NETworks presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Beauty_Strip_AdDisney’s Beauty and the Beast, the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to Bowling Green as part of the SKyPAC Broadway series. Produced by NETworks Presentations, this elaborate theatrical production will come to life on stage for three performances on February 28 and March 1, 2015. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 5, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. For additional information on performance times and tickets, visit www.theSKyPAC.com.

Get tickets in advance! Become a SKyPAC Member Today! By becoming a SKyPAC Member today you will receive the opportunity to purchase tickets and get the best seats available before they go on sale to the public for this performance and future performances. Contact Deborah Stein at 270-904-5002 for more details.

Group tickets for Disney’s Beauty and The Beast Grab a group of your friends and family to SAVE 15% on Sunday, February 28, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. when you bring a group of 15 or more. SAVE 20% on the first two price levels and 15% in the third and fourth price levels at the 6:30 p.m. performance on Sunday, March 1, 2015 for groups of 15 or more. Contact our Group Ticket Coordinator, Erin Biggers, at 270-904-7010 to reserve your seats today.

jillian_butterfield_and_the_cast_of_disneys_beauty_and_the_beast._photo_by_matthew_murphyDisney’s Beauty and the Beast features the Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs composed by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton.

The original creators of the Broadway production have reunited for this new touring production. The play is directed by Rob Roth and choreographed by Matt West, with Costume Design by Ann Hould-Ward (Tony Award® winner for her work on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), Lighting Design by Natasha Katz (three-time Tony Award® winner), Scenic Design by Stanley A. Meyer, Sound Design by John Petrafesa Jr. and Music Supervision by Michael Kosarin.  For more information about this production visit http://www.disneysbeautyandthebeast.com

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a jillian_butterfield_as_belle_and_the_cast_of_disneys_beauty_and_the_beast._photo_by_matthew_murphyprovincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Based on the 1991 Academy Award®-winning animated feature film and celebrating 20 years since its Broadway premiere in 1994, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has become an international sensation that has been seen by over 35 million people worldwide in 22 countries, and has been translated into 9 different languages. This production launched in February 2010 and has been seen by 2.5 million people while playing more than 1,000 performances in all 50 United States and 6 Canadian Provinces. Currently, there are four other productions playing around the world including Paris, tours in Japan and Germany, and a new international tour that currently will visit more than 12 countries in two years.

NETworks Presentations LLC (Producer) from its inception nearly 20 years ago has been an industry-leading producer of touring musical theatre productions and remains committed to delivering quality entertainment to its audiences. Having toured over 60 productions extensively throughout North America, NETworks is now expanding its tours into many international markets including South America, Greece, Italy, Turkey, and South East Asia. Its current touring season includes Cameron Mackintosh’s The Phantom of the Opera, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Dirty Dancing, Blue Man Group, Flashdance, Anything Goes and Elf the Musical.

SKyPAC Participates in #GivingTuesday, December 2nd

“We have Black Friday and Cyber Monday—Why not a day of giving during the holidays?”

GT_2014Web-Banner_250x250_RedThat question is the background buzz around the offices of the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) during December. This year, SKyPAC is participating in #GivingTuesday, a flourishing national charitable giving movement with roots in local communities, and SKyPAC staff members are committed to making the fundraising project a success.

 

 

#GivingTuesday, December 2, 2014

Fundraising_RocketShip#GivingTuesday began in 2012 in New York City as a joint project of the 92nd Street YMCA and United Nations Foundations. Its purpose is to promote philanthropy during the traditional season of giving, beginning on the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve.

“We often complain that the holidays primarily focus on holiday shopping rather than giving,” Zarr says. “#GivingTuesday motivates people and organizations to give with a purpose by directing their charitable giving to the causes they personally support. In the case of SKyPAC, the money we raise will support our ongoing mission: ‘Engaging HeARTS. Enriching Lives.’

SKyPAC’s campaign goal is $50,000, an amount that will be matched by an anonymous donor, for total proceeds of $100,000. 

Help us reach our goal by December 2, 2014, click here to donate today!

The Power of Social Media

The theme of SKyPAC’s #GivingTuesday campaign is “The ARTS change lives . . . What’s your story?”

Through the power of social media, including Facebook, Twitter and email, SKyPAC staff members are encouraging individuals to share why they support the arts and how the arts have changed or influenced their lives. In this way, SKyPAC is promoting the campaign throughout south and central Kentucky and inspiring individuals to remember SKyPAC when planning their year-end charitable donations.

GT_Doodle_2014Turn ‘Selfies’ into #UnSelfie photos!
The #UNselfie is a simple example of how individuals can communicate their efforts to support the organization of their choice. SKyPAC is encouraging individuals to share #UNselfie photos expressing why they support the arts and telling their story on their social media channels. For more ideas on creating your own #UNselfie, visit: TheSKyPAC.com/events/GivingTuesday.

