The entire building cost 32 million to build back in 2001. Of that cost, it is estimated that the PAC cost approximately 6 million which is considerably less than it would’ve cost to build such a facility if it were a “stand alone” structure separate from John Hardin High School.
How much did the PAC cost to build?
I've noticed in several productions at the PAC that the performers come out into the audience. Why do they do that?
Often referred to as “breaking the fourth wall” is an increasingly popular choice of stage directors. So much of our lives these days are spent staring passively at a framed image be it television, computer monitors, movie screens or cell phones. The thing that separates theatre from all other media is that theatre is LIVE. In theatre the audience’s participation is essential, mandatory even. By taking the action out into the audience, viewers are encouraged to actively participate in the production. Doing so brings a theatrical production to life as opposed to presenting it as if on display in a gilded frame.
How can I purchase a DVD of a PAC performance?
Many events that happen on the PAC stage are recorded by HCECTV. You can contact them about purchasing a DVD at 270.769.8855 or http://www.hardin.k12.ky.us/tvp/index.htm. For information on DVDs of other events please contact the producer for that event. In addition, it should be noted that many productions at the PAC restrict the use of recording devices due to stringent copyright infringement laws. When in doubt, please talk to a PAC staff member at the performance in question.
Are tickets refundable if I can't make it to an event?
There are no refunds for PAC events but your unused tickets may be redeemed for a PAC Gift Certificate of equal value to be put toward a future ticket purchase or exchanged for tickets to another PAC event. For refunds for any other events at the PAC stage, you will need to contact that user group directly to learn of their refund policy.
My child has a great voice and loves to perform, what does the PAC offer in terms of instruction and lessons?
As this is an often asked question, we have devoted a whole webpage to area arts resources:
What do you have to do to keep up with the facility?
The PAC staff includes the director, 2 front office staff, a technical director and a custodian. The staff is cross trained so that we don’t all have to be here all the time. We also have a corps of over two dozen volunteer students and adults that assist with everything from building sets to ushering to stuffing envelopes. The PAC is a year round facility so even during the summer we have activities occurring. Before one season is up and running, plans are well under way for the next season.
Does John Hardin High School or Hardin County Schools make any profits off of the facility?
JHHS and the PAC are two separate entities that just happen to share the same roof. Bart Lovins is the administrator in charge of the PAC and Lynne Gibson is the administrator in charge of JHHS. We have separate facilities and separate staffs as well. The revenue produced by the PAC is channeled back into PAC programming and facility improvements and repairs that help us better serve the students and community that utilizes the PAC.
What do schools and people in general have to do to rent the facility?
Our online rental application is available at our website www.thepac.net. Once submitted, the application is reviewed by the PAC staff and upon approval, the renter is sent a contract to sign. The renter must then return the contract along with payment and proof of insurance to secure use of the facility. The process is the same for school organizations but of course payment and proof of insurance are not required.
Do you feel that the PAC is located in a great spot for all Hardin County Schools?
Geography is the major stumbling block to the PAC being able to serve ALL Hardin County Schools. But the PAC had to be built as part of a school & it just happened to be JHHS. Luckily for us, it is quite centrally located in the county. By the way, many folks are under the misconception that we serve primarily JHHS students. This could not be further from the truth. We actually serve 30,000 students annually across a nine county region. JHHS makes up a very small percentage of that number. In addition, the PAC has created several programs to help extend the reach of our facility:
What all is the PAC used for?
The PAC complements student learning and participation in performing arts and provide quality performing arts experiences for the community at large. In addition to our season of PAC produced programming, the PAC is available for use by any HCS organization free of charge and available for rental to others in the community.
How often is the PAC used?
The PAC is a year-round facility averaging 225 days of use annually.
Can you please clarify the available seating? The chart link provided on the ticketing page does not describe each titled section so that we can try and determine where we would like seating prior to ticket purchase.
Rows identified by a single letter (A) are on the orchestra level.
Rows identified by a double letter (AA) are on the balcony level.
Rows identified by a triple letter (AAA) are at the front of the stage and are only available for specific events.
All PAC season events offer reserved seating and include VIP seating located on row H and sometimes rows AAA & BBB.
Limited wheelchair and adjoining companion seating is available on orchestra level and in the balcony with access via elevator. Contact the PAC office to reserve this seating and early arrival is highly recommended.