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ROTH IRAS FOR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS Most investors are familiar with the standard mechanisms of the Roth IRA: A person contributes post-tax money to a retirement account, typically for him/herself, and those funds experience tax-free potential growth as long as they are not withdrawn until the person reaches the age of 59 ½. In most families this is the primary and often sole use of the Roth IRA.


owever, the Roth IRA can also be an effective financial conduit for parents and grandparents as a custodial Roth IRA. This second and less familiar function of the Roth IRA gives parents and grandparents a new vehicle with which to disperse their own wealth - and instill their values and work ethic in the next generation. When used properly, a custodial Roth IRA can teach children the value of compound interest and the basics of filing a tax return, while also offering a head start on retirement savings.

GETTING STARTED Taking advantage of this strategy requires the child to have earned income equal to or greater than the amount of the contribution. That means the first step is encouraging the children or grandchildren to earn some money for themselves. Expect documentation to be required at tax time,

which means the child also gains the life experience of filing what may be his or her first tax return. After the grandkids take the initiative to clear the income hurdle, a parent or grandparent can begin to contribute to the Roth IRA on the child’s behalf. One approach may be for Nana to offer a matching contribution on a percent of the grandchild’s earnings, depositing that amount into the child’s Roth IRA each pay period. Because parents or grandparents are able to make deposits for the purpose of savings and the child can still spend the money he or she earned (contributions to the Roth IRA don’t have to be the child’s own money, but cannot exceed their income), the “Kid Roth” can become an appealing incentive for a child to find employment.

WATCHING IT GROW Custodial Roth IRA contributions are limited to the

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amount of the child’s annual income. However, suppose Nana contributes to a Roth IRA set up in the name of her 14-year old granddaughter who earns $2500 each year in babysitting and yard work. In this example, as long as the granddaughter continues to earn $2500 in annual income, Nana can deposit up to $2500 to the Roth IRA for her every year.

HABITS THAT PAY The benefits may not end there. After all, Nana’s granddaughter’s account balance is based on just five years of deposits which ended when she turned 19. Given the lessons learned from a forward-thinking and generous grandma, this young lady is likely to continue to make Roth contributions on her own after age 19. For the rest of her working career, she can deposit up to the current Roth IRA maximum of $5500 per year, and watch her Roth balance grow even more. There are many reasons to view the custodial Roth IRA as a powerful tool for parents or grandparents, not the least of which are the invaluable lessons on long-term investing. In addition to getting a head start on retirement savings, these kids learn firsthand how hard work results in lifelong rewards.

KID ROTH TIPS TO REMEMBER: • The child must have earned income in order to qualify for a Roth IRA contribution. Giftsand earnings from investments and savings do not qualify. • The child and custodian must document the income. Consult with your CPA, but thisusually means compiling records and filing a tax return. • Once the custodian (i.e. grandparent or parent) makes a contribution for the child, theycannot take it back. • The principal can be withdrawn tax and penalty-free at any time by the Roth IRA owner (i.e.the child). Any withdrawals must be for the exclusive benefit of the child.

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Disclosures: There is no guarantee of future performance with any SYM Financial Corporation (“SYM”) portfolio. These examples are for illustrative purposes only and there is no guarantee that any client account will perform at a certain level of performance. This material is not financial advice or an offer to sell any product. All investing involves risk including the possible loss of principal invested. The actual characteristics with respect to any particular client account will vary based on a number of factors including but not limited to: (i) the size of the account; (ii) investment restrictions applicable to the account, if any; and (iii) market conditions at the time of investment. The opinions expressed herein are those of SYM and are subject to change without notice. SYM reserves the right to modify its current investment strategies and techniques based on changing market dynamics or client needs and there is no guarantee that their assessment of investments will be accurate. SYM is an independent investment adviser registered under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended. Registration does not imply a certain level of skill or training. More information about SYM including our investment strategies, fees and objectives can be found in our ADV Part 2, which is available upon request. SYM-17-12

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The Center and Resident Companies Talk About Saving The Arts! We all share the hope and belief that better times are coming and a return to some form of normalcy that we enjoyed pre-pandemic is not far away. Frankly, what normal looks like in the future depends greatly on what survives during this harsh winter imposed on our lives by the pandemic. It is with that in mind that we feature on our cover the efforts of local performing arts companies to survive so that when we do return to a post-Covid world our lives will be richer with an active and vibrant arts community. It is our hope that by raising awareness of the struggles facing the arts that the community, as it has so generously in every other crisis, will rally to help “Save The Arts!” Cover Story Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photo // Laura Arick

