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BART’S BLOG – APRIL 2021

In March of 2020, The PAC hosted a Central Hardin High School production of Little Women.  Little did we know that would be the last performance on our stage that spring or that “to be or not to be” was truly the question when we canceled Kentucky Shakespeare’s Hamlet about a week later.

As I look back on a year of loss, disruption, and isolation, I reflect on how we’ve all changed or grown. I’ve been amazed and inspired by the resilience of the PAC staff, as well as that of our students, teachers, performers, and volunteers.  Most of all, I’m thankful for our audiences and their willingness to continually adapt to the challenges we’ve faced.  Over the past twelve months, the PAC has remained committed to serving our community by seizing new opportunities, exploring innovative possibilities, and engaging more deeply with our performers, patrons, and partners.  Even with the cancelations and limitations over the last year, the PAC still managed to serve 2,000 people in 21 states, Canada, and the United Kingdom.  All things considered, that’s pretty phenomenal.  But it’s a far cry from the 27,000 served the year before and insignificant when compared to the number of those we believe we’ll be able to serve in the coming years!

Perhaps it’s connected to vaccines and spring, but optimism is definitely on the rise.  So as we emerge from the pandemic, I am committed to contributing to positive change.  With an eye on the future, we are now re-prioritizing programming and projects that emphasize the importance of connection, self-expression, empathy, inclusivity, and community.  Over the next and subsequent seasons, the PAC will build upon past successes and address our shortcomings as we strive to provide quality performing arts experiences that engage our artists, entertain our audiences, and educate our students in creative ways that we have only just begun to explore.


Congratulations to Debbie Lewis, Desaree Ruic, Joan Klotz, and Lynette Pharr-Ellis – lucky winners of $20 PAC gift certificates for completing their Audience Surveys.


Shane & Skylar Yates are ready to fly!

This month we have a special two for one interview combining a “flashback” for Shane Yates and a “spotlight” on his daughter, Skylar Yates, a fourth-grader at Vine Grove Elementary School.  They just finished working together at the PAC with Allegro Dance Theatre’s Matilda.
Learn more about Shane and Skylar and all the other current and former students we’ve recognized over the years.

Watch the interview here:

NOW SHOWING – APRIL 2021

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Events may change with short notice due to COVID restriction changes.

April 3 THE PAC PRESENTS: PERFORMANCES of Missoula Children’s Theatre THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES(60 min).  A fable brought to life by a cast of 26 local students and Missoula Children’s Theatre.  2PM and 7 PM.  Know Before You Go: Music and fun for everyone.  Tickets: $10 plus fee for In-Person.

$5 plus fee for Livestream.  Tickets go on sale March 31. POC 270-769-8837.  Presented in Partnership with Swope Family of Dealerships, Edward Jones, ElizabethtownFamily.com, Elizabethtown Tourism, and Jimmie Dee Kelley in Tribute to Nelson Kelley.
April 12 – 18 THE PAC PRESENTS: Kentucky Shakespeare in ROMEO & JULIET On-Demand.  (90 mins).   Know Before You Go: Rated PG.  Best for grades 6 and above.  No In-Person audiences.   On-Demand Tickets: $10 plus fees.  Produced in partnership with Kenneth & Nanette Johnston and  Jimmie Dee Kelley in Tribute to Nelson Kelley.
 April 23 POSTPONED Glen Rice/Buffalo Productions presents Glen Rice, Family & FriendsThis event has been postponed until July 30, 2021. 7PM.  Tickets: $20 & $25.  POC Glen Rice 270-325-3256.  All seats will be reserved and will be available for purchase a few weeks before the event at www.thepac.net or by calling 270-769-8837.
 April 16,17 Youth Theatre of Hardin County Auditions for their summer production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY.  Friday, 5PM; Saturday, 11AM.  POC Betty Marsee 270-765-5421.

COMING SOON – MAY 2021

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Events may change with short notice due to COVID restriction changes.

