BART’S BLOG – JANUARY 2020

A Golden Evening.

When first published 1887 “A Study in Scarlet” and its protagonist, Sherlock Holmes, attracted remarkably little public interest.  So little in fact that the author, Doctor Arthur Conan Doyle continued as a poor physician writing short stories, essays and articles to pass the time between the few patients that visited him.

When published across the Atlantic a year later, this novel, however, caught the interest of at least one person, the wife of J. M. Stoddart, managing editor of the American publication, Lipincott’s Monthly Magazine.  She urged him to commission a sequel.  Like any smart man, he took his wife’s advice and arranged a business dinner at Westminster’s Langham Hotel with two prospective English fiction writers: Doctor Doyle and… Oscar Wilde.

The stuffy conservative retired military man, Doyle and the effete champion of aestheticism, Wilde got along surprisingly well.  As Doyle recalled in his autobiography, “Memories and Adventures,” Wilde put Doyle immediately at ease with his enthusiastic praise of Doyle’s little read and now largely forgotten historical adventure novel “Micah Clarke.” —

“It was indeed a golden evening for me.  [Wilde’s] conversation left an indelible impression upon my mind. He towered above us all, and yet had the art of seeming to be interested in all that we could say.  He took as well as gave, but what he gave was unique.  He had a curious precision of statement, a delicate flavor of humor, and a trick of small gestures to illustrate his meaning, which were peculiar to himself.”

By night’s end, both men agreed to each write a novel to be serialized in the magazine.  And although Wilde’s contribution “The Picture of Dorian Grey” bore little if any trace of the conversations that might have taken place across the table that night; Doyle’s detective novel has Wilde’s fingerprints all over it.  To fulfill his obligation to the periodical, Doyle would pen “The Sign of Four,” in which Holmes made his second more nuanced and decidedly more bohemian appearance as reflected in his attire, attitude and notably the use of recreational drugs.  In addition, one other character, Thaddeus Sholto, appears as a loving if unflinching parody of Wilde and the aesthetic movement as a whole.

Following it’s 1890 run in the Lippincott, “The Sign of Four” was published in novel form to a bit greater critical acclaim than the first Sherlock novel but only moderately better financial success.  Thus, Doyle was not able to “quit his day job” until a year later with the unabashedly successful publishing of his first short stories based upon the detective.

I hope you’ll join us at the PAC for a “golden evening” (or afternoon) this month to witness “The Novel Stage Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four.”

PS – As some of you may know, “The Sign of Four” is the second of four Sherlock stage adaptations I’ve written.   Well, I’m thrilled to announce that the adaptation I wrote and directed last season — “The Novel Stage Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet” — is now available for purchase through Barnes & Noble.   And as my way of giving back, 50% of all sales and royalties of this adaptation will benefit the PAC.  Pick up a signed copy at our “Sherlock Sneak Peek Bookfair” at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, January 18.  While there, see a few vignettes from “The Sign of Four” performed.  Additionally, the PAC will receive a percentage of ANY purchases made at the store or cafe if we are mentioned at the register.  If you can’t make it that day, you can still support the PAC by using the code 12577284 when you shop barnesandnoble.com from January 18 to January 25.


This month we have a special “Flashback” edition of the PAC Kid Spotlight as we revisit John Hardin High School student Jared Baird.  Jared was recognized as a PAC Kid back in January of 2016 when he was an eighth grader and now that he’s a senior and back working with us as a PAC Aide we thought’d be interesting to find out how being involved in the arts has made a difference in his life.   Learn more about Jared and our other PAC Kids.

NOW SHOWING – JANUARY 2020

January 11                              Youth Theatre of Hardin County Winter Drama Workshop (First of three). In preparation for the summer musical production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY.  11 AM- 2 PM. POC Betty Marsee 270-765-5421.

