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This month, we are pleased to feature Church Church Hittle + Antrim along with Burrus & Sease on our cover. Established as the oldest and most esteemed law firm in Hamilton County, CCHA has been a cornerstone of legal expertise since its founding in 1880. Now forging a new alliance with longtime Zionsville residents and founders of Burrus & Sease, Roger [Burrus] and Beth [Sease], CCHA emerges as a comprehensive legal powerhouse in Zionsville and beyond, with over 200 years of collective experience. With the esteemed counsel of CCHA, and Roger and Beth joining CCHA as Of Counsel, the firm continues its legacy of leadership, augmented by CCHA’s full spectrum of legal services.

6 ZSI’s Finale: A Spectacular Close to a Joyous Show Choir Season

10 Indiana Ballet Conservatory Proudly Presents: The Phantom of the Opera

12 Actors Theatre of Indiana Set to Kick Off 20th Anniversary and New Season

14 Center Presents: Michael Feinstein in “Because Of You: My Tribute to Tony Bennett” featuring the Carnegie Hall Big Band

17 Transforming Zionsville’s South Village

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A Spectacular Close to a Joyous Show Choir Season

Get ready to experience the excitement of “Finale” 2024, presented by Zionsville Showchoirs! Mark your calendars for three electrifying live performances on May 17 at 7 p.m. and May 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Star Bank Performing Arts Center at Zionsville Community High School.

SPOTLIGHTING CHOREOGRAPHY BY THE “FOUNDING” MAESTRO OF SHOW CHOIRS

Zionsville Show Choirs, Inc. (ZSI) is thrilled to announce that Dwight Jordan has joined the Finale’s choreography team. Jordan is an internationally renowned music educator, director, choreographer and producer. He is also a co-founder/co-director of Show Choir Camps of America. Jordan is known and highly respected for his choreography and has choreographed many award-winning show choirs.

Jordan is also the director/choreographer for several Branson shows, including “Showboat Branson Belle” and at Silver Dollar City. Additionally, Jordon is the director and choreographer for shows at Six Flags Great America and guest conductor for international festivals in the Netherlands, Spain, Germany and Estonia.

CELEBRATING A STELLAR COMPETITION SEASON

Zionsville Show Choirs made waves competing against powerhouse show choirs not just from the region but from across the nation. The Choralaires claimed the prestigious title of Grand Champion while the Royalaires secured the second runner-up position at Wheaton Warrenville South High School Choral Classic in the suburbs of Chicago. This was their first appearance at this competition.

ZSI co-directors Sam Chenoweth and Deana Broge spoke about how competitive the season was and how proud they are of both show choir groups.

“This competition was extremely competitive,” Chenoweth said. “There were 25 high school show choirs from California, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska and South Dakota competing.”

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ZSI’s Finale:

Earlier in the competition season, both groups clinched the Grand Champion titles at South Dearborn Opening Knight Showcase 2024, along with Best Vocals and Best Choreography.

At Pendleton Heights’ Arabian Spectacular, the Royalaires seized the Grand Champion title and the Best Visuals award, showcasing their impeccable performance prowess. Meanwhile, the Choralaires showcased their vocal excellence by securing the 1st runner-up position and bagging the Best Vocals award.

The Royalaires swept the competition at the Plainfield Quaker Classic Invitational, claiming the titles of Grand Champions, Best Vocals and Best Visuals, solidifying their status as a force to be reckoned with in the show choir circuit. The Choralaires put on an exceptional performance and placed second runner-up.

ZSI’S PINNACLE FUNDRAISING EVENT

ZSI’s membership consists of parents of the students who are participating mem-

bers of the Zionsville Show Choirs. It is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

The Zionsville Show Choirs (Choralaires & Royalaires) are ensembles dedicated to achieving excellence in the professional, musical and performance aspects of a “show ensemble.” This student experience requires the expertise of trusted educators, the nurturing support of family, and the financial contribution of those who choose to invest in the values of our youth through this performing arts activity.

Join us for an unforgettable evening filled with incredible individual and group performances, showcasing the talents and creativity of ZSI’s singers. Rumor has it, there will be some costumery and PINK effects paying homage to a popular blockbuster hit!

Tickets are limited, so secure yours now for $20.00 each. Live stream tickets are also available on the website.

