‘Prom at the Palladium’ canceled amid ongoing public health concerns

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July 2020

With a global pandemic continuing to spread, the Center for the Performing Arts has canceled the “Prom at the Palladium” previously scheduled for Aug. 7 and 8.

The two-night event was intended as a celebration for Central Indiana high school seniors whose school proms were canceled this spring because of official stay-at-home orders.

Tickets were scheduled to go on sale July 6 as statewide restrictions eased, but concerns arose that the continued need for physical distancing, facial coverings and other safety measures would make the event unworkable, said Jeffrey C. McDermott, President/CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts and the Great American Songbook Foundation.

‘Prom at the Palladium’ canceled

“Our staff has been very enthusiastic in planning this event, and we deeply regret any disappointment for the young people who had looked forward to attending,” McDermott said. “Although Indiana is faring better than many states, we still concluded that canceling was the only responsible decision for the safety of our potential guests, our staff and the community as a whole. We wish all the best to the Class of 2020.”

About the Center for the Performing Arts

The mission of the nonprofit Center for the Performing Arts is to engage and inspire the Central Indiana community through enriching arts experiences. The Center presents and hosts hundreds of events each year, including the Center Presents performance series, featuring the best in classical, jazz, pop, rock, country, comedy and other genres. The campus in Carmel, Indiana, includes a 1,600-seat concert hall, the Palladium; a 500-seat proscenium theater, the Tarkington; and the black-box Studio Theater. The Center is home to the affiliated Great American Songbook Foundation and provides space and support services for six resident companies: Actors Theatre of Indiana, Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, Civic Theatre, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre and Indiana Wind Symphony. The Center also provides educational and experiential programming for people of all ages. More information is available at TheCenterPresents.org.