The PAC Transforms For A Truly Enchanted Production!

As I shared in my last blog, this year’s ProAm Musical Beauty & the Beast is about the transformative power of love. This particular production owes a great deal to the transformative powers of an incredible team of creative artists and performers who are bringing this Disney classic to life in new and inventive ways.

If you follow this blog, you already know that all the enchanted objects in the castle are brought to life by both actors and puppets simultaneously in a unique storytelling technique greatly inspired by The Lion King stage show. Further influences reflected onstage will include nods to the work of M.C. Escher and the Jean Cocteau film version of the fable, hugely influencing the Disney animators.

In fact, much of the show has been reconceived by our choreographer, Sherry Barnard, and myself to tell this story in brand new ways with a set built to keep the story moving and sound and light design by Aaron Taylor that will move you emotionally like never before. So be ready to be swept up in the action as it overflows the stage right into the audience.

The costuming you’ll see is the result of two years of planning and building and a life-long love of this story by our costumer, Allison Lovins, who has assembled an extraordinary team of students and adult volunteers to build over a hundred costumes – many from scratch, while the rigorous musical direction by Kim Strange reflects her love of the original Menken and Ashman score.

But more than anything else, you will be won over by our talented amateurs and professionals ranging in age from middle school to middle-aged who hail from Hardin and surrounding counties as well as the Louisville area. They include faces both familiar and brand new to our stage who have performed professionally at Stephen Foster and around the country.

Tickets are on sale now and going fast for this once-in-a-lifetime not to be missed PAC ProAm production. (CLICK HERE)

PAC Spotlight – September 2022

This month The PAC Spotlight shines on HCS Online Learning Academy’s Ethan Grose (playing Chip) and professional actor Joseph Mattingly (playing the Beast) in this month’s PAC ProAm ProAm event, Beauty and the Beast.

What have been your most rewarding PAC experiences?
ETHAN: The opportunity to perform on stage in my first performance of Mary Poppins
JOSEPH: Getting to work with really professional people who are also hilarious and fun to be around.

What did you learn from your PAC experiences?
ETHAN: It doesn’t matter what role you get; it only matters about the experience and opportunity.
JOSEPH: I’d say between this and the Stephen Foster story; they have been helping me experience what working in professional theatre is like.

How have you benefited from the PAC?
ETHAN: Being able to have a place to show my talents in front of an audience
JOSEPH: The connections and the friendships I’ve made here. The community is wonderful!

Why is the PAC important to you?
ETHAN: The PAC has been like a second home to me, with amazing staff and cast mates to grow with.
JOSEPH: I’ve never seen a bad show from the PAC, so I think it’s important to support this place so they can keep doing the great work they do

Why should the PAC be important to others?
ETHAN: The PAC has been like a second home to me, with amazing staff and cast mates to grow with.
JOSEPH: It’s one of the few places in Kentucky that has the ability to do these high-quality types of productions. And that’s a gift I think especially the locals of Etown should be proud of.

Now Showing – September 2022

Sept 15 – 25

PAC Season Event: Disney’s Beauty & The Beast
Join us for a magical musical about the redemptive power of love in a world where beauty is more than skin deep and happily ever after is just a rose petal away.
Run Time: School day performance – 2 hours. Public performances – 2.5 hours including intermission.
Rated G: Includes drinking and mildly frightening situations.
Best for Grades 3 and above.
FREE Fridays for Abound Credit Union members, Sept 16 and 23, 7 PM. ALL TICKETS HAVE BEEN SOLD.
School Day performances for classes/teachers, Fridays, Sept 16 & 23 9:30 AM (reservations required).
Public performance, Saturdays, 2 & 7 PM. Sundays at 3 PM.
Tickets: $16 – $33.50 fees included.
Presented in partnership with Abound Credit Union.

Coming Soon – October 2022

Oct 10

PAC Season Event: AUDITIONS/REHEARSALS for Missoula Children’s Theatre’s THE JUNGLE BOOK
The audition begins at 4 PM SHARP! 1st through 8th-grade students are invited to participate. It is a two-hour audition process and each participant must be in attendance for the entire 2 hours. Rehearsals for some parts will then take place beginning immediately after auditions on Monday 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Rehearsals continue Tuesday – Thursday, Oct 11 -13, 4-8:30 PM & Oct 14, 8 AM to noon – schedule varies per cast of characters. Information and a pre-registration form are available with the links below. Please note: If cast, there is a $20 participation fee.
Audition Information
Audition Pre-Registration Form

Oct 14, 15

PAC Season Event: PERFORMANCES of Missoula Children’s Theatre’s THE JUNGLE BOOK
This theatrical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale, original music, and rollicking humor gives Mowgli’s jungle adventures new life.
Run Time: 1 Hour with no intermission
Rated G.
Best for Grades K and above.
Tickets: $11 – $22.25 fees included.
Partners: Edward Jones, Jimmie Dee & Nelson Kelley, Swope Family Dealerships, 101.5 WKMO

Oct 21, 22

HCS Event: Central Hardin High School Drama Club presents the musical THE WIZARD OF OZ
School Day performance for school groups, Friday 10 AM,
Public performances: Friday, 7 PM & Saturday Matinee, 4 PM.
All tickets reserved through the PAC at or 270-769-8837 X 4 or 5.
Tickets: $7 fees included for school age and up. Preschool and younger are free.
Tickets on sale: Oct 1.
Under the direction of Sarah Dakin.

Oct 27

HCS Event: John Hardin High School Choral Concert
7 PM.
All tickets reserved through the PAC at or 270-769-8837 X 4 or 5.
Tickets: $5 fees included.
Tickets on Sale:  Oct 10.
Under the direction of  Phyllis Westfall 270-769-8906…

In Review – August 2022

On August 15, the PAC’s 2022-23 Season of Events tickets went on sale. If you haven’t done so already, go to to find out all about them!

The cast and crew of the PAC’s fall ProAm musical Disney’s BEAUTY & THE BEAST have been busy rehearsing since August 1.

On August 8, the PAC hosted John Hardin High School’s “Back to School” Bash. Over 400 students and family members attended.

On August 9,  16 PAC volunteers labeled 9,945 new season brochure postcards in prep for bulk mailing. Thank you Rosetta LaFollette, Kaylie Lafollette, Jerry Cormier, Cindy VanAusdall, Hazel & Dan Lowther, Susan Mazal, Sandy Bousum, Jennifer Sims, Mary Cooney, Michael Radford, Karen Benham, Betty Kirby, Olivia Kizinkiewicz & brand new volunteers Howard Robinson and Michelle Swan-Varble With so many busy hands, the job was finished in one day and in record time, 5 hours.  Thanks to  Vicky Ferriell & Deirdre Shockley who were ready to help on day two but weren’t needed.

On August 12, the PAC hosted Bluegrass Middle School’s “Student Welcome” orientation by Principal Tanya Jury.  554 6th, 7th and 8th grade students were in attendance.

Total Served in August: 554 HCS Students,  58 Adults, 409 Audience Members.