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BART’S BLOG – NOVEMBER 2020

Students I’ve worked with would find it hard to believe, but I was not around during the heyday of radio dramas.  No, I got acquainted with those thrilling days of yesteryear thanks to The CBS Radio Mystery Theatre which I would listen to on my transistor radio before falling asleep.

There was something unique about those performances that have always stuck with me.  I like to call it “theatre of the mind.”  It’s that ability through sound to immediately transport an audience to another place and time or make them lean forward in anticipation of what is about to happen next.

Right now, seven other actors and I are trying to recapture some of that magic through our radio adaptation of the Jimmy Stewart film, It’s A Wonderful Life, on Saturday, November 7, for an intimate socially distanced audience of 175 guests at the PAC.  Since most of you reading won’t be able to join us in person, we’ll be making it available to everyone through various other media:

  • On WQXE radio  at 6PM on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day;
  • On HCECTV; and at 1PM on Thanksgiving Eve, 6PM Thanksgiving Day, 1PM Christmas Eve, and 6PM Christmas Day; as well as
  • For the first time, you can enjoy our performances On-Demand from the convenience of your couch.  Go to thePAC.net for more details on this exciting new offering.

Who would’ve ever thought that the way forward for performing arts in these troubling times would end up being a giant step into the past?


This month the PAC Kid Spotlight recognizes Elizabethtown High School’s Maggie Board who is performing as Cinderella in the Allegro Dance Theatre production of the same name later this month.  Learn more about Maggie and all the students we’ve recognized over the years.

Watch the interview here:

NOW SHOWING – NOVEMBER 2020

 

November 7            The PAC Presents PAC ProAm Radio Theatre IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. (90 mins) A Social Distanced LIVE Radio Show. This beloved holiday cinema classic comes to captivating life as a live radio broadcast.  Know Before You Go: Rated G. Best for grades 3 and above. To be recorded for later broadcast.  Saturday, 2 PM.  More information to follow. Presented in partnership with Abound Credit Union.

November 14, 15         Allegro Dance Theatre of Radcliff’s production of FROZEN, JR. Saturday, 7 PM, Sunday Matinee, 3 PM.

November 21,22         29th annual presentation of the classical ballet “CINDERELLA by the Allegro Dance Theatre of Radcliff. Saturday, 7PM  Sunday matinee at 3 PM.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Be sure to follow the PAC on social media. Should an event need to be cancelled due to increased COVID restrictions, ticket holders will be notified via email and an announcement will be placed on our social media channels.

COMING SOON – DECEMBER 2020

December 8                North  Hardin High School Band Concert. 7 PM.  POC Brian Froedge  270-351-3167

December 18, 19, 20    The PAC Presents: The NUTCRACKER . (120 mins) The Plum of the Holiday Season! Journey to a Land of Enchantment filled with swirling snowflakes, waltzing flowers and sweet sugarplums, featuring dancers of all ages from our community.

Tickets available to the public beginning November 18, 2020.

Public Performance, Friday, Dec 18, 7 PM. Saturday, Dec 19, 2 & 7 PM. Sunday, Dec 20, 3 PM. Tickets $20 -$40 plus fees. POC 270-769-8837.

On-Demand viewing option – $5 plus fees: 12/24/20 – 1/1/21. (You will have a 48 hour window to view the On-Demand performance.)

Presented in Partnership with The Dance Centre of Elizabethtown, The Cecilian Bank, Edward Jones, Jimmie Dee Kelley in tribute to Nelson Kelley & WQXE 98.3.

Participating Vendors: The Dance Centre’s Nutcracker Boutique, The Sweet Shoppe, Sugar Fashion Cakes, Sonora Florist, Rachel’s Face Painting, Fruitcake Jimmy’s Photo Booth,  & Family Fun Ice Cream.