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The Carmel Farmers Market Prepares for a Safe Winter Market Season Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Jennifer Hershberger

As the Carmel Farmers Market (CFM) wraps up another remarkable season—amid a pandemic and unprecedented challenges—all of us at Carmel Monthly wanted to take a moment to thank the dedicated and selfless volunteers at CFM who will be going straight into the winter market season without any breaks in between the last two market seasons. The Carmel Winter Market at the Wire Factory, presented by IU Health North Hospital, will open without delay on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, and will operate every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon until the end of March 2021.


armel Farmers Market President Ron Carter shared the committee’s COVID-19 plans for the winter market that have been approved by the Hamilton County Health Department.

Safety for All and Supporting Local Are the Top Priorities The CFM committee is taking measures to ensure a safe and successful market for all concerned while continuing to support the local vendors who continue to rely on market-goers to remain viable in these challenging times. As we venture into the fall and winter seasons during the pandemic, it is important to remember that we need to support our local farmers and purveyors if we wish for them to be there throughout and beyond the pandemic. “We have looked at all of the things that we can do at the winter market to help visitors, vendors and volunteers—all three—to stay as safe as possible in that environment,” Carter shared. “And so, we calculated our occupancy load, and we are well under the maximum load. We were able to determine that we’re well under [the

maximum load] because over the last few years, we have kept half-hour by half-hour attendance figures, and we know that we will not exceed the maximum number of people in that space. That data has allowed us to start planning for the [winter] market with confidence.” Just as the CFM committee redesigned the summer farmers market, it has applied the same methodologies to the winter market. “One of the first things we did was to determine the best way to achieve physical distancing was to create a one-way path through the winter market,” Carter explained. “We took out the ‘cage’ where people had been able to sit and eat. The folks at Pedcor [Management Corp.] were gracious enough to let us remove the cage permanently, and we’ve been able to extend vendors back into that space and make our one-way walkway go back through that extended area and loop around.” Carter went on to explain that the market would need both an entry and exit with this design, and so where the overhead door is, volunteers created a false wall with a door behind the overhead door to create a new entry to the winter market. Market-goers will exit through what had been the entry in previous years. “We made the space so that it can accommodate 37 vendors and their canopies inside the building—without the tops,” Carter said. “The vendors’ canopy frames will hold the clear plastic shields that we purchased to go along the sides and back of the frames to help with social distancing. Additionally, we’ve have reduced the number of vendor personnel and market volunteers that will be allowed this season.”


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Additional Changes and Additions to This Winter Market While it is the committee’s hope to have some level of holiday entertainment at the winter market, the market will not be hosting live entertainment on Saturdays as it traditionally has out of an abundance of caution for its vendors, visitors and volunteers alike. “Food for consumption will be sold at the market as it has in past seasons, but it’s our hope that our guests will purchase it to take home,” Carter stressed. “We will not be prohibiting eating at the market, but we will not be able to have tables or chairs set out for them this season.” While it seems there are many changes to the market, there has been a positive addition that will hopefully add some merriment and whimsy to the ambiance at the market this winter season. Once again, internationally renowned graffiti artist and muralist Jules Muck with Muck Rock has blown through town in typical “Jules Muck fashion” to create her second mural for the market featuring her signature bunnies. Muck began her career as a graffiti artist in Europe and throughout the U.K. in the ’90s. She has been published in numerous books and has worked on numerous collaborative projects with notable muralists and fellow artists. “We had heard that Jules was coming back through town, and we were able to get with her to create another mural for the market,” Carter said. “It was interesting and fun to sit and watch her paint the mural.” Please join us in supporting the efforts of the dedicated and hard-working CFM committee and vendors this winter and come out to the Carmel Winter Market—opening Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020!

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BUILDING UPON ITS LEGACY IN ZIONSVILLE Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Courtesy of Rahal Letterman Lanigan

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had the extreme honor of speaking with three-time IndyCar Champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal. Founded in 1992, RLL is co-owned by Rahal, former CBS “Late Show” host and Indiana native David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan.


