BART’S BLOG – OCTOBER 2019

Jim Henson and John Lovins

With any luck, we all have a mentor or two in our lives that we can attempt to emulate as we fumble our way through life.

Often it is through “one on one” tutelage.  My father, John Lovins, was an art teacher with Hardin County Schools for 27 years and I studied under him as a student for almost as long as I was his son.  At other times, your mentor is someone you never meet but inspires you from afar.  Muppet creator, Jim Henson has been part of my life through his work since before I started school.

What I have learned from both their successes as well as their failures could fill a book but was summed up really well in an opinion piece by Sims Wyeth for Inc. magazine:

  • Encourage a person’s talent. Nurture that talent, and motivate people to look to themselves for ongoing development.
  • Be a teacher. Empower the people who work with you.
  • Be patient. You are developing people, not showing how smart you are.
  • Create an infectious mood of laughter. Yes–you can do serious creative work and have fun at the same time.  The Muppets demonstrate that over and over again.
  • Hear the genius in people.  Find a way to make others’ ideas work.
  • Treat failures as experiments. Take setbacks as lessons on the way to something great.
  • Love your work. But also like and appreciate the people who are sharing it with you.
  • Enjoy success. Not just your own, but also the accomplishments of people around you.  Helping them be great does not diminish you.
  • Be unafraid. Try new things – it’s the only way innovation happens, really.
  • Be a role model. Be fearless, hardworking, generous, and calm.  That combination of attitudes will spread and be as contagious.

Jim and my dad both passed away at the age of 53.  Now at the start of my 54th year, I still strive daily to be a better person, artist and leader thanks to what I’ve learned from them and hope that I, in turn, can continue to teach what they taught me to others.


This month the PAC Kid Spotlight shines on Central Hardin High School student Ayana Roit.  Ayana will next be seen on the PAC stage in Central’s October production of The Laramie Project.   Learn more about Ayana and our other PAC Kids.


Congratulations to Kaylie Durham, Martha Thomas, John Butler, Sandra Bousum, Heather Oldham, Annmarie Lowe, John Heffley, Rita Johnson & Pam Fitzgerald — lucky winners of a $20 PAC gift certificates for completing their Young Frankenstein audience surveys as well as Debbie Lewis, Jessica Russo, Blake Ryan, Landon Shacklette and Laura Durhamthe for winning Young Frankenstein backstage tours in our PAC Facebook drawing. Follow the PAC on Social Media and you too could be a winner!

 

NOW SHOWING – OCTOBER 2019

October 17                “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.

October 18, 19         Central Hardin High School Drama Club presents THE LARAMIE PROJECT. School Day performance, Friday 10 AM, Public performances: Friday, 7 PM & Saturday Matinee, 2 PM. For student show reservations and $5 tickets to public performances, contact Sarah Dakin 270-734-0021. Tickets will also be available at the door. This is a 3 Act Play and run time is approximately 3 hours.

October 20               Miss Central Kentucky Scholarship Pageant.  6 PM.POC Kelley Knight

October 24                John Hardin High School Choral Concert. 7 PM. POC Phyllis Westfall 270-769-8906.

October 26                KA Drama Sanctuary presents GLEANING.   5 PM.  A Play written and presented by our very own PAC volunteer, Keith Anderson. Tickets: $30 and available at PAC.

October 31,               North Hardin High School Choral Department presents SEUSSICAL. School Day Performances: Thursday, October 31, 9:30 AM & Friday, November 1, 9:30 & 11:30 AM. All reservations are made through Beth Root 270-351-3167.

November 2               PAC ProAm presents Dickens’ Christmas Carol Narrated by Terry Meiners. Local celebrities and radio personality Terry Meiners brings this classic to life during a LIVE recording.  Recording to be played on Quicksie Radio and HCEC-TV over the holiday season.  Public performance at 2PM.  All tickets $10.

COMING SOON – NOVEMBER 2019

November 1          North Hardin High School Choral Department presents SEUSSICAL. School Day Performances:  Friday, November 1, 9:30 & 11:30 AM. All reservations are made through Beth Root 270-351-3167.