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ANDIE CASE | Singer, Songwriter, & Covers of Today’s Pop Hits

JAZZ BRUNCH | Hosted by Blair Clark featuring Pavel Polanco-Safadit

YOUR HEART IS HOME | Noblesville Highschool Students Performing Solo & Duet Covers

DUELING PIANOS BY BABY GRAND ENTERTAINMENT | Live Jukebox Experience

BRANDEN & JAMES: UPCLOSE AND MUSICAL | Broadway & Pop Hits Covers

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Indiana Ballet Conservatory Proudly Presents:

The Phantom of the Opera

The Tarkington // Saturday, May 25, 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.

positions and eventually joined The Washington Ballet on full scholarship. There, she danced in iconic productions alongside esteemed choreographers. In 2021, Morgan became a company artist with The Sarasota Ballet, later joining Boulder Ballet in 2023. At 22, Morgan is not only a seasoned performer but also an accomplished coach, faculty member at pre-professional ballet schools, and a certified personal trainer. We eagerly anticipate Morgan’s return “home” as a guest artist at Indiana Ballet Conservatory, where her dance journey began.

Get ready for the triumphant return of “PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” to Indiana! Mark your calendars for May 25 at The Tarkington in charming Carmel. Prepare to be swept away by this electrifying full-length story ballet, a brilliant creation by Alyona Yakovleva, the founder and artistic director of Indiana Ballet Conservatory. Purchase your tickets at thecenterpresents.org.

Delve beyond the surface of a simple love story as “Phantom” explores the depths of the human heart, delving into tender vulnerabilities, exquisite desires and searing scars that love compels each character to confront.

In this contemporary adaptation of the 1912 novel, Alyona Yakovleva, the founding artistic director of IBC, transcends clichés with original and electrifying choreography. From classical ballet to contemporary and character styles, Yakovleva’s vision brings a fresh perspective to the timeless tale.

In 2009, Yakovleva debuted her interpretation of “The Phantom of the Opera” as a contemporary ballet at the Madam Walker Theatre in Indianapolis. Now, she’s thrilled to showcase it again, featuring three lead roles, all of whom have trained with IBC.

“I decided to do it again this year,” Yakovleva said. “I have such mature, intelligent and talented students, and I thought this would be fantastic for them to experience contemporary and completely different choreography.”

Morgan’s journey with Indiana Ballet Conservatory began at age eight. With a string of impressive achievements, including medals at international ballet competitions and representing IBC at the Youth America Grand Prix World Finals, Morgan’s talent has taken her to renowned schools like American Ballet Theater and The Paris Opera Ballet. Graduating from IBC at just 15, Morgan garnered multiple trainee

“‘The Phantom of the Opera’ was the first IBC ballet that I saw. It was my first introduction, so it’s a full circle moment [for me] now,” Morgan shared. “I wouldn’t have the career that I have without IBC and their training. No matter where I go, they say my technique is so strong. I’m excited about being back for ‘Phantom’ because I am not only working on my technique but am able to expand my artistry even more and work with the same teachers who built my technique. I think the most important part [of developing this role] is being able to have a connection with my partner, whether it’s Raoul or Phantom, and being able to feel where the connection is coming from in how we’re touching and the eye contact. It’s building layers upon each other, and we’re able to get deeper, artistically, into our roles too.”

PHANTOM - Justin Hamilton

ballet journey began at age six as a jaguar at The Joffrey Academy of

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CHRISTINE - Morgan Rust Justin’s Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Renzulli Photography

Dance in Chicago. After early training at Salt Creek Ballet and Joffrey, Justin pursued pre-professional training at Indiana Ballet Conservatory (IBC) from age nine. At 12, he ventured to Canada’s National Ballet School but faced setbacks due to injuries, leading to a hiatus. Determined to reignite his passion, Justin returned to IBC, dedicating himself to rigorous training for the past two years. We’re thrilled to witness Justin’s graduation this spring and celebrate his new role as a trainee at The Joffrey Academy of Dance.

“I’m coming from a point where Sergey Sergiev, who was IBC’s original Phantom, is my teacher, and so it’s nice to work with him and study how he did it,” Justin said. “I’m kind of looking at what he thought would work and interpret it in my own way because we’re obviously different. I’m finding ways that work best for me, even with emotions, because it’s a pretty intense role to do. I’m not used to doing intense characters. So, this is the first one where I can really go outside of the box and almost create a new character.”

