BART’S BLOG – APRIL 2020

These Are Dark Days

A day off in theatre jargon is called a “dark day” for the simple fact that theatres turn the lights off when there isn’t a performance scheduled.  The PAC may be “dark” due to the COVID-19 quarantine but we seem to be as busy as ever:

  • The PAC is supporting Hardin County Schools’ efforts to provide meals for the elderly, disabled and those with compromised immune systems.  CLICK HERE to learn more.
  • We have been processing refunds for Hamlet and Sleeping Beauty and working with schools and rental groups to come up with alternative performance options.
  • Spring-cleaning is in full swing with the de-cluttering of our office filing system, a massive painting project inside the theatre (I hope nobody needs black paint), and some overdue repair work like replacing our doorbell.
  • Pre-production is well underway for next season’s PAC events: the next Sherlock script is written and a “virtual” table read is in the works, the set design for the ProAm musical is well underway, and I just used Google Hangouts for the first time in order to meet with two of the directing team for an upcoming collaboration with the Heart of Kentucky Men’s Chorus.
  • We’ve also reconceived PAC To Go as a way to bring the performing arts into the homes of those who can’t come to the PAC.  CLICK HERE to learn about free airings of Kentucky Shakespeare productions, MCT Playdates and Sherlock Holmes viewing parties or to browse the PAC’s YouTube channel.
  • On a more personal level, we are reaching out to our at-risk volunteers, patrons, and participants just to let them know that we are thinking of them and wish them well.

Yes, the PAC may be “dark” but behind the scenes, we are still at work – just mostly from home.


Elizabethtown High School's Andrew WyattThis month the PAC Kid Spotlight recognizes Elizabethtown High School’s Andrew Wyatt, who has been cast as Winston in their production of George Orwell’s 1984 at the PAC this month. Learn more about Andrew and our other PAC Kids.

NOW SHOWING – APRIL 2020

April events at the PAC are scheduled as listed below unless otherwise indicated. New cancellations and postponements will be updated as soon as they are received.

April 6 CANCELED DUE TO COVID 19  THE PAC PRESENTS: AUDITIONS for Missoula Children’s Theatre’s SLEEPING BEAUTY (2 hours) Mon, April 8, 2018 

 

April 10, 11 CANCELED DUE TO COVID 19 THE PAC PRESENTS: PERFORMANCES of Missoula Children’s Theatre’s SLEEPING BEAUTY (60 min). A Rock ‘n Roll Fable for the ages. This story is no sleeper! Thanks to one misplaced invitation, Sleeping Beauty is cursed to sleep forever but awakens after a 500 year nap to find herself in a Rock ‘n Roll dream in this fable brought to life by a cast of local students and Missoula Children’s Theatre. Fri, April 10, Noon & 7 PM. Sat, April 11, 2 PM. Know Before You Go: Music and fun for everyone. Tickets: $12- $20. POC 270-769-8837. Presented in Partnership with Swope Family of Dealerships, Edward Jones, ElizabethtownFamily.com, Elizabethtown Tourism, & Jimmie Dee Kelley in Tribute to Nelson Kelley.

 

April 10 CANCELED DUE TO COVID 19 THE PAC PRESENTS: Missoula Children’s Theatre’s SLEEPING BEAUTY (60 min). School Day Performance for classes/teachers, Friday April, 10, NOON. Online reservation required http://www.thepac.net/Group-Reservations.asp

 

April 14 CANCELLED PRIOR TO COVID 19 CLOSURE: Central Hardin High School Dance Team Annual Performance. 7 PM. POC Angela Galm. 

 

April 17 CANCELED DUE TO COVID 19 WITH THE HOPE OF RESCHEDULING: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.

 

April 18, 19 CANCELED DUE TO COVID 19 Dance Center of Elizabethtown Musical Theatre Performance, WIZARD OF OZ. Saturday 7 PM, Sunday 3 PM.

 

April 20 CANCELED DUE TO COVID 19 WITH THE HOPE OF RESCHEDULING::TED ED Student Talks Showcase. 6 PM. POC Holly Tabor 270-369-7370.

 

April 21 Hardin County Schools Volunteer Appreciation Celebration/Dinner.  6 PM  POC John Wright 270-769-8800.

 

April 23 “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!