 

November 2                The PAC Presents: DICKENS’ CHRISTMAS CAROL – A HARDIN COUNTY RADIO DRAMA. (90 mins) 

Recorded LIVE before a studio audience! Come be part of the story as WQXE, HCECTV and the PAC present a very special interactive experience narrated by radio & TV personality Terry Meiners and featuring local media personalities, government officials and PAC Director Bart Lovins.. Know Before You Go: Rated G. Best for grades 6 and above. To be recorded for later broadcast on WQXE & HCECTV. Saturday 2 PM.  Tickets: $10. Presented in partnership with Citizens Union Bank, Kentucky’s Heartland, Mark’s Feed Store, WQXE and HCEC-TV and the Liske Family.

 

November 2, 3             North Hardin High School Choral Department presents SEUSSICAL. Public performances, Saturday November 2, 7 PM and Sunday November 3 at 3 PM. $5 tickets to public performances are available through Beth Root 270-351-3167. Tickets will also be available at the door.

 

November 8, 9            John Hardin High School presents TRAP. Friday and Saturday public performances. 7 PM. POC Phyllis Westfall, 270-769-8906.

 

November 12              Bluegrass Middle School Band Concert. 7 PM.  POC Joshua Mitchell  270-369-7370.

 

November 14              Central Hardin High School Choir Concert. 7 PM POC Brandon Centers.

 

November 21              Lincoln Trail Elementary Drama Club Fall presents ? .  For tickets and information, POC Rebecca Parrish 270-737-7227.

 

November 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!

 

November 24-26         28th annual presentation of the classical ballet “CINDERELLA by the Allegro Dance Theatre of Radcliff. Performances at 3PM on Sunday and 9:30AM and 11:30AM on Monday and Tuesday. School time performance reservations can be made by calling Allegro Dance Theatre, 270-352-1333.

IN REVIEW – SEPTEMBER 2019

On September 18, the PAC presented a  Free Military Preview Night, Final Dress Rehearsal of  The PAC PRO/AM Musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN  before  an audience  of  38.

On Sept 19-22, 26-29,   the PAC presented 9 performances of  its PRO/AM Musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN before audiences totaling 1,935.  The cast and crew for this production consisted of 13 professionals, 25 amateurs, 28 adults, 10 HCS students, 1 Non HCS student.

On September 24, the PAC presented a school day performance of the ProAm musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN before a student audience of 161 HCS students and 4 homeschool students.

Total Served:   171 HCS students, 5 Non-HCS students, 28 adults, 1,973 audience members.

BART’S BLOG – SEPTEMBER 2019

This fall finds me onstage singing and dancing for the first time since playing Thenardier in Les Miserables back in 2013.  Well, there was that matinee during The Little Mermaid (2016) when I had to almost literally jump in as the Chef at the last minute but I don’t count that.

I’ve handed over the directing reins this fall to our Tech Director, Aaron Taylor, and he saw fit to cast me as Igor (it’s pronounced “eye-gore”).  I turn 54 in a few days and to say that I was a bit rusty going into rehearsals would be an understatement.  I’m using muscles (vocal and mental as well as physical) that I haven’t relied upon in years.  It’s been a great challenge of time and stamina and a heck of a lot of fun.

A large part of that fun has been being put through my paces alongside the local adult amateurs and professionals as well as students that I’ve had the joy of directing over the years and what a great learning experience that has been for all of us.  Whether it is asking an adult to run lines or asking a student to go over a dance step, they are getting to teach me for a change and that’s empowering them in ways I might never be able to do as a director.