ABOVE Bobby Rahal

For those of us Hoosiers who have grown up at the track and have racing fever every May … well, typically every May … the Rahal name evokes a deep sense of tradition and gravitas when spoken. Ohio native Robert “Bobby” Woodward Rahal worked his way up through the racing ranks in an 18-year career spanning F1, Can-Am, Le Mans/IMSA and CART. Rahal took the checkered flag at three CART championships, including a win at the 1986 Indy 500, along with wins at the 1981 24 Hours of Daytona and the 1987 12 Hours of Sebring endurance races. In his open-wheel racing career, Rahal started 264 races for five teams, took 18 poles and scored 24 wins. Rahal become one of a handful of individuals to win the coveted Indy 500 as both a driver and team owner when Buddy Rice clenched the 2004 Indy 500. Rahal is also credited for bringing Honda into North American open-wheel racing in the early 1990s.

Racing continues to run through the Rahal blood with Rahal’s son, Graham, who is one of the top young talents in the RLL organization. Additionally, Rahal and the RLL organization have overseen the growth of the team from a one-car program to a multi-car, multi-discipline organization that has developed some of open-wheel racing’s best talents, such as two-time Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato, Oriol Servia, Ryan Hunter-Reay, 2004 Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice, Danica Patrick, Bryan Herta, Max Papis, Kenny Brack, Jimmy Vasser and Michel Jourdain Jr. This year, RLL earned its second Indy 500 win when Takuma Sato also took home his second victory at this year’s unprecedented race this past August.

WHY ZIONSVILLE? WHY NOW? RLL, which has four entries in the NTT IndyCar Series and the IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, will invest more than $20 million to build and equip a 100,000-square-foot, state-of-theart racing headquarters that will occupy 13 acres within the Creekside Corporate Park in Zionsville. The new facility will allow RLL to consolidate its existing IndyCar operations in Brownsburg, as well as its IMSA operations in Hilliard, Ohio. The new building will feature office and event space as well as automotive R&D and light manufacturing operations to support the dynamic functions of RLL’s racing teams. The company expects to break ground on its headquarters in


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late 2020 and be fully operational by spring 2022. Rahal shared that RLL has observed over the years that Indianapolis with its surrounding communities has become the mecca for IndyCar teams as it continues to attract organizations like RLL with the state’s economic incentives and skilled workforce. “We’ve really been based, to a large extent, in the Columbus, Ohio area since I started IndyCar racing in 1982,” Rahal shared. “I drove for the Truesports team, which was based in Hilliard, Ohio, which is a western suburb of Columbus. Since 2012, we’ve rented a facility in Brownsburg, Indiana, and we’ve always wanted to have our own facility again. And over time, it has become clear that the IndyCar world has really come to be centered in Indianapolis.” Rahal continued, “Prior to that [centralization], Newman/Hass Racing was based in Illinois and [Team] Penske was in Pennsylvania. Teams had their headquarters all over the nation, but in the 2000s, [IndyCar] had really become centered in Indianapolis and the surrounding counties. It became clear to us that we [RLL] needed to have a common rooftop [headquarters], and the Indianapolis area made the most sense, and the timing was right.” As RLL began investigating where in the Indianapolis area it should look to “set its stake down,” Rahal shared that

“We’ve had nothing but fantastic support from the mayor, her deputy mayor and all the people on the development side of the town who have all been great to work with.” the town of Zionsville was incredibly proactive and welcoming to Rahal and his co-owners. “We’ve had nothing but fantastic support from the mayor, her deputy mayor and all the people on the development side of the town who have all been great to work with,” Rahal said. “It became clear when we found a very nice piece of property [in Creekside Corporate Park] that this is where we should be. I’m very pleased to be part of an office park and not an industrial park. We have designed a building that we think not only speaks a lot about us as a team and organization but also the Zionsville community. As proud as we are of eventually being a citizen of Zionsville, hopefully the people of Zionsville will be proud of us.” Zionsville Mayor Emily Styron added, “I am excited for Rahal Letterman Lanigan to join the Zionsville community and to be located in Creekside Corporate Park. Since day one, our administration has been

focused on removing the obstacles that previously prohibited economic growth in town. Now we are excited to announce the first new corporation to break ground in Creekside Corporate Park in four years. This announcement is a testament to our investment in bringing new headquarters and businesses to our one-of-a-kind corporate conservation park. We look forward to welcoming the Rahal Letterman Lanigan team to our community!”

