August 25, 2017

"Finding Neverland" at Clowes Hall

OFF THE HOOK — “Finding Neverland” will be performed Oct. 17–22 at Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University. 

Free ‘Finding Neverland’ Tickets Available for IPS Students

A donation of 80 tickets to the 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, production of “Finding Neverland” have been made available for IPS sophomore and junior students (and their chaperones). The performance, part of the Broadway in Indianapolis series, will be held at Clowes Hall, 4600 Sunset Ave., on the campus of Butler University. 

“Finding Neverland” is an original musical with music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and book by James Graham. The musical, which tells the story of the beloved character Peter Pan, made its world premiere at the Curve Theatre in Leicester, England, in 2012, with the reworked version making its world premiere in 2014 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The musical moved to Broadway in March 2015.

The current show is part of the U.S. national tour, which began in October 2016.

Chaperone(s) and students should arrive at Clowes Hall for a mandatory pre-program educational experience that begins at 12:30 pm Oct. 21. The deadline to reserve tickets is Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. Please reply to IPS contact Shari Lynn Himes at to reserve tickets. Requests must come from an IPS high school administrator or teacher. Tickets will be given to groups of five or more. 

Butler Lab School Receives PNC Grant

The IPS /Butler Lab School 60 received a big boost to its preschool program, thanks to a three-year $150,000 grant from the PNC Foundation. Most of the funds will directly benefit the students of St. Mary’s Child Center preschool program, which serves approximately 20 students a year. The rest of the funds will benefit students at the Lab School by supporting yoga and other strategies to relieve stress and give students a chance to move purposefully, calm down and focus.

“PNC has been a supporter of Butler Lab School since the beginning and has been an incredibly generous supporter of our work,” said Principal Ron Smith. “They have provided several large gifts that have allowed us to provide preschool opportunities for young children through a partnership with St. Mary’s Child Center and Butler University. These gifts have helped with the cost of providing preschool for underserved families and have supported staff development initiatives as well.”

Those staff development initiatives will support 20 educators to attend Indiana Partnership for Young Writers (IPYW) workshops. They’ll study topics such as math, reading, writing and early childhood from some of the nation’s top educators.

Honoring a Legend

Former classmates, teammates and fans of NBA legend George McGinnis will have a chance to celebrate the 1969 George Washington High School alum’s induction into the Naismith NBA Hall of Fame during a special lunch in September.

The School 5 Alumni Association Tribute: Honoring Our Living Legend, George McGinnis will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at The Jewel Event Center, 3333 N. Illinois St.

“This tribute is in celebration of ‘Big George’ being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2017,” said Ralph Taylor.

McGinnis will be inducted into the hall of fame in on Sept. 7 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He follows in the footsteps of Oscar Robertson.

McGinnis was a student at IPS’ Oscar C. McCulloch School 5, then attended George Washington High School. After graduation, he went on to Indiana University and then went on to play in both the ABA and the NBA (including with the Indiana Pacers and the Philadelphia 76ers).

Tickets to the lunch tribute are $10 in advance (until Sept. 12) and $15 at the door. Advanced tickets can be purchased by calling Ralph Taylor at 317.590.4135 or through the George Washington Community School Community Athletic Department via Ken Roseman at 317.507.2779 or Tickets cannot be purchased with credit cards.