On January 13, Youth Theatre of Hardin County was to offer the first of three Drama Workshops in preparation for their summer musical SEUSSICAL. Due to inclement weather this workshop had to be cancelled and will not be rescheduled. The second of three workshops is scheduled for February 10 from 11 AM – 2 PM. For more information contact Betty Marsee at 270-765-5421.
On January 18-21 and 25-28, the PAC presented 8 performances of their Pro/Am Classical PETER & THE STARCATCHER before a student audience of 390 and public audiences totaling 888. This production could not take place without the tireless dedication of amateurs and professionals every year. The demographics of this production included 8 professionals, 13 amateurs, 15 adults, 6 students for a total of 21 community members ranging in age from 11 to 60-something. The production was presented in partnership with The Cecilian Bank, The Cubero Group, Jerry Cormier & WQXE.
On January 30, 45 5th grade students from St. James School under the direction of Jordan Smith presented a D.A.R.E musical before an audience of 165.
We all face obstacles in different ways. One of the biggest obstacles I am currently facing is the guilt I feel over the minuscule size of my own personal losses and pain this past year in comparison to the insurmountable burdens others in the world face. I tell myself I have so much to be thankful for; get over it already. But still the pain aches and the loss gnaws.
The one solace during all of this has been being able to throw myself into work – namely directing Peter and the Starcatcher. It is a play about many things including the re-imagined origin of Peter Pan. Throughout the rehearsals one word keeps bubbling up to the surface: Believe. When we believe in others we can make things better for everyone. When we believe in ourselves we become the best we can be. And when we believe in ourselves and each other anything is possible. Through collaboration and cooperation, we can move mountains, change the world, maybe even… fly! And though I still feel the pain and loss of last year, I am encouraged with the beginning of a new year and with the help of others, that things will get better.
So my New Year’s wish for you is to come see Starcatcher and experience for yourself the power of believing. Believe that laughter is the best medicine. Believe that anything is possible. Believe that a boy can fly!
This month the PAC Kid Spotlight shines on Parker Thompson from James T. Alton Middle School. Parker is back at the back this month in Peter and the Starcatcher. Learn more about Parker and our other PAC Kids.
Congratulations to our Nutcracker Audience Survey Winners: Claudia Richardson, Laura Hacker, Carla Breeding and Christina Keith. Each of them will receive a $20 PAC Gift Certificate and we hope to see them back at the PAC very soon!
On December 1, 200 Central Hardin High School Band students under the direction of David Centers presented a concert before an audience of 500.
On December 2, the Heart of KY Men’s Chorus with special guests Kentucky Vocal Union, Heartland Fillies, “9-2-5” and Central Hardin High School Choruses presented their 12th Annual Christmas Show before an audience of 535.
On December 3, Glen Rice Family and Friends presented their Musical Concert Series Christmas Special before an audience of 300.
On December 7, 100 St. James School 3rd & 4th Grade students under the direction of Jordan Smith presented a Christmas Musical before an audience of more than 450.
On December 10, 150 Center Stage Dance Studio students presented their Christmas Gala before an audience of nearly 600.
On December 15-17, the PAC and more than 150 professional and amateur dancers from The Dance Centre of Elizabethtown presented the 40th Anniversary production of THE NUTCRACKER before a student audience of 500 and public performances totaling more than 2,000.
And today I was. It’s rare I get to travel more than an hour away from the PAC. It’s rarer still that I get to do so with our Tech Director, Aaron Taylor. Today was one such rare occasion. He and I drove four hours to and another four back from Knoxville Tennessee where we went to pick up props we are renting for our January production Peter & the Starcatcher.
It was a good haul and well worth the time, the money and the trip. Our trip was about two weeks too late to catch the fall foliage at its saturation but it was still beautiful and relaxing and the conversation as wide ranging and stimulating as always. It’s on trips such as this outside the confines of the PAC that he and I have deeper conversations than our time at the PAC normally allows. Eight hours alone in a single day is a lot of time to spend with someone with whom you already spend eight days a week.
“Aa” always drives on such trips. Anyone who knows his OCD tendencies and my reckless driving habits will immediately recognize why after all these years this arrangement is no longer up for debate. We shared memories (good and bad), discussed family and friends (likewise) and pondered the future (distant and not so). But the largest part of our conversation as usual centered on the problems being faced by the current productions and how we want to move the PAC forward in the coming years.
We rarely solve any issues on the drives themselves but the conversations more often than not spark solutions upon our return home. And if nothing else, we see a little scenery, return with needed props, enjoy local food and remind each other (without actually saying so out loud) why we do what we do and why we do it with whom we do it.
“Good ol’ Rocky Top – Rocky Top, Tennessee”
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.