On May 1, 100 students in the North Middle School band under the direction of Brittany Froedge presented a concert before an audience of 300.
On May 6, 154 students in the North Hardin High School choirs under the direction of Beth Root presented a concert before an audience of 500.
On May 7, 50 students in the West Hardin Middle School choir under the direction of Anna Benningfield presented a concert before an audience of 120.
On May 8, Fort Knox Federal Credit Union held its annual membership meeting that included entertainment by Mentalist Steve Heffner before an audience of 353 credit union members.
On May 9, 150 students in the James T Alton Middle School band under the direction of Byron Witham presented a concert before an audience of nearly 500.
On May 10, 51 students in the John Hardin High School choir under the direction of Phyllis Westfall presented a concert before an audience of 125.
On May 14, Western Kentucky University presented a graduation ceremony for 50 graduates before an audience of 326.
On May 15, 77 students in the Central Hardin High School choirs under the direction of Brandon Centers presented a concert before an audience of 256.
On May 17, the Hardin County Schools Board of Education held its monthly meeting and recognized the achievements of 134 HCS students before an audience of 145.
On May 19, 150 student dancers with the Dance Centre of Elizabethtown under the direction of Sherry Barnard presented spring recitals before audiences totaling nearly 700.
On May 20, 65 members of the Heartland Winds under the direction of David Coffing presented a free concert before an audience of 182.
On May 25 & 26, 175 student dancers with Allegro Dance Theatre under the direction of Carol Zagar presented spring recitals and the ballet Heidi before audiences totaling more than 1000.
Spring has sprung FINALLY. I found fall and winter to be particularly harsh and for a couple of months I snuggled under a warm blanket of depression. To my joy and surprise however I have emerged from my funk with a renewed passion for life due in large part to seeds that were accidentally planted that I never ever thought I’d be fortunate enough to see bear fruit. Two years ago I admired a rose in a neighboring garden and never imagined I could sustain something as beautiful. Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t have much of a green thumb when it comes to such things. I am a “nose to the grindstone” type with little time for stopping to smell the roses. Even so, somehow this wild flower found its way into my garden and has become part of my life in ways I never imagined possible.
Speaking of planting seeds, here’s a few soundbites about next season’s planned events which we’ll be announcing formally later this month:
- One mother, three possible dads and an unforgettable trip down the aisle!
- A sci-fi adventure so compelling you can’t take your eyes off the stage!
- “Bah! Humbug!”
- A cherished holiday tradition that speaks to the child in us all.
- The game is afoot and mystery and murder abound!
- “By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes!”
- A merry time will be had by one and all!
This month the PAC Kid Spotlight shines on Kayla Kahn of North Hardin High School. Catch her and their choir at the PAC on Sunday May 5 at 3PM. Learn more about Kayla and our other PAC Kids.
Congratulations to our Gulliver’s Travels Survey Winners: Tammy Cordova & Kristen Dominguez. We hope to see you back at the PAC very soon!
On April 13 & 14, the PAC presented Missoula Children’s Theatre’s GULLIVER’S TRAVELS before a student audience of more than 500 and public audiences totaling 425. Presented in Partnership with Swope Family of Dealerships, Jimmie Dee Kelley, Dan & Diane Hafer, & www.ElizabethtownFamily.com.
On April 17, the PAC hosted the Hardin County Schools Volunteer Appreciation Celebration/Dinner. 45 members of Central Hardin High School choirs undert the direction of Branden Centers performed before an audience of 85.
On April 19, 21 5th graders from G C Burkhead Elementary under the direction of Aaron Dale presented a spring musical before an audience of 131.
On April 20, Buffalo Productions presented Glen Rice, Family & Friends Concert Series before an audience of 250.
On April 24, 85 members of Bluegrass Middle School bands under the direction of Shawn Roark presented their spring concert before an audience of 280.
On April 25, 105 1st & 2nd graders from St James School under the direction of Jordan Smith presented a spring musical IT HAPPENED AT CAMP WILLOMOCKY before an audience of 480.
On April 26, 162 members of West Hardin Middle School Bands under the direction of Laura Floyd presented a spring concert before an audience of 470.
On April 27 & 28, 48 area youth in 6th through 12th grades attended Youth Theatre of Hardin County auditions for their summer production of SEUSSICAL.
