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BART’S BLOG – AUGUST 2020

Kicking The Can Down The Road

When is the PAC going to announce their next season?  We ask ourselves that very question daily, and because every day brings about a different answer, we’ve erred on the side of caution and not shared our plans publicly.  That might sound like we’re just kicking the can down the road, but that’s far from the case.

I can’t  tell you everything we’ve got planned just yet, but I can share some insights with you:

  • The ProAm Musical is on Hiatus: With the virus still prevalent and pandemic recommendations firmly ensconced, for the safety of our performers and our patrons, the annual September musical will not happen this season.
  • Auditions Are Postponed: With no musical on the horizon, there was no need to rush into auditions this summer.  Instead, auditions for this year’s Sherlock play will take place later this fall.
  • No Brochure: Everyone on our mailing list will be receiving an individual flyer about each planned season event.  Doing so will help us reduce marketing expenses and give us more flexibility to roll with any pandemic punches.
  • Staggered Ticket Sales: Speaking of flexibility, to serve you better during these unpredictable times, tickets for each season event will go on sale one month before each performance instead of all at once in August.
  • Experience The PAC In Our Theatre, Your Household And Your School: Since we can currently only serve an audience of 175 safely in our theatre, we are excited to launch our PAC To Go! Streaming Service this fall so that our audiences can enjoy PAC season events from the comfort of their couches and their classrooms.
  • In November we’ll present It’s A Wonderful Life. This live radio show will be performed on our stage as a fundraiser before an intimate audience and then shared with the entire community through various media outlets.
  • Plans are still firmly in place for The Nutcracker to grace our stage as we have each December. But should we be unable to do so due to social distancing, we have an “understudy event” waiting in the wings.
  • With any luck this spring, Sherlock will return in 2021 with The Hound Of The Baskervilles, followed by Kentucky Shakespeare and Missoula Children’s Theatre.

As you can tell, we’re not really kicking the can down the road so much as we’re kicking everything up a notch!


This month, I reconnected with former Youth Theatre performer and John Hardin graduate, who still uses her gifts in celebration of her religious beliefs, Alisha West Campbell, in a PAC Kid FlashbackLearn more about Alisha and all the students we’ve recognized over the years.

NOW SHOWING – AUGUST 2020

No events are confirmed for AUGUST at the PAC due to current COVID 19 restrictions but the PAC staff continues to move forward with planning and preparing for the return of school students on the 24th and …

Director Bart Lovins will be participating in POC listening sessions and in his spare time he has begun to adapt the 4th in the series of Sherlock Holmes’ plays planned for production in the 2021-22 Season.

Tech Director Aaron Taylor is excited to welcome back school students and is working out details for the production of It’s a Wonderful Life scheduled for November.

Office Manager Justin Hornback, Custodian Ron Hartley and Secretary Diane Hafer will also be preparing for the return of school students and, hopefully, PAC events.

And for those of you who may still be staying healthy at home, are looking for new things to watch or long to see some live entertainment, don’t forget to check out  PAC To Go. 

We’re still paying some much needed attention to some “behind the scenes” spaces in the PAC.

COMING SOON – SEPTEMBER 2020

There are currently no events scheduled at the PAC for September.

As Hardin County School students and staff return to face to face instruction in late August, the PAC is available as an additional classroom space to help with social distancing as well as for any other needs 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.

IN REVIEW – JULY 2020

July was definitely quiet at the PAC without the usual rehearsals and performances of Youth Theatre of Hardin County’s annual summer musical. On average, 50 area youth would have presented 6 performances before up to 1,500 public audience members.

Director Bart Lovins is staying on top of the ever changing guidelines for a reopening of the PAC, installation of lobby monitors as well as preparing for placement of COVID 19 compliance signage. In addition, he continues to use this time to reconnect with past PAC Kid Spotlight students to see what they are up to these days.

Tech Director Aaron Taylor has almost completed painting of the proscenium (a long overdue maintenance project) as well as other touch up work. He has kept his daughters busy creating videos as well as props as he shares his infinite wealth of knowledge in the field of performing arts tech.

Office Manager Justin Hornback has been documenting and sharing various projects happening at the PAC through our social media accounts and reading up and watching what streaming services across the nation and the globe are doing in preparation for Live Streaming of PAC events.

PAC Custodian Ron Hartley has completed much of the waxing in all areas of the PAC as well as staying advised on training and use of new disinfectants in preparation for safe usage of the PAC by students and staff.

PAC Secretary Diane Hafer has completed requests for and continues to research funding opportunities for the PAC, streamlining/updating usage and contractual systems, updating volunteer training policies to fall in line with COVID 19 guidelines as well as keeping in touch with patrons, user groups and volunteers.

The PAC staff also renewed their CPR and Defibrillator certifications.

BART’S BLOG – JULY 2020

From Stage to Screen

We are eager to welcome family and friends back to the PAC soon.  When we do, part of our new normal will include a technological leap forward.

Due to the pandemic, we anticipate seating limitations, audience anxieties, and field trip eliminations this coming season.  These factors mean that many patrons and students may not attend PAC events as frequently as in the past.

Thanks to the input from nearly 500 teachers and patrons through a survey conducted this spring, we learned that a vast majority of you could make use of PAC content provided through a private link for your household or classroom.

The PAC is, therefore, working with HCEC-TV, the copyright holders of various plays and musicals, and touring groups like Kentucky Shakespeare to determine how we might be able to bring you that content as reliably, legally, and economically as possible.

This is an exciting and challenging undertaking involving reconsideration and research of everything from the cameras we use and the software that runs them to the lighting and staging of performances.

Understandably, we don’t yet have all the answers, but once we do, we’ll let you know.

Stay tuned!