Share your story and hashtag it!
GivingTuesday_GraphicYou can help SKyPAC reach its goal by watching for #GivingTuesday and #UNselfie posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram via @TheSKyPAC, then sharing them with your friends. Be sure to hashtag your posts using any or all of the hashtags: #MyStorySKyPAC , #GivingTuesday, or #TheSKyPAC.

 

Check out our #UNselfies below from SKyPAC staff and students from W.R. McNeill Elementary School.

 

Happy 50th Anniversary, Rudolph!

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This year, “Rudolph,” the bashful reindeer whose shiny red nose made him the target of merciless taunting by the other reindeer in Christmasville, truly goes “down in history.” It has been 50 years since the much-loved holiday special first aired on television. And during those five decades, we have sympathized with Rudolph’s sad plight and cheered his ultimate victory as Santa chose him to lead the sleigh team on a particularly snowy Christmas Eve.

 “My family would gather in front of the television, wearing our comfy Christmas pajamas and enjoying egg nog and popcorn. The kids were so excited knowing that after they went to sleep, Santa would come and leave toys all around the tree.” –Erin Biggers, SKyPAC Marketing Associate

“Reginald” the Reindeer?

But do you know that Rudolph’s history actually dates back to 1939 and involves Chicago-based retailer Montgomery Ward? After many years of buying and giving away thousands of children’s Christmas books, the retailer decided that creating its own book would save money. Ward’s copywriter Robert L. May was assigned the task.

May considered a number of names for the ill-treated reindeer, including Rollo and Reginald, before settling on Rudolph. (Can you imagine singing “Reginald the red nose reindeer?”)

In its first year of publication, 2.5 million copies of Rudolph’s story were distributed by Montgomery Ward.

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In 1948, May’s brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, also a Ward’s employee, set the poem to music. The song was turned down by Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore before eventually being recorded by Gene Autry. The song was released in 1949. It skyrocketed to No. 1 on the Billboard pop singles chart and went on to become the seasonal standard it is today. In fact, with the exception of “White Christmas,” Rudolph has sold more records than any other Christmas song.

“My daughter, who is 2 ½ years old, loves the songs and sings along. And she knows all of the reindeer’s names.” Janelle Johnson, Campaign Manager at SKyPAC 

Rudolph’s Television Debut

In 1964, “Rudolph” was filmed in Japan in a new format called “stop-motion.” The sound was recorded in Toronto, Canada. In the process, the story was altered from the original version.  When it premiered on NBC, it included Hermey, an outcast elf like Rudolph, Yukon Cornelius, a prospector searching for wealth, Clarice, Rudolph’s love interest, and Bumble, the Abominable Snowman.

“I was afraid of the monster! I always watched that part with my eyes closed.” –Deborah Stein, SKyPAC Development Associate

The second film version also included “misfit toys” being dropped to the homes of children who found and loved them. This change was urged by viewers who wanted a happy ending for each toy.

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Rudolph Goes Home to Chicago

In December 2013, Rudolph returned to Chicago, the home of Montgomery Ward’s and Rudolph’s birthplace. Dennis Polkow, the reviewer at Chicago’s Emerald City Theatre at the Broadway Playhouse on Water Tower Place said:

Most worthwhile about this experience is its message of acceptance and diversity which the cast delivers with verve and cheer. Rudolph generates considerable empathy for [the] first-time live-theater goers I had along with me . . . They loved the show and got the point without being hit over the head with it. All while still being immensely entertained. Dennis Polkow

It has also been said that:

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” is so faithful to the original show that it practically transports audience members into the television special. The songs drive the plot while familiar and nostalgic set designs, costumes and characters are brought to stage. The cast brings new energy to the classic songs and dialogue, while puppets help showcase the charming “roughness” from the television show’s stop-motion effects. “New Musical Stage Version of Rudolph,” BroadwayWorld.com, 9/22/2014.

Laughter and Tears

I’m sure you know how the story ends, and I doubt that any part of Rudolph’s tale will surprise you when you see it on stage at SKyPAC. But what may come as a surprise is the level of emotion—the laughter and the tears—that arise the first time you see the stage version. As for the children, you can be sure that they will be mesmerized and treasure the memory–perhaps to recount the experience to their own children when Rudolph turns 60 or 70.

My two sisters and I would watch Rudolph while sitting under the Christmas tree. I was mesmerized.”–Betty McGuire, SKyPAC Executive Assistant

As for my own personal memory, when I was a child, Rudolph–and other holiday TV shows like “Charlie Brown Christmas,” “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” and “Frosty the Snowman”—were shown only once a year. On the much anticipated evening, our family gathered in front of the TV. My father built a fire in the living room fireplace and popped popcorn that we munched on during the show.

