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BART’S BLOG – JANUARY 2021

The past year was unlike anything we could have ever anticipated; and though it sometimes feels like we accomplished very little, I have to remind myself that with the help of additional HCS staff, the PAC team used our “down” time in 2020 to prepare for a brighter tomorrow by restoring and improving the facility in many ways:

  • The stage floor was repaired and refinished;
  • The proscenium arch around the stage got some cosmetic surgery;
  • The backstage walls were painted black for the first time; and
  • Thanks to a generous donation from Abound Credit Union, new video monitors (well, new to us anyway) were installed throughout the building.

The PAC staff also reviewed processes and procedures, and through numerous video conferences, prepared for the day when performers and audiences could once again share the facility.

With HCEC-TV’s substantial help, the PAC spent countless hours and resources improving our video capture capabilities and have begun offering Live Streaming and On-Demand viewing options for our patrons – particularly those who, due to pandemic restrictions, disability, or distance, would not otherwise be able to enjoy the PAC in-person.  By the way, you can help us in this particular endeavor by financially supporting this initiative through GIVE270.org.

Also, in light of what I witnessed in 2020 through the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter and Me Too movements, the time has come, I think, to rethink our mission.  The PAC needs to reflect better who we serve and expand our reach to a larger and more diverse audience through new technology, how we conduct business daily, and what we put on stage.

We look forward to seeing you back at the PAC as soon as safely possible and serving you with a renewed confidence and a fresh sense of purpose.  Happy New Year!

PS – I almost forgot!  It’s January, and at the PAC, that means Sherlock!  Celebrate all things Sherlock by catching up now on our past Sherlock productions available On-Demand from ThePAC.net, and then join us for The Hound of the Baskervilles January 28-31.


Congratulations to Tina Cooper, Stephanie Maurmeier and Rhonda Sublet – lucky winners of $20 PAC gift certificates for completing their Audience Surveys for It’s A Wonderful Life and The Nutcracker.

NOW SHOWING – JANUARY 2021

January 9                      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. Preregistration is recommended.

January 28-31              The PAC Presents: ProAm Classical THE NOVEL STAGE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. (120 Mins) A legend returns! As Watson investigates the curse of a supernatural beast out on the moors, Holmes confronts demons of his own back in London. Rating:  PG for era accurate language, drinking, drug use and smoking Best for Grades 6 and above. Producing Partners:   Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Cubero Group, Jerry Cormier in Loving Memory of Shirley Cormier, Chris and Peggy Ryan for Ray and Ethel, Bart Lovins, The Liske Family, Jimmie Dee Kelley in Tribute to Nelson Kelley.
YOUR VIEWING OPTIONS:

  • Watch LIVE: Our On-Stage (hopefully with an In-Person audience) and Live Streaming performances will be from January 28-31.
  • Watch LATER: An edited and enhanced performance will then be available On-Demand, February 22-28.
  • Watch FOR FREE: HCECTV (our local cable access channel) will be running the performances throughout February.
  • Watch FOREVER: HCECTV will be selling DVDs of the performances as well.  An order form will be included in the digital program available through ThePAC.net and directly through HCECTV.

TICKETS:
for On-Stage, Live Streaming and On-Demand performances will go on sale on January 25 at www.ThePAC.net.
Ticket prices for On-Stage, Live Streaming, and On-Demand will be $10 plus fees. After submitting a ticket request, you’ll be emailed a receipt with a link to view the performance from your computer, phone, or any other electronic device.  Cable access is not required.

Our  previous mountings of A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four are available On-Demand January 20-27 for anyone wanting to “brush up” before jumping into The Hound of the Baskervilles.  Tickets for these On-Demand events will go on sale on January 4 and will run $5 plus fees and be available at  www.ThePAC.net.

DON’T FORGET…
All of these scripts, adapted by our own Bart Lovins, are available for purchase at his personal website: www.bartlovins.com/writing/.  The PAC receives 50% of all revenue generated from script sales and production royalties.

 

COMING SOON – FEBRUARY 2021

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Events may change with short notice due to COVID restrictions.

February 1 Hardin County Schools Spelling Bee. 3:30-5:30 PM. POC Monica Oliver.

February 13 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 TBD North Hardin High School Choir Concert.  Date and Time to be determined. POC Cassie Lucas 270-351-3167.

February TBD North Hardin High School Drama Club Production. Date and Time to be determined. POC Donna Thomas 270-351-3167.

February 18 Hardin County Board of Education Meeting. 6 PM. Student recognitions.

February TBD John Hardin High School Choir Concert or Drama Production. Date and Time to be determined. POC Phyllis Westfall 270-769-8906.

