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!

 

COMING SOON – 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 http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2789304  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 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.

 

IN REVIEW – MAY 2019

As the 2018-19 PAC Season comes to a close, the PAC is pleased to announce this year’s “Volunteers of the Year.” Congratulations to student volunteers Sierra Lutz and Lucy Sonsalla and adult volunteer Jerry Cormier. Together with a merry band of characters who help make your experience at the PAC the best that it can be, these three very special volunteers have contributed the most hours to the PAC. Please be sure to congratulate them the next time you see them at the PAC.

On May 1,  35 graduates of Western Kentucky University participated in the graduation ceremony before an audience of 188.

On May 5, 150 choir students from North Hardin High School under the direction of Beth Root performed a concert before an audience of 400.

On  May 7, 169 band students from  JTA Middle School   under the direction of Byron Witham  performed a concert before an audience of 567.

On May 8, 62 band students from  North Middle School under the direction of Brittany Ford performed a concert before an audience of 345.

On May 9, 102 choir students from  Central Hardin High School under the direction of Brandon Centers performed a concert before an audience of 219.

On May  10,  37 choir students from John Hardin High School under the direction of Phyllis Westfall performed a concert before an audience of 130.

On May 11, 26 dancers with Dance Center of Elizabethtown Musical Theatre under the direction of Sherry Barnard and Cassie Lucas performed WILLY WONKA before an audience of 120.

On May 13, 35 band students from  John Hardin High School under the direction of Brian Ellis performed a concert before an audience of 90.

On May 14, Fort Knox Federal Credit Union presented its Annual Membership Meeting before an audience of 367.

On May 16,  the PAC hosted the Hardin County Board of Education meeting and the recognition of 65 students before an audience of 152.

On May 19, 165 dancers with The Dance Centre of Elizabethtown under the direction of Sherry Barnard presented  spring recitals before audiences totaling 892.

On May 24 & 25, 160 dancers with Allegro Dance Theatre under the direction of Carol Zagar presented spring recitals and MARY POPPINS before audiences totaling more than 1250.

On May 29, 31 and June 2, 200 dancers with Centre Stage Dance Studio under the direction of Yvonne Groves presented spring recitals before audiences totaling nearly 1,500.

BART’S BLOG – MAY 2019

“All the world’s a stage” and the arts are our most vital means of connecting to the rest of that world.  By sharing the best that we have to offer through music, dance, performing and visual art, others learn about us – what brings us joy, what we are passionate about and our ideals as a society.  Likewise, it is through the arts that we learn about others and their perspective on the world.  For these reasons the PAC’s outreach program “PAC To Go” came into being back in 2007.  Since then, we have discovered numerous opportunities to step outside the theatre and share what we are doing and what we are learning with the rest of the community and in some cases the rest of the country.

“PAC To Go” programs include our monthly PAC Kid Spotlight interviews; bringing Missoula Children’s Theatre workshops to classrooms; leading improv exercises at schools; speaking to civic organizations about arts programming; and sharing stage craft techniques throughout Hardin County.  But our reach isn’t limited to the Heartland.  We also rent set pieces, props, costumes and puppets we’ve used in past productions to schools and theatres across the country — schools like Minooka Community High School a few miles from Chicago who recently rented several of our Little Mermaid puppets.  In addition to delivering them to their doorstep, our costumer, Allison Eckel, and I provided two days of training on how to get the most out of the puppets and care for them.  Take a look at this video and see how bringing an inanimate object to life magically brings people together.

“Although we are a high school, we strive to produce shows that are a level above the typical high school musical.  The puppets and props that we rented from Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center really helped us meet that goal. The hand puppets provided that visual link to the cartoon’s characters that brought the iconic characters to the stage while my performers who were manipulating the puppets were still free to individualize their living character performances.  I can’t thank Bart and Allison enough for being so generous with their time in training our actors and actresses in the use of puppets/props; for [sharing] their advice based on their experiences using these, and for their emotional and creative support.  It was wonderful meeting and working with them.”
— Minooka Community High School Director, Glenda Smith

“Dancing is expression.  The props added an additional dimension by allowing the dancers to extend their expression beyond their fingertips.  The props helped create better dancers while enhancing the audience’s visual experience.”
— Minooka Community High School choreographer, Patricia Grawey-Beeler

The revenue we receive from these rentals goes toward future productions but even more rewarding are the connections we make and the things WE learn from the organizations we get the opportunity to visit.