On April 30, 45 members of Central Hardin High School bands under the direction of Tyler Cantrell presented a PRISM Band Concert before an audience of more than 200.
Thanks to theatre it has been my good fortune to study in Great Britain and Paris and perform in a good portion of Japan and Canada as well as over forty states even Hawaii! – Alaska is still on the bucket list.
In England I was mistaken as a native and asked for directions by a German couple while in Japan I had to rely on the kindness of people with whom I did not share a common language to help me when I got lost. In Hawaii I ate poi for the first and last time and in North Carolina I ate a burger with coleslaw on it – again for the first and last time.
Aside from being great fun, building my resume and paying the bills, my travels have helped me understand the relevance of cultural diversity. Our country, workplaces, and schools increasingly consist of various cultural, racial, and ethnic groups. We can learn from one another, but first we must have a level of understanding about each other in order to facilitate collaboration and cooperation.
These are big ideas, I know, but this month’s presentation of Gulliver’s Travels by Missoula Children’s Theatre brings them into the spotlight through the out-of-this world adventure of Gulliver, an astronaut who finds himself “lost in space” (imagine those last three words said in an echo chamber). In search of a way back home, Gulliver travels to planets inhabited by crazy inexplicable creatures that all need just as much help from Gulliver as Gulliver needs from them.
Auditions for students first through eighth grade for this event will be April 9 and performances will be Friday, April 13 at 7PM and Saturday, April 14 at 2PM. Learn More at www.thepac.net
This month the PAC Kid Spotlight shines on Chanelle DauPino of John Hardin High School. Catch her work down the road at Hardin County Playhouse in The 39 Steps the weekends of April 6-8 & 12-15. Learn more about Chanelle and our other PAC Kids.
Congratulations to our A midsummer Night’s Dream Survey Winner: Leslie Jenkins. We hope to see you back at the PAC very soon!
On March 1, 100 students in the East Hardin Middle School 6th Grade Band under the direction of Matt Baucum presented a concert before an audience of 350.
On March 5, 120 students in the North Hardin High Band under the direction of Brian Froedge presented a pre-assessment concert before an audience of nearly 300.
On March 9 & 10, 43 student members of Central Hardin High School Drama Club under the direction of Sarah Dakin and Jared Eaton presented the musical FOOTLOOSE before a student audience of 541 and a public audience of 505.
On March 10, 40 area youth attended the last of three Youth Theatre of Hardin County Winter Workshops in preparation for summer production of SEUSSICAL.
On March 11, 55 members of the Heartland Winds under the direction of David Coffing presented a free concert before an audience of 225.
On March 12, the East Hardin Middle School 7th & 8th Grade band concert under the direction of Matt Baucum had to be cancelled due to inclement weather.
On March 13, 53 student members of West Hardin Middle School Band under the direction of Laura Floyd presented a pre-assessment concert and clinic before an audience of 105.
On March 14, 150 student members of Central Hardin High School Band under the direction of David Centers presented a pre-assessment concert before an audience of 410.
On March 15, the PAC hosted a “Celebration of All Things Shakespeare” and Book Fair featuring live music, dance and poetry at Barnes & Noble Booksellers.
On March 16, THE PAC PRESENTED Kentucky Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM before a student audience of 609 and public audience of 270.
On March 20-23, 40 students of Allegro Dance Theatre presented 7 performances of PETER PAN, JR before student audiences totaling 3,000 and a public audience of 600.
On March 24, the Central Kentucky Community Foundation and “Heels Together” presented an Inspire Women Conference featuring the humor of Heather Land before an audience of 415.
On March 26-28, nearly 7,500 band students representing 37 bands from 13 neighboring counties and school districts performed in the Kentucky Music Educators Concert Band Assessment Festival before combined audiences totaling 500.
On March 29, Central Hardin choir director Brandon Centers hosted a gospel choir performance for more than 200 choir members from Central Hardin, John Hardin and Nelson County schools.
On March 30, Kentucky Innovation Network and Boss Lady Coaching hosted a film screening of She Started It, a film about five women pursuing their entrepreneurial startup dreams and a panel discussion with 6 area business women and Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton before an audience of 578 6th and 7th grade girls from Hardin County and Elizabethtown Independent Middle Schools.