We’re also launching our eighteenth season here at the PAC and since tickets just went on sale for all our season events, I thought it might be helpful to give you the inside track on what shows you might want to check out:

  • Young Frankenstein (9/19-29/2019) – If you are easily offended, best skip this one. If, however, you love the original Mel Brooks movie, this is a once in a lifetime experience.
  • Dickens’ Christmas Carol (11/2/2019) – This live radio drama filled with local celebrities, guest starring Terry Meiners, and with the audience supplying sound effects is fun for young and old alike with active imaginations.
  • The Nutcracker (12/20-22/2019) – If you’ve not seen “The Nut” in a while, now’s the time. We’re literally adding more magic to the show thanks to collaboration with one of our dancers who is also a magician.
  • The Sign of Four (1/16-26/2020) – Yep, Sherlock’s back following last year’s surprise hit A Study in Scarlet with the next novel in the series. If this one’s equally  successful, expect The Hound of the Baskervilles next season.
  • Hamlet (3/27/2020) –If Shakespeare scares or worse yet bores you, take a chance and check out how Kentucky Shakespeare makes the Bard’s work more interesting and accessible to modern audiences.
  • Sleeping Beauty (4/10-11/2020) – Imagine what 50-60 children can accomplish in a week’s time and you won’t even come close to the caliber of performances Missoula Children’s Theatre brings to our stage each year.

So, come see me in Young Frankenstein this month and see how well I am holding up or come to any of our other events this season and see how well the PAC is holding up.  Hopefully you’ll find we’re all doing pretty well for our age.


This month the PAC Kid Spotlight shines on North Hardin High School student Laci Knowles.  Laci is playing the role of “Stage Manager” in her first PAC ProAm production Young Frankenstein this month.   Learn more about Laci and our other PAC Kids.

NOW SHOWING – SEPTEMBER 2019

September 18          Free Military Preview Night, Final Dress Rehearsal of  The PAC PRO/AM Musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.  (120 min.) All currently serving or retired members of the military and their families are welcome to attend a preview of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.  7 PM.   No tickets required. Seating is general admission. Outside doors open at 6 PM and the theatre opens at 6:30 PM

September19           “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!

Sept 19-22, 26-29   THE PAC PRESENTS: The PAC PRO/AM Musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. (120 min.) It’s alive! And it’ll leave you in stitches! See YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (FRONKensteen) come to life on the PAC stage in this electrifying PAC ProAm Musical adaptation of Mel Brooks’ monstrously funny film. Guest directed by Abby…something.  Know Before You Go: Rated PG-13 due to sexual innuendo.  Best for grades 8 and above. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7 PM. Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets: $9 -$29. Presented in partnership with Fort Knox Federal Credit Union.

September 24          THE PAC PRESENTS: The PAC PRO/AM Musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN .(120 min). School Day Performance. 9:30AM. Performance will last 2 hours. Know Before You Go: Rated PG-13 due to sexual innuendo.  Best for grades 8 and above. School Show for classes/teachers and homeschools. Reservations required.

COMING SOON – OCTOBER 2019

October 17                “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.

October 18, 19         Central Hardin High School Drama Club presents THE LARAMIE PROJECT. School Day performance, Friday 10 AM, Public performances: Friday, 7 PM & Saturday Matinee, 2 PM. For student show reservations and $5 tickets to public performances, contact Sarah Dakin 270-734-0021. Tickets will also be available at the door. This is a 3 Act Play and run time is approximately 3 hours.

October 20               Miss Central Kentucky Scholarship Pageant.  6 PM.POC Kelley Knight

October 24                John Hardin High School Choral Concert. 7 PM. POC Phyllis Westfall 270-769-8906.

October 26                KA Drama Sanctuary presents GLEANING.   5 PM.  A Play written and presented by our very own PAC volunteer, Keith Anderson.

October 31,               North Hardin High School Choral Department presents SEUSSICAL. School Day Performances: Thursday, October 31, 9:30 AM & Friday, November 1, 9:30 & 11:30 AM. All reservations are made through Beth Root 270-351-3167.

November 2               PAC ProAm presents Dickens’ Christmas Carol Narrated by Terry Meiners. Local celebrities and radio personality Terry Meiners brings this classic to life during a LIVE recording.  Recording to be played on Quicksie Radio and HCEC-TV over the holiday season.  Public performance at 2PM.  All tickets $10.