Ever the introvert, This month’s PAC Kid, Lucy Sonsalla, struggles to express herself away from the stage as is obvious from this senior photo.

This month the PAC Kid Spotlight shines on John Hardin High School student Lucy Sonsalla.  In addition to her involvement in several JHHS organizations and having performed in several productions on the PAC stage over the years, Lucy is currently a PAC Aide helping in construction and backstage operations at the facility under the tutelage of the PAC staff.  Learn more about Lucy and our other PAC Kids.


Congratulations to MARIAN BOLLINGER & VICKI WILSON — lucky winners of a $20 PAC gift certificate for completing their Missoula Children’s Theatre Robin Hood program surveys.

 

NOW SHOWING – MAY 2019

May 1
Western Kentucky University Graduation Ceremony.  6 PM. POC Ronda Sullivan ronda.sullivan@wku.edu.

 

May 5
North Hardin High School Choral Concert. 3 PM. POC Beth Root 270-369-3167.

 

May 7
JTA Middle School Band Concert. 6:30 PM. (Note Time Difference)   POC Byron Whitham

 

May 8 
North Middle School Band Concert. 7 PM. POC Brittany Ford 270-352-3340.

 

May 9
Central Hardin High School Choral Concert. 7 PM. POC Brandon Centers 270-737-6800.

 

May  10
John Hardin High School Choir Concert. 7 PM. POC Phyllis Westfall 270-769-8906.

 

May 11 
Dance Center of Elizabethtown Musical Theatre Performance, WILLY WONKA. POC Sherry Barnard, 270-765-5464.

 

May 13
John Hardin High School Band Concert.  7 PM. POC Brian Ellis.

 

May 14
Fort Knox Federal Credit Union Annual Membership Meeting. Doors open at 5:00 PM. POC 502-942-0254.

 

May 16
“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 16
Hardin County Schools Board of Education Meeting. 6 PM. Student recognitions.  POC Diana Jacobi 270-769-8817.

 

May 19  
The Dance Centre of Elizabethtown’s Spring Recitals. 2 PM & 4 PM.  POC Sherry Barnard 270-765-5464.

 

 

May 24,25
Allegro Dance Theatre Spring Recitals Friday,  7 PM and Saturday 1 & 7 PM.   POC Carol Zagar 270-352-1333.

 

May 29, 31,June 2
Center Stage Dance Studio’s Spring Recitals.  Recitals, Wednesday & Friday, 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.

COMING SOON – 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. 1 PM. 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!

 

IN REVIEW – APRIL 2019

On April 8, the PAC held auditions for Missoula Children’s Theatre’s ROBIN HOOD .  80 students attended the auditions representing 28 area schools.  59 students were cast representing 15 Hardin County Middle and Elementary Schools, Elizabethtown Independent School, Meade, Hart, Grayson and Breckenridge County Schools, Fort Knox, North Hardin Christian School, St. James Regional Catholic School and home schools.  After 4 days of rehearsals, 3 performances of ROBIN HOOD were held. 537 students and teachers attended the school time performance and 533 patrons attended the public performances. ROBIN HOOD was presented in Partnership with Swope Family of Dealerships, Jimmie Dee Kelley, Dan & Diane Hafer, & www.ElizabethtownFamily.com.

On April 16, 55 West Hardin Middle School Choir members under the direction of Anna Benningfield presented a concert before an audience of more than 150.

On April 17, the PAC hosted a Community Town Hall with Fort Knox Commanding General before an audience of 80.

On April 18,  166 Bluegrass Middle School Band members under the direction of Joshua Mitchell  presented a concert before an audience of 400.

On April 19, Glen Rice of Buffalo Productions presented the musical concert series Glen Rice, Family & Friends before an audience of 225.

