June 2 & 4
On April 7 – 9, the PAC presented four performances of the Spring Pro Am Classical The Elephant Man to audiences totaling 300. The cast consisted of 22 community members: 5 Professionals, 17 Amateurs, 17 Adults, 5 Students ranging in age from 8 to 60 something.
On April 10, the PAC presented a school day performance of the Spring Pro Am Classical The Elephant Man to a student audience of 80.
On April 11, 50 North Hardin High School choir members performed before 180 Hardin County Schools Volunteers as they were honored at their annual appreciation banquet.
On April 19, 30 Woodland Elementary students presented the musical Aladdin, Kids before student audiences totaling nearly 1,000 and a public audience of 185.
The scheduled performance of Glen Rice/Buffalo Productions’Glen Rice, Family & Friends was cancelled due to health issues. Look for Glen to return to the PAC in August.
On April 25 135 Bluegrass Middle School Band students presented a concert before an audience of 375.
On April 27, 58 John Hardin High School advanced choir members performed a concert before an audience of 180.
On April 28 & 29, 46 area youth attended Youth Theatre of Hardin County’s auditions for their summer production of Thoroughly Modern Millie.
How I Came To Know The Elephant Man
By the time I had moved to Manhattan in the 90s, I was having difficulty getting work as an actor. I was stuck in an actor’s purgatory between looking too old to play children and too young to be considered for most character roles. So I found myself squeaking by as a singing waiter, doing office temp work, and with thankfully increasing consistency directing Off-Broadway productions. I found some limited success and even more important found some wonderful people to work with.
Kevin Roberge was one of them. Kev was a young self-made man of inexhaustible energy and faith who had begun producing shows in the city. One evening he and I were talking about The Elephant Man and before I knew it we had a space and a cast and we were in charge of the 20th Anniversary production of The Elephant Man.
This season, I will be remounting that production using the musical score, several of the same drops, much of the same staging and a set design based on that same production back in 1999.
So, if you want a good idea of what you’ll see at the PAC in April, check out this review of that Off-Broadway production that I had the great pleasure to direct back before the PAC was ever a glimmer in my mind.
This month the PAC Kid Spotlight shines on Sierra Coachman. Sierra has been a PAC Aide all year and has gotten to experience life on stage and behind the scenes in several productions. Learn more about Sierra and our other PAC Kids.
And finally, the winner of a $20 gift certificate for filling out the Julius Caesar program survey is Stephanie Brothers from Cecilia, KY. Congratulations, Stephanie!
SPECIAL NOTE: This event has been CANCELLED but make plans to see Glen when he returns to the PAC in August!
On February 28 & March 1 – 3, 46 cast and crew members from Allegro Dance Theatre under the direction of Carol Zagar proudly presented LION KING, Jr. during 8 school day performances and one public performance before student audiences totaling 4,444 and a public audience of 650.
On March 5, 56 members of the Heartland Winds under the direction of Bruce Soderstrom presented a free concert before an audience of 200.
On March 6, the Hardin County Diversity Council held its annual festival featuring information and presentations from various Hardin County Schools and community groups. 255 student participants from 10 different schools/organizations performed on the PAC stage before audiences totaling 700.
On March 10 & 11, 29 student members of Central Hardin High School Drama Club under the direction of Sarah Dakin presented KEEN TEENS: 3 SHORT PLAYS before a student audience of 220 and public audience of 165.
On March 13, 112 student members of East Hardin Middle School band under the direction of Matt Baucum presented a Pre-Assessment concert before an audience of 350.
On March 14, 155 student members of Central Hardin High School band under the direction of David Centers presented a Pre-Assessment concert before an audience of 350.
On March 15, the PAC held an “Ides of March” event celebrating all things Shakespeare at Barnes & Noble Booksellers to promote the upcoming production of Kentucky Shakespeare’s Julius Casesar at the PAC.
On March 16, 56 student members of West Hardin Middle School band under the direction of Laura Floyd presented a concert and clinic before an audience of 60.
On March 17, Kentucky Shakespeare‘s professional touring troupe of 7 presented Julius Caesar before a student audience of nearly 500 and public audience of 160.
On March 18, 50 area youth participated in the last of three Youth Theatre of Hardin County winter workshops in preparation for the summer production of Thoroughly Modern Millie.
On March 21 & 22, the PAC played host to KMEA’s Heartland Large Ensemble Assessment Festival. During the two-day event, more than 2,700 students in 54 bands/orchestras hailing from 10 counties performed on stage before a panel of judges.
I’ve been longing to do The Secret Garden for over 20 years. For almost as long I’ve treasured the music of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I even used a song from “Hunchback” as an audition piece for many years. This month I chose one over the other for next fall’s musical even though I had already announced that we were doing the other. This was not a decision made lightly. In the end, this was not an artistic decision so much as it was a financial one. Quite frankly, “Hunchback” will sell better. You may well be surprised how many artistic decisions come down to financial realities. The performing artists of our nation may soon be facing an even greater financial reality. And if you are reading this blog, this affects you too:
There has been great speculation of late about the possible elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The NEA and NEH provide nationwide grants that impact every congressional district and fuel the national funding structures that give critical support for state arts agencies and regional arts organizations that make much of the PAC’s programming possible.
So, what can you do if you value the arts?
If you believe in the importance of art to enrich communities, now is a great time to act.
This month the PAC Kid Spotlight shines on Madison Fogle. She and her Central Hardin classmates are due this month at the PAC to mount a series of one act plays – always a great way to showcase the talents of many students as well as great for those of us with short attention spans.
On February 3 & 5, 30 students from the North Hardin High School Drama Club under the direction of Donna Thomas presented Dracula before public audiences totaling nearly 200.
On February 7, 19 HCS students participated in the Derby City Spelling Bee before an audience of 70.
On February 11, 50 area youth participated in Youth Theatre of Hardin County’s second Winter Workshop in prep for summer production of Thoroughly Modern Millie.
On February 11, 35 adult members of Heart of Kentucky Men’s Chorus and the Heartland Fillies presented a Valentine concert that included the 40 student from Central Hardin and John Hardin High School Choirs before an audience of 200.
On February 12, 34 students from North Hardin High School drama under the direction of Beth Root presented ALADDIN, Jr. before an audience of 225.
On February 17 & 18, 32 students from John Hardin High School choirs under the direction of Phyllis Westfall presented Rock of Ages before student audiences totaling 900 and public audiences totaling 350.
On February 21, 120 students from North Hardin High School bands under the direction of Brian Froedge and Daniel Reams presented a concert before an audience of nearly 200.
On February 23, 110 students from East Hardin Middle School 6th Grade bands under the direction of Matthew Baucum presented a concert before an audience of 375.