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 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!


‘Weird Al’ Yankovic tour will include Bowling Green show – Bowling Green Daily News: News


‘Weird Al’ Yankovic tour will include Bowling Green show – Bowling Green Daily News: News.

SKyPAC Goes To Self-Parking For All Events

Beginning January 16th 2015, self-parking will be available in the back parking lot to all SKyPAC & Orchestra KY patrons, as valet parking service will no longer be offered. By moving to self-parking from valet service, we expect wait times, before and after the show, to be reduced significantly, thereby making your visit more enjoyable.  For more details please click here.

Self-Parking Location: Entrance to the SKyPAC parking lot is located on Center Street (across from the Dollar General Store); and is on a first-come/first-served basis at a rate of $10.00 per car.  Parking is limited, so attendants will be on-site to optimize parking efficiency and exact change will be appreciated.  Please keep in mind that entry into SKyPAC is still through the Main Lobby on College Street, so patrons are encouraged to utilize the drop-off areas designated in front of SKyPAC prior to each performance.

FLASHDANCE – 80’s Flashback Photo Contest

Did you tease your hair just a bit too much in high school? Did you try to channel an 455637608880s icon? We are dying to see your best Madonna, Mr. T, Boy George, fresh, rad looks from the 80’s!

We are kicking off our 80’s photo contest today on our Facebook page! Submit your original 80’s photo for a chance to win a FREE pair of tickets to FLASHDANCE THE MUSICAL on Saturday, January 17 at 7:30PM! #Flashdance80sThrowbackSKyPAC

Here’s what you have to do win:

  1. Go to the Photo Contest on our Facebook page.
  2. Submit your best 80’s photo – which could be a photo of you taken in the 80’s or just an 80’s style photo taken sometime in this era.
  3. Get the most votes on your photo to win – encourage your Facebook friends to vote for you!rad-80s

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

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

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.