IN REVIEW – DECEMBER 2020

Due to the affects of COVID restrictions, no events were scheduled at the PAC in December except the annual ProAm production of The Nutcracker. As the date drew near, increased COVID cases forced the PAC to go on with the show but WITHOUT In-Person audiences and offer the event as a LIVE STREAM production. This was a first for the PAC and though we had never LIVE STREAMED a PAC event before, it was an overall success.
111 LIVE links were purchased as well as 126 ON DEMAND links.
A LIVE CHAT was also available for viewers to share their comments during the streamed performances.
136 dancers and crew participated in the production.  Streaming reached 18 states across the country and approximately 948 patrons.

 

BART’S BLOG – DECEMBER 2020

Have yourself a merry little Christmas.  Let your heart be light
Next year all our troubles will be out of sight.

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” was introduced by Judy Garland in the 1944 MGM musical Meet Me in St. Louis, and her recording became popular among United States troops serving in World War II.

Today we find ourselves fighting a very different battle.  Just like that war, this struggle also separates us from our loved ones at a time of the year we usually spend together in celebration – catching the latest movie or attending church or other cultural events.  Unfortunately, many such performances have been canceled.  This year’s Nutcracker must be extraordinarily different than in past years to avoid sharing a similar fate.

Honoring COVID restrictions, there will be no live Nutcracker performances this year.  Instead, each dance segment will be filmed separately – some will even be recorded elsewhere in our community. We’ll then cobble together all this footage into a unique film that you can watch on-demand with your family in the safety and comfort of your own homes.

Someday soon, we all will be together if the fates allow
Until then, we’ll have to muddle through somehow.

Until that day comes, like Clara in The Nutcracker, we can all dream of visiting a fantastic place where beautiful music and dance is performed for many years to come.

So have yourself a merry little Christmas now.

The Nutcracker will be available On-Demand starting Christmas Eve at ThePAC.net.


This month the PAC Kid Spotlight recognizes Central Hardin High School’s Holly Haas.  Be sure to catch her in The Nutcracker On-Demand later this month at thePAC.net.
Learn more about Holly and all the students we’ve recognized over the years.

Watch the interview here:

NOW SHOWING – DECEMBER 2020

Due to rising COVID cases, the Governor increased restrictions on November 18. HCS placed stricter limits on space usage, and the following events at the PAC were impacted:

December 8   CANCELLED DUE TO COVID: North  Hardin High School Band Concert. 7 PM.  POC Brian Froedge.

 

December 18,19,20   THE SHOW MUST GO ON!  Formerly planned for December 18, 19 & 20, and due to increased COVID restrictions, our annual production of The Nutcracker with The Dance Centre of Elizabethtown is being reimagined for an
On-Demand experience ONLY! Stay tuned to the website and email for how to purchase On-Demand tickets.
   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.

COMING SOON – JANUARY 2021

January 9                                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.  PLEASE NOTE: This event may be held virtually if necessary to comply with COVID restrictions.

 

January 21-24, 28-31              The PAC Presents: ProAm Classical THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. (120 Mins) A legend returns! As Watson investigates the curse of a supernatural beast out on the moors, Holmes confronts demons of his own back in London. Rating:  PG for era accurate language, drinking, drug use and smoking Best for Grades 6 and above.   Public Performances:  1/21/21 – 1/31/2021 (PLEASE NOTE: Performance plans may be altered due to COVID restrictions); On-Demand: 2/5/21 – 2/11/21 Tickets on Sale: 12/15/20  Producing Partners:  Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Cubero Group, Jerry Cormier in Loving Memory of Shirley Cormier, Chris and Peggy Ryan for Ray and Ethel, Bart Lovins, The Liske Family, Jimmie Dee Kelley in Tribute to Nelson Kelley.

 

IN REVIEW – NOVEMBER 2020

Congratulations to TINA COOPER, winner of a $20 PAC gift certificate for completing a PAC Audience Survey and attending the IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Live Radio Drama Show.

On November 7, the PAC presented its ProAm production IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, A Socially Distanced LIVE Radio Show before an in-person audience of honored guests. 33 representatives of PAC partners who have been faithful donors were presented with a gift bag that included a bell, a bottle of water, mints, hand sanitizer and a mask as a thank you for their participation in the evening’s production and their continued support.    Presented in partnership with Abound Credit Union.

A 48-hour On-Demand version of It’s A Wonderful Life is available for $5 plus fees.  Click here to get a link.

 

On November 14, 15, Allegro Dance Theatre of Radcliff presented their production of FROZEN, JR. before in-person audiences totaling 381.

On November 21,22  Allegro Dance Theatre of Radcliff presented their 29th annual presentation of the classical ballet CINDERELLA. There were no in-person audiences due to increased COVID restrictions but the event was the PAC’s first LIVE STREAMED event of the season and viewed by patrons from more than 20 states.

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.

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