RAOUL - Luke Derksen

Luke’s dance journey began at age five in Georgia, leading him to Indiana Ballet Conservatory in 2018. Initially considering leaving dance, Luke rediscovered his

passion at IBC, excelling technically and artistically in the past six years. He has tackled diverse roles, including Spanish Chocolate, Russian Nougat, and the Wolf, in performances like “The Nutcracker” and “Cippolino,” as well as partnering roles at community events and collaborations. Luke has achieved notable success at competitions like Youth America Grand Prix, winning multiple awards. As a soon-to-be graduate, Luke is exploring his options, whether as a professional dancer or pursuing dance at Indiana University.

“I moved from Georgia to Indiana when I was 13, and IBC was the second place I tried out,” Luke shared. “I’ve really liked it, and I’ve been here for the last six years. IBC has helped improve my technique, flexibility, memory and discipline. It has helped me so much. I like the role of Raoul because of how supportive he is of Christine. He’s there to support and encourage her in the way he feels he needs to be in order for her to grow and learn and become who she’s supposed to be.”

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Actors Theatre of Indiana Set to Kick Off 20th Anniversary New Season and

For the past two decades, Actors Theatre of Indiana (ATI) has been enchanting audiences with its unparalleled stage brilliance. Over this time, we’ve witnessed the company’s remarkable growth, evolving into an integral resident company of the Center for the Performing Arts. As the campus itself has flourished since its inception over a decade ago, ATI has stood as a beacon of artistic excellence, contributing vibrancy and depth to the cultural landscape of our community.

Through its dedication to delivering outstanding performances and its unwavering commitment to the arts, ATI has truly become a cornerstone of the performing arts scene, captivating audiences and enriching lives with each production it brings to the stage.

ATI’S 2024-25 SEASON UNVEILED

As they celebrate their 20th Anniversary, ATI has unveiled the captivating lineup for their 2024-2025 season. The curtain will rise on September 13, 2024, with “Ring of Fire,” a musical tribute to the legendary Johnny Cash. Following Cash’s journey from the

vember 1. This romantic comedy, set against the backdrop of a Hungarian perfumery, follows the enchanting tale of Amalia and Georg as they discover love through heartfelt letters exchanged with a mysterious pen pal.

The intrigue continues into 2025 with “Whodunit: the Musical,” debuting on January 31. Adapted from Mary Roberts Rinehart’s mystery novels, this farcical musical whisks audiences away to a Connecticut summer home in 1931, where a series of curious events unfold, culminating in a riotous romp of laughter and suspense.

Closing the season with a bang, “9 to 5” takes the stage on April 25, 2025. Based on the hit movie and featuring music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, this uproarious musical follows three female coworkers as they take matters into their own hands to combat workplace sexism and injustice.

TWO DECADES OF PERFORMANCE AND PROGRESS

cotton fields of Arkansas to the heights of fame, this toe-tapping production promises a soul-stirring experience with iconic hits like “I Walk the Line” and “Ring of Fire.”

Bringing holiday cheer, ATI presents “She Loves Me: A Holiday Love Story” starting No

ATI artistic director and co-founder Judy Fitzgerald reflected on ATI’s remarkable 20-year journey, sharing several highs and lows the company has endured. From the early days of relocating to Indiana to the achievement of securing a permanent home on the Center for the Performing Arts’ esteemed campus, ATI has faced and overcome numerous obstacles. Through the challenges of the Great Recession and the unprecedented turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic, ATI has consistently demonstrated resilience and determination, emerging from each trial even stronger than before.

Despite these adversities, the company has not only persevered but thrived. ATI continues to attract talent from across the nation and maintains steadfast outreach programs that leave a lasting impact on the children of central Indiana, fostering a love for perfor-

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mance and nurturing the next generation of artists and enthusiasts alike.

“It’s amazing when you think about all the obstacles and transitions,” Fitzgerald reflected. “We started out in 2004, and we were just waiting to get here [the Center for the Performing Arts campus]. Former Mayor Jim Brainard believed [the Center] was going to happen, and we believed in the vision too. When you look back on it, the last 20 years have really been incredible.”

Fitzgerald exuded optimism when discussing ATI’s future trajectory. With influential figures like Brian Frost, serving as the executive director, Darrin Murrell, contributing as the associate artistic director, and John Murphy, serving as president of the ATI Board of Directors, Fitzgerald expressed a deep sense of confidence in the company’s direction.

