCIENCE OF STRESS AND POOR SLEEP Hanning explained that research shows a direct correlation of not getting enough sleep with an increased risk of irritability, anxiety, forgetfulness and “fuzzy” thinking. “The Autonomic Nervous system controls our ability to respond to and regulate stress,” Hanning explained. “When a stress is severe or prolonged, the stress system can get stuck ‘on’ just like a button that has been pressed too many times. Someone stuck in fight-or-flight response will often report a chronic feeling of dis-ease or underlying tension and anxiety. They


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Cereset is a wellness company that helps its clients relax their brain to manage stress, restore hope and finally achieve restful sleep through BrainEcho technology that empowers the brain to reset itself as it hears and “sees” its own reflection. Cereset Founder and CEO Lee Gerdes used his expertise in physics, mathematics, computer software and psychology to develop Cereset’s patented BrainEcho technology after a violent attack left him with the inability to sleep for nearly a decade. After finally finding a solution to his sleep issues, he worked to share his findings and technology with the rest of the world. The global leader in non-invasive brain self-restoration and optimization, Cereset enables the brain to fully relax and reset itself to its natural balance from the inside out. There is no outside intervention, stimulus or medication of any kin— the brain does its own work, and the client often naps or relaxes quietly in a comfortable chair. Cereset is available at franchise locations around the world.

IS CERESET RIGHT FOR YOU? “Cereset is for everyone,” Hanning expressed. “It is hard to imagine there being someone who could not benefit from Cereset to some degree. Seventy-five percent of Americans say they suffer from some form of stress, and there is an estimated 54 percent of the population who do not sleep for 2 weeks a month or more. And now there are more people suffering from brain fog and cognitive performance from long COVID-19. With Cereset, these individuals can reduce the stress in their brains, achieve more rest-


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ful sleep and have more robust power for cognitive performance.” So, how does Cereset help? Cereset uses patented BrainEcho technology that reflects the brain’s own activity back to itself through musical, engineered tones. The musical tones support the brain to stabilize itself and thus relax. When the brain relaxes, it resets itself, and imbalances are self-corrected. This is most often seen when one hemisphere is overactive, and a relaxed brain quiets the overactivated hemisphere.

Hanning added, “A naturally balanced brain can help resolve issues such as insomnia, stress, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, anger, problem-solving, lack of focus and memory. Cereset technology is being studied at the Wake Forest School of Medicine Department of Neurology, the Womack Army Medical Center and Uniformed Services University for helping veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.”

When asked if insurance covers the sessions, Hanning stated that insurance does not cover the cost of [Cereset] sessions but that most health savings accounts will. Say “Yes” to restored health and a return to restful nights! A balanced brain is a way better brain and sustains a healthier person in every way. If you are seeking a balanced brain, Cereset can help . . . wellness from the inside out!


Schedule your consultation with Cereset in Carmel — today! Visit for more information.

“Cereset is a relaxing process, and most of our clients fall asleep during the sessions,” Hanning shared. “The client is comfortably seated in a zero-gravity chair with lightweight comfortable sensors placed on the scalp to read their brain rhythms. Most of our clients find satisfactory results with our Cereset Wellness Package, which includes five sessions and sessions average 1.5 hours each. Many clients testify experiencing results within 3 weeks of beginning sessions.”

Cereset Carmel 160 W. Carmel Dr., Suite 186 Carmel, IN 46032 317.922.7588

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