 

April 23 CANCELED DUE TO COVID -19: West Hardin Middle School Spring Choir Concert. 7 PM  POC Anna Benningfield.  270-862-3924.

 

April 24, 25 CANCELED WITH THE HOPE OF RESCHEDULING DUE TO COVID 19: Youth Theatre of Hardin County Auditions for their summer production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY.  Friday at 5 PM. and Saturday at 11AM. POC Betty  Marsee 270-765-5421.

 

April 27 NEWLY ADDED North Middle School Spring Band Concert.  6:30 PM  POC Brittany Ford.

 

April 28 Central Hardin High School PRISM Concert. 7 PM. POC Trevor Ervin 270-737-6800.

 

April 30 St James School presents 1st & 2nd Grade Spring Musical. 6:30 PM. POC Jordan Smith 270-765-7011.

 

COMING SOON – MAY 2020

 

May events at the PAC are scheduled as listed below unless otherwise indicated. New cancellations and postponements will be updated as soon as they are received.

May 3 North Hardin High School Choral Concert. 3 PM. POC Beth Root 270-369-3167.

 

May 4 Bluegrass Middle School Band Concert. 7 PM. POC Joshua Mitchell.

 

May 5 West Hardin Middle School Spring Band Concert. 7 PM. POC Laura Floyd 270-862-3924.

 

May 6 JTA Middle School Band Concert. 7 PM.    POC Byron Whitham 

 

May 7 John Hardin High School Choir Concert.  7 PM. POC Phyllis Westfall 270-769-8906

 

May 9 Studio One Eleven Recital. POC Katie Bennett.

 

May 11 John Hardin High School Band Concert.7 PM   POC Brian Ellis.

 

May 12 POSTPONED Until September 29, 2020. Abound Credit Union Annual Membership Meeting. Doors open at 5:00 PM. POC Ericka Smith POC 502-942-0254.

 

May 13 Central Hardin High School Choral Concert. 7 PM. POC Brandon Centers 270-737-6800.

 

May 14 CANCELED DUE TO COVID 19. Western Kentucky University Graduation Ceremony6 PM. POC Ronda Sullivan ronda.sullivan@wku.edu.

 

May 17 The Dance Centre of Elizabethtown’s Spring Recitals. Exact times to be confirmed.  POC Sherry Barnard 270-765-5464.

 

May 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!

 

May 21 Hardin County Schools Board of Education Meeting. 6 PM. Student recognitions.  POC Diana Jacobi 270-769-8817. 

 

May 22,23,24 Allegro Dance Theatre Spring Recitals. Exact days and times to be confirmed. Friday, 7 PM and Saturday 1 & 7 PM.   POC Carol Zagar 270-352-1333. 

May 27, 29, 31 Center Stage Dance Studio’s Spring Recitals.  Exact days and times to be confirmed. Recitals, Wed, Friday  at 7 PM & Sunday at 3 PM.  POC Yvonne Groves 270-769-5505. All seats are reserved and tickets will be available at www.TuTuTix.com   

 

IN REVIEW – MARCH 2020

 

On March 6, 7,    32 students in the cast and crew of Central Hardin High School Drama Club under the direction of Sarah Dakin presented  LITTLE WOMEN before School Day student audience of 300 and public audiences totaling 300. 

On  March 9,  125 students in East Hardin Middle School 7th & 8th grade bands under the direction of Matt Baucum presented a concert before an audience of 330.

On March 10, 125 students in Central Hardin High School Bands under the direction of Trevor Ervin presented a pre- assessment band concert before an audience of 313

The March 12th West Hardin Middle School Pre-assessment Band Concert was canceled by  director Laura Floyd prior to the COVID 19 closures.

The March 14th Youth Theatre of Hardin County Winter Workshop was canceled due to COVID 19. 32 HCS and 10 Non HCS students were expected to attend

The March 15th Heartland Winds Concert was canceled due to COVID 19. An estimated 62 adult musicians and 200 audience members were expected to participate.

On March 17-20, Allegro Dance Theatre was unable to present 8 school day performances and 2 public performances of FROZEN, JR. due to COVID 19. 23 HCS students and 27 Non HCS students were to participate and the expected attendance was 4800 students and 1200 public audience members.

On March 19, the PAC encouraged their patrons to order take out from Mark’s Feed Store in honor of the PAC’s usual “Thirdsday” in a show of support for local businesses during this extraordinary time of social distancing for COVID 19.