Looking ahead to the new season and beyond, Fitzgerald remains committed to furthering ATI’s impact by positioning the company as a destination for equity theater. Through strategic initiatives and a steadfast dedication to artistic excellence, Fitzgerald envisions ATI’s continued growth and influence within the theatrical community.

“I’m so excited because we have people working on funding and sponsorships,” Fitzgerald said. “I’m also excited for this coming season—we had over 1,000 people audition, which is amazing! Our focus is on producing shows that people want to do, and we’re bringing in younger people and engaging the [national] acting community more, so it’s going to be a fun season.”

Fitzgerald conveyed heartfelt gratitude for the unwavering support ATI has received over the past two decades, extending appreciation to both long-standing supporters and those who continue to champion the

company’s endeavors today. Recognizing the invaluable contributions of these supporters, Fitzgerald emphasized their role in ATI’s journey and expressed profound gratitude for their belief in the company’s mission and vision. With their steadfast backing, ATI has been able to thrive and evolve.

“We’ve been very blessed,” Fitzgerald expressed. “Every time things just worked out, there was a reason for that. It didn’t just ‘work out.’ It worked because we’ve had people behind us. It was more than luck … it was the ‘plan,’ even if we didn’t know it was the plan at the time. We felt the need for it here [in Carmel] when we came in 2004, and Brainard recognized that need as well. My goal for ATI, going forward, is to continue to do good work. I want people to love to work with us. When we started ATI, we wanted to perform, to give jobs to equity/union members, and to put quality out there … that was and continues to be our goal.”

For more information on these sensational shows and other offerings from Actors Theatre of Indiana, including ticket details, visit atistage.org or call the Center for the Performing Arts box office at 317.843.3800.

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CENTER PRESENTS:

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN IN “BECAUSE OF YOU: MY TRIBUTE TO TONY BENNETT” FEATURING THE CARNEGIE HALL BIG BAND

THE PALLADIUM // FRIDAY, MAY 17, 8 P.M. ET

Supported by the Carnegie Hall Big Band, Michael Feinstein pays a heartfelt tribute to the legendary Tony Bennett, bringing his iconic songs to life in a symphony of sound. The performance will feature hits such as “Because of You,” “Rags to Riches,” “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” “The Best is Yet to Come,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “Stranger in Paradise” and many more. Feinstein’s dynamic interpretations, coupled with the grandeur of the big band music, will create an unforgettable night that honors Bennett’s legacy in all its glory. Feinstein’s close friendship with Bennett adds a profound layer to this tribute, as their camaraderie brings authenticity and depth to each note performed.

*This show is not affiliated with the Tony Bennett Estate. This is a “don’t miss” performance! Purchase your tickets at thecenterpresents.org.

Janelle Morrison: Would you mind sharing your first memories of the late Tony Bennett and how your friendship began?

Michael Feinstein: I knew the work of Tony long before we met, and people used to say that my father resembled Tony because my father had a Mediterranean complexion and so did Tony. They had some similar facial features, and so my earliest memories are of hearing people say to my dad, “You know, you kind of look like Tony Bennett.”

The first records I discovered by Tony were some of the early pop things, which I didn’t find very interesting, but as I started to learn about American popular songs, singers, and such, I discovered Tony’s later work where he would dive deeply into the catalogs of the great songwriters. He made a lot of records of songs that would otherwise not have been recorded at all were it not for his taste and keen ability to find a good song.

We met in 1983. Rosemary Clooney was doing a benefit for an organization she co-founded for people with brain injuries because her sister had died of a brain aneurysm. She asked Tony if he would be part of this gala, and so it was in a theater in Long Beach where I first met Tony.

JM: You shared that Mr. Bennett and Ms. Clooney were on a TV show called “Songs for Sale” [1950-1952]. Tell us more about that.

MF: When Tony was first starting out in the business, he was on a live television show [“Songs for Sale”], and they would sing songs that people had submitted, and then judges would vote which was the best song and there would be a prize. So, they would sing all of these cockamamie songs, most

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of which were not very good, but they were two greatly gifted artists who would make [the songs] sound much better than they were. Tony had said that Rosemary was like a sister to him, and so it was nice to be introduced to him by her.

