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Our Story

The Friends of the Theater supports the H.J. Ricks Centre for the Arts as a thriving destination for Hancock County residents and visitors.

In 2017, the H.J. Ricks Centre for the Arts, a privately owned historic theater at 122 W. Main St. in Greenfield, lost its long-held county funding - a critical source of taxpayer support for the downtown performing arts venue. Fearing the doors might close, the local arts community came together to find a solution. And so, the Friends of the Theater was born.

 

Today, the theater's operation depends on grants and donations from people like you. The Friends of the Theater works with the Hancock County Visitors Bureau, the nonprofit that owns the Ricks, to put those dollars to good use. Your contribution assures the Ricks remains a place for all ages to enjoy. We thank you for your support!

Our Team
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Sandy Miller

President

Sandy Miller, a Greenfield resident for more than 40 years, attended movies at the Ricks theater and later performed in community theater there.  She is retired from Anthem, Inc. where she served as deputy general counsel and then as president of Anthem’s Federal Government Business Division.   She is active in several community organizations and wants to help ensure that the theater remains vibrant.

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Dan Scharbrough

Vice President

Dan Scharbrough of Indianapolis joined the Friends of the Theater board of directors in 2023. Dan became interested in the organization’s mission after having both acted and directed shows on stage at the H.J. Ricks Centre for the Arts. Dan has a long history of performing, having appeared in numerous regional theater productions over the years. He is also a 30-year member of the Actors’ Equity Association. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two children and two grandchildren.

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Kathy Borgmann

Secretary

Kathy Borgmann of New Palestine joined the Friends of the Theater Board of Directors in 2024. The H.J. Ricks Centre for the Arts has been a part of her life since she was in high school when she used to see movies here. She married into a local farm family 41 years ago and has been involved with the theater as both a patron, actor, musician, and director. Theater and music are her passions, and she is so pleased to be a part of a group that will ensure that many others will get to enjoy this beautiful theater for years to come.  Outside of the theater she works for INDOT in making sure that work zones are safe for travel, playing in pit orchestras, acting, and spending time with her family.

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Wayne Addison

Treasurer

Wayne Addison has been a licensed Indiana Auctioneer since 1979 conducting hundreds of benefit auctions and acting as MC at many charitable events.  Formerly the Chief Probation Officer of Hancock County, Wayne now works as the Pre-Trial Release Probation Officer for Hancock County.

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Jerry Bell

Board Member

Jerry Bell of Greenfield was welcomed back to the board in 2022 after having served as one of the Friends' founding members. His background in performing arts includes 28 years as a high school band director and music supervisor, as well as four years as a music teacher. He has has extensive experience in the nonprofit world, having served as president of Nameless Creek Youth Camp since 2006. Jerry has also been on the board of the Greenfield Sertoma Club since 1977.

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Kristin Fewell

Board Member

Kristin Fewell is a lifelong Greenfield resident; she is a graduate of GCSC and Purdue University. Kristin has been an educator for 44 years, teaching First Grade at Harris Elementary. She is a Grammy to 3 darling grandchildren and enjoys attending all that Greenfield and its downtown offer. Her family has attended many programs and movies since the theater was the Weill Movie theatre years ago. Kristin is so proud of all the people who have taken an interest in the theatre and continue to keep it going. She is also a 51-year Tri Kappa member and is very much involved in all the Philanthropic programs that we support.

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Tuesday Mayhew

Board Member

Tuesday Mayhew joined the Friends of the Theater Board in 2024 to be involved in the preservation of the historic Rick’s Theater and local arts. Tuesday has had an extensive career in the arts and entertainment industry. She spent most of her career performing in theaters across the US and internationally as an accomplished ballerina. She is currently a ballet teacher and coaches youth dancers for competitions with Wilkerson Dance Studio. Tuesday brings with her a passion for community alongside her experience with nonprofits and arts education.

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Randy Sorrell

Board Member

Randy Sorrell is a patron of the arts, an experienced board member, and the owner of a successful Hancock County law practice.

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Kyle Turpin

Board Member

Kyle Turpin is an avid concertgoer and travel junkie with a passion for all things performing arts. He is a lifelong Hancock County resident, and the Marketing Manager at the Hancock County Public Library. Kyle's history of theatrical productions and involvement in the local music scene motivated his desire to help preserve the Ricks as the centerpiece of a vibrant performing arts community.

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