 

January 15                              The PAC Presents: ProAm Classical THE NOVEL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES – THE SIGN OF FOUR. Free Military Preview.  Know Before You Go: Rated PG due to murderous content. Best for grades 6 and above.  Wed, 7 PM. Final Dress Rehearsal. All military currently serving and retired and their families are welcome.

 

January 16                              “Thirdsday” at Mark’s Feed Store. Mark your calendars, bring the voucher (or just show on your mobile device) and plan on having lunch or dinner or both at Mark’s to help support the PAC!

January 18                              SNEAK PEEK of THE NOVEL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES – THE SIGN OF FOUR at Elizabethtown BARNES & NOBLE.  Excerpts from the play will be performed from 10:30AM to 4:00PM.
Last year’s adaptation (by Bart Lovins) — “The Novel Stage Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet” — is now available for purchase through Barnes & Noble with 50% of all proceeds benefiting the PAC.  Pick up a signed copy at our “Sherlock Sneak Peek Bookfair” at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, January 18.  Additionally, the PAC will receive a percentage of any purchases made at the store or cafe if we are mentioned at the register.  If you can’t make it that day, you can still support the PAC by using the code 12577284 when you shop barnesandnoble.com from January 18 to January 25.

January 16-19, 23-29              The PAC Presents: ProAm Classical THE NOVEL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES – THE SIGN OF FOUR. (120 mins). “An injured lady, a half a million in treasure, a cannibal and a wooden-legged ruffian – It is a romance!” The year is 1888. The strange disappearance of her father, a mysterious note, and the annual delivery of valuable pearls, brings a young woman in search of the world’s only consulting detective in this PAC ProAM Classical adaptation of the second Holmes novel, “The Sign of Four.”  Know Before You Go: Rated PG due to murderous content. Best for grades 6 and above. Thurs, Fri, Sat at 7 PM. Sun at 3 PM.  Tickets: $12-$20. Produced in Partnership with Barnes & Noble Booksellers, The Cubero Group, Jerry Cormier in Loving Memory of Shirley Cormier & Chris and Peggy Ryan for Ray and Ethel. 

 

January 21                              THE PAC PRESENTS: ProAm Classical THE NOVEL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES – THE SIGN OF FOUR.  School Day performance for classes/teachers 9:30 AM. $3 per HCS student, $5 all others. (Online Reservation Required).

COMING SOON – FEBRUARY 2020

February 1                  North Middle School Honors Band Concert.  5 PM POC Brittany Froedge.

 

February 3                  Hardin County Schools Spelling Bee. 3:30-5:30 PM. POC Monica Oliver.

 

February 8                  Youth Theatre of Hardin County Winter Workshop (Second of three) in prep for summer production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY. 11 AM- 2 PM. POC Betty Marsee 270-765-5421.

 

February 7                  Speaker Series: Black History Month.  POC Neal Gibbs  9 AM – 2 PM. (Details still to be finalized.)

 

February 9                  North Hardin High School Choir Concert.  3 PM. POC Beth Root 270-300-5614.

 

February 14,15          North Hardin High School Drama Club presents ROMEO, YOU IDIOT.  Friday, 7 PM. Sunday Matinee at 3 PM. POC Donna Thomas 270-351-3167.

 

February 20                North Hardin High School Musical MULAN. School day performances, Thurs, 9:30 AM & Noon. POC Beth Root

 

February 20                Hardin County Board of Education Meeting. 6 PM. Student recognitions.

 

February 20                “ThirdsDay” at Mark’s Feed Store. Mark your calendars, bring the voucher (or just show on your mobile device) and plan on having lunch or dinner or both at Mark’s to help support the PAC!

 

February 21                North Hardin High School Musical MULAN. School day performance, 9:30 AM.  POC Beth Root

 

February 23                North Hardin High School Musical MULAN. Public performance 3 PM.  POC Beth Root

 

 

February 28, 29          John Hardin High School Winter Musical HAIRSPRAY.  Friday & Saturday, 7 PM. POC Phyllis Westfall 270-769-8906.