May 3
North Hardin High School Choral Concert. 3 PM. POC Cassie Lucas at 270-369-3167. All seats will be reserved, and tickets will be available a week in advance of the performance at www.thepac.net or by calling 270-769-8837.
May 7 John Hardin High School Choral Concert. 7 PM. POC Phyllis Westfall 270-769-8606. All seats will be reserved, and tickets will be available a week in advance of the performance at www.thepac.net or by calling 270-769-8837.
May 8 Studio One-Eleven Spring Dance Recital. 6 PM. POC Katie Bennett 270-312-0872. All seats will be reserved, and tickets will be available for purchase a week prior to the event at www.thepac.net or by calling 270-769-8837.
 May 15,16 The Dance Centre of Elizabethtown’s Spring Recitals.  Saturday at 1 PM and Sunday at 2 & 4:30 PM.  POC Sherry Barnard 270-765-5464. All seats will be reserved, and tickets will be available for purchase a week prior to the event at www.thepac.net or by calling 270-769-8837.
May 20 Hardin County Schools Board of Education Meeting. 6 PM. This meeting has been moved to Central Office and will not be held at the PAC. 
May 28,29,30 Allegro Dance Theatre Spring Recitals. Friday, 7 PM, Saturday 11 AM and 3 PM, Sunday 3 PM. Tickets are $5 plus fees for In-P POC Carol Zagar 270-352-1333. All seats will be reserved, and tickets will be available for purchase a week prior to the event at www.thepac.net or by calling 270-769-8837.

IN REVIEW – MARCH 2021

On March 5 & 6, 16 students in Central Hardin High School Drama Club presented two performances of SUPERHERO TOWN and THE SECRETS OF WILDEST NEVERLAND by Jon Jory before in -person audiences of 108.

On March 13, 25 HCS students and 9 Non-HCS area youth attended the last of three Youth Theatre of Hardin County winter workshops in preparation for auditions for their summer production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY. 

On March 19 thru 21,  14 HCS students and 20 Non-HCS students of Allegro Dance Theatre presented 4 performances of MATILDA, JR. before in-person audiences totaling 419.

On March 27 & 28, former HCS student, professional dancer and singer/songwriter Madison Case shot a music video on the PAC stage with 14 dancers and 4 crew.

On March 30, 20 HCS students representing 9 middle and elementary schools and 6 students representing schools in Hart, Larue and Meade counties and home schools were cast in this season’s Missoula Children’s Theatre production of THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES. Included in the cast are 3 sets of siblings and 1 set of cousins. Performances will be held Saturday, April 3 at 2 & 7 PM.

BART’S BLOG – MARCH 2021

As things start to thaw outside, so does the freeze on activity at the PAC.  We may not be as busy as usual, but this March is undoubtedly shaping up to be a lot more active than last March.  As I write, North Hardin’s drama club is performing an evening of monologues, and a week later, Central Hardin’s drama club will be presenting two one-acts.  These shows are the first for these organizations in over a year.  Then close on their heels, Allegro Dance Theatre returns to the PAC with Matilda, Jr.

In addition to these performances, there are two great opportunities this month for students to get on stage again.  Youth Theatre of Hardin County is holding the last of their audition workshops for students 6th through 12th grade in preparation for The Addams Family this summer.  And Missoula Children Theatre (MCT) will be casting students 1st through 8th grade when they return to the PAC with Sleeping Beauty.  Due to COVID, MCT’s casting process will be a little different this time around.  Instead of in-person auditions, we’ll be asking parents to register their students for participation later this month.

These performances and performance opportunities follow strict COVID guidelines, and audience capacity is severely limited, so go to The PAC.net right now and get your tickets before they’re gone, sign up for MCT before it’s too late, and learn more about everything coming up at the PAC at thePAC.net.

Yes, the snow is melting, the sun is shining, and the future for performing arts in Hardin County is starting to look brighter.


This month the PAC Student Spotlight recognizes North Hardin High School’s Zander Mack who just finished performing at the PAC with their drama club, is part of their track team, and is looking forward to a career in journalism.
Learn more about Zander Mack and all the students we’ve recognized over the years.