The March 23, 24, 25 KMEA Concert Band Assessment Festival was canceled due to COVID 19. 2100 band students from area county schools were expected to participate with 1100 audience members in attendance.

The March 27th PAC season presentation of Kentucky Shakespeare’s HAMLET was canceled due to COVID 19. A student audience of 500 and public audience of 250 was expected to attend.

Total Served In March: 582 HCS Students, 7 Adults and 943 Public Audience Members.

Estimate of loss for those events affected by COVID 19 School/PAC Closure in March: 7,592 Students, 89 Adults and 2,750 Audience members.

BART’S BLOG – MARCH 2020

The play’s the thing!

With Kentucky Shakespeare back at the PAC later this month, it bears repeating that Shakespeare wrote his plays as entertainment – to be performed, not read.  So this month’s blog (with a little help from Shakespeare for Dummies) is designed to help you get the most from their Friday, March 27 performance of Hamlet:

  • Unlike modern plays, Hamlet is hundreds of years old, and most everyone already knows how it ends.  The fun is in seeing how the tale is told.  So do yourself a favor and read a summary of the play before attending.
  • Even though Hamlet takes place in Denmark, it is left up to the director and design team to interpret what their Denmark will be.  The production may be historically accurate, or maybe the story will be told in a modern setting.
  • The first thing you should do when the play begins is to determine who’s who.  If you know the major characters, try to find them onstage.  You should be able to spot the king and queen, for example, from the way they dress, act, and interact with the other characters.
  • Check the program to see which actors are playing multiple roles.  Kentucky Shakespeare usually tours with a smaller number of actors than their shows in the park each summer so you can be sure that most of them will play more than one role.  Usually, the setting and costumes tell you which character the actor portrays in each scene, but knowing beforehand can help, too.
  • Yes, the actors are speaking English, it’s just very old English.  Be patient and try to pick up on the emotion behind the words instead of the words themselves.  After a bit, you may find that you start to recognize a few words here and there, but even if you don’t, if the actors and direction are skilled, you should be able to follow most of the plot.
  • Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s longest plays, but don’t panic, Kentucky Shakespeare has whittled the running time for their production down to ninety minutes while retaining time-honored quotes and pivotal moments.

So read up before you go, study your program when you arrive and watch and listen intently and above all else, enjoy the show. It’ll all be well worth the minimal prep on your part.  After all, all’s well that ends well – unless your name is Hamlet.


Alyssa in CHHS 2019 production of The Laramie Project.

This month the PAC Kid Spotlight recognizes Central Hardin High School’s Alyssa Vittitow, who will be performing in their production of Little Women at the PAC this month.  Learn more about Alyssa and our other PAC Kids.

NOW SHOWING – MARCH 2020

March 6, 7                               Central Hardin High School Drama Club presents LITTLE WOMEN.  Daytime student performance Friday at 10 AM. Public performance Friday at 7 PM and & Saturday 4 PM. POC Sarah Dakin 270-734-0021.

 

March 9                                   East Hardin Middle School 7th & 8th Grade Band Concert.   Curtain, 7:PM.  POC Matt Baucum 270-369-7370.

 

March 10                                 Central Hardin High School Pre-assessment Band Concert.   Curtain, 7 PM.  POC Trevor Ervin 270-737-6800

 

March 12                                 West Hardin Middle School Pre-assessment Band Concert. 7 PM POC Laura Floyd 270-862-3924

 

March 14                                 Youth Theatre of Hardin County Winter Workshop (Last of three) in prep for summer production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY. 11 AM- 3 PM. Parent meeting at 2 PM. POC Betty Marsee 270-765-5421

 

March 15                                 Heartland Winds Concert.  Curtain at 3 PM. Free to the public. POC David Coffing.

 

March  17-21                           Allegro Dance Theatre proudly presents FROZEN, JR..  Student performances Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday  9:30 & 11:30 AM. Reservations Required.  Public evening performance, Friday 7 PM and NEWLY ADDED Saturday, March 21 Matinee at 1 PM. FOR RESERVATIONS contact Carol Zagar, 270-352-1333.

 

March 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!

