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BART’S BLOG – SEPTEMBER 2020

The PAC Inches Forward With First ProAm Production

For the first time in over five months, we have performers onstage at the PAC for rehearsals, and it is… wonderful.

In fact, “It’s A Wonderful Life” – a radio drama based on the Frank Capra classic Christmas film.  This COVID compliant performance by eight actors will be performed before a COVID compliant audience just shy of two hundred on Saturday, November 7, as a Gala Fundraiser in partnership with Abound Credit Union and the support of Mark’s Feedstore, as well as media partners WQXE and HCECTV.

You may well ask, “What will a COVID compliant performance look and feel like?”

  • Well, to start with, the eight actors on stage will be isolated in their own areas ten feet apart from each other. This distance will prohibit them from having any physical interactions with each other but will permit them to perform without wearing masks.
  • Audience members will also be distanced. Patrons will be able to purchase tickets in seating groups of up to four that are predetermined to be six feet apart from other patrons.  Even so, as a courtesy, we’ll ask all audience members to remain masked throughout the performance for everyone’s safety.
  • In addition to the mask and social distancing requirements, the PAC will be disinfecting the facility before everyone arrives and after they leave, and sanitizing contact surfaces throughout the event. Before entering the building, all PAC staff, performers, and audience members will have their temperatures taken to ensure that no one with a fever enters the facility.
  • A full list of the PAC’s COVID compliance measures will soon be available for you to review on our website and will be posted in our lobby to read when you arrive.

We are looking forward to finally have our performers and our audiences sharing the same space again and are confident that those of you who can join us for the PAC’s first-ever Gala Fundraiser performance will be in for a once in a wonderful lifetime experience.

Tickets for the PAC’s November 7th  Gala Fundraiser performance of “It’s A Wonderful Life” will go on sale on October 15.  More information about our Gala Fundraiser will be coming soon. To keep up to date with what’s happening at the PAC sign up for our eNewsletter “The Monthly Marquee” at https://thepac.net/monthly-marquee/.


This month the PAC Kid Spotlight recognizes T. K. Stone’s Alexis Hayes.  Before returning to dance class last month, Alexis continued stretching her performing muscles during COVID through her computer! Learn more about Alexis and all the students we’ve recognized over the years.

NOW SHOWING – SEPTEMBER 2020

There are currently no events scheduled at the PAC for September 2020 except for weekly “It’s A Wonderful Life”  rehearsals. September usually begins the PAC’s season of events with the annual fall musical but sadly that had to be cancelled. It is comforting to see the stage set for our new November season opener, “It’s A Wonderful Life” Radio Drama.

As Hardin County School students and staff return to face to face instruction, the PAC staff is helping monitor student traffic in the hallways between classes and we have made the theatre  available for any other need 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.

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COMING SOON – OCTOBER 2020

October at the PAC is usually filled with Central and North Hardin High School drama/choir organization’s musicals. It also has been host to Miss Central Kentucky Scholarship Pageants. Central Hardin has cancelled their musical for October and the Pageant will not be taking place at the PAC. North Hardin High School Choir is currently still scheduled to perform the last week of October but plans have not been confirmed. Please stay tuned to the PAC Calendar for updates to events as this situation makes planning  very fluid.

IN REVIEW – AUGUST 2020

No events were confirmed for AUGUST 2020 at the PAC due to current COVID 19 restrictions but the PAC staff continued to move forward with planning and preparing for a 2020-21 PAC Season of events as well as the return of school students to in class instruction on the 24th and …

Director Bart Lovins focused much of his attention on the creation of PAC Re-Opening Guidelines as well as how the PAC staff can help facilitate the reopening of in class instruction at JHHS, the building in which the PAC resides.

Tech Director Aaron Taylor welcomed back school students and worked out details for the production of It’s a Wonderful Life schedule and was able to hold the first rehearsal on Wednesday, August 26.

Custodian Ron Hartley was very busy learning COVID 19 disinfecting/sanitizing protocols that will be passed along to the rest of the PAC staff as well as to our user groups and volunteers.

Office Manager Justin Hornback,  and Secretary Diane Hafer returned to working in the office, helped welcome back school students and began completing the many tasks associated with the return of events to the PAC.

 

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.

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