I remember offering Tony some unknown Gershwin songs because he had done a first recording of a Gershwin song in the ’60s that had been previously unpublished. Tony was always interested in learning as much as he could about the outputs of various songwriters. He always wanted to hear something [songs] he didn’t know.

When I went to New York, Tony took me out on the town to a restaurant to hear a pianist that he thought was wonderful, and he acquainted me with musical spots that he thought I might enjoy and introduced me to people.

He was very generous. He sent me a box of hard-to-find throat lozenges that he would buy in England and bring back because they had some sort of ingredient that was banned here. I don’t think it was anything nefarious, but whatever it was, you couldn’t get [the lozenges] here. So, I was very touched that he sent me a box of these lozenges. And he and Susan would come to dinner when I had a townhouse in NYC. So, we became, happily, friends.

JM: What is one song performed by Mr. Bennett that when you sing it, you

connect with it the most, and it takes you back to those precious memories and remarkable years?

MF: Well, two songs come to mind. “If I Ruled the World,” a song from a British musical called “Pickwick.” I think that, as much as any song, reflects his philosophy of life. He was a lifelong pacifist after fighting in the Second World War. He saw and experienced such horrors and terrible inhumanity that for the rest of his life, he wanted to espouse peace and unity through his music and his art, both vocal and visual. There is an idyllic lyric in that song about how we would all be friends and we would all connect with light and love. I sense the purest part of Tony when I sing that song.

The other song that sprung to mind is a song called “Once Upon a Time” that was from the musical “All American.” Tony did a beautiful recording of that song, and I just sit at the piano accom panying myself. It’s a song of yearning and nostalgia, or a time past when one was young and believed anything was possible. “Once Upon a Time” was released on a single 45, and it was the A side of that record. “I Left My Heart in San Fransisco” was on the B side. That’s one of those examples of the B side becoming the hit song.

JM: Adding to what will already be a magical and memorable night in remem brance of Mr. Bennett is the fact that you will be performing with the Carn egie Hall Big Band. For those that don’t

already know, what is your relationship with this band?

MF: The Carnegie Hall Big Band was something that I hatched with Terrence, my husband. And it was an idea to bring back and to perpetuate the sound of the big bands. A 17-piece band is an extraordinary experience to hear; the brilliance of the musicians, the musical arrangements, the variety and color and the excitement that a great big band brings is unbeatable. Especially when younger people hear live bands … it’s a transporting experience. Most people under the age of perhaps even 30 may not have ever heard music that is not in a compressed file, which means they’re not hearing the full fidelity of something. To hear live music is a fundamentally different experience because of the acoustics and the energy of a live performer.

I know Tony always treasured his relationships with the great bands, Count Basie being his favorite, and [Duke] Ellington and so many others that he worked with over the years. [The big band] seemed to be a sensible component to bring to the Tony Bennett tribute because the musicians, arrangers, the arrangements, songs and songwriters were always important to him. What better way to present this music than with a big band similar to the groups that Tony worked with through the years?

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Transforming Zionsville’s

South Village

This past March, Zionsville Mayor John Stehr announced the town’s plans for a $250 million project—South Village. Stehr has been touring various locations across town [South Village Chats], presented his plan to the planning commission on April 15, and addressing questions and absorbing feedback from local residents and business owners.

The South Village project is an ambitious endeavor spanning 160 acres south of Brick Street. It aims to incorporate various amenities and facilities, including offices, green spaces, connections to the Big 4 rail trail, public restrooms, new parking facilities, restaurants, shops and residential areas. This development is designed to enhance the livability of Zionsville and provide a vibrant, inclusive community for current residents and newcomers alike.

PROJECT GOALS

Upon adoption, the South Village plan achieves several long-term goals that the Town of Zionsville has been working towards for many years. The plan:

• Harmonizes new development with the Brick Street Business District.

• Creates and protects land areas for development south of the iconic commercial area.

• Ensures that future designs meet the cultural and economic needs of the community.

• Stabilizes an area that has fallen into disuse.

• Combines retail shopping and entertainment to create a destination.

• Attracts office development and corporate citizens to the community.

• Welcomes residential development near the Village to increase the economic vitality and versatility of Zionsville.