IN REVIEW – DECEMBER 2019

On December 1, Buffalo Productions presentedIn Concert Glen Rice & Friends, The Joy of Christmas” before an audience of 240.

On December 2, 50 West Hardin Middle School students under the direction of Anna Benningfield presented a choir concert before an audience of 175.

On December 3, 100 GC Burkhead Elementary School students under the direction of Aaron Dale presented a Holiday Concert before an audience of 365.

On December 5, 178 West Hardin Middle School students under the direction of Laura Floyd presented a band concert before an audience of 670.

On December 7, 60 participants with the Heart of KY Men’s Chorus presented a Christmas concert before an audience of 500.

On December 9, 140 Central Hardin High School students under the direction of Trevor Ervin presented a band concert before an audience of 385.

On December 10, 202 East Hardin Middle School students under the direction of Matt Baucum presented a band concert before a combined audience of 950.

On December 12, 70 St. James School students under the direction of Jordan Smith, presented a 3rd & 4th Grade Christmas Musical before an audience of 400.

On December 15, 26 HCS and 100 Non-HCS dancers with Center Stage Dance Studio under the direction of Yvonne Groves presented a Christmas Gala before an audience of 680.

On December 20, 21, 22, The PAC presented 5 performances of THE NUTCRACKER before audiences totaling 2187. The production included 80 HCS and 14 Non-HCS dancers as well as 86 adults. It was 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 were The Dance Centre’s Nutcracker Boutique, Rachel’s Face Painting, The Sweet Shoppe, Sugar Fashion Cakes & Family Fun Ice Cream.

TOTAL SERVED In December: 1,062 HCS Students, 312 Non-HCS Students, 372 Adults, and 6,464 Public Audience Members.

 

BART’S BLOG – DECEMBER 2019

‘Twas one month before Nutcracker, when all through the PAC
Everybody was stirring and mostly on track;
The dancers were stretching their bodies with care,
Their pointe shoes and dance bags strewn everywhere.

Their parents and siblings were as deers before headlights,
For soon they too would be blinded by footlights;
For some this will be their first stage appearance,
Still others are annual “Party Parents.”

When offstage left there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from stage right to see what was the matter.
A gaggle of grown ups, not a one of them dancers;
Were gathered around boxes considering answers.

One box was quite tall and another quite skinny
To hide dancers inside of – but who knows how many;
For these boxes are magical and new this year
From out of them Clara’s “Dolls” will appear.

When, what to our wondering minds should come near,
But Hardin County’s own dance pioneer,
A little old lady, held in such high regard,
We all stepped aside for Miss Sherry Barnard.

More rapid than eagles her synapses fluttered
And before we could speak, she turned and she uttered;
“Come, Parents! Come dancers! Come folks playing Maids!
You’re all involved so come render some aid.”
“Come Dolls: Harlequin, French and Spanish!
Let’s practice how you’ll appear and then vanish.
“Come Ballerina! Come Soldier Boy and you, Soldier Girl!
Come all of the ‘Dolls,’ give these boxes a whirl.”

And then, in a twinkling, I heard all about
“Oohing” and “ahing” both long and drawn out.
“Okay now let’s focus,” her voice, itty bitty;
Sherry’s fighting bronchitis and feels pretty… well, bad.

“Please listen to Cris tell us all what is what,
And where and to whom to do what and what not.”
Cris Cooper is our Clara’s new Uncle Drosselmeyer
Since Sherry’s husband, Jim decided to retire.

Cris not only dances, he’s also a magician
So adding magic to “Nut” has become his new mission.
For two long hours, they plotted and planned
And by the end of the night things were well in hand.

With four more weeks of rehearsals to go
I’ve little doubt this will be quite a show.
And on December twenty-two when the curtain comes down
Once more on this fifty year tradition of Etown
I’ll hear folks exclaim, ere they walk out the door,
“Wow! That was great! We’ll be back to see more!”

