SPLASH INTO EXCITEMENT: 2015-2016 SKyPAC Season Announced!

SKyPAC’s Executive Director, Jan Zarr, announced the 2015-2016 Season line up at   the opening Broadway performance of SISTER ACT last night. Audience members applauded with excitement for the upcoming season performances. “It’s a big, bold and brimming season;” exclaimed Zarr, “jam packed with unforgettable performances from Blue Man Group to American singer song writer Don McLean for an exciting 2015-2016 season!”

Saturday_Night_FeverSKyPAC’s 2015-2016 season is a continuation of their goal to bring south central Kentucky the best Broadway performances, music headliners and cultural attractions. A total of twelve (12) performances make up the new season with eight (8) Director’s series performances and four (4) Broadway series performances. Subscribers will have the opportunity to add in advance any or all of the additional four (4) Add-on performances.Annie

“There is definitely something for everyone,” said Zarr, “with iconic Broadway classics like Annie and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to the newly anticipated iLuminate™ dance group and the ever popular Charlie Daniels Band we have pulled out all the stops for this season.”

Million_Dollar_QuartetSubscription Information
Subscription renewals will be mailed out May 1, 2015 to current subscribers. New subscriptions will go on-sale starting Monday, June 15th. For additional information on becoming a season subscriber or for performance dates and times please visit www.TheSKyPAC.com or call the SKyPAC Ticket office at 270-904-1880. Download the schedule here: SKyPAC 2015-2016 Season Lineup


SKyPAC Summer Arts Camp

Sign up now for a create summer at SKyPAC! It’s going to be a great DSC_0049summer packed with musical theatre, magic and visual arts! Sign up now! Download all the details here (includes application) or check out the line up below.

A limited number of camp scholarships are available. Click here for the scholarship application.

For more details or questions contact Education Associate, Tiffany Deaton, at 270-904-7009 or tdeaton@theskypac.com

Missoula Children’s Theatre

  • Sleeping Beauty June 22 – June 27, 2015
  • Aladdin July 13 – 18, 2015

PaperWorks Visual Arts Camp – July 6 – 10, 2015

ClayWorks Visual Arts Camp – July 20-24, 2015

MixedWorks Visual Arts Camp – July 20 -24, 2015

Magic Camp with Kevin Spencer – July 21-31, 2015



America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, will be performing his signature stand-up routine at SKyPAC. Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. Seinfeld now sets his sights on performing both nationally and internationally in 2015.

His tour will visit SKyPAC in Bowling Green on May 28 at 7pm. This show is on sale Friday, March 20 at 10am! Tickets will be available online at TheSKyPAC.com, the SKyPAC ticket office or by phone 270-904-1880.

For more information on the upcoming Jerry Seinfeld performance, contact Teri LaPlante at teri@jstouring.com. A JS TOURING PRODUCTION

Get tickets in advance! Become a SKyPAC Member! 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.


Bowling Green, KY (March 11, 2015) – Just announced, husband and wife duo, Thompson Square, to perform at SKyPAC May 9, 2015 at 7:30PM. With two #1 smash singles, five Top 20 hits, seven mainstream music awards and over 25 nominations(including two GRAMMY as well as American Music Award and Teen Choice Award nods), 2x Tsq_Prod_imgreigning ACM “Vocal Duo of the Year” and multi-platinum selling duo Thompson Square is one of today’s hottest Country music acts.

THOMPSON SQUARE burst on the scene in 2011 with its breakthrough #1 hit “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” which has since surpassed two million in sales, was the #1 selling Digital Soudscan Single for five weeks straight and was 2011’s Most Played Song at Country Radio (Mediabase). Thompson Square followed that success with the award-winning hit, “I Got You,” and critically-acclaimed “Glass.”

Thompson Square’s sophomore album JUST FEELS GOOD has spawned both the #1 GOLD selling heart-tugger “If I Didn’t Have You” and the recent Top 5 hit, “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About.” Thompson Square is currently in the studio recording its new album.  For more information visit: http://www.thompsonsquare.com

Performance and Ticket Information
Thompson Square will perform on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 7:30pm. Tickets go on sale on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 10:00 am. For additional information on performance times and tickets, visit www.theSKyPAC.com or call 270-904-1880.

