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The Singletary Center for the Arts concert hall will be getting new seats over the holiday break, thanks to a $200,000 allocation from the University of Kentucky Provost’s Office.
According to Center director Michael Grice, it will be the first seating upgrade at the concert hall since it opened in 1979.
“Our patrons have certainly been patient with us the past few years as more and more seats deteriorated,” Grice said in an email. “We have the UK Provost’s Office to thank for allocating these funds and for recognizing how important it is for the Singletary Center to be maintained for the sake of the campus and community. In fact, a lot of people on campus are to be thanked and appreciated for their support in getting this job done.”
Grice said the new seats will be port, a light burgundy color. The number of seats in the hall will remain the same, 1,574. The Singletary Center is the primary home for the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, many UK School of Music events and a regular schedule of national touring artists.
Longtime Lexington actor Kevin Hardesty will return to local stages in the title role of Balagula Theatre‘s production Eric-Emmanuel Schmidt’s Don Juan on Trial.
Hardesty has played many theater icons in Lexington, including the title role in two productions of Hamlet for the Lexington Shakespeare Festival in 1991 and 1999. Hardesty left the Lexington Theatre scene after he resigned from his post as artistic director of Actors Guild of Lexington in 2003 for personal reasons. He returned a few times, most notably in SummerFest’s 2007 production of The Crucible, as John Proctor.
After five years away, he quietly returned early this fall for a reading of a new screenplay by Lexington filmmaker Jeremy Horton of 100 Proof fame at the Centeral Library’s Farish Theater.
In Don Juan, he will lead a cast of Lexington stage notables including Ryan Case as Chevalier De Chiffreville and Rachel Lee Rogers, who made her own return this fall in Balagula’s Bug, as Angelique. The show runs Dec. 9 to 19 at Natasha’s Bistro and Bar.
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