On May 31, June 2 & 4, 200 dancers from Center Stage Dance Studio under the direction of Yvonne Groves presented 6 recitals before audiences totaling over 1,400.
On June 8, 55 members of Allegro Dance Theatre’s Musical Theatre Summer Camp under the direction of Carol Zagar presented ‘LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!’ before an audience of 140.
On June 24, 20 members of Dance Center of Elizabethtown’s Summer Camp under the direction of Sherry Barnard presented Broadway Stars of Tomorrow before an audience of 50.
Also on June 24, 14 PAC volunteers and guests attended a celebration in honor of the many hours they contributed to the PAC. It began with a visit from RSVP director Cathy Williamson, a recognition ceremony, a new season highlight video and a tour of the PAC. The fun then moved to a picnic sharing food and fellowship. Being recognized were the 2016 and 2017 Adult and Student Volunteers of the Year. Adult volunteers contributing the most hours were Cindy Vann Ausdall (206 hours for 2016) and Charles Holloway (223.5 hours for 2017). Student volunteers Kelsie Austin and Stacie McCormick who served as PAC aides during the school year working in the office, back stage or in the shop during open blocks in their schedules were the student award winners for 2016 and 2017 respectively. Congratulations to these award winners and thanks to all the PAC volunteers who help make the magic of live performing arts happen at the PAC.
One of the biggest challenges in conceiving my approach to a show is creating the world in which the characters are going to live and move about.
So as I puzzled over The Hunchback of Notre Dame over the last several months, I cataloged inspiration on a Pinterest board and then printed out all the photos that “spoke” to me and spread them across my dining room table at home and started grouping similar photos until a concept started to form. Well, actually, in this case – as is often the case – several concepts were formed. For “Hunchback” I narrowed it down to about four different approaches and then started whittling away “what do I want” from “what do I need” and “what would be cool” from “what can we actually build” and “what would be fantastic” from “what can we afford” and “what would be a new approach” from “what have we done previously.”
I next start drawing out what I think the set is going to look like. I usually start with rough pencil sketches that then evolve into digital versions with exact measurements.
Sometimes the only way I can solve the design challenges of a show is to build a model – particularly if the set I have in mind has moving parts like I plan for “Hunchback”. So I spent Memorial Day weekend with my T square, architect ruler, x-acto knife, cardboard and glue and set about creating the world of the Notre Dame. This is a great way to discover new ways to utilize the set and learn the problems you may encounter before going to the expense and effort of building things full size.
When it comes time to actually build the set there will be changes made but even then the model gives me and the rest of the team a “jumping off” point of reference for the set building, the costumes, the choreography and the music of the production. It also perhaps most importantly gives the actors an idea of the world they will be working in long before they have actual steps and platforms to perform upon.
This month the PAC Kid Spotlight shines on Trey Peterson. Trey’s talents have been highlighted on the theatre stage as well as the basketball court and he will be playing a lead role in this summer’s Youth Theatre production Thoroughly Modern Millie. Learn more about Trey and our other PAC Kids.
And finally, our Hocus Focus program survey winner was Ron Masoni. Congrats sir on your $20 PAC Gift Certificate!
On May 1, 60 members of West Hardin Middle School choirs under the direction of Anna Benningfield presented a spring concert before an audience of 185.
On May 2, 174 members of West Hardin Middle School bands under the direction of Laura Floyd presented a spring concert before an audience of 521.
On May 5, the PAC presented its last event of season 2016 -17 with Spencer’s Theatre of Illusions Hocus Focus before a public audience of 200. After months of collaboration with Hardin County Schools’ teachers, Kevin Spencer’s performance brought smiles to all ages. It was exciting to watch Vine Grove Elementary student, Desmond Gregory perform on stage a trick he had mastered through the Hocus Focus program. And even more amazingly, after the event, a family in the audience shared this comment: “Mr. Spencer: Our family enjoyed your show in Elizabethtown last night. I know you do work with autistic children and wanted to let you know that Scott, your volunteer for the (“Spikes of Doom” illusion), is autistic. His brother, Johnathan, who also raised his hand, is a young magician who pours over how-to videos and, like you, got a delux magic set for his 8th Christmas. We expected him to volunteer, but not Scott. I wasn’t positive how Scott would do and received such a blessing watching him so animated on the stage despite the lights and noise. Thank you for your obvious love of children and for your work with autistic kids. Both of my boys were absolutely hyped after the show. Johnathan claimed it the best night of his life.” Without even knowing his personal story, Kevin selected Scott from the audience to participate in his “Spikes of Doom” illusion; just another example of the true magic of the performing arts!
On May 7, 150 members of North Hardin High School choirs under the direction of Beth Root presented a spring concert before an audience of 512.
On May 8, 120 members of Central Hardin High School choirs under the direction of Brandon Centers presented a spring concert before an audience of 261.
On May 9, the PAC hosted Fort Knox Federal Credit Union’s Annual Membership Meeting and an audience of nearly 400.
On May 10, 68 members of John Hardin High School bands under the direction of Brian Ellis presented a spring concert before an audience of 122.
On May 11, 84 members of Central Hardin High School bands under the direction of Tyler Cantrell presented a prism concert before an audience of 250.
On May 14, Western Kentucky University presented a graduation ceremony for 55 graduates before family and friends totaling 450.
On May 17, 120 members of North Middle School bands under the direction of Brittany Ford presented a spring concert before an audience of 250.
On May 18, 70 students were recognized for their many accomplishments during the Hardin County Board of Education Meeting before family and friends totaling 175.
On May 21, 133 members of The Dance Centre of Elizabethtown under the direction of Sherry Barnard presented two spring recitals before audiences totaling 665.
On May 26 & 27, 152 members of Allegro Dance Theatre under the direction of Carol Zagar presented three spring recitals before audiences totaling 1031.
Spring brings Hocus Focus – our final event of this season – to The PAC on May 5th at 7PM.
Back in January of 2016 illusionist Kevin Spencer and I first sat down in a New York hotel lobby and began hammering out our plans for a sensory friendly magic show as the culmination of a yearlong residency for HCS special needs students – several of whom we hope to have as Guest Stars during the performance.
This has been and continues to be a bit of a stretch for us at the PAC and I think we’ve learned as much if not more than the student participants.
I’m eager to share what we and these students and their instructors have been working on all these months with an audience of peers and family members.
Come be part of what I think will be in every sense of the word a truly magical evening.
This month the PAC Kid Spotlight shines on Cecilia Field. Cecilia 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 Cecilia and our other PAC Kids.
And finally, The Elephant Man program survey winners are Marianne Parrish, Jane Perks, Sylvia Baker, Hugh Spalding & Marla Glover. Congrats to each of you for your $20 PAC Gift Certificates!
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.