I even remember the commercial of Santa riding down a snowy slope on a Norelco razor.

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“Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” will appear at SKyPAC at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 7, 2014, order online now! Grab a group of your favorite misfits! Groups of 15 or more save 20% call our SKyPAC Group Ticket Coordinator at 270-904-7010  to reserve your seats today!  

 

 

 

Show Time!

Before the theater lights dim. Before the hush of anticipation falls over the audience. Before the orchestra strikes the first notes of the overture. Before the curtain rises and the first actor appears on stage. 

Before all of that—a pre-performance air of ambience falls over SKyPAC’s immense lobby with its soaring three-story ceiling. The doors open and the first audience members drift in. As the lobby fills, a conversational hum rises, punctuated by the greetings of friends meeting up. 

It’s opening night of “Anything Goes.” The show has drawn an audience of all ages, from animated grade school children to their parents and grandparents–all here with the expectation of being thoroughly entertained. Waiting to serve them is a small army of volunteers (aka “Ambassadors”) and SKyPAC staff, with smiles all around and an eagerness to make everyone feel welcome.  

Half an hour before show time, I stand by the second floor railing, taking in the scene below, swept up by the excitement surrounding the opening night of this Tony award-winning, highly acclaimed Broadway revival.

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Opening Night “Delight”

Originally produced in 1934, Cole Porter’s vibrant song and dance extravaganza was an enormous hit. One of the longest running musicals of the 1930s, it starred the legendary Ethel Merman and marked the peak of Cole Porter’s celebrated career as composer and lyricist.

Fortunately, we in Bowling Green don’t need to travel to New York City—or back in time—to attend a Broadway musical of such renown. As a prominent home for the arts, distinguished by a far-reaching reputation for excellence, SKyPAC is capable of booking shows the caliber of—and as “delightful” as– Anything Goes.

Enthusiastic Reviews

Everywhere it travels, from New York to San Francisco, Anything Goes elicits enthusiastic reviews.

  •  “Musical Comedy Joy!” says The New York Times.
  • “So delightful, so delicious, so de-lovely!” marvels the Associated Press.
  • “A TOP-NOTCH Cole Porter musical comedy!” enthuses the San Francisco Chronicle.

After 80 years, Porter’s songs—including “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top,” “It’s De-lovely,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” and, of course, the show-stopping “Anything Goes”—still resonate with today’s audiences.

As for the musical performances, the singing is superb, the dancing is dazzling and the tapping is near mind-boggling. In particular, Emma Stratton, playing Reno Sweeney, and Brian Krinsky, playing Billy Crocker, claim the stage and wow the audience.

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 Fifteen minutes before the opening act, I make my way to my seat. In the pit, the orchestra tunes up, creating a cacophony of sounds. To the peal of a horn, the thump of a drum, the high-pitched reverberation of violins, the audience streams in. Green-jacketed ushers hand out programs and help people find their seats.

 The house lights dim. An expectant hush falls over the room. SKyPAC Executive Director Jan Zarr walks on stage to welcome the audience, noting, to general applause, that his son, Bradley, is among the cast. (Congratulations!)

 The overture commences, the curtain rises, the first actors take the stage.

 Finally. . . It’s show time!

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 Anything Goes is the first show in SKyPAC’s 2014-2015 Broadway musical series. Coming up are Sister Act, Flashdance-The Musical and Beauty and the Beast. Join in the excitement! Purchase your tickets now for the best seats.

Connie Thwaite is a PR Associate with SKyPAC. She can be reached at CThwaite@TheSKyPAC.com

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Lost River Cave Scarecrows

I recently visited the Lost River Cave for the first time. My mission: to photograph the Beauty and Beastscarecrows sponsored and created by local businesses, particularly the prize-winning SKyPAC scarecrows depicting Beauty and the Beast.

At the gift shop, an accommodating employee had given me a map of the trails, and I happily set off along the path she recommended. But soon, I was wandering off the path, forgetting my assignment, mesmerized by the spectacle of the site itself.

Excuse me while I extol the marvels of this seven-mile cave system with a river running through it. The Butterfly Habitat. . . the stone house, dilapidated shack and other buildings with mysterious origins. . . the shimmering, opaque blue pool. . . the purple flowers cascading over wooden fences. . . the dance floor with twinkling strings of lights where scores of weddings, proms and parties have taken place. . . the trail markers describing former inhabitants: Native Americans, early European settlers, Civil War troops, even Jesse James. . . the sunshine filtering through towering trees. . . and the way the river and pools appear and disappear beneath the backdrop of soaring stone walls carved by countless millennia of coursing water.

Excuse the digression; but, honestly, I was transfixed by the beauty and wonder surrounding me.

