America’s Got Talent 2011 Finalist to Perform at SKyPAC

iluminate_webbanner_safetitleDirect from Broadway – America’s Got Talent 2011 finalist, iLUMINATE™ Dance Group,  presented by Farmers National Bank will perform at SKyPAC on September 17, 2015 at 7:30PM. Tickets for this performance go on sale this Friday, July 17th at 10:00 AM.

“I remember watching iLUMINATE during the 2011 season of America’s Got Talent and was mesmerized by the skill and talent this group has,“ said Jessica Snodgrass Kem. “The choreography coupled with the illuminated futuristic costumes is almost hypnotizing; Image 5you just don’t want to miss a second of the performance, or you might miss something spectacular!“

iLUMINATE™ is an entertainment technology company that combines state-of-the-art technology with electrifying entertainers who perform in the dark to create the ultimate performing arts experience. Founded by dancer and software engineer Miral Kotb, iLuminate™ enables performers, choreographers, engineers, technicians, stylists and artistic directors to produce explosive performances with customized wireless lighting programs. The results are extraordinary lighting effects choreographed with phenomenal dance moves that take viewers on an exhilarating ride.

Image 6Since launching in 2009, iLuminate™’s patent-pending technology has been used in numerous performances by Grammy-winning superstars such as Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera, The Black Eyed Peas, and David Guetta, among others. It has also been featured on hit primetime television shows including: America’s Got Talent (in which the dance troupe took third place), Dancing with the Stars, X-Factor, the American Music Awards, MTV’s Video Music Awards, BET Awards, The Nickelodeon Awards, Billboard and Latin Billboard Awards, and daytime favorites The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Wendy Williams Show, and Good Morning America. www.iluminate.com

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday, July 17 at 10:00AM. For additional information visit www.TheSKyPAC.com or call the SKyPAC ticket office at 270-904-1880.

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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.

Interlude

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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TOP 5 REASONS TO SEE MEMPHIS!

MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL5. THE MUSIC OF MY SOUL

Featuring a brand new score with music by Bon Jovi’s founding member/keyboardist David Bryan and lyrics by Bryan and Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change), the songs of MEMPHIS will be stuck in your head for weeks to come! At times haunting and soulful, and at others soaring and fun, this award-winning score has something for everyone.

4. DAZZLING DANCE

Renowned choreography breathes new life into the 1950s with some of the most dazzling dance on stage today. Watch a video here!

3. A FANTASTICAL STORY

In MEMPHIS, an inspirational story finds root amidst the prejudice of the 1950s. Based on actual events, it is the tale of Huey Calhoun, a white radio DJ whose love of good music transcends race and airwaves. MEMPHIS exudes all the exuberance, the emotion, the beauty, and the controversy of wondrous, defining time in our history.

2. AWARD WINNING-PERFORMANCES

Audiences love MEMPHIS: The show ran on Broadway for over three years! The critics love Memphis too: In 2010, Memphis took home three Drama Desk Awards and four Tony Awards®, including the award for Best Musical!

1. THE HEART

An amazing cast of performers brings the world of MEMPHIS to life every evening, leaving newly converted “Fantastical Fanatics” in their wake wherever they go. Why? Because the story, music, and dance of MEMPHIS combine into one powerful performance that speaks to the heart, inspires us to tap our toes, and reminds us why we love to come to theatre in the first place.

Don’t miss this Broadway hit! See MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL at SKyPAC this  Friday, November 8 at 7:30PM & Saturday, November 9 at 2:00PM! MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50’s. A young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn’t: rock n roll and an electrifying black singer. MEMPHIS is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever. For performance details and tickets click here: http://bit.ly/1iuSkMx or call the Ticket Office at 270-904-1880 today!

SKyPAC ticket sales strong

By JENNA MINK, The Daily News, jmink@bgdailynews.com/783-3246
Saturday, November 5, 2011 12:26 AM CDT

When preparing for the first ticket sales at Bowling Green’s new performing arts center, Tom Tomlinson wasn’t expecting this.

Ticket packages for some of the first shows at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center went on sale Tuesday. By Friday, about 1,800 tickets had been sold, totaling $95,000. That’s double the amount that Tomlinson, the SKyPAC executive director, expected to sell.

“I’m very pleased,” he said. “It bodes well for the future. It lets us know … we’re on the right track.”

Tickets for a total of 17 shows, which begin in March, are now for sale in packages. The shows have been grouped into series, and the packages range from $46 to $209, depending on seating location.

So far, the biggest seller is the Broadway package, and “Cats” and “Mamma Mia!” are the fastest-selling individual shows at about 350 tickets each, Tomlinson said.

“This is the first time these kinds of events have been available in Bowling Green,” he said, “and I think that’s evident by Broadway being the No. 1 seller.”

Once a person purchases a series of tickets, he or she can buy individual tickets for any of the 17 shows, said Dawn McGriff, SKyPAC development and marketing director.

About 13 percent of available tickets have been sold, and the public can purchase individual tickets beginning Feb. 1. There’s no limit to the number of ticket packages that can be sold, but officials might consider a cap if they begin to sell out before February, Tomlinson said.

Other theaters sometimes halt package sales when 80 percent of the tickets are sold, he said.

“If we get somewhere to that point, we will consider that because I do think it’s important that single tickets are available,” he said. “On the other hand, knowing in advance where you are is a good thing.”

The 1,800-seat facility on College Street opens March 10, and officials have not yet announced the opening-night act, which could be one of a slew of performers that range from Kenny Rogers to Kansas. SKyPAC officials expect to generate $4.6 million in revenue during its inaugural season, according to the organization.

Now, people are lining up at the box office, and workers are constantly answering phone calls for tickets. The rush is partly because of the holidays – several will purchase theater tickets for Christmas gifts. But people are also excited to take part in something that’s new to the Bowling Green area, Tomlinson said.

“People are excited about the ability to buy tickets and attend something here in town that they’d (normally) have to drive to Nashville or Louisville or somewhere else to attend,” he said.

In addition to entertaining locals, the new center hopefully will draw visitors to Bowling Green, said Vicki Fitch, executive director of the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“We’re very excited for SKyPAC to open because it adds another layer to our tourism infrastructure,” she said, “and it just adds something else that visitors could possibly do while they’re here in Bowling Green.”

Article can be found here: http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/11/05/news/news2.txt