IN REVIEW – OCTOBER 2020

The PAC has not held any public performances to date, BUT rehearsals for “It’s A Wonderful Life” are taking place, AND we did hold a “Socially Distanced” Volunteer Orientation.  10 volunteers attended and learned about  COVID protocols and the changes we have put into place to ensure our cast, crew, and patrons’ safety as we look to our re-opening event on November 7th. We are keeping a very close eye on the pandemic’s current status and will change plans accordingly should the need arise.

On October 17, we lost one of our most devoted volunteers, Darlene Maffett. For nearly 20 years, she helped greet thousands of patrons and worked with Youth Theatre of Hardin County. She will be greatly missed.

BART’S BLOG – OCTOBER 2020

Gotta Dance!


This month instead of a PAC Spotlight, I’m interviewing Caitlin Kowalski as part of our “Flip the Script” series. Caitlin is a level 10 studio company member in her fourth-year dancing with Louisville Ballet. As an area dance student, Caitlin took class at Allegro Dance Theatre.  I asked how that prepared her for Louisville Ballet.

Caitlin:  I would say from a very young age, they instilled that professional quality not even just in performing, but also in class and in how you carry yourself even in rehearsals when you’re just off to the side. That’s something that I didn’t really understand from a young age. But now that I have gotten to that more professional level, it definitely makes sense. And I’m glad that that is something that I had experience with when I was younger because now it’s easier for me to carry that into all my work.

And considering the current Safe At Work restrictions, that professional discipline has come in handy.

Caitlin:  I know it’s so hard to imagine us taking ballet and putting it into this COVID bubble that we all have to go along with. But basically, we don’t touch at all. We all have taped squares on the floor for class that we stay in that are socially distant. We wear our masks always and change our masks when they get wet because they’re less effective when they’re wet than when they’re dry. We also give the studio time to air out in between classes and rehearsals. We have a check-in when we first get to the studio to make sure that we are abiding by all of the regulations in our outside life to keep everyone safe inside the studio. Temperature is taken – all the pretty typical things I would say – we just have to morph them a bit to make them ballet appropriate.

Bart:  You said that there’s no touching. How do you handle lifts and things like that?

Caitlin:  Some [past] choreography that [had] those aspects, we’ve had to work around and change or just say, “Well, maybe we’ll save this [dance] for when times are better.” So yeah, for right now, that just hasn’t been part of our day-to-day choreography.

Allegro Dance Theatre is currently prepping their annual November production of Cinderella, the Ballet at the PAC, so I asked what it was like to watch her sister, Maggie, play “Cinderella” – the role she played when she danced in the production.

Caitlin:  It was like when she steals my clothes out of my closet. No, I’m just kidding. It was odd. It was me on stage, but it wasn’t me. It was my sister; I don’t know, it was like watching myself but different. It’s kind of hard even to explain. Of course, I was proud because we grew up dancing together, and then to get to see her [perfrom] that her senior year of high school was just so exciting.

This interview has been edited for space. The Zoom interview is below. And be sure to catch Allegro Dance Theatre’s Cinderella, the Ballet November 21& 22 at the PAC.

NOW SHOWING – OCTOBER 2020

Sadly, the North Hardin High School Choir opted to cancel their dates for an October concert as the A/B class schedule did not allow enough rehearsal time to prepare. Please stay tuned to the PAC Calendar for updates to events as this situation continues to make planning  very fluid.

COMING SOON – NOVEMBER 2020

November 7            The PAC Presents: PAC ProAm Radio Theatre IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. (90 mins) A Social Distanced LIVE Radio Show. This beloved holiday cinema classic comes to captivating life as a live radio broadcast.  Know Before You Go: Rated G. Best for grades 3 and above. To be recorded for later broadcast.  Saturday, 2 PM.  More information to follow. Presented in partnership with Abound Credit Union.

November 14, 15         Allegro Dance Theatre of Radcliff’s production of FROZEN, JR. Saturday, 7 PM, Sunday Matinee, 3 PM.

