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January 14, 2009

Audition Notice: "GODSPELL" to be performed at Freemasons' Hall Auditorium



The Stage Actors' Workshop will hold auditions for "Godspell" the musical by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak on Sunday, January 18, at 3 pm, and Monday January 19, at 7 pm, and Tuesday, January 20, at 7 pm. Auditions for and performances of the musical will be held at The Freemason Hall Theater, 525 N. Illinois St. in Indianapolis, 46204. The show requires five men and five women, ages 18 years old and older. Those auditioning should bring a song and be prepared to perform some basic dance steps. A keyboard player is also needed. The play will be co-directed by Dick Carlson and Bob Rini. Performances will be April 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, & 12, 2009. Some staff positions are available. Call Dick Carlson for information or directions at 317-523-5838

Synopsis: The structure of the musical is that of a series of parables, taken primarily from the Gospel of Matthew. These are then interspersed with a variety of modern music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns, with the passion of Christ portrayed near the end of the performance.

The Stage Actors Workshop is a non-profit community theater company comprised of talented people who do theater for the love of it. Their mission is to bring to the Indianapolis public shows that are entertaining and educational at a cost that will not break the family budget. Children 12 years-old and younger are always admitted for only $4 with a paying adult to any Stage Actors‘ Workshop production. Contact: stageactorsworkshop@gmail.com

January 18, 2009

Grand Master grants special permission for degree conferrals at Freemasons' Hall

The M.W. Grand Master of Masons in Indiana, Jeffery P. Zaring, on Thursday January 15, 2009, issued his Official Permission No. 55, which allows any Lodge holding a charter from the Grand Lodge of Indiana, F. & A. M., to confer a Masonic degree in one of the Lodge Rooms in Freemasons' Hall in Indianapolis up to three times between January 15, 2009, and May 19, 2009, subject to a few conditions outlined in the permission. This dispensation was sent to all Lodge Secretaries on Friday, January 16.

Secretaries should contact the Indianapolis Masonic Temple Association at info@indytemple.org if their Lodge is interested in conferring a degree at the Hall under the terms of this Official Permission.

January 22, 2009

IMTA receives grant for improvements from The Scottish Rite of Indianapolis Foundation

The Indianapolis Masonic Temple Association is pleased to announce that we have again been selected as a grant recipient by The Scottish Rite of Indianapolis Foundation. Each year the Foundation awards thousands of dollars in grants to selected non-profit groups in the Indianapolis community as well as to various Masonic groups. The grants were presented at a January 22 luncheon held in the Indianapolis Scottish Rite Ballroom.

Grants were awarded to the following community organizations: Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Indiana, Flanner House of Indianapolis, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Hemophilia of Indiana, Indiana University School of Medicine, Kids' Voice of Indiana, Meals on Wheels, Police Athletic League of Indianapolis, Ronald McDonald House of Indiana, United Christmas Service, United Way of Indiana.

In addition to the IMTA, grants were awarded to the following Masonic organizations: Leon M. Abbott Scholarship Fund, Indiana Masonic Home Foundation, Indianapolis 32nd Degree Masonic Learning Center for Children, Masonic Relief Board of Indiana, Masonic Youth Groups, Murat Shrine Transportation Fund.

The IMTA was awarded $12,000. Together with matching funds from the Grand Lodge of Indiana, this will facilitate the completion of the exterior lighting project on Indiana Freemasons' Hall and also the purchase of a computer kiosk for the building's first floor lobby.

The IMTA wishes to express its appreciation to the Scottish Rite of Indianapolis Foundation for the generous grant. We also congratulate the Foundation for their commitment to the Indianapolis Community and our fellow Masonic organizations.

IMTA sets board for 2009

The following brethren will serve as officers for the Indianapolis Masonic Temple Association in 2009:

James R. Dillman, President
Dennis D. Sheets, Vice President
Christopher L. Hodapp, Treasurer
Nathan C. Brindle, Secretary
Gary M. Selig, Member-at-large

Representing the Grand Lodge of Indiana through May of 2009:

PGM James M. Barkdull, Grand Lodge Trustee
PGM Duane L. Vaught, Grand Lodge Trustee
PGM Richard W. Wierzba, Grand Lodge Trustee
PGM Michael D. Brumback, Grand Lodge Representative-at-large
PGM John E. Grein, Grand Lodge Representative-at-large

January 31, 2009

Red Cross Room in "Indiana Preservationist Magazine" 1/09

The Temple's Egyptian-themed Red Cross Room on the 7th floor was mentioned in a recent article in the January/February 2009 Indiana Preservationist, the official magazine of the Indiana Historic Landmarks Foundation.

The article, "Architecture Reflects fever for All Things Egyptian" by Paige E. Wassel, discusses the influence of Egyptian motifs on American architecture dating back to Napoleon's military campaign in Egypt in 1798-99, and some of the more notable examples in Indiana. Indianapolis architects Rubush and Hunter designed at least three buildings with Egyptian details that survive in the city: The Madame Walker Theater, the magnificent art deco Circle Tower, and of course our own Freemasons' Hall. While our building doesn't have overt Egyptian details on its exterior, the Red Cross Room is certainly loaded with them.

Also receiving mention is the beautiful Egyptian Room at the Murat Shrine. (Unfortunately, no photos were included of our Masonic buildings in the piece.)

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