PUSHING THROUGH THE PANDEMIC It goes without saying that RLL had not factored in the current pandemic into its short- or long-term plans. I asked Rahal if he feels that it would have any impact on RLL’s deployment of constructing the new HQ and if the pandemic would have a lasting negative impact on the future of IndyCar racing. “Obviously, the Indy 500 was a very strange event for everybody,” Rahal expressed. “But we will get through this, and there is no doubt in my mind that the number of people that will come back to the races will be even greater than before and there will be an even greater appreciation for what was taken away from us by this pandemic. I think the pandemic will rebuild the audience like never before instead of diminishing it. We feel really good about the future, and we think we will be in our new facility by early 2022. That is our plan.”


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Saving The ARTS! Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Courtesy of the Center for the Performing Arts, Resident Companies and Staff

When Gov. Holcomb ordered the statewide shutdown of all nonessential businesses as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for the Performing Arts and all six of its resident companies were forced to cancel shows—some that very day—and the rest of their seasons were completely derailed.


pon reading the news that Broadway doesn’t anticipate illuminating its stage until May 30, 2021—at the earliest—I felt compelled to reach out to the Center’s CEO/President Jeff McDermott and a few of its resident companies that I have covered over the past decade. I asked them to share what they have been doing to creatively work through the pandemic as well as express their thoughts on how critical the community’s support will be to maintaining the resident companies’ viability. We also discussed how the arts—both visual and performing—are essential for communities to create cultural and unifying bonds. Simply put, if we do not support these organizations now, they may not be there when we need them to be the most.

The Palladium McDermott recalled that the Palladium was setting up for the U.S. Army Field Band concert on March 12, 2020, when the

first executive order for statewide closures came down. “The [order] shut it down, and it was heartbreaking telling them to load up their trucks and that the show had been canceled,” McDermott shared. “We rallied over the next couple of days to figure out a path going forward. Unlike some other arts organizations around the country, we took a different approach—closing down and shuttering the doors and windows was not an option.” The Center and its resident companies met to discuss everyone’s options and plans over the following days, weeks and months. “We’ve been working closely with the resident companies and their leadership, putting our heads together to come up with the best protocols to keep us all moving forward, safely,” McDermott expressed. “I’ve said numerous times that I think the Center, its resident companies


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and arts in this community are truly part of the spirit of this community and have to be part of the solution.” The Center and its resident companies have pivoted their programming by introducing virtual programming and web-streaming shows. The Center is also producing hybrid programs for both virtual and in-person audiences for many of its educational and outreach programs. “We’ve invested in technology for livestreaming and filming,” McDermott said. “I think the more that we can do to bring back as much of the [live entertainment] as possible, as soon as possible, and be as safe as possible, is really part of our obligation to the community.” While working through the current challenges that the pandemic has brought upon the Center and its resident companies, McDermott shared that the Center’s board and staff are planning for a full 2021–22 season, which


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will also commemorate the Center’s 10th anniversary season. “If we don’t plan it now, then it won’t happen,” McDermott said. “We know we will have to make adjustments, but our goal is for it to be our biggest and best year ever. We’re assuming that social distancing will apply, which limits the audience, so many of the artists that we’re working with have agreed to do two shows for the price of one so it becomes easier for us to absorb some of the financial hits. We’ve got to be in position to bounce back quickly, which is why I’ve been insistent that we can’t shut down. It will take a long time to start the engine back up, so while it’s been purring and not roaring, the engine is still running.”

The Civic Theatre The Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre has survived more than a century’s worth of economic downturns and national crisis. And it plans on emerging from this pandemic stronger than ever before, but, again, that outcome will be determined by its ability to adapt and the ongoing support of its patrons and donors. Executive Artistic Director Michael J. Lasley spoke with me about what the Civic is doing to persevere through this most challenging year that has doused the house lights, leaving only a ghost light to fill an otherwise desolate Knebel Stage in the Tarkington. “It’s the nature of our business to work 60-, 70-, 80- and 90-hour weeks most of the year, burning the candle at both ends,” Lasley said. “And then it was like the brakes were suddenly put on and everything just stopped. We had to reinvent ourselves and learn new skills. We’re pretty adaptable as theater artists, but to suddenly be thrust into becoming internet producers and TV producers and whatever else we’re trying to figure out— and make it all happen overnight—has been exhausting for all of us. We’ve had to develop an entire new set of skills in what’s felt like 48 hours at times.” Lasley shared that as the lockdown was going into effect, the Civic was three hours from opening “A Few Good Men”

