What a busy November it has been! 850 students performed on stage, 3,000 students attended performances along with 3,500 public audience members:
On November 2, 28 Lincoln Trail Elementary Drama Club students under the direction of Rebecca Parrish presented their fall musical STONE SOUP before a student audience of 525 and public audience of 135.
On November 9, 50 John Hardin High School Choir students under the direction of Phyllis Westfall presented their fall concert before an audience of 100.
On November 10, Buffalo Productions presented the Glen Rice, Family and Friends Concert Series and honored 59 Veterans before an audience of 300.
On November 14, 140 Bluegrass Middle School Band students under the direction of Shawn Roark presented their fall concert before an audience of nearly 500.
On November 15, 120 Central Hardin High School choir students under the direction of Brandon Centers presented their fall concert before an audience of nearly 400.
On November 16, 220 East Hardin Middle School Band students under the direction of Matt Baucum presented a 6th grade and a 7th/8th grade concert before combined audiences totaling 900.
On November 19- 21, 80 Allegro Dance Theatre of Radcliff dancers under the direction of Carol Zagar presented the 26th annual production of the classical ballet “CINDERELLA” before student audiences totaling 2800 and a public audience of 400.
On November 27, 59 West Hardin Middle School Choir students under the direction of Anna Benningfield presented a holiday concert before an audience of 200.
On November 30, 168 West Hardin Middle School Band students under the direction of Laura Floyd presented their holiday concert before an audience of nearly 600.
So begins a quote which has become the PAC’s motto. It is the beginning of a Shakespearean speech that goes on to compare the world to a stage and life to a play, and catalogs the seven stages of a man’s life, sometimes referred to as the “seven ages of man”: infant, schoolboy, lover, soldier, justice, Pantalone (middle age) and old age.
This month, I was diagnosed with arthritis in my right arm. An indication if ever there was one that I am slowly slipping into my own seventh age while at the same time Logan, my cat, my confidant, was at the ebb of his own seventh age. And while these two life events are going on, I was simultaneously trying to keep up with present and block (scribbling out in my script the actor’s moves and motivations) Peter and the Starcatcher – a re-imagined origin for Peter Pan, the boy who would never grow up. Ah, the irony of it all.
Like the arthritis, I felt it was coming — I knew it was inevitable — but was still at a loss to grasp all this (literally and figuratively) as I would carry my furry friend to his doctor all the while wearing the wrist wrap provided by my doctor or have to stop working on a script about eternal youth as my hand cramped up or Logan begged to be carried to his food bowl.
In between vet visits and doctor appointments, I spent a good portion of the month at home working on the script with Logan peering over my shoulder from the back of the couch, sitting on my lap or attempting to turn pages as he walked across the script. Both comforting and frustrating me all at the same time as is a cat’s nature. Good times.
As the month comes to an end, I have accepted my diagnoses, Logan is gone and the script is blocked. It is done. And yet, it is not. For as I work with the actors, the blocking changes, my memories of Logan refuse to fade and in spite of reality, I refuse to be confined or defined by the pain in my arm. The show must go on. And in the meantime, I take solace in friends, family and in particular work. In the last scene of Peter and the Starcatcher there is an exchange that goes:
FATHER: Soon, you’ll forget, and it won’t hurt anymore.
DAUGHTER: No! It’s supposed to hurt – that’s how you know it meant something!
I cried when I blocked the scene as I felt Logan purring beside me and I’ll probably cry every time it is performed in January as I feel him yet again.
This month the PAC Kid Spotlight shines on Keziah Dunn from Meade County High School. She’ll be performing as Cinderella, Queen of the Night Sky, Star Queen, Autumn Fairy and the Ball Room Butterfly in Allegro Dance Theatre’s ballet version of Cinderella this month at the PAC. Learn more about Keziah and our other PAC Kids.
On October 13, the PAC presented PUSH Physical Theatre’s DRACULA. It was seen by nearly 500 student and adult audience members. A post production question and answer session elicited interesting questions such as “How do you warm up and prepare to perform like that on stage,” “Did you all have to learn ballet?” and “How did you move in such slow motion, it was awesome!” Thank you to producing partners Skaggs Limousine & Transportation, Party Plus, Etown Swim & Fitness and WQXE.
Congratulations to Anji Haun, winner of a $20 PAC Gift Certificate for turning in her completed program survey after seeing the production of DRACULA..
On October 14, the PAC hosted Kentucky Theatre Association’s (KTA) Northwest Regional High School Theatre Festival. Four area schools and 85 students participated: North Hardin, Central Hardin, Spencer County and Bardstown schools. Bardstown took first place and Central Hardin placed second.
On October 20 & 21 35 Central Hardin High School Drama Club students under the direction of Sarah Dakin presented RADIUM GIRLS before a student audience of 276 and public audiences of more than 200.
October 26,27,29 150 North Hardin High School choir students under the direction of Beth Root presented 5 performances of THE LITTLE MERMAID. Student audiences totaled more than 2200 and public audiences totaled over 1000, including a Sunday matinee with standing room only!
I read Dracula back in elementary school when I first became enthralled with black & white monster movies. But, I didn’t recall this quote until this morning when I was searching for a “jumping off point” for this month’s blog.
Dracula is full of sweeping passions and epic failures concluding with a solitary but resounding success. It reminds me of nearly every artistic pursuit I’ve ever taken on. In some way has this simple sentence seeped into my subconscious and held sway over me all these years?
For over a decade now I’ve passionately selected season after season of events and God knows I have had more than my fair share of epic failures but there have also been those few fleeting successes. But it is the lessons I have learned from my failures that have made me a better director and hopefully a better person.
As you come and experience PUSH Physical Theatre’s interpretation of Dracula this month at the PAC, consider not just the story being told but also the way in which this adaptation unfolds.
PUSH Physical Theatre’s Dracula will be performed at the PAC on Friday the 13th of this month. Come and see…. If you dare!! Click for Tix
This month the PAC Kid Spotlight shines on Elizabeth Croghan from North Hardin. You’ll be seeing a lot more of her at the PAC this season. Having just finished “Hunchback”, Elizabeth is already busy preparing for the next edition of Allegro’s Cinderella, the Ballet as well as her high school’s production of The Little Mermaid. And all that’s before Christmas! ” Learn more about Elizabeth and our other PAC Kids.
On September 13, the PAC presented a Free Military Preview Night, Final Dress Rehearsal of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. before an audience of 64.
On September 14-18 & 21-24 the PAC presented 9 performances of the PRO/AM Musical THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. The production was presented in partnership with Fort Knox Federal Credit Union before public audiences of nearly 1,500 and a school day audience of 725 students and teachers.
Congratulations to Donna Brandt, Cindy Chappell, Alice Pepper, Stephanie Taylor-Cross, Joyce Underwood, Kim Martin, Anji Haun, Lorie Tellis, Glen Norman & Virginia Skaggs, lucky winners of $20 PAC gift certificates for completing their HUNCHBACK program survey.