The South Village area, located south of Pine Street, west of Elm Street, north of Zionsville Cemetery on Zionsville

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Road, and east of 2nd Street, is bisected by Eagle Creek and includes active, passive and natural park settings. A new urban park within South Village will host festivals, markets, entertainment events and winter activities for residents, drawing visitors to Zionsville. Zionsville will lead master land planning, street improvements, landscaping, parking and utility infrastructure improvements to promote South Village’s development.

MAINTAINING THE AUTHENTICITY OF ZIONSVILLE

Stehr emphasized the importance of preserving the authenticity of Zionsville as plans for the development and redevelopment of South Village move forward over the next several years.

The South Village plan promotes an aesthetic compatible with the Village character, characterized by multi-story connected buildings defining the street and creating a sense of enclosure. Landscaping is formal, with regular street

trees, planters and lawns around park areas. Sur face parking areas are located behind buildings and screened from view by the principal build ing, landscaping or other buildings. Structured parking is preferred over surface parking, and parking variances are discouraged. The district encourages vertical mixeduse development and various housing types, with retail, restaurants and service businesses on street-level corridors and upper levels of mixed-use buildings providing office and residential uses. Less visible streets may include village homes, rowhouses and multi-family buildings.

Residents and business owners have raised questions and concerns about future parking and proposed traffic patterns, wondering whether it would lead to a more pedestrian-friendly environment.

spaces. The pedestrian crossings are going to be much more efficient and much safer than they are right now. The [proposed] traffic flow is designed to slow down the traffic approaching the village, and also by rerouting it, it will move more efficiently so we don’t have those big backups at certain times of day. In the end, there will be more customers on the brick street as a result. We are going to discourage people from using [the brick street] as a through street, which will encourage more people who want to patronize the businesses along the brick

Stehr replied to those concerns, “There will definitely be a net gain in parking

Stehr continued, “As we reroute the road to 1st Street so that the intersection of 1st and Sycamore is the main intersection of town, both Hawthorne and Pine [Streets] will be turned into two-way streets allowing access back to the bricks. I think that it is important that as people

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come up Zionsville Road that they have a good visual into downtown and the brick street to see what’s there and get a little taste of it before they get there.”

When asked about how important phasing the construction will be so as to minimize the impact on the businesses, Stehr emphasized, “I think it’s really important that we phase this project correctly so that access to the downtown businesses—throughout the district— is not compromised at any time. The parking lot that’s located next to The Friendly [Tavern], we think, will ultimately become the civic plaza, but that’s the

very last project that we do. If we do it any sooner, it’s not going to have the people in proximity to make it successful. So, for at least 5-6 years, there’s going to be no impact on access to the businesses. The goal is to put a parking garage next to The Friendly, which will make access even easier. I’ve explained that it’s not going to look like a parking garage that you see in downtown Indy, but it’s going to be wrapped; there’s going be retail on the first floor, and it’s going to look like a building that fits in with downtown Zionsville. The entrance is going to be on Pine Street, not on Main Street. Again,

phasing these projects in a way that’s not going to impact anybody’s access to anything is important. That’s one of the reasons why the town should lead the PUD—so that we have people operating under our direction and authority.”

BRIDGING NORTH VILLAGE AND SOUTH VILLAGE

Stehr shared that the town has a big-picture perspective that will be conducive to the growth that is here and coming while making the North and South Village areas viable without losing the heart and culture of Zionsville’s village district.

Stehr emphasized the importance of connectivity between North Village and South Village, highlighting the proposed civic plaza as the anchor that would facilitate this connection.

“It was pointed out to me that once the South Village grows, the space where we think the civic plaza should be will become the centerpiece of the town. It will be the bridge that connects the two of them, making it all one contiguous space. I think it will be important to program it through our Parks Department and positively activate that space. I think that it’s going to be a really big economic development piece and will become a popular spot for people year-round.”

Stehr added, “It’s the ‘live, work and play’ model. It gives people an opportunity to live and have some flexible office space, restaurants and entertainment venues that they can use. The brick Main Street is our heart and soul, and the way to keep the heart beating is to put people in proximity to use it. What we have, other towns and cities spend millions of dollars to create. Ours is authentic … it’s organic and real and has existed since 1852. While it’s important to preserve that, we also have to recognize that in 30 years, Zionsville will be a different town that will have a different sensibility. To lose that authenticity would be an absolute shame … we can’t lose that. Maintaining what is historic and important needs to be the goal, and that is what is driving us.”

For up-to-date details and more information about South Village, visit the website at www.zionsville-in.gov/southvillage.