This month, I reconnected with former band student, now band director, Brittany Froedge, in a PAC Kid FlashbackLearn more about Brittany, and all the students we’ve recognized over the years.

NOW SHOWING – JULY 2020

Definitely not the PAC’s usual schedule for JULY as all events have been canceled or postponed due to COVID 19 but we certainly are keeping busy…

Director Bart Lovins will continue his work on deciphering guidelines for a reopening of the PAC and will be working with PAC & HCS maintenance staff to install lobby monitors and COVID 19 compliance signage.

Tech Director Aaron Taylor will be focusing on painting the proscenium, touch up work, and getting the PAC back in performance order.

Office Manager Justin Hornback will continue to document and share various projects that are happening at the PAC through our social media accounts and attend online training through our ticketing system. He will also continue to explore options for Live Streaming of PAC events.

PAC Custodian Ron Hartley continues to clean and wax all areas of the PAC, investigating new disinfectants as well as assisting Aaron and Bart with their tasks.

PAC Secretary Diane Hafer will be actively researching funding opportunities for the PAC, streamlining/updating usage and contractual systems, updating volunteer training policies to fall in line with COVID 19 guidelines as well as keeping in touch with patrons, user groups and volunteers.

Good news to report: The PAC’s request to be included in the Kentucky Arts Council’s 2020 – 2022 TranspARTation Directory has been accepted!

We all enjoy something new and shiny and thought you might enjoy seeing the freshly waxed floors of the dressing room and green room.  So we present to you a happy visual.

COMING SOON – AUGUST 2020

No events are confirmed for AUGUST at the PAC due to current COVID 19 restrictions but the PAC staff continues to move forward with planning and preparing for the return of school students on the 24th and …

Director Bart Lovins will be participating in POC listening sessions and beginning work on his adaptation of the 4th in the series of Sherlock Holmes’ plays planned for production in the 2021-22 Season.

Tech Director Aaron Taylor looks forward to the return of school students and working out details for the production of It’s a Wonderful Life scheduled for November.

Office Manager Justin Hornback, Custodian Ron Hartley and Secretary Diane Hafer will also be preparing for the return of school students and, hopefully, PAC events.

And for those of you who may still be staying healthy at home, are looking for new things to watch or long to see some live entertainment, don’t forget to check out  PAC To Go. 

And as we pay much needed attention to some “behind the scenes” spaces in the PAC, enjoy a peek at Ron enjoying a freshly waxed and clean production office.

IN REVIEW – JUNE 2020

Due to COVID 19, all events scheduled in JUNE at the PAC were cancelled or postponed.

Estimate of loss for those events affected by COVID19 School/PAC closure in JUNE: 271 Students, 80 Adults and 1,826 Audience members.

During June, Technical Director Aaron Taylor would normally be building a set for Youth Theatre of Hardin County’s summer musical.  Since that did not happen this year, he still wanted to build something and share the process with adults and students alike.

Aaron got the opportunity to work with his three daughters to document and build a TARDIS in the PAC shop.  We then shared that process in a three part series on social media.  If you missed it, here’s your chance!

PART I

PART II

PART III

BART’S BLOG – JUNE 2020

There’s no easy way to say this, so I’m just going to blurt it out, “We bought our cat a harness and a leash.”  I know, I know….  Our cat, Oz, also thought the harness was a stupid idea.  But its really the only way not to accidentally choke the poor animal.  The instructions on the thing were rather vague:  Slip one end over the cat’s head and then pull the straps through the plastic X-shaped thingy and then under his front legs and click in place around his belly (Whew).

Several scratches and one bite later, Oz hunkered down, belly to the floor in near paralysis. “I can’t breathe in this thing,” his eyes seemed to say, “And it’s itchy!  Why have you done this to me?”  Cats, as you know, are robustly independent creatures unaccustomed to having restrictions placed upon them.  They roam as they please and generally do as they like with the expectation that everyone else in the world will kowtow and meet their every demand.

I quickly clipped the leash to the harness and opened the backdoor in anticipation of Oz’s mad dash outside.  Instead, there on the kitchen floor with the door standing wide open, lay our fierce jungle beast staring up at me and then out the door and then up at me again as if to say, “Are you kidding me? What’s the catch?”

His hesitancy got the better of me, and just as my dad threw me into the pool my first-time out swimming, I picked Oz up and plopped him down on the patio.  He immediately scurried back into the kitchen with the skittish grace of a beached otter.  With a sigh, I tied his leash to the doorknob and sat on the patio, playing on my phone.  Eventually, with equal parts exhilaration and terror, he stepped outside and began exploring this strange new world on his own terms.

It’s a strange new world for all of us right now as well.  As Americans, we treasure freedom above all else, but just like Oz, we sometimes confuse the protective efforts of those with our best interests at heart as a means of subjugation.  So, as we leave our homes and move forward, it’s essential for each of us to do so at our own pace as safely as possible and not allow others to push us out before we’re ready or without the precautions that make us feel safe to do so.


Sean in Rent at Warsaw-Federal Incline Theatre, Cincinnati

Due to the quarantine, I was once again unable to secure a student for this month’s PAC Kid Spotlight.  So I took this opportunity to reconnect with Sean Mize, our very first PAC Kid Spotlight student, in a PAC Kid FlashbackLearn more about Sean, and all the students we’ve recognized over the years.

NOW SHOWING – JUNE 2020

We’re doing something a little different with our PAC Kid Spotlight.  Flashbacks!
Ever wondered where a previous PAC Kid is now?  How did theatre effect their lives?  Well, we were curious, too, so we’re asking them!
Keep an eye on our social media accounts for these interviews!Watch the interview!

Due to COVID 19, all events scheduled in JUNE at the PAC have been cancelled or postponed.

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