November 21,22         29th annual presentation of the classical ballet “CINDERELLA by the Allegro Dance Theatre of Radcliff. Saturday, 7PM  Sunday matinee at 3 PM.

IN REVIEW – SEPTEMBER 2020

Only  “It’s A Wonderful Life”  rehearsals took place at the PAC in September.  It was comforting to see the stage alive with activity and set for our new November season opener, The PAC ProAm Radio Theatre: “It’s A Wonderful Life” A Social Distanced LIVE Radio Show.

Hardin County School students and staff returned to face to face instruction, and though COVID safety precautions made many aspects of the school day very different, students, teachers and administrators worked together have rocked it!

Music, drama, choir, and band classes returned to instruction and sadly, some teachers have found the A/B class schedule making it difficult to prepare for concerts at the PAC.  In turn, many planned fall and winter concert dates have been cancelled. It is our continued hope to assist with the planning of concerts and performances whether they be in-person, virtual, or a hybrid of both as teachers adjust to the new normal of in-class instruction.

BART’S BLOG – SEPTEMBER 2020

The PAC Inches Forward With First ProAm Production

For the first time in over five months, we have performers onstage at the PAC for rehearsals, and it is… wonderful.

In fact, “It’s A Wonderful Life” – a radio drama based on the Frank Capra classic Christmas film.  This COVID compliant performance by eight actors will be performed before a COVID compliant audience just shy of two hundred on Saturday, November 7, as a Gala Fundraiser in partnership with Abound Credit Union and the support of Mark’s Feedstore, as well as media partners WQXE and HCECTV.

You may well ask, “What will a COVID compliant performance look and feel like?”

  • Well, to start with, the eight actors on stage will be isolated in their own areas ten feet apart from each other. This distance will prohibit them from having any physical interactions with each other but will permit them to perform without wearing masks.
  • Audience members will also be distanced. Patrons will be able to purchase tickets in seating groups of up to four that are predetermined to be six feet apart from other patrons.  Even so, as a courtesy, we’ll ask all audience members to remain masked throughout the performance for everyone’s safety.
  • In addition to the mask and social distancing requirements, the PAC will be disinfecting the facility before everyone arrives and after they leave, and sanitizing contact surfaces throughout the event. Before entering the building, all PAC staff, performers, and audience members will have their temperatures taken to ensure that no one with a fever enters the facility.
  • A full list of the PAC’s COVID compliance measures will soon be available for you to review on our website and will be posted in our lobby to read when you arrive.

We are looking forward to finally have our performers and our audiences sharing the same space again and are confident that those of you who can join us for the PAC’s first-ever Gala Fundraiser performance will be in for a once in a wonderful lifetime experience.

Tickets for the PAC’s November 7th  Gala Fundraiser performance of “It’s A Wonderful Life” will go on sale on October 15.  More information about our Gala Fundraiser will be coming soon. To keep up to date with what’s happening at the PAC sign up for our eNewsletter “The Monthly Marquee” at https://thepac.net/monthly-marquee/.


This month the PAC Kid Spotlight recognizes T. K. Stone’s Alexis Hayes.  Before returning to dance class last month, Alexis continued stretching her performing muscles during COVID through her computer! Learn more about Alexis and all the students we’ve recognized over the years.

NOW SHOWING – SEPTEMBER 2020

There are currently no events scheduled at the PAC for September 2020 except for weekly “It’s A Wonderful Life”  rehearsals. September usually begins the PAC’s season of events with the annual fall musical but sadly that had to be cancelled. It is comforting to see the stage set for our new November season opener, “It’s A Wonderful Life” Radio Drama.

As Hardin County School students and staff return to face to face instruction, the PAC staff is helping monitor student traffic in the hallways between classes and we have made the theatre  available for any other need that may arise to help the district work through the start of school.

As music, drama, choir, and band classes return to instruction, the PAC will be ready to assist them with the planning of concerts and performances whether they be in-person, virtual, or a hybrid of both in addition to offering streaming content to bolster in-class instruction.

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