Become a SKyPAC Member! Get tickets in advance! 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.


Save the dates for a fun-filled summer at SKyPAC!save-the-date
Missoula Children’s Theatre Summer Camps:
– Sleeping Beauty – June 22, 2015 – June 27, 2015
– Aladdin – July 13, 2015 – July 18, 2015.

Visual Arts Workshops from July 20 – July 24, 2015

Magic Camp with Kevin Spencer from July 25 – July 31, 2015.

*Applications will be available on March 20, 2015. If you have questions please feel free to contact Tiffany Deaton at 270-904-7009.

SKyPAC Hosts the South Central Kentucky Region Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) will host the Scholastic Art
and Writing Awards exhibition in the SKyPAC Main Gallery from February 4 – February 27, 2015.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program is the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for teenage artists and writers in the United States, administered by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. To be considered, teens in grades 7 through 12 and their teachers submitted work that demonstrates originality, technical skill and personal voice. Students and teachers submitted more than 500 works for consideration which were judged by a panel of local artists and teachers.

A total of 166 works created by students from 24 counties in South Central Kentucky (Adair, Allen, Barren, Butler, Christian, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Grayson, Green, Hart, Logan, Mead, Metcalfe, Monroe, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Russell, Simpson, Taylor, Todd, Warren) will be featured in the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards exhibition.

The SKyPAC galleries are free and open to the public Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information about the SKyPAC galleries visit TheSKyPAC.com or call 270-904-5001.

The South Central Kentucky Scholastic Art & Writing Award-winning students, by school, are as follows:

Barren County Middle School (Educator: Marla England) – Taylor Davidson, Jaquelinne Solis-Villarreal and Grace York

Bowling Green High School (Educator: William Stinson) – Francis Camper, Chloe Games, Carlie Hardin, Diamond Hollis, Madeleine Jones, Ellan Luna, Sonora Schuck, Kathryn Shadowen and Alanna Valery

Butler County High School (Educator: Catron Burdette) – Hallie Berry, Ashton Garrison and Carelissa Young

Caverna High School (Educator: Patricia Rice) – Cailee Carter, Madison Faulkner, Dalton Kolley, Alyia Maulden and Dylan Wilson

Drakes Creek Middle School (Educator: Kandice Kilcoyne) – Keiko Nishijima

Greenwood High School (Educator: Kim Soule) – Nicole Agro, Cameron Brown, Nicole Camargo, Skylar Earnhart, Rebecca Fallon, Olivia Freas, Cyde Kitchens, Jodi Nishihijima, Madison Phillips, Feride Sadriji and Jacky Sanchez

James E Bazzell Middle School (Educator: Charleen Brinson) – Krista Graves and Reba Page

Metcalfe County High School (Educator: Chris Long) – Jessie Boles and Madison Pierce

Muhlenberg County High School, East (Educator: Jessica Scates) – Lee Abbott and Courtney Stanley

Muhlenberg County High School, West (Educators: Leigh Stewart and Kimberly McClellan) – Jacob Abbott, Allie Brumfield, Ashley Butler, Alexander Clack, Alberto Gualdi, Noad Hagy, Alexis Jessup, Makalia Mayes, Alicia Nelson, Ashelyn Piper, Kaylee Smith and Drew Tucker


Ohio County High School (Educators: Farrah Balhasen and Tara Maikranz) – Keely Clubbs, Emily Embry, Alyson Fulton, Karey Leach, Taylor Love, Megan Middleton, Ashley Schell, Gabriella Shephard, Jessica Shephard and Rylan Smith


Ohio County Middle School (Educator: Katrina Bullington) – Laryssa Carter, Alexandria Culbertson, Hannah Duncan, Taylor Filback, Brianna Henderson, Caleb Kennedy, Brent Mattos, Jalyn Poynter and Alyssa Taylor

South Warren Middle School (Educator: Paul Johnson) – Kelly Huetter and Jack Jones

