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 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 2015-2016 season brochure here.

 

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!

 

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 Acoustic Talk

Do you want to understand why The SKyPAC‘s Main Hall sounds so good and how it was tuned just like an instrument? If so, check out the Acoustics and The Performing Arts slide presentation by Acoustician, Russ Cooper,  to learn more about the science behind tuning a performance hall.