#ComingToSKyPAC Charlie Daniels Band

2014-band-bwBowling Green, KY — (August 12, 2015) — From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape then Charlie Daniels. This legendary artist and his band,the Charlie Daniels Band, will perform at SKyPAC Sunday, November 22nd at 7:30 p.m. presented by Overhead Door Company of Bowling Green.

An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor to young artists and still a road warrior at age 78, Charlie has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children and others in need. Raised among the longleaf pine of North Carolina, Charlie began his career playing bluegrass music with the Misty Mountain Boys.

After moving to Nashville in 1967, he began making a name for himself as a songwriter, session musician and producer. Elvis Presley recorded a tune Charlie co-wrote titled “Its Hurts Me,” which was released on the flip side of “Kissin’ Cousins.” He played on such landmark albums as Boy Dylan’s Nashville Skyline and tired his hand at producing on the Youngbloods’ Elephant Mountain and Ride the Wind.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday, September 11th at 10:00AM. To take part in future SKyPAC pre-sale opportunities contact Deborah Stein at 270-904-5002 to become a SKyPAC member. For additional information visit www.TheSKyPAC.com or call the SKyPAC ticket office at 270-904-1880.

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$100,000 Challenge Issued by SKyPAC

The SKyPAC Foundation Board has issued a $100,000 Challenge to the community to demonstrate their renewed commitment to SKyPAC’s mission. SKyPAC’s Board’s $100,000 will match 100% of all cash gifts made within the next 30 days, up to $100,000. Everyone is invited and encouraged to generously participate.

“Like all nonprofit organizations, we depend on the healthy support of our community,” said Jan Allan Zarr, SKyPAC Executive Director. “We are very fortunate to have a board that is so very supportive financially. This Challenge is a huge indication of their commitment to fulfilling our mission.”

Katherine Sikora, Chair of the Board. “We knew there wasn’t a better way to say we were ‘all in’ than to pool our cash resources and issue a challenge this month. We are determined to engage this community in SKyPAC’s mission. It enhances and enriches so many lives. We are passionate and serious about making sure SKyPAC is strong and vibrant!”

The Board Challenge began as a way to bring cash gifts to SKyPAC during April and May—the months where philanthropy are especially important to SKyPAC. “This gives us a great oppor-tunity to go to our friends and supporters and ask them to double the impact of their giving. It is a very exciting—and urgent—reason for us to talk with people who can make a difference,” said Zarr.

“I’m very honored to serve this community through SKyPAC leadership,” said Lynn O’Keefe, SKyPAC Foundation Board member, and Board Challenge participant. “Our board members don’t just come to meetings. We know we need to be active fundraisers and have ‘skin in the game’ in order to make a real impact on arts enrichment in this region.”

A Challenge Celebration is being planned for early June in anticipation of meeting the goal. Those who help meet the challenge will be invited to celebrate and look ahead together at the bright future for SKyPAC. Details about the celebration will be forthcoming for all participants.

For more information about the $100,000 Board Challenge, call Betty McGuire at (270) 904-5000.

$100,000 Challenge Issued by SKyPAC.

 

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.

Free and Fun for EveryONE!

It’s time to celebrate!  You’re invited to an afternoon of family entertainment at the third annual SKyPAC Community Day, sponsored by J.M. Smucker Company.  Make sure to block Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 1pm to 5pm on your calendar as a FREE and FUN for EveryONE event.

Performances by local musicians, art demonstrations, hands on activities, art exhibits, a scavenger hunt, SKyPAC SNAP SHOOT with props, visits from the Hot Rods Mascots and WKU’s Big Red will make it a fun-filled afternoon for the whole family.

This year’s genres are many, including a capella, blues, classic rock, country, gospel and jazz.  Join us for any, or all, of the performances below…

SKyPAC – Main Stage

1pm – 1:15pm – Boys & Girls Club’s Glee Club singing “My Old Kentucky Home” and the National Anthem, followed by a warm welcome from SKyPAC’s new Executive Director, Jan Allan Zarr
1:15pm – 2pm – BGHS A CaPurples
2:15pm – 3pm – John Edmonds
3:15 pm – 4pm – The Pennyrilers
4:15pm – 5pm – Shady Jake & the Upsetters

SKyPAC – Studio Theater

1:15pm – 1:45pm – Shake Rag Blues
2pm – 2:30pm – Step Brothers
2:45pm – 3:15pm – Skip Cleavinger
3:30pm – 4pm – Jumping Jaguars
4:15pm – 5pm – Johnny Thompson & Friends

Experience local and regional artist demonstrations by Sock Monkey Artist, Juannie Kronenburger;  pop artist, Nick Mantlo; Pyrography (wood burning) artist, Paul Burhmester; wood carver, Dr. Robert Goodwin; and photographer, Bart Britt.  Not only will they have their artwork on display, but will be creating throughout the afternoon. Spend some time observing their craft or chat with them to find out about their motivation and processes.  Perhaps they will leave you so inspired that you will want to create your own masterpieces.

In addition, SKyPAC, with the help of local art educators, will offer children’s art Photo Credit: Alison Houkactivities where kids can create their own work of art, offering both learning opportunities and creative expression while having fun.

Do you like looking for things?  Find architectural and Kentucky facts related to SKyPAC’s building features located throughout the Lobby, Main and Children’s Galleries.   Identify all of the items, collect all of the gold stars and win a prize.

With all of this going on, you will probably get hungry.  Pack a picnic lunch or better yet, visit one of the food vendors – Rapid Rick’s and Froggy’s Food Truck – that will be on-site.  Once you have your grub, grab some space on the corner, grassy knoll, enjoy the spring weather and have a ball.

Whether for only an hour or for the whole event, just come because it is time to celebrate!  We’ll have random drawings throughout the day for tickets to SKyPAC, and gift certificate to local businesses.

Remember Community Day, sponsored by J.M. Smucker Company is FREE and FUN for EveryONE on Sunday, April 13th from 1PM to 5PM at SKyPACWe just don’t entertain…we change lives!!!

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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!