Taylor County High School (Educator: Christina Hicks) – Sheridan Farris, Mollie Pittman, Rachel Roberts and Emily Swafford

Warren East Middle School (Educator: Missi Carini) – Lauren Alford, Sam Armbrust, Alexis Austin, Alexia Barnes, Nicole Bratcher, Madeline Chapman, Stephen Claborn, Ashley Clark, Brandon Clarkson, Cameron Davidson, Alexis Eakles, Shakiya Gatewodd, Adaja Green, Zack Grimes, Jason Hayes, Justine Haynes, Katherine Kinser, Abigal Lappe, Makenzie Lyons, Jayden Massey, Clarissa McKinney, Miranda Montgomery, Chris Morales, Tavion Morris, Sarah Neagle, Ashton and Dameon Price

The Power of Arts Education

Written By: SKyPAC Executive Director/CEO, Jan Allan Zarr

The Chinese proverb reads, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for the day, teach a121412_art man to fish – feed him for a lifetime.” With early Arts Education, not only are we meeting the immediate need, we are also providing the foundation for change and improvement!

Parents often hear about the wonderful benefits of organized sports, but the creative arts are another terrific medium to keep their children active, healthy and engaged. Creativity, social skills, goal achievement, communication skills and self-esteem are all characteristics that are attained through participation in the arts. Exposure to and participation in the theater arts provide benefits that cannot be found in sports programs, such as increased comfort with public speaking, greater self-confidence and trust in group process, and a positive outlet that helps children learn how to think outside of the box and solve creative problems. For the introverted child who is uncertain in sport group activities, theater can be the perfect place to gain personal confidence in smaller steps. While we are not building houses or feeding the poor, we are helping to nourish souls and those souls will, in return, nourish others. Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Just like any other skill, creativity needs to be practiced to develop into the kind of problem-solving ability that is needed in the workplace of the 21st century.

PaintFostering creativity is important, even for children who are successful in organized sports and school activities. Arts Education provides a safe place for students to practice creativity and take personal risks in a venue that celebrates success with every new work of art, whether it is a performance, written or visual piece. The social rewards each child gains through his/her participation in art activities are rich and numerous. Whether a child has been diagnosed with a learning difference that makes social encounters particularly challenging for them or not, all young people can profit from the drawingmyriad of opportunities for social growth available to them through art education. We live in a highly competitive era where our children are introduced at an early age to the critical realities of our achievement and success-oriented society. From academics, to athletics, to social interaction, youth are pressured to get the best grades, to score the most points, to have the most friends. This is especially true during the middle and high school years. At the same time, segments of our society tend to view the arts as a luxury, a frill, an extra-curricular activity running a distant second to the popular status of sports.

When times are hard in the economy, many people believe that cutting funding to artsed-final-5-01-01“unimportant” programs like art, theatre and music is the first solution. It is thought by many people that we will raise a generation of financially sound individuals if we simply focus on subjects that could potentially place them in high paying jobs with benefits. But what if the arts were part of the answer? How can something like theatrical arts impact their everyday lives, and what are the benefits of the arts in education? In a sea of eager and well behaved students, less fortunate children often slip through the cracks of the educational system. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy: these children are born poor, they grow up poor, and they end up poor. What if there was a way to help these kids before it’s too late?

041411_Arts_Education_617_347By encouraging our youth to take part in some form of arts during these informative school years, students are able to develop skills that they will find useful in practical real life situations. In general, students who study the arts tend to be better communicators, highly motivated, and score higher on tests of creative thinking than those without art education. According to the issue brief for the National Governors Association, studies have found that students who study the arts are “four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, four times more likely to participate in a math and science fair, three times more likely to win an award for school attendance and four times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem. These skills and achievements are necessary to gain the upper hand in today’s competitive workforce. Everyone needs a place where they feel they belong, can relax and be themselves. If you learn to be emotionally present at a young age, you will grow up to be a healthy participant in the ensemble that is the world.”art-education

Arts Education can help break the vicious cycle of poverty and encourage children to strive for a better life. An educated society is an ideal society. Therefore an increase in arts education is important for our economy, our future, and our well-being as a society!