IN REVIEW – AUGUST 2019

On August 5, John Hardin High School held their “Freshmen Family Welcome” during an Open House before an audience of  265 parents and students.

On August 6, HCS Child Nutrition held a PD for 165 food service workers.

On August 9, Bluegrass Middle School held a “Student Welcome” Orientation presented by Principal Mr. Elmore before 577 students.

On August 10, the PAC held a Volunteer Orientation/Celebration for 17 volunteers and guests.

On August 26, 18 PAC volunteers addressed more than 9,000 Season brochures for post mailing in record time of only one and one half hours!

On August 28, PAC Season Events tickets went on sale NOW ON SALE!

Total Served:   577 HCS students, 0 Non-HCS students, 200 adults, 265 audience members.

BART’S BLOG with Guest Writer – AUGUST 2019

Hello, friends!  Aaron Taylor here.  By day, I’m the Technical Director here at The PAC.  For the next few weeks, I also have a new, exciting, more-than-part-time job: Director of our PAC Pro-Am Production of Young Frankenstein.  For me, taking on the task of bringing this comedy juggernaut to the stage is serious business.

My oldest brother, Tony was born in 1960.  That makes him 14 years older than me.  Growing up, I fuzzily remember Tony living with us, before he married and moved out.  I do remember that Tony was the funny one in the family.  My most vivid memories come later in life, when my other brother, Eric and I would anticipate Tony’s visits, so we could learn new bits, hear him talk about new comedies he’d seen, and take every chance to study at the feet of the Master.

Among other comedy classics, one of Tony’s favorites and most often quoted was Young Frankenstein.  The Mel Brooks directed film came out in 1974, the year of my birth.  According to Mel, Gene Wilder, who at the time was working with him on Blazing Saddles, convinced him to join the project with a simple pitch:  What if the grandson of Dr. Frankenstein wanted nothing to do with the family whatsoever. He was ashamed of those wackos.

That’s all it took.

Long before Eric and I saw Young Frankenstein, we knew the lines.  Tony loved the movie and found ways to always slip quotes and memorable lines into everyday conversation.  As we grew older and starting watching the film as regularly as Tony, my brother and I did the same.

Tony died unexpectedly in 2006.  But he talks to me all the time, through Caddyshack, Firesign Theatre, Meatballs, This is Spinal Tap, The Big Lebowski, and especially Young Frankenstein.   And now I pore over the script for the musical version of Young Frankenstein, and find myself wondering, “What would Tony think is funny?”

So as I enter these early, wobbling rehearsals and barrel towards our opening night, I keep the voice of Tony close.  I’m doing my best to uphold the comedic legacy of a film that so many people hold in the highest es

 

teem, bring you some fresh new takes to keep things hilarious, and to create something that would make my brother laugh.

I also have an older sister who would punch me in the arm if I failed to mention her.


 

This month the PAC Kid Spotlight shines on Central Hardin High School student Kelsey Mays.  Kelsey has just been cast in her first PAC ProAm production and she is thrilled to be part Young Frankenstein’s ensemble.   Learn more about Kelsey and our other PAC Kids.

NOW SHOWING – AUGUST 2019

August 1 – Sept 17
  PAC “In Production” for the fall ProAm Musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.

 

August 5 
  John Hardin High School “Freshmen Family Welcome” during Open House. 6 PM. POC Peggy Snow 270-769-8905.

 

August 6
HCS Child Nutrition PD. 7:30 AM -4 PM. POC Josey Crew. 270.769.7925.

 

August 9
  Bluegrass Middle School “Student Welcome” Orientation by Principal Mr. Elmore. 8:30 AM. POC Teresa Bennett 270-765-2658.

 

August 10
PAC Volunteer Orientation/Celebration. 11 AM at the PAC. All former and new Volunteers are encouraged to attend. POC Diane Hafer 270.769.8837 X5.

 

August 15
“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!

 

August 28
The PAC’s 2019-20 Season of Events tickets will be ON SALE! Go to https://thepac.secure.force.com/ticket  to find out all about them!

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