Richmond Civic Theatre

Special Events & Fundraisers


It’s time for the return of Stage One Summer Camps! These camps fill VERY quickly, so don’t wait. Applications will be accepted beginning Monday, April 8. Click the link for your preferred camp, then email, snail-mail, or drop it by the theatre!

Dates: June 3rd-7th, 10th – 13th, 2019

Time: 10am-1pm, except 13th will be 4-7:30pm (Indianapolis)

Place: Central United Methodist Church, 15th & Main Streets

Purpose: to learn about 12-15 Bands of Mercy songs, learn and enjoy the customs of the 19th century and to record for a concert and an academic website on the topic!

Leaders: Dr. Alisa Clapp-Itnyre, Professor of English at IU East & researcher of children’s 19th century music; Dr. Jessica Raposo, Asst. Professor of Music and Director of the Music Program at IU East.  Also Madeleine Demetriatis, pianist.

Auditions: Wed, May 22nd, 3:30-5:30pm, drop-by auditions: Central United Methodist Church (easy song to sing!)

Trip: Thursday, June 13th, live performance in Indianapolis, approx.. 4-7:3pm, details forthcoming.  And though we would love to have you do this trip, you can still do the camp if you can’t.

Ages: rising 4th-8th grade, male & female

Cost: FREE

Contact: Alisa Clapp-Itnyre,, or text 765-914-6655.  

Dear Parents of rising 4th-8th Graders:


            My name is Alisa Clapp-Itnyre and I direct shows for youth with Stage One at Richmond Civic Theatre; Bridge to Terabithia was my last one in 2018, and I am set to direct Charlotte’s Web in March 2020.  I am also a professor of Victorian and children’s literature at Indiana University East.  In fact, my research pulls the two disciplines together as I research songs and hymns sung be children of the 19th century (England primarily, but there is overlap with America).  And for this research, and a book I wrote in 2016, I have created two Children’s Choir Camps every other summer since, for local children to learn this 19th century songs, then record them for an official academic website I oversee, Sounding Childhood, at  We have recorded hymns (2015) and school songs (2017) in the past, and this year (2019) I am offering a third camp to teach songs children were singing as a part of the animal-welfare movement which was gaining ground in the middle of the 19th century, to stand against animal abuse, of pets and farm animals: the BANDS OF MERCY! There were literally thousands of these Bands in the US at the time!  Sounds like we could use these Bands again, eh?

            So…I am creating a Band of Mercy in Richmond, Indiana!  A Camp for 1 ½ weeks: June 3-7th, 10th-12th, 10am-1pm* at Central United Methodist Church, Richmond.  It is FREE and open to any rising 4th-8th grader, male or female, who likes to sing!!  We will learn the customs of the Bands, have Victorian tea, dress up in authentic clothing of the time for a picture-take, and learn about 15 of these songs!!  Lunch is included!  *And if you are doing the Stage One camp at 1pm the first week, we will make sure you are done, and walk you down the street to the theatre.  WE CAN ACCOMMODATE SOME ABSENCES, TOO.

            We will record these songs AND on Thursday, June 13th we will have a special performance of 3-4 of the songs for a live audience of the Children’s Literature Association whose conference I am co-hosting in Indianapolis: I want to show off the talents of the kids then! (and parents are invited, too!!)