Watch the interview here:

 

NOW SHOWING – MARCH 2021

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Events may change with short notice due to COVID restriction changes.

March 5, 6 Central Hardin High School Drama Club presents SUPERHERO TOWN and THE SECRETS OF WILDEST NEVERLAND by Jon Jory.  All seats are reserved. Tickets available at www.thepac.net. Friday at 7PM and Saturday at 2PM.  POC Sarah Dakin, 270-734-0021.
March 13 Youth Theatre of Hardin County Winter Workshop (Last of three) in preparation for Auditions for their summer production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY.  11AM-3PM.  Parent meeting at 2PM.  POC Betty Marsee, 270-765-5421.
March 19-21 Allegro Dance Theatre presents MATILDA, JR.  Friday at 7PM, Saturday at 2PM & 7PM, and Sunday at 3PM. All seats are reserved. Tickets available for purchase at www.thepac.net March 15.  POC Carol Zagar, 270-352-1333.
March 29 – April 2 THE PAC PRESENTS: REHEARSALS of Missoula Children’s Theatre’s SLEEPING BEAUTY.  1st through 8th grade students are invited to participate.  Rehearsals will occur at the PAC Monday – Thursday, March 29 – April 1, from 4PM – 8:30 PM, and Friday, April 2, from 8AM – Noon (each participant’s schedule varies depending upon casting).  Due to COVID restrictions, participation will be limited to just 30 participants and will be by registration instead of auditions.  The registration form will be available soon and will be found at www.thepac.net.   Participation Fee: $20.
April 2, 3 THE PAC PRESENTS: PERFORMANCES of Missoula Children’s Theatre’s SLEEPING BEAUTY.  (60 min).  A fable brought to life by a cast of local students and Missoula Children’s Theatre.  Friday, April 2 at 7PM, and Saturday, April 3 at 2PM.  Know Before You Go: Music and fun for everyone.  Tickets: $10 plus fee. Tickets will be available for purchase on beginning March 30.  POC 270-769-8837.  Presented in Partnership with Swope Family of Dealerships, Edward Jones, ElizabethtownFamily.com, Elizabethtown Tourism, and Jimmie Dee Kelley in Tribute to Nelson Kelley.

COMING SOON – APRIL 2021

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Events may change with short notice due to COVID restriction changes.

April 2, 3 THE PAC PRESENTS: PERFORMANCES of Missoula Children’s Theatre SLEEPING BEAUTY(60 min).  A fable brought to life by a cast of local students and Missoula Children’s Theatre.  Friday, April 2 at 7PM and Saturday, April 3 at  2PM.  Know Before You Go: Music and fun for everyone.  Tickets: $12- $20.  Tickets go on sale March 30. POC 270-769-8837.  Presented in Partnership with Swope Family of Dealerships, Edward Jones, ElizabethtownFamily.com, Elizabethtown Tourism, and Jimmie Dee Kelley in Tribute to Nelson Kelley.
April 12 – 18 THE PAC PRESENTS: Kentucky Shakespeare in ROMEO & JULIET On-Demand.  (90 mins).   Know Before You Go: Rated PG.  Best for grades 6 and above.  No In-Person audiences.  On-Demand Tickets will go on sale March 29.  On-Demand Tickets: $10 plus fees.  Produced in partnership with Kenneth & Nanette Johnston and  Jimmie Dee Kelley in Tribute to Nelson Kelley.
 April 23 Glen Rice/Buffalo Productions presents Glen Rice, Family & FriendsThis event has not been confirmed. Continue to check website for up to date information. Curtain at 7PM.  Tickets: $20 & $25.  POC Glen Rice 270-325-3256.  Tickets can also be reserved at the PAC, 270-769-8837.
 April 16,17 Youth Theatre of Hardin County Auditions for their summer production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY.  Friday at 5PM and Saturday at 11AM.  POC Betty Marsee 270-765-5421.