and the subsequent shows that had to be canceled thereafter. The Civic quickly pivoted its programming to virtual classes and experiences, like their fellow resident companies. But until working and proven therapeutics and vaccines are available to the general public, Lasley isn’t convinced that the 500-seat theater will see near- or at-capacity audiences in the immediate future. “I told my staff not to count on the 98% capacity that we had for “Elf” in December of 2019 until December of 2024,” Lasley stated. “Until there are therapeutics and vaccines, it’s important that we don’t just cease to exist. We have to find ways to stay relevant, even if we’re just clawing to the edge of relevant for a short period of time. I worry about us as an organization. We’re 105 years old, and I tell myself every morning, ‘Please, God, not on my watch.’” Lasley continued, “I am optimistic as we’re looking at our various options for the holidays. We are looking at doing a short 35- to 45-minute show aimed at children that we can do multiple performances with a small house that is socially distanced and while following the guidelines. And I can tell you that one way or the other, “Elf” is going to be available for streaming—if not this year’s production, it will be our production from last year. We’re excited about that.” The Civic does have productions scheduled for the first half of 2021 and is looking at offering streaming opportunities in addition to offering a grossly reduced


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number of in-person tickets to adhere to the social-distancing guidelines. “I really believe that it’s going to be the local theaters and local arts that will come back first before the [national] tours and back before Broadway,” Lasley expressed. “We don’t have the financial realities that they have, and I think we have the commitment of our community. I really believe that our community will help us survive. But without their support, we may not be there on the other side of this.”

Carmel Symphony Orchestra Like their fellow resident companies, CSO had to quickly reinvent itself and redefine its purpose throughout the pandemic. CSO Artistic Director Janna Hymes shared what CSO did to pivot and to keep its musicians playing and to provide a needed injection of culture and civility through music. “We had a concert on a Saturday in March and were told a few days before that the Palladium was going to be closed [due to COVID-19],” Hymes recalled. “Up until that moment, we had been going, going, going, and then suddenly, we ran into a brick wall. The first thing I did was take a deep breath and thought that I’ve got to get these musicians playing or doing something, whether it’s through digital or virtual means, because [playing] is not only how they express themselves, it’s how they pay their bills and feed their families.” CSO went into “emergency mode” and started producing videos and interviews with CSO musicians. It even hosted a virtual online summer camp for audiences of


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all ages. They were in full creative mode in spite of the limitations imposed on the arts community due to the unknowns regarding the novel coronavirus. “We began playing outside with small ensembles and kept coming up with innovative ideas,” Hymes enthused. “The team was great! I think the hardest thing was reinventing and coming up with ways to stay ‘alive’ because closing the doors was never an option for us. The major orchestras had to close down, and I understand that because their overhead is so enormous. They can’t afford to have a reduced audience of 200 people, and streaming is not going make up the difference. The benefit of being a smaller orchestra is we can have small ensembles playing—socially distanced—all over town.” Over the summer and leading into fall, CSO ensembles have performed at Anthony’s Chophouse in Carmel, at the Carmel Farmers Market on July 4 and at the grand opening of the Hotel Carmichael. CSO recently performed its first live concert at the Palladium since the pandemic struck our community, and though it was in front of a significantly reduced audience, it was a powerful and emotional performance enjoyed by all. CSO has been recognized— nationally—for its innovative programming over the last several months. “We’re all over and becoming something way bigger than we ever were,” Hymes shared. “It gives our musicians an opportunity to play in a small and intimate setting. And as much as we need to hear music, we need to make music. It’s who we are.” While the world waits for vaccines to be made available, CSO is moving ahead with its plans for the 2020–21 season. Hymes confirmed that while it will be downsized and in accordance with the

Palladium’s COVID-19 guidelines, CSO will be performing its annual “Holiday Pops” this December. “We’re also going to be expanding these small ensembles next spring and fall and make these programs even bigger,” Hymes explained. “There’s no reason why we can’t be playing in Fishers, Zionsville, Westfield and playing all over—outdoors. We are getting even more creative with how and when we play. We have great sponsors and supporters that we will need to continue to rely on, and with that support, our season’s going to look a little different, but it’s still going to be really enjoyable and with a real sense of purpose.”

