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Entertainment & Culture
The Randy Players
The players first organized in 1946 as the Randolph County Little Theatre. They presented three productions a year, either in Union City or Winchester, and attendance was by membership season tickets only.
In the fall of 1962, that group re-organized and shortened its name to "Randy Players." The group restored the empty Boston Store at 218 Pearl Street in Union City into a theatre, which was called the Boston Playhouse. Many people worked long, hard hours to make this dream come true.
After three years, the building was sold, and the Randy Players' materials were put into storage. From then on, the Players gave their productions in whatever suitable space was available in Union City or Winchester.
In 1982, the Randy Players again re-organized, with the group deciding to sell single admission tickets to individual productions rather than season membership subscriptions. The group became more active, offering a variety of plays either with a dinner or dessert setting, and all of the events were, and continue to be staged in Union City.
In 1985, The Randy Players became an integral part of Farmers Merchant Days, with its one-act melodrama being a highlight of each year's festival. The Players also took their productions into other settings for special events.
For more information, call 765-964-7511.
Emens Auditorium - Muncie Indiana
Since the grand opening in 1964, many world-renowned Artists, Individuals, musicians and shows have graced the stage of Emens Auditorium.
The legendary acoustics, scalloped ceiling and state-of-the-art sound capabilities of Emens Auditorium account for the attraction of many artists of performing in this facility. Visit their web site!
Emens is also home to the The Muncie Symphony Orchestra which was founded in the summer of 1949. The Muncie Civic and College Symphony Association is an alliance between the community and Ball State University to stimulate, educate and entertain audiences in East Central Indiana.
The Symphony will provide a meaningful musical experience for professional, community and student musicians through the performance of fine music and other activities.
Emens is also home to the Ball State University Singers who perform concerts throughout the year. Their "Spectacular" performance is not to be missed.
Ball State University Singers is a performance ensemble composed of approximately 40 talented singers, dancers, instrumentalists, and technicians. Cast members come from various academic disciplines, but all are full time students at Ball State.
The group celebrates its 44th anniversary this year.
Emens and Ball State are located about 30 minutes west of Winchester.
Civic Hall Performing Arts Center - Richmond, Indiana
Home of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and many live performances throughout the year. Civic Hall is located just 30 minutes south of Winchester.
Richmond Symphony Orchestra
The Richmond Symphony was founded in 1956. The Symphony enhances the quality of life in east central Indiana and west central Ohio by providing symphonic music of the highest caliber in live performances and music education in the local schools and community. Visit the Richmond Symphony Web site!
Art Association of Randolph County
Events ranging from jazz to bluegrass concerts, drama to dance, art classes to art shows, poetry reading to photography displays are offered by the Art Association.
The Art Association of Randolph County has been responsible for bringing the arts into every corner of Randolph County, East Central Indiana and Western Ohio, the association has proven that the Arts are indeed crucial to a community's well being.
For more information on the Art Association, check out their web site.
Muncie Civic Theatre
The city of Muncie, Indiana has a very active civic theatre organization. Visit Muncie Civic Theatre for information. Located 30 minutes west of Winchester.