On April 23, the PAC hosted the Hardin County Schools Volunteer Appreciation Celebration/Dinner.  30 John Hardin High School Choir members presented the entertainment before an audience of 85.

On April 25, 146 West Hardin Middle School Band members  under the direction of Laura Floyd presented a concert before an audience of more than 450.

On April 26& 27,  the PAC hosted Youth Theatre of Hardin County auditions for their summer production of HELLO DOLLY. 45 area youth attended the auditions.

On April 29, 57 students with Central Hardin High School Band  under the direction of David Centers presented a PRISM concert before an audience of 175.

On April 30,  84 St James School 1st & 2nd Grade students under the direction of Jordan Smith presented their spring musical JONAH’S DRUTHERS  before an audience of over 400.

BART’S BLOG – APRIL 2019

If you’ve ever doubted what today’s youth can accomplish, you need look no further than what 50-60 elementary and middle school students can accomplish in one week when Missoula Children’s Theatre makes their annual April pilgrimage to the PAC.

MCT hits the road every year with over three dozen “little red trucks” and visits over 1,000 communities from Montana to Japan in addition to our own.

And in every town, in less than four days of rehearsal, students perform their very own musical with full sets and costumes for families and friends.

Educators will pontificate that these students attain creativity, social skills, goal achievement, communication skills and self-esteem through their participation in this unique, educational project.

But I can tell you from personal experience over the years that the students who spend the week here at the PAC with MCT are changed forever and will grow up to change the world.

Auditions for 1st – 8th grade students are Monday, April 8th at 4PM sharp, and public performances are Friday, April 12th at 7PM and Saturday, April 13th at 2PM.  Learn more about auditions and performances at our MCT dedicated web page (thepac.net/robin-hood), and learn more about MCT’s organization at their website (mctinc.org).


This month the PAC Kid Spotlight shines on North Middle School student Amaya Muse-Holt.  Learn more about Amaya and our other PAC Kids.


Congratulations to _________ — lucky winner of a $20 PAC gift certificate for completing their Kentucky Shakespeare’s Macbeth program survey.

NOW SHOWING – APRIL 2019

April 8
THE PAC PRESENTS: AUDITIONS for Missoula Children’s Theatre’s ROBIN HOOD (2 hours) Mon, April 8, 2019 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 $20 participation fee. Rehearsals take place Tues – Thursday April 9-11 4-8:30 PM, schedule varies per cast of characters. Audition form coming soon.

 

April 12, 13
THE PAC PRESENTS: PERFORMANCES of Missoula Children’s Theatre’s ROBIN HOOD (60 min). A merry time will be had by one and all! Embark on a swashbuckling adventure with the legendary Robin Hood, Maid Marion, the Sheriff of Nottingham and a host of others brought to life by a cast of local students and Missoula Children’s Theatre. Fri, April 12, Noon & 7 PM. Sat, April 13, 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, Jimmie Dee Kelley, Dan & Diane Hafer, & www.ElizabethtownFamily.com.

 

April 12
THE PAC PRESENTS: Missoula Children’s Theatre’s ROBIN HOOD (60 min). School Day Performance for classes/teachers, Friday April, 12, NOON. Online reservation required

 

April 16
West Hardin Middle School Spring Choir Concert. 7 PM  POC Anna Benningfield.  270-862-3924.(Date changed from April 23).

 

April 17
Community Town Hall with Fort Knox Commanding General. 6 PM. POC Jessica Ward  270-872-8157.

 

April 18
Bluegrass Middle School Band Concert. 7 PM. POC Joshua Mitchell.

 

April 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!

 

April 19
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 23
Hardin County Schools Volunteer Appreciation Celebration/Dinner.  6 PM  POC John Wright 270-769-8800. (Date changed from April 16th.)

 

April 25
West Hardin Middle School Spring Band Concert. 7 PM. POC Laura Floyd 270-862-3924.

 

April 26, 27
Youth Theatre of Hardin County Auditions for their summer production of HELLO DOLLY.  Friday at 5 PM. and Saturday at 11AM. POC Betty  Marsee 270-765-5421.

 

April 29
Central Hardin High School PRISM Concert. 7 PM. Damon King 270-737-6800.

 

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