BART’S BLOG with Guest Writer – AUGUST 2019

Hello, friends!  Aaron Taylor here.  By day, I’m the Technical Director here at The PAC.  For the next few weeks, I also have a new, exciting, more-than-part-time job: Director of our PAC Pro-Am Production of Young Frankenstein.  For me, taking on the task of bringing this comedy juggernaut to the stage is serious business.

My oldest brother, Tony was born in 1960.  That makes him 14 years older than me.  Growing up, I fuzzily remember Tony living with us, before he married and moved out.  I do remember that Tony was the funny one in the family.  My most vivid memories come later in life, when my other brother, Eric and I would anticipate Tony’s visits, so we could learn new bits, hear him talk about new comedies he’d seen, and take every chance to study at the feet of the Master.

Among other comedy classics, one of Tony’s favorites and most often quoted was Young Frankenstein.  The Mel Brooks directed film came out in 1974, the year of my birth.  According to Mel, Gene Wilder, who at the time was working with him on Blazing Saddles, convinced him to join the project with a simple pitch:  What if the grandson of Dr. Frankenstein wanted nothing to do with the family whatsoever. He was ashamed of those wackos.

That’s all it took.

Long before Eric and I saw Young Frankenstein, we knew the lines.  Tony loved the movie and found ways to always slip quotes and memorable lines into everyday conversation.  As we grew older and starting watching the film as regularly as Tony, my brother and I did the same.

Tony died unexpectedly in 2006.  But he talks to me all the time, through Caddyshack, Firesign Theatre, Meatballs, This is Spinal Tap, The Big Lebowski, and especially Young Frankenstein.   And now I pore over the script for the musical version of Young Frankenstein, and find myself wondering, “What would Tony think is funny?”

So as I enter these early, wobbling rehearsals and barrel towards our opening night, I keep the voice of Tony close.  I’m doing my best to uphold the comedic legacy of a film that so many people hold in the highest es

 

teem, bring you some fresh new takes to keep things hilarious, and to create something that would make my brother laugh.

I also have an older sister who would punch me in the arm if I failed to mention her.


 

This month the PAC Kid Spotlight shines on Central Hardin High School student Kelsey Mays.  Kelsey has just been cast in her first PAC ProAm production and she is thrilled to be part Young Frankenstein’s ensemble.   Learn more about Kelsey and our other PAC Kids.

NOW SHOWING – AUGUST 2019

August 1 – Sept 17
  PAC “In Production” for the fall ProAm Musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.

 

August 5 
  John Hardin High School “Freshmen Family Welcome” during Open House. 6 PM. POC Peggy Snow 270-769-8905.

 

August 6
HCS Child Nutrition PD. 7:30 AM -4 PM. POC Josey Crew. 270.769.7925.

 

August 9
  Bluegrass Middle School “Student Welcome” Orientation by Principal Mr. Elmore. 8:30 AM. POC Teresa Bennett 270-765-2658.

 

August 10
PAC Volunteer Orientation/Celebration. 11 AM at the PAC. All former and new Volunteers are encouraged to attend. POC Diane Hafer 270.769.8837 X5.

 

August 15
“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!

 

August 28
The PAC’s 2019-20 Season of Events tickets will be ON SALE! Go to https://thepac.secure.force.com/ticket  to find out all about them!

COMING SOON – SEPTEMBER 2019

September 18 
  Free Military Preview Night, Final Dress Rehearsal of  The PAC PRO/AM Musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.  (120 min.) All currently serving or retired members of the military and their families are welcome to attend a preview of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.  7 PM.   No tickets required. Seating is general admission. Outside doors open at 6 PM and the theatre opens at 6:30 PM 

 

September 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! 

 

Sept 19-22, 26-29
THE PAC PRESENTS: The PAC PRO/AM Musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. (120 min.) It’s alive! And it’ll leave you in stitches! See YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (FRONKensteen) come to life on the PAC stage in this electrifying PAC ProAm Musical adaptation of Mel Brooks’ monstrously funny film. Guest directed by Abby…something.  Know Before You Go: Rated PG-13 due to sexual innuendo.  Best for grades 8 and above. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7 PM. Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets: $9 -$29. Presented in partnership with Fort Knox Federal Credit Union. 