 

March 23,24,25                       KMEA Concert Band Assessment Festival. (Times are not confirmed but an estimate) Mon, 5 – 9 PM, Tues, Wed, 8 AM – 9 PM.  Bands will perform and be adjudicated. Performances are a brief 20 minutes for middle schools and 30 minutes for high schools. The public is welcome to attend. Performance schedule is closely followed. Structured audience “entering” and “exiting” can be expected. Plan to arrive early. All times are EDT. POC is Brian Ellis at 769-8906.

 

March 27                                 THE PAC PRESENTS:  Kentucky Shakespeare in HAMLET. School Day performance for classes/teachers 9:30 AM. $3 per HCS student, $5 all others. (Online Reservation Required).

 

March 27                                 THE PAC PRESENTS: Kentucky Shakespeare in HAMLET.  (90 mins).   “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark!” The prince is depressed over the death of his father and shocked to find his mother already remarried – to his uncle! No wonder Hamlet suspects foul play. Kentucky Shakespeare is back at the PAC with Shakespeare’s tragic tale of revenge. Know Before You Go: Rated PG. Best for grades 6 and above. ONE NIGHT ONLY!  7 PM. Tickets: $12-$20. Produced in partnership with Kenneth & Nanette Johnston & Jimmie Dee Kelley in Tribute to Nelson Kelley.

COMING SOON – APRIL 2020

April 6                             THE PAC PRESENTS: AUDITIONS for Missoula Children’s Theatre’s SLEEPTING BEAUTY (2 hours) Mon, April 8, 2018 at 4 PM SHARP. All 1st through 8th grade students are invited to audition. It is a group audition — no advance preparation is necessary.  Just be prompt and come ready to have a good time! Auditions are free. If you are cast, there is a $25 participation fee. Rehearsals take place Tues – Thursday April 9-11 4-8:30 PM, schedule varies per cast of characters. Audition form available at www.thepac.net.

April 10, 11                              THE PAC PRESENTS: PERFORMANCES of Missoula Children’s Theatre’s SLEEPING BEAUTY (60 min). A Rock ‘n Roll Fable for the ages. This story is no sleeper! Thanks to one misplaced invitation, Sleeping Beauty is cursed to sleep forever but awakens after a 500 year nap to find herself in a Rock ‘n Roll dream in this fable brought to life by a cast of local students and Missoula Children’s Theatre. Fri, April 10, Noon & 7 PM. Sat, April 11, 2 PM. Know Before You Go: Music and fun for everyone. Tickets: $12- $20. POC 270-769-8837. Presented in Partnership with Swope Family of Dealerships, Edward Jones, ElizabethtownFamily.com, Elizabethtown Tourism, & Jimmie Dee Kelley in Tribute to Nelson Kelley.

 

April 10                                    THE PAC PRESENTS: Missoula Children’s Theatre’s SLEEPING BEAUTY (60 min). School Day Performance for classes/teachers, Friday April, 10, NOON. Online reservation required http://www.thepac.net/Group-Reservations.asp

 

April 17                                    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.

 

April 18, 19                              Dance Center of Elizabethtown Musical Theatre Performance, WIZARD OF OZ. Saturday 7 PM, Sunday 3 PM.

 

April 20                                    TED ED Student Talks Showcase. 6 PM. POC Holly Tabor 270-369-7370.

 

April 21                                    Hardin County Schools Volunteer Appreciation Celebration/Dinner.  6 PM  POC John Wright 270-769-8800.

 

April 23                                    “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!

 

April 23                                    West Hardin Middle School Spring Choir Concert. 7 PM  POC Anna Benningfield.  270-862-3924.

 

 

April 24, 25                              Youth Theatre of Hardin County Auditions for their summer production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY.  Friday at 5 PM. and Saturday at 11AM. POC Betty  Marsee 270-765-5421.

 

 

April 27 NEWLY ADDED         North Middle School Spring Band Concert.  6:30 PM  POC Brittany Ford.

 

April 28                                    Central Hardin High School PRISM Concert. 7 PM. POC Trevor Ervin 270-737-6800.

 

April 30                                    St James School presents 1st & 2nd Grade Spring Musical. 6:30 PM. POC Jordan Smith 270-765-7011.

 

 

IN REVIEW – FEBRUARY 2020

On February 1, North Middle School Band Director Brittany Froedge hosted an inaugural Middle School All-State Band Concert featuring 93 Middle School Honor Band students from Hardin County and across the state with guest conductor James Hairston of Texas. They performed before an audience of 325.