Actors Theatre of Indiana I spoke with ATI’s co-founders Cynthia Collins, Don Farrell and Judy Fitzgerald about how they have been engaging central Indiana with their innovative pivots to their programs that continue to offer high-quality professional theater performances and programs amid the pandemic. The award-winning Equity professional theater company is the ONLY professional resident theater company in Hamilton County. But like their fellow resident companies, they too are relying heavily on the community’s support and patronage in order to keep their lights on and continue to support the vast number of professional and AEA (Actors’ Equity Association) actors, staff and creative minds that ATI employees. “Everyone who’s involved in the arts, whether it be the performing or visual arts, is made of sterner stuff,” Collins said. “We’re in a volatile profession anyway as actors, and we’ve built up a thick skin because we’re used to things not going as we want them to always go.


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That’s just the way it is—there are no guarantees in the arts.” Fitzgerald added, “The three of us come from a performing background; we didn’t come from the producer side [of this industry], so we’re used to reinventing and figuring out what we have to do. If we had given up after every audition or every time something didn’t work out, we wouldn’t be where we are now. So, we already know that the tide will turn, and it will be OK, so we can’t just give up.” Having worked their way out of the trenches before, Farrell expressed, “We’ve been here before in 2008. I remember the three of us talking, and we said that if we can survive this, then we could survive anything. Like we did then, we have to be as lean and mean and innovative as possible and put all of our energy into making ourselves mobile and versatile.” All three ATI co-founders emphasized their gratitude to their families and their extended families, including donors and subscribers, for their ongoing support and belief in the quality of work and the value their outreach programs have in our community and throughout central Indiana. “We love our subscribers and donors and are humbled by their support,” Farrell expressed. “Our ATI family has grown even more so from our initial family units to our subscribers, and we appreciate all of them just as much as our own flesh and blood.” Fitzgerald continued, “We would not be standing today without the support of our families. They gave us the startup money, serve on our boards and continue to support us in countless ways.” Since March, ATI has been entertaining its audiences in a myriad of creative ways that include their Friday night Facebook Live and Zoom shows and, most recently, their ATI Drive-In Theatre shows.


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“People need an escape in these stressful times, and we know what the power of culture and art can do,” Farrell stated. “We have to be out there for our community because our community has been there for us.” “We’re lucky to be able to do outdoor concerts with the drive-in concept,” Collins shared. “It’s been a wonderful collaboration with the city, who’s a season sponsor of ATI. And we’re going to do a holiday concert after Thanksgiving— that’s going to be really big deal, and we’ll bring in special guests for that concert.” In closing, please continue to support the Center for the Performing Arts and all of its resident companies. If possible, donate what you would’ve paid for tickets or a season package and invest in our community’s future as a place where the arts not only come alive but continue to thrive! For more information on any of the upcoming performances by all of the resident companies, visit thecenterpresents.org for links to the respective companies’ websites.

The Center’s Resident Companies • Actors Theatre of Indiana........................... atistage.org • Carmel Symphony Orchestra .................... carmelsymphony.org • Central Indiana Dance Ensemble .............. ciaodance.com • Civic Theatre ............................................. civictheatre.org • Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre............... gregoryhancockdancetheatre.org • Indiana Wind Symphony............................ indianawindsymphony.org


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Hometown Holiday 2020 C a r m e l

C h o i r s

P r e s e n t s

Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Courtesy of Carmel Choirs

Every holiday season Carmel Monthly proudly promotes Carmel Choirs’ “Holiday Spectacular”—a long-standing tradition for Carmel High School students and for all families and residents alike. Like every other annual tradition and event, “Holiday Spectacular” has been deeply impacted by the current pandemic, but it will not be canceled! As they say in show business, “The show must go on”!


spoke with Carmel Choirs Choral Directors Kathrine Kouns, Kyle Barker and Anna DeBard about the changes and challenges they and their students have had to implement and overcome to produce a quality show this December and how they have collaborated with community partners to ensure that this year’s “Holiday Spectacular” lives up to its name and reputation as one of the greatest holiday shows in the city and surrounding areas.

