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Mar21Filed under: Balagula Theatre, Central Kentucky Arts News, Lexington Children's Theatre, Theater; Tagged as: Balagula Theatre, Bill Owen, Larry Snipes, Lexington Center, Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, SETC, Susan Creech, The Southeastern Theatre Conference, Vivian Snipes
The Southeastern Theatre Conference and Central Kentucky took notice of each other a couple weekends ago.
Conference organizers were wowed by the accommodations and hospitality Lexington had to offer when SETC brought 4,000 conventioneers to town for the first time in more than 30 years. And conference officials noticed Lexington artists, giving a career achievement award to Larry and Vivian Snipes, naming Balagula Theatre runner-up in the Community Theatre Festival and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School student Susan Creech to the High School Theatre Festival all-star cast.
And Lexington noticed the conference, particularly anyone who went near Lexington Center for the three days the conference was in full swing.
As conventions at Lexington Center go, the center’s president and CEO, Bill Owen, says SETC was “one of the largest ever in Lexington and the largest in the past decade.”
Lexington Center leaders think SETC is the biggest convention since the Worldwide Church of God’s gatherings in the late 1980s to early 90s and rank it up there with gatherings of the Rural Letter Carriers and Daughters of the Nile, an international fraternal organization, this decade.
The Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau does not have final figures and an estimate of the SETC convention’s economic impact yet, but does agree it’s one of the largest gatherings in Lexington.
Roseanne Mingo, destination sales account executive with the Lexington CVB, said SETC might have had an even higher profile because many of its activities, such as auditions and a job fair, prompted people to wait and congregate in public areas of Lexington Center.
Still, there is one way SETC could have raised its profile even more.
About Rich Copley & Copious Notes
Raised by opera-loving parents in a rock ’n’ roll world, Rich Copley has parlayed his broad interests into his career writing about arts and entertainment. Since 1998, he has covered performing arts, film and faith-based popular culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader, the daily newspaper in Lexington, Ky. MORE | E-mail Rich