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CHURCH CHURCH HITTLE + ANTRIM BURRUS & SEASE

join forces with

EThis month, we are pleased to feature Church Church Hittle + Antrim on our cover.

stablished as the oldest and most esteemed law firm in Hamilton County, CCHA Law has been a cornerstone of legal expertise since its founding in 1880. Now forging a new alliance with longtime Zionsville residents and founders of Burrus & Sease, Roger [Burrus] and Beth [Sease], CCHA Law emerges as a comprehensive legal powerhouse in Zionsville and beyond, with over 200 years of collective experience.

With the esteemed counsel of CCHA Law, and Roger and Beth joining CCHA Law as Of Counsel, the firm continues its legacy of leadership, augmented by CCHA Law’s full spectrum of legal services.

A POWERHOUSE TEAM OF LEGAL MINDS AND COMMUNITY BUILDERS

Four members of CCHA Law’s 56 attorneys shared some details about their professional backgrounds, and reasons why they see the merger as an opportunity for their clients as well as their firm.

ROGER L. BURRUS

For over 41 years, Roger Burrus has provided legal counsel in estate and trust planning, real estate and business law.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Roger joined the Zionsville law firm in 1982 after graduating from Valparaiso University School of Law. Roger’s father, Otis Burrus, who was also a prominent member of

the community, founded the firm in 1952. In 2011, the firm became Burrus & Sease, LLP, before merging with Church Church Hittle + Antrim (CCHA Law) in 2023, combining over 70 years of history.

Active in the Zionsville community, Roger has held leadership roles and decades of active membership in organizations like the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce and Boys & Girls Club.

Roger and his wife Danielle helped establish Christ Lutheran Church of Zionsville in 1984 and have been involved in its leadership. They have three sons and three grandchildren. Outside of law, Roger enjoys family time, cycling, woodworking and traveling.

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Roger recounted the origins of Burrus & Sease and the firm’s journey to a pivotal moment, prompting Roger and Beth to seek out a compatible firm for a merger, enhancing their ability to meet the needs of an expanding clientele.

“Beth and I had talked with a couple of firms about the prospect of merging,” Roger shared. “Andrew Manna, who I’ve known and worked with, came to me asking about renting an office for their attorneys working with local clients. That’s what started the whole conversation.”

Roger continued, “I’d been involved with a couple of significant cases with CCHA Law and knew they are a highly respected and good [law] firm. So, the more Beth and I talked with Andrew, and when we learned that CCHA Law wanted a presence in Zionsville, we said we’d give them more than a ‘presence’ … we’d give them two experienced lawyers who’d like to transition, and it’s been a match made in heaven. Within the CCHA Law group, they have a lot of smart and talented people. Everybody’s working together as a team to get things done for the benefit of our clients.”

BETH A. SEASE

Beth has been practicing law since 1986. She joined CCHA Law after establishing her practice in Zionsville with Burrus & Sease, focusing on estate and trust planning and administration for clients in central Indiana. With a background in tax from her time at Price Waterhouse, Beth crafts personalized plans tailored to each client’s goals for asset growth, protection, and transfer. Her expertise extends to tax considerations, advance directives, charitable giving and end-of-life issues, ensuring comprehensive planning conversations.

Beyond work, Beth enjoys staying active through exercise, reading and organic gardening. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce, contributing to the Advocacy Committee. Additionally, she chaired the committee to establish Young Life College at DePauw University, her alma mater. Beth and her husband, Dan, reside in Zionsville, actively engaging in the local community where they raised their children.

Law [who] are not only skilled thinkers, but they’re also great people who care about clients, just like Roger and I have tried to do here,” Beth stated. “Over the years, we’ve aimed to and have really enjoyed the privilege of being able to get to know our clients, many of [whom] we’ve had long decades of relationships with. There is so much growing in Zionsville and Boone County, so the timing [of the merger with CCHA Law] could not have been more perfect. Roger and I have been thinking about how we were going to help our clients transition one day to somebody else, and I wanted to be able to equip that next attorney with the tools and information to be able to serve my clients well and without a hitch. That was my motivation for the merger. I’m an estate planner, for heaven’s sake. I needed my own succession plan, so this [merger] is a natural next step. What I love about CCHA Law is the model of the firm … they are truly a family. They all collaborate with each other, and the clients benefit from this culture.”