Finally, I came upon the first scarecrows and remembered why I was there.  As my photographs illustrate, local organizations tapped the best of their creativity and put together not just scarecrows but complete tableaus depicting their organizations’ missions and operations.

A few favorites.

WEHS Art Club’s young boy attached by chain link to a really despicable bunch of monsters, reminding us that October is Bullying Awareness Month.

Hartland Family Dentistry’s friendly dentist, his head in the shape of a smiling tooth, dressed in a white lab jacket and blue scrub pants.

Bowling Green Visitors and Convention Center’s cheerful backhoe operator. That’s a yellow toy corvette hanging from a chain, reminding us that Bowling Green is “Geared for Fun.”

Farmers National Bank’s tableau depicting its “Through the Generations” slogan, with one of the three scarecrow generations watering a money tree.

A man and a woman dressed for a night out on the town (she’s carrying a little purse; he’s sporting a dapper black hat). Presumably, they are financially comfortable customers of Monticello Bank.

Re-Pets cute burlap-wrapped cat and red tee-shirted dog, reminding us that we can prevent homeless animals by spaying and neutering our pets.

By the end of my walk, I’d taken more than 50 photos, but failed in my original mission.

Jess Kem, SKyPAC’s Marketing Manager and Gallery Director, took the picture of SKyPAC’s Beauty and the Beast scarecrows.  I never found them.

A final note. At one point during my ramble, an older woman stopped me and asked if I’d ever seen the spot covered with winter snow and ice. I told her this was my first visit. “You must come back,” she said. “But be sure to bring your ski poles!”

I surely will.

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By Connie Thwaite
10/7/2014

We live in a time when purchasing a novel involves little more than a few clicks on a tablet or Kindle. There is no need to travel to a book store, no browsing through stacks of volumes, no sensory connection with the weight of books in our hands or the aroma of fresh ink on crisp pages. And there certainly is no stimulation of our visual creativity.

For all of these reasons, the Portland, Tennessee Student Book Project in SKyPAC’s Children’s Gallery is a surprising and compelling visual experience. Under the tutelage of Mrs. Tiffany Brown, a former exhibiting artist in SKyPAC’s main gallery, the Portland students created works of art using acrylic on books as their primary media.

"Country Boy" by Brett Vanatta

“Country Boy” by Brett Vanatta

In their technique, the students’ art brings to mind Henri Matisse’s collages—a form the artist called “painting with scissors.” While scissors may not have been a primary tool in Brett Vanatta’s “Country Boy,” Brett’s strong image juxtaposed against flowing fabric-like shades of blue and yellow could very well have been inspired by a Matisse interior scene. And Shelby Weatherbee’s “For the First Time in Forever,” with its color blocks of blue, yellow and brown, has a collage quality reminiscent of the art produced by Matisse during the latter years of his life.

In their form and structure, the students’ works also evoke cubism. This artistic direction, which most often is associated with Pablo Picasso, reduced natural, three-dimensional images into two-dimensional shapes. This technique is evident in Julie Murphy’s “The Tenth Doctor,” in which the subject’s features are cut into geometric shapes and fitted back together like puzzle pieces slightly askew. In Devon Moore’s “Arnold,” it is the background books that take on a two-dimensional geometric format. The same can be said of “Mom” by Victoria Enfinger.

"Mom"by Victoria Enfinger

“Mom”by Victoria Enfinger

"The Tenth Doctor" by Julie Murphy

“The Tenth Doctor” by Julie Murphy

"For the First Time in Forever" by Shelby Weatherbee

“For the First Time in Forever” by Shelby Weatherbee

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I moved through the exhibit, I was struck by the choice of bold color in the students’ works and especially moved by the way in which the students’ outer images evoked their interior spirit. If I had time and space, I would discuss every piece in the exhibit because I do believe they all are spectacular. Instead, I will simply say that I hope all of the young artists will continue to pursue their talent—if not in visual art, then another art form of their choosing, because the greatest tool of an artist is his or her spirit and unique vision of beauty—whether sweet or harsh—in the world around them.

"You're a Tree" by Elle

“You’re a Tree” by Elle

And, to return to where I began, with the sensory impact that books deliver—even as technology assumes an increasing role in the way we are exposed to art—I will conclude with “You’re A Tree” by Elle. In her Artist’s Statement, Elle says, “When I was young, I was told that what you read makes you grow. The more you read, the more you grow. ‘You’re A Tree’ is a representation of the stories I was told, of how the written word makes you grow into a strong tree.”

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Connie is a freelance writer living in Bowling Green. She can be reached at conniethwaite@gmail.com.

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By Connie Thwaite 9/14/2014 It’s no accident that I chose “Germination,” the current exhibit of sculptor David Marquez’s work, as the topic of my first SKyPAC post. To my mind, Marquez’s sculptures are simply all of the things that current, … Continue reading