On February 3, 17 area youth participated in the Hardin County Derby Festival Spelling Bee before an audience of 70.

On February 8, 46 area youth participated in the 2nd of three Youth Theatre of Hardin County Winter Workshops in prep for summer production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY.

On February 9, 135 students from North Hardin High School choirs under the direction of Beth Root performed a concert before an audience of 397.

On February 14 & 15,   20 students from North Hardin High School Drama Club under the direction of Donna Thomas presented ROMEO, YOU IDIOT before audiences totaling 137.

On February 20, 21 & 23, 45 students from North Hardin High School choirs under the direction of Beth Root presented two student performances and one public performance of MULAN before audiences totaling 1375 and 469 respectively.

On February 20, the PAC hosted the Hardin County Board of Education Meeting. 106 students were recognized for achievements before an audience of 160.

On February 28 & 29, 28 students from John Hardin High School under the direction of Phyllis Westfall presented two school day performances and two public performances of HAIRSPRAY before audiences of 750 and 299 respectively.

TOTAL SERVED In February: 4,139 HCS Students, 81 Non-HCS Students, 55 Adults, and 1553 Public Audience Members.

BART’S BLOG – FEBRUARY 2020

Accolades are wonderful.  Winning a ribbon or a medal is a thrill.  We all rejoice when we receive an “A” or excellent job evaluation.  The roar of the crowd is equally as rewarding to the ears of the player in the end zone as the performer bowing onstage.  It is our nature to love to be loved.

Personally, however, I’ve always been more receptive to criticism.  Something in my psyche has always dismissed praise as shallow or worse yet, merely polite.  Even as I graciously say out loud, thank you — That’s very kind; some voice in the back of my mind always asks, but what did you really think — what do you think could’ve been better?  Perhaps it was how I was raised or trained, but I seem to immediately move past accepting praise straight on to seeking insight on how to further improve my efforts without really taking the time to enjoy my successes.  Or so I’ve always thought.  We just finished the run of The Novel Stage Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four, and I found myself receiving more criticism than usual.

Having toiled over this production for more than a year to make it more entertaining, challenging, and fulfilling than last year’s Sherlock installment; how could it not be received with equal if not more excitement than A Study in Scarlet?  Well, to paraphrase Sherlock Holmes, “I saw but did not observe; I heard but did not listen.”  Although the cast and crew were phenomenal and all performing at the top of their game, I dropped the ball as a director and was not on the top of mine.  Some dialects were unintelligible; a few voices were too shrill or inaudible; there were inconsistencies in the use of pantomime; the play’s structure was perhaps too complicated.  And although these well-founded complaints were few and far between compared to the play’s overall complimentary reception, they were consistent enough to give me pause.

After a few cloudy days of reflection, I’m incredibly grateful to be working with the wonderfully supportive and talented people that surround me and appreciate what I attempt to achieve; and think I have some answers to the simple overarching question, where did I go wrong?  And in doing so, my post-show depression has given way to excitement about what lies ahead and how I plan to right the wrongs made with The Sign of Four as I plan my approach for possibly bringing The Hound of the Baskervilles to life.

It is all just a reminder that we are never too old to learn.  Even the best of us can get stuck in a rut, and even the most talented or smartest can still need help.  It’s about stepping outside of our comfort zones and asking for that help that is crucial.  And that’s what I plan on doing as I move forward.  So, if you were kind enough to share your concerns about The Sign of Four, don’t be surprised if I come asking for help if Sherlock returns next season in The Hound of the Baskervilles.


This month the PAC Kid Spotlight recognizes North Hardin High School’s Kentaro Hall who will be playing “Magyar” in their production of Mulan at the PAC this month.  Learn more about Kentaro and our other PAC Kids.


Congratulations to Survey winners Niki Marineau, Kit Mills, Tim Bell, Brianne Biggs, William Blume, Laura Durham, Mark Fitzgerald, Prudence Gillaspie, Sue Stiles and Illona Yovanno.  They are the lucky winners of a $20 PAC gift certificate for completing their The Novel Stage Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: A Sign of Four audience survey.  Follow the PAC on Social Media and you too could be a winner!

 

NOW SHOWING – FEBRUARY 2020

February 1                  Inaugural Middle School All-State 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 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 & Noon.  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.

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