Producing Under Pandemic All three choral directors shared their highlights and challenges with regards to planning, practicing and producing this year’s holiday production—which is also its major fundraiser—with unconventional means and technologies.


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“Since last spring, we’ve all learned a lot of new skills and integrated a lot of new technologies,” Barker said. “I’ve learned what an audio interface is and how to do sound mixings and things like that so we can have better audio for our classes. We’re lucky to have a ‘tech team’ that’s student run, and they’ve been killing it. It’s been cool to give students a new opportunity to be creative and learn how to use other resources.” DeBard added, “While it’s been frustrating not doing things how we normally do


and having to learn a lot of new things, we are going to be able take what we learned from this year and apply it in the future if we ever need to. The things and technologies that we’ve learned to use are beneficial to help kids practice at home when they’re not [physically] here in school.” One of the biggest challenges for the Carmel Choirs has been working around the Carmel Clay Schools’ hybrid schedule that was implemented as a result of COVID-19. Additionally, it has been a unique challenge for the directors to provide opportunities for personal connections to be cultivated and to keep the students motivated and excited while complying with pandemic protocols. “While I agree that these new resources are helpful for so many things, I don’t ever want anyone to mistake that there is any kind of replacement for actual human connection within an ensemble,” Kouns emphasized. “We’re finding all these ways to adapt, make exceptions and work around it, but nothing can give these kids the same experience as being in a room together making music with human voices. We are doing everything we possibly can to make it a positive experience for the students. However, I want to make sure that young people still know how to make human connections and how to get in touch with their own humanity through the arts.”


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Reinventing “Holiday Spectacular”

A Time for Giving and Receiving

While this year’s holiday production will be quite different from yesteryears, it has been redesigned to safely bring the spirit of the holidays into your homes this December. The directors explained that the musical numbers have been shortened to make for an enjoyable streaming experience, but the production will not be short of dramatic lighting, brilliant backdrops, cinematographic brilliance and, of course, the extraordinary voices representing Carmel Choirs. “There are a lot of things that are not possible in a safe way right now, so we have figured out a way to make ‘Holiday Spectacular’ a new experience for the audience,” Kouns explained. “This year is all about bringing our program out into the community, and so the show, this year, is going to be called ‘Hometown Holiday.’ We are going to showcase the beauty and uniqueness of our hometown with the help of members from our community and our singers.” The directors and production team are creating video packages at iconic places throughout the city and in front of Carmel Choirs sponsors’ places of business. These video packages will lead into the variety of holiday numbers that will be recorded by the choral groups while observing social distancing and wearing flashy masks. The end result will be a high-quality musical production that will be streamed on the Carmel Performing Arts YouTube channel on Dec. 18, 19 and 20.

While the directors continue to welcome and appreciate any and all support from sponsors and donors, they will continue another annual tradition—the tradition of giving back to their community and to those in need. “We are partnering with a couple of food pantries, and our video team is going to put a QR code or a ‘text to give’ kind of message on the screen so that viewers at home can scan or click to donate to the organization,” Kouns shared. “We usually have auction items all over the lobby, but instead, this year we are looking at doing a couple of big items for raffle that will be raffled off during the show or doing a 50/50 cash kind of raffle. We are still looking for businesses who might be interested in partnering and donating a bigger ticket item for a raffle, and we would produce one of our video spots in front of their building or storefront. Please contact me via email if you are interested!”

Be sure to follow Carmel Choirs on Facebook and Instagram and visit its website at carmelchoirs.org for ticket and streaming information once it becomes available! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or donating a raffle item, please email Kathrine Kouns at KKouns@ccs.k12.in.us.

Save the Date and Plan Your Watch Parties Mark your calendars, plan your watch parties and help spread the word. This year’s production of “Hometown Holiday” will be streamed on the Carmel Performing Arts YouTube channel, Dec. 18, 19 and 20, and viewers will be able to go the Carmel Choirs’ webpage to pay for their tickets for the web stream. The proceeds will benefit the Carmel Choirs just as the proceeds from previous “Holiday Spectacular” productions traditionally have. “Everybody who watches this will get a view into our hometown and see what it’s all about and see our community


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members and kids out there in action,” Kouns expressed. “Although it will be very different, we’re hoping that our kids will still get that ‘togetherness’ experience during the video portion, and then our audience will still get to celebrate [the holiday season] with the kids by watching it.”

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