Learn more about Hardin County’s annual production of The Nutcracker and buy tickets NOW while they last!


This month the PAC Kid Spotlight shines on Elizabethtown High School student Grace Key.  Catch Grace in The Nutcracker at the PAC right before Christmas.   Learn more about Grace and our other PAC Kids.


Congratulations to Survey winners Joe and Ann Allen of Brandenburg.  They are the lucky winners of a $20 PAC gift certificates for completing their Dickens’ Christmas Carol audience survey.  Follow the PAC on Social Media and you too could be a winner!

NOW SHOWING – DECEMBER 2019

December 1                Buffalo Productions presents In Concert Glen Rice & Friends, The Joy of Christmas. Curtain 2:30 PM. Outside doors open at 1:30 PM, theatre opens at 2:00 PM. Tickets in advance are $20 and are available by calling the PAC at 270-769-8837 X 5 or Glen Rice 270-325-3256 or 325-528-4014. Tickets will also be available at the door for $25.

December 2                West Hardin Middle School Choir Concert. POC Anna Benningfield

December 3                GC Burkhead Elementary School Holiday Musical. POC Aaron Dale.

December 5                West Hardin Middle School Band Concert. Curtain, 7 PM. POC Laura Floyd 270- 862-3924.

December 7                Heart of KY Men’s Chorus Christmas Concert.  7 PM. Tickets available at www.thepac.net. POC Jim Lever 270-234-1046.

December 9                Central Hardin High School Band Concert. 7 PM.  POC Trevor Ervin  270-737-6800.

December 10              East Hardin Middle School Band Concert.   7 PM. POC Matt Baucum.

December 12              St. James School presents a 3rd & 4th Grade Christmas Musical.    7 PM. POC Jordan Smith 270-765-7011

December 15              Center Stage Dance Studio Christmas Gala. 3 PM. POC Yvonne Groves 270-769-5505.

December 19              “ThirdsDay” at Mark’s Feed Store. Mark your calendars, bring the voucher (or just show on your mobile device) and plan on having lunch or dinner or both at Mark’s to help support the PAC!

December 20,21,22    The PAC Presents: The NUTCRACKER . (120 mins) A cherished holiday tradition that speaks to the child in us all. The MAGIC of the season comes alive as never before when The Dance Centre of Elizabethtown brings The Nutcracker to life with new special effects and nearly 200 amateurs and professionals.  Public Performance, Friday, 7 PM. Saturday, Dec 21, 2 & 7 PM. Sunday, Dec 22, 3 PM. Tickets $9 -$29. POC 270-769-8837.

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.

Friday Dec 20              The Nutcracker School Show for Teachers/Classes and Homeschools, Noon. $3 HCS students, $5 all other students. Online reservations required.

 

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

 

COMING SOON – JANUARY 2020

January 11                              Youth Theatre of Hardin County Winter Drama Workshop (First of three). In preparation for the summer musical production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY.  11 AM- 2 PM. POC Betty Marsee 270-765-5421.

 

January 15                              The PAC Presents: ProAm Classical THE NOVEL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES – THE SIGN OF FOUR. Free Military Preview.  Know Before You Go: Rated PG due to murderous content. Best for grades 6 and above.  Wed, 7 PM. Final Dress Rehearsal. All military currently serving and retired and their families are welcome.

 

January 16                              “Thirdsday” at Mark’s Feed Store. Mark your calendars, bring the voucher (or just show on your mobile device) and plan on having lunch or dinner or both at Mark’s to help support the PAC!

