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.
Timing or coincidence? Timing we are told in theatre – and in life for that matter – is everything. So too is coincidence.
Last spring I directed George Orwell’s 1984 at the PAC because I wanted to do something relevant during an election year. Timing? The most recent film adaptation of Orwell’s novel starred John Hurt who also starred in the film The Elephant Man based in part on the play by the same name that I am currently directing. Sir John was an inspiring actor who passed away this last week. Coincidence?
Life is full of many such puzzles and riddles. Some solvable others not. The arts at their core reflect both the light and the dark of our day to day existence; but the arts at their best serve as both historians and prognosticators: shining light on both the accursed and the cursed and reminding us of what has come before and what is lurking in the dark ready to return should we walk through life unaware.
Congratulations to Deborah McFalls and Kristin Dominguez who each won a $20 PAC Gift Certificate for completing their Peter & Wendy program survey! Thanks for your interest and useful comments.
This Month the PAC Kid Spotlight shines on Ashley Correll (the third in her family to receive this recognition). Ashley is preparing for Youth Theatre’s summer production of Thoroughly Modern Millie by attending their Winter Workshops. The next workshop is Saturday, February 11th at The PAC. If this sounds like something you or your student may be interested in you can learn more at their website: http://www.ythcky.org/
On January 9, 100 Elizabethtown Independent Middle and High School choir members under the direction of Katie Bennett presented a concert before an audience of nearly 250.
On January 14, 65 North Hardin High School Band members under the direction of Brian Froedge presented a concert before an audience of 135.
On January 19, 400 HCS students were recognized during the Hardin County Schools Board of Education Meeting before an audience of 260.
On January 21, 60 area youth participated in the first of three Youth Theatre of Hardin County Winter Drama Workshops in preparation for the summer musical production of Thoroughly Modern Millie.
On January 22, 150 North Hardin High School choir students under the direction of Beth Root presented a concert before an audience of 475.
On January 27 & 28, The PAC Presented Missoula Children’s Theatre’s Peter and Wendy performances before a student audience of 700 and public audiences totaling nearly 650. The 64 cast members hail from 16 Hardin County Schools, 2 Elizabethtown Independent schools, Bullitt Lick Middle School, Flaherty Primary School, Panther Academy, Scott Middle School North Hardin Christian School, St. James Regional Catholic School, and home schools. At least SEVEN sets of siblings/cousins participated in the production.
On January 31, 65 North Hardin High School Wind Symphony members under the direction of Brian Froedge presented a concert before an audience of nearly 100.