ANDREW A. MANNA

Andrew is entering his 21st year of law practice, with most of that time consisting of K-12 public education services to schools working on behalf of school boards. He specializes in labor and employment law, particularly focusing on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and defending school corporations against claims under the Individuals with Disabilities

Education Act (IDEA) and other constitutional matters. With a background in education, including teaching social studies in both rural and urban districts, Andrew brings a unique perspective to his legal practice. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University and later interned in the Office of the Governor on education policy while attending the Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis.

A sought-after speaker, Andrew presents on various topics at both state and national levels, covering areas such as reasonable accommodations, special education, and workplace issues. He is also an active member of the National School Board Association’s Council of School Attorneys. Outside of work, Andrew enjoys family time, running and watching football.

“It has been a neat synergy working together and bringing the two firms together,” Andrew expressed. “Roger and Beth are involved in the community, and it’s a similar approach to advocacy and engagement that the CCHA Law folks have. Whether it’s the Lions Club or Zionsville Youth Football Program or Team Nebo Ridge bicycling club, our attorneys and all of our CCHA Law employees tend to be involved in all these different networks, churches and community organizations.”

Andrew added, “We enjoy helping schools and not-for-profits in all different areas. The attorneys we have living in the Zionsville and Whitestown areas will get involved with whatever they choose to get involved with, and I’m sure we’ll have CCHA Law sponsorships and engagements with local groups and organizations just as we’ve enjoyed in Hamilton County and in the other communities where we have CCHA Law offices in the state.”

ISAAC PETERSON

Isaac, an associate attorney at CCHA Law, specializes in estate planning, business services and personal injury law. His expertise spans estate planning, probate and trust administration, contract drafting and disputes, corporate formation, and personal injury cases.

A Zionsville native, Isaac graduated from Zionsville Community High School

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in 2016 and earned his Bachelor of Science from Indiana University Kelley School of Business. He later graduated from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where he excelled in Phi Delta Phi honor society and Moot Court.

Outside of work, Isaac enjoys traveling with his wife, Bailee, attending Traders Point Christian Church, playing soccer, exploring local restaurants, and attending concerts. He’s also a licensed U.S. soccer referee and an enthusiastic fan of various sports teams, including U.S. soccer, the Hoosiers, the Colts, the Pacers and Indy 11.

“I cannot emphasize enough how thankful I am for Zionsville Schools,” Isaac stated. “I just got married in November, and we hope to raise a family here. Something I love about our firm, especially as a new associate, is the firm’s willingness to let you join in on a project or client meeting, and everyone is happy to have you help and learn. When I was a clerk for CCHA Law, they did a rotation program where you basically sample all the different types

of law, and that’s something that I don’t think a lot of other firms allow their clerks to do. I think that CCHA Law is very unique in that all of our attorneys tend to be very well-rounded.”

As we near another end-of-year school cycle, the discussion of preparing college-bound children for life as legal adults is prevalent among Isaac’s clients and fellow Zionsville residents. Isaac shared that it is important for new and existing clients with children who are turning or have turned 18 years old to start thinking about estate planning, and, more importantly, about having a Health Care Advance Directive or a power of attorney for health care in place, especially before they leave for college.

“The beauty of meeting with us is that we can plan for tomorrow, today,” Isaac said. “For young adults going off to college, if you get sick or hurt, the doctor can’t legally tell your parents any of the healthcare-related details because you’re 18 or older. You can come here to our office and get those documents in the event something happens, and your parents will

be able to be involved and advocate on your behalf if necessary.”

COMPREHENSIVE LEGAL SOLUTIONS

CCHA Law fulfills every legal need with a holistic approach.

CCHA Law’s expanded offerings encompass a breadth of legal expertise, including estate planning and administration, family law, personal injury, business services, real estate and mediation. Rooted in CCHA Law’s commitment to its neighbors, CCHA Law stands prepared to address all your legal needs and anticipate the challenges of the future.

CCHA Law extends its reach across Indiana with offices in Fishers, Fort Wayne, Crown Point, Noblesville, Tipton, Westfield and now Zionsville. Whether you seek guidance in complex legal matters or support in navigating personal affairs, CCHA Law is here to serve you with excellence and dedication.

For more information on Church Church Hittle + Antrim, visit the website at cchlaw.com or call the CCHA Law Zionsville office at: 317-873-2150.

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