 

 September 24
THE PAC PRESENTS: The PAC PRO/AM Musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN .(120 min). School Day Performance. 9:30AM. Performance will last 2 hours. Know Before You Go: Rated PG-13 due to sexual innuendo.  Best for grades 8 and above. School Show for classes/teachers and homeschools. Reservations required. 

IN REVIEW – JULY 2019

On July 12-14, 18-20, 41 area youth, 32 HCS and 9 Non-HCS students with Youth Theatre of Hardin County presented 6 performances of their summer production of HELLO DOLLY before audiences totaling nearly 1,300..

On July 15, 16, 51 auditionees attended the PAC ProAm AUDITIONS for YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and SHERLOCK HOLMES – THE SIGN OF FOUR.  33 adults, 13 HCS students and 6 Non-HCS students auditioned and 32 were cast. Check out the PAC website’s  Monthly Marquee to see who was cast.

On July 26, Glen Rice/Buffalo Productions presented Glen Rice, Family & Friends before an audience of 350.

 

BART’S BLOG – JULY 2019

The Auditions Are Coming! 

Imagine that you arrive to a job interview only to discover a room full of other applicants just as qualified if not more so for the job as you.  Now imagine that in addition to your talents, a number of things over which you have no control like your height and age are also going to be considered.  That’s what it’s like to audition.  And I know it sounds crazy but I can hardly wait.

This July, the PAC is holding auditions for YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and for the next Sherlock Holmes play, THE SIGN OF FOUR.  And even though I am looking forward to directing THE SIGN OF FOUR, I am also eagerly anticipating the chance to audition in front of Aaron Taylor who is directing for YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.  This will be the first time I’ve auditioned in over five years.  The audition materials are available at www.ThePAC.net/audition and I have been working on them at home in my spare time in addition to watching clips from the Mel Brooks movie to make sure I’ve got the timing and movements down.  Even so, I’m nervous as hell.  So why do it?

To create a character, to sing a high note, to nail a dance step, to hear the laughter and applause from an audience is for me like scoring a touchdown.  And there’s nothing else in the world that compares to that kind of thrill.

So, if you have a burning desire to perform or heck, if you’re just a huge fan of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN or SHERLOCK HOLMES; go to www.ThePAC.net/audition right now for all your audition materials and start getting ready to join me on stage for auditions on July 15th or 16th at the PAC.


This month the PAC Kid Spotlight shines on Central Hardin High School student Mia Moss.  Mia has been slaving over the set for Youth Theatre’s summer production of Hello, Dolly!  Come see her handiwork but whatever you do, don’t ask her to help you with your lattice!  Learn more about Mia and our other PAC Kids.

NOW SHOWING – JULY 2019

 July 12-14, 18-20
Youth Theatre of Hardin County summer production of HELLO DOLLY Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays July 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 7 PM. Sunday Matinee, July 14 at 3 PM. Tickets: Adults – $15, Seniors & Students – $10, Children 10 & under, $5. Go to https://www.brownpapertickets.com/browse.html   to order tickets.

 

July 15,16 
PAC ProAm AUDITIONS for YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and SHERLOCK HOLMES – THE SIGN OF FOUR.  Audition materials will be available at www.thepac.net/audition prior to the auditions.

 

July 18
“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!

 

July 26
Glen Rice/Buffalo Productions presents Glen Rice, Family & Friends. Curtain, 7 PM. Tickets $20 & $25. POC Glen Rice 270-325-3256. Tickets can also be reserved at the PAC, 270-769-8837.

 

COMING SOON – AUGUST 2019

August 6
HCS Child Nutrition PD. 7:30 AM -4 PM. POC Josey Crew. 270.769.7925.

 

August 10
PAC Volunteer Orientation/Celebration. 11 AM at the PAC. All former and new Volunteers are encouraged to attend. POC Diane Hafer 270.769.8837 X5.