 

IN REVIEW – FEBRUARY 2021

Sadly, the February 1st Hardin County Schools Spelling Bee, February 7th North Hardin and February 11th John Hardin High School Choir Concerts had to be canceled due to COVID restriction impacts on student participation.  The February 18th Hardin County Board of Education meeting normally held at the PAC was moved to Central Office and then postponed due to inclement weather.

On February 13th, Youth Theatre of Hardin County held it’s second of three Winter Workshops virtually due to inclement weather, with 30 area youth participating.

The North Hardin High School Drama Club, under the direction of Donna Thomas, had to postpone its production of THE PANDEMIC THAT DIDN’T DEFINE THEM from February 21st to February 28th. 10 students performed before a live in-person audience of 26 and live-streamed to 7.

The edited and enhanced performance of the PAC’s ProAm Classical: THE NOVEL STAGE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES was offered On-Demand February 22nd – 28th and viewed by 33 patrons.

 

 

 

BART’S BLOG – FEBRUARY 2021

A flash of lightning reveals a dead body, and nearby – fresh and clear – lay the footprint of a gigantic hound.  So begins the PAC’s penultimate installment of The Novel Stage Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Much like the eponymous Hound of the Baskervilles, the specter of COVID haunted us throughout this production.  Just as the play’s characters followed markers to avoid being sucked into the Grimpen Mire, the cast and crew adhered to the PAC’s pandemic rules of operation to prevent the spread of the virus amongst our team.

Even under such hindrances, the world’s most famous mystery is brought to life through the vivid characterizations, imaginative staging, and incredible sound and lighting design that PAC audiences have come to expect.

In the end, we could not have the In-Person audiences we’d wished for, but our actors were able to act sans masks for four Live-Streamed performances last month.  These performances have now been edited together along with rare camera angles that will place the audience right on stage with the performers as well as behind-the-scenes footage to create a unique On-Demand production that all fans of Sherlock, local theatre, and the PAC will not want to miss.

HOW TO GET TICKETS?
Tickets for the On-Demand performances from February 22-28 are $10 plus fees and are on sale now at www.ThePAC.net.

HOW TO ACCESS THE PERFORMANCE?
After purchasing your On-Demand ticket, you’ll be emailed a receipt with a link to view the performance from your computer, phone, or any other electronic device.  Cable access is not required.


Congratulations to BEN D’AMICO, SHELBY GREENWELL & RICHARD SCHROEDER – lucky winners of $20 PAC gift certificates for completing their Audience Surveys for the Live-Streamed performances of  The Hound of the Baskervilles.

NOW SHOWING – FEBRUARY 2021

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Events may change with short notice due to COVID restrictions.

February 1 Hardin County Schools Spelling Bee. 3:30-5:30 PM. POC Monica Oliver. CANCELED DUE TO COVID

February 13 Youth Theatre of Hardin County Winter Workshop (Second of three) in preparation for their summer production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY. 11 AM – 2 PM. POC Betty Marsee 270-765-5421.

February TBD North Hardin High School Choir Concert.  POC Cassie Lucas 270-351-3167. CANCELED DUE TO COVID

February 19, 21 North Hardin High School Drama Club production of THE PANDEMIC THAT DIDN’T DEFINE THEM.  Friday, 7 PM, Sunday 3 PM. POC Donna Thomas 270-351-3167.

February 18 Hardin County Board of Education Meeting. 6 PM. Student recognitions. MOVED from the PAC to Central Office.

February 22 – 28 THE PAC PRESENTS On-Demand: ProAm Classical THE NOVEL STAGE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES.  Tickets for the On-Demand edited and enhanced performance version airing February 22-28 are $10 plus fees and are ON SALE NOW at www.ThePAC.net. . After submitting a ticket request, you’ll be emailed a receipt with a link to view the performance from your computer, phone, or any other electronic device. Cable access is not required.

February TBD John Hardin High School Choir Production. POC Phyllis Westfall 270-769-890. CANCELED DUE TO COVID

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