 

January 16-19, 23-29              The PAC Presents: ProAm Classical THE NOVEL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES – THE SIGN OF FOUR. (120 mins). “An injured lady, a half a million in treasure, a cannibal and a wooden-legged ruffian – It is a romance!” The year is 1888. The strange disappearance of her father, a mysterious note, and the annual delivery of valuable pearls, brings a young woman in search of the world’s only consulting detective in this PAC ProAM Classical adaptation of the second Holmes novel, “The Sign of Four.”  Know Before You Go: Rated PG due to murderous content. Best for grades 6 and above. Thurs, Fri, Sat at 7 PM. Sun at 3 PM.  Tickets: $12-$20. Produced in Partnership with Barnes & Noble Booksellers, The Cubero Group, Jerry Cormier in Loving Memory of Shirley Cormier & Chris and Peggy Ryan for Ray and Ethel. 

 

January 21                              THE PAC PRESENTS: ProAm Classical THE NOVEL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES – THE SIGN OF FOUR.  School Day performance for classes/teachers 9:30 AM. $3 per HCS student, $5 all others. (Online Reservation Required).

IN REVIEW – NOVEMBER 2019

On November 1-3, 136 North Hardin High School Choral Department students under the direction of Beth Root presented 4 performances of SEUSSICAL before audiences totaling 1,328 HCS students and public audiences totaling 1,120.

On November 2, the PAC PRESENTED DICKENS’ CHRISTMAS CAROL Radio Drama before an audience of 370. The cast consisted of 2 HCS students, 1 NON HCS student and 23 adults.

On November 8 & 9, 20 John Hardin High School students under the direction of Phyllis Westfall presented TRAP before public audiences totaling nearly 100.

On November 11, 82 Central Hardin High School Choir students under the direction of Brandon Centers presented a concert before a public audience of 245.

On November 12, Bluegrass Middle School Band under the direction of Joshua Mitchell was to present a concert but it was cancelled due to inclement weather.

On November 19, 35 HCS and 1 NON HCS students participated in a Dance Intensive Workshop under the direction of Associate Professor of Dance and the Director of Dance at University of Kentucky, Susie Thiel.

On November 21, 18  Lincoln Trail Elementary Drama Club students under the direction of Rebecca Parrish presented BREMEN TOWN JAM before a 493 HCS student audience and a public audience of 120 .

On November 24-26, Allegro Dance Theatre performed their 28th annual presentation of the classical ballet “CINDERELLA under the direction of Carol Zagar. 43 HCS and 48 NON HCS students were in the cast and 1165 HCS and 613 NON HCS students as well as 500 members of the public attended 6 performances.

 

TOTAL SERVED: 3835 HCS Students, 833 Non-HCS Students, 79 Adults, 2277 Public Audience Members.

BART’S BLOG – NOVEMBER 2019

Charles Dickens considered A Christmas Carol to be a “Ghost Story of Christmas,” which seems all the more appropriate with the PAC’s radio drama production of Dickens’ Christmas Carol following close on the heels of Halloween. It also brings to mind an early Christmas morning when I was young and had my own visit from a Christmas spirit.

I was at an age when I still wanted to believe in Santa Claus but doubt had set in. How was it all possible? Even with eight tiny reindeer. My suspension of disbelief was stretched as thing as the tinsel that my mother insisted we hung poorly on the Christmas tree in the living room.

Winter had hit Hardin County hard that year and walking through our yard in Rineyville was like wading through a seven-layer salad as each step crunched down through layer after layer of snow upon ice upon snow. That Christmas Eve brought yet another deluge of ice. The front yard and bowed trees glistened outside the tall living room windows of our farmhouse as the sun began to rise on Christmas Day.

My parents were still fast asleep, but my younger brother and I had already tiptoed downstairs to see what was in our stockings before they awoke. Although this brazen act was permitted by my parents–so that the could get a few more minutes of rest, I’m sure – my brother and I were forbidden to look under the tree, which stood tantalizingly only a few feet from where our stockings hung. It was still very dark, but the rising sun bouncing off the snow and ice outside illuminated the room just enough to silhouette the tree and the treasures surrounding it. What could a single side-glancing peek hurt, right?