 

August 15
“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!

 

August 28
The PAC’s 2019-20 Season of Events tickets will be ON SALE! Go to https://thepac.secure.force.com/ticket  to find out all about them!

IN REVIEW – JUNE 2019

On June 2, 200 dancers with Center Stage Dance Studio under the direction of Yvonne Groves presented 3 spring recitals before audiences totaling more than 1,500.

On June 6,   50 members of Heartland Winds under the direction of David Coffing presented a FREE concert before an audience of 100.

On June 13,  60 area youth participated in Allegro Dance Theatre’s Musical Theatre Camp under the direction of Carol Zagar and performed before an audience of more than 200.

On June 15, 11 area youth participated in Dance Center of Elizabethtown’s Summer Bootcamp under the direction of Sherry Barnard and performed before an audience of 26.

 

BART’S BLOG – JUNE 2019

Backstage at Galveston Island Outdoor Musicals during Hello Dolly with fellow chorus member, Lana Olsen back in 1986.

Hello, “Dolly” !

As recitals retreat, rehearsals rev up for Youth Theatre and their summer production of Hello, Dolly!  “Dolly” holds a special place in my heart because it was one of the first professional productions in which I was ever cast.

Way back in the summer of 1986, I was hired as a chorus member down in Galveston Island, Texas for the outdoor drama The Lone Star (the official play of Texas) and their second show Hello, Dolly!.  We performed under the stars every night for three months on a stage twice the size of Stephen Foster’s.  And there in the middle of it all was our star – Marilyn Maye.  Who? you may ask.  Marilyn Maye is a world renowned jazz singer.  She sang on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson on 76 occasions – more than any other singer – and Ella Fitzgerald referred to her as “the greatest white female singer in the world” and on top of all that she could hold her own in a kick line and deliver a punch line to the back row of that ginormous amphitheater week after week in over 90 degree weather.  And yes, she is still performing.  Just last month, she performed her one-woman cabaret show for two weeks at Feinstein’s in Manhattan at the age of 91!

Last week, I lucked into tickets to see Broadway legend Betty Buckley as “Dolly” at the Kentucky Center.  She may not have been MY “Dolly” but she was a delight and the whole production was so well executed that I found myself smiling and crying simultaneously on several occasions at both the sheer brilliance of her performance (and everyone else’s!) and also the flood of memories the show brought back of all those long hot Texas nights over thirty years ago.

Now, in just a little over a month, I’ll be seeing Youth Theatre’s take on this classic.  And when I do, I won’t be alone.  In my mind, Marilyn Mae will be seated on my left and Betty Buckley on my right, and we’ll all three be thinking, “Hello, Dolly!  Show us what you’ve got!”

Click to purchase tickets to Youth Theatre’s performances of Hello Dolly

Click to learn more about Marilyn Mae

Click to learn more about Betty Buckley and the current Broadway tour


Benjamin Shockley as “Mr. Banks” in Allegro Dance Theatre’s production of Mary Poppins Jr. from earlier this spring

This month the PAC Kid Spotlight shines on Central Hardin High School student Benjamin Shockley.  Ben is busy rehearsing for his performance next month as “Horace Vandergelder” in Youth Theatre’s production of Hello Dolly!  Learn more about Ben and our other PAC Kids.

 

NOW SHOWING – JUNE 2019

June 2 
Center Stage Dance Studio’s Spring Recitals.  Recital, Sunday at 3 PM.  POC Yvonne Groves 270-769-5505. All seats are reserved and tickets will be available at www.TuTuTix.com.
June 6 
Heartland Winds Concert. Curtain at 8 PM. Free to the Public. POC David Coffing.
June 13 
Allegro Dance Theatre’s Musical Theatre Camp Production. 7:30 PM. POC Carol Zagar 270-352-1333.
June 15 
Dance Center of Elizabethtown Bootcamp Performance.  Noon.  POC Sherry Barnard 270-765-5464.
June 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!

 

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