And that’s when I saw her…him…it! Right next to the tree, I spied the silhouette of an angel! I quickly looked away, grabbed my brother by the arm and ran with him to my parents’ bedroom. Any thought of biding our time with stockings stuffed with healthy hippy ’70s treats like molasses candy and carob-covered raisins had vanished from my head.

“Mom! Dad! Wake up! The Christmas Angel is in the living room!”

Now mind you, I had never heard tell of such a being ever before. This creature had sprung fully formed in my subconscious with a backstory forming right behind.

“This was the answer,” I thought to myself in a flurry. “A fat man in a sleigh? No way! But an angel? The Christmas Angel! It all made sense!”

I dragged my groggy parents back to the living room. Sure enough, there it remained backlit in the window. I could see clearly now the silhouette of a bowed head as if turned away from us in prayer with a small wing on each side and a dress flowing down to the ground. Dad flicked on the light switch.

“Bozo!” my brother cried out as he ran to smack the inflated punching bag that stood in the very spot once held by my mythological vision – the one and only ever appearance of the Christmas Angel.

How about you? Do you have your own “Ghost Story of Christmas” that you’d like to share? If so, tell me about it at lovins@thepac.net, and just maybe we’ll get the chance to bring it to life at the PAC! In the meantime, I hope you’ll come be part of the PAC’s radio drama production of Dickens’ Christmas Carol on Saturday, November 2nd at 2:00PM.

 

 


This month the PAC Kid Spotlight shines on North Hardin High School student Maggie Kowalski.  Catch Maggie in Allegro Dance Theatre’s Cinderella the ballet at the PAC right before Thanksgiving.   Learn more about Maggie and our other PAC Kids.


 

NOW SHOWING – NOVEMBER 2019

November 1          North Hardin High School Choral Department presents SEUSSICAL. School Day Performances:  Friday, November 1, 9:30 & 11:45 AM. All reservations are made through Beth Root 270-351-3167.

November 2                The PAC Presents: DICKENS’ CHRISTMAS CAROL – A HARDIN COUNTY RADIO DRAMA. (90 mins) 

Recorded LIVE before a studio audience! Come be part of the story as WQXE, HCECTV and the PAC present a very special interactive experience narrated by radio & TV personality Terry Meiners and featuring local media personalities, government officials and PAC Director Bart Lovins.. Know Before You Go: Rated G. Best for grades 6 and above. To be recorded for later broadcast on WQXE & HCECTV. Saturday 2 PM.  Tickets: $10. Presented in partnership with Citizens Union Bank, Kentucky’s Heartland, Mark’s Feed Store, WQXE and HCEC-TV and the Liske Family.

November 2, 3             North Hardin High School Choral Department presents SEUSSICAL. Public performances, Saturday November 2, 7 PM and Sunday November 3 at 3 PM. $5 tickets to public performances are available through Beth Root 270-351-3167. Tickets will also be available at the door.

November 8, 9            John Hardin High School presents TRAP. Friday and Saturday public performances. 7 PM. POC Phyllis Westfall, 270-769-8906.

November 11              Central Hardin High School Choir Concert. 7 PM POC Brandon Centers.

November 12              Bluegrass Middle School Band Concert. 7 PM.  POC Joshua Mitchell  270-369-7370.

November 21              Lincoln Trail Elementary Drama Club Fall presents BREMEN TOWN JAM.  For tickets and information, POC Rebecca Parrish 270-737-7227.

November 21              “ThirdsDay” at Mark’s Feed Store. Mark your calendars, bring the voucher (or just show on your mobile device) and plan on having lunch or dinner or both at Mark’s to help support the PAC!

November 24-26

Photo by Aurora Selbe

28th annual presentation of the classical ballet “CINDERELLA by the Allegro Dance Theatre of Radcliff. Performances at 3PM on Sunday and 9:30AM and 11:30AM on Monday and Tuesday. School time performance reservations can be made by calling Allegro Dance Theatre, 270-352-1333.

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