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In the online competition for votes, groups that maintain a ranking of 196 or more out of 7,000 through Wednesday night will be in line to receive a $10,000 reward. Higher rankings could mean even larger prizes of $20,000 or $250,000, according to an LASC release. At this writing, the Arts and Science Center is ranked 141 with just under 1,000 votes.`
In 2009, the Lexington Children’s Theatre won $25,000 in the same competition.
The Living Arts and Science Center is an institution providing educational and artistic opportunities in the arts and sciences through classes, exhibits, performances and public events. Late last year, the LASC announced a $5 million campaign to renovate and expand its facility in the Kinkead House on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard doubling its size and programming capacity.
All voters have two votes, but they cannot be used on the same organization. Chase Bank Customers have two more votes, and Facebook members can get additional votes through posting Chase Community Giving links on their pages and friends using the link to go vote in the competition. Those votes can be used on groups the voter previously voted for.
Late Monday afternoon, the Lexington Philharmonic sent out a release announcing it is also in the competition, though at just over 30 votes at this writing, it is well off the leaderboard where the lowest vote-getter has more than 800 votes. Click here for the Philharmonic’s competition page.
The Lexington Children’s Theatre announced its 2012-13 season this week, including its summer family musical.
The season features several shows written by LCT staff, including the world premiere of producing director Larry Snipes’ adaptation of Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and artistic director Vivian Snipes’ The Tallest Tale Ever Told. The year also includes the couple’s adaptation of Aesop’s Fables and education director Jeremy Kisling’s Why Mosquitoes Buzz.
Here’s the complete lineup.
July 26-29: Seussical The Musical. Auditions are 1 to 5 p.m. May 26 and 27 with callbacks 6 to 10 p.m. May 29 and 30 at the theater, 418 W. Short St. Call (859) 254-4546, Ext. 310, to schedule auditions.
Sept. 16-23: Oz, by Patrick Shanahan, based on the book by L. Frank Baum.
Oct. 21-28: Wiley and the Hairy Man by Suzan Zeder.
Nov. 4-11: Tom Sawyer, based on the book by Mark Twain, adapted by Larry Snipes.
Nov. 24-Dec. 2: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, based on the book by C.S. Lewis and dramatized by Don Quinn. Performed at the Lexington Opera House.
Dec. 9-16: Aesop’s Fables, adapted by Larry and Vivian Snipes.
Jan. 27-Feb. 3: Why Mosquitoes Buzz, based on the African folktale and dramatized by Jeremy Kisling.
Feb. 24-March 3: Pinkalicious, based on the book by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann, with music by John Gregor.
April 20-28: The Hundred Dresses, adapted from Eleanor Estes’ book by Kentucky native Mary Hall Surface.
May 5-12: The Tallest Tale Ever Told by Vivian Snipes.
Season subscriptions are available now for $31.50 for three plays, $50 for five plays and $85.50 for all nine shows. Single-show tickets will go on sale Sept. 1. The dates given are for public weekend and evening performances; go to the Lexington Children’s Theatre Web site, or call (859) 254-4546 for tickets and information on school day performances.
The 2011-12 season finale, Goodnight Moon, continues this weekend. Read Candace Chaney’s review.
Jul21Filed under: Balagula Theatre, ballet, Central Kentucky Arts News, Classical Music, dance, Film, LexArts, Lexington Art League, Lexington Children's Theatre, Lexington Philharmonic, Lexington Singers, Music, Opera, Photography, Theater, UK, Visual arts; Tagged as: allocations, Balagula Theatre, Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, Central Kentucky Concert Band, Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, grants, Kentucky Ballet Theatre, Kentucky Craft History and Education Association, Kentucky Women Writers Conference, Kremena Todorova, Kurt Gohde, LexArts, Lexington Art League, Lexington Bach Choir, Lexington Children's Theatre, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Lexington Singers, Living Arts and Science Center, The African American Forum, University of Kentucky Opera Theatre
LexArts has announced its recipients of general operating support and community arts grants.
The general operating support funds are unrestricted grants, generally to larger organizations in Lexington.
This year’s recipients are:
■ Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, $20,000
■ Lexington Art League, $62,000
■ Lexington Children’s Theatre, $120,000
■ Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, $165,000
■ Lexington Singers, $9,000
■ Living Arts and Science Center, $102,000
Community Arts Grants are given at two levels: Program grants to groups for operating support and specific endeavors and project grants to groups or individuals for specific projects.
Program grants go to:
■ Balagula Theatre Company, $8,600 – for its 2011-12 theater season
■ Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, $8,600 – for the Kentucky Great Writers Series, which brings 12 Kentucky authors to the center to work with writers
■ Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, $4,000 – for the 2011 festival
■ Kentucky Ballet Theatre, $8,400 – for the 2011-2012 season of performances
■ Kentucky Craft History and Education Association, $3,000 – for Stringed Instruments, The Art of the Luthier, a documentary film about stringed instrument-making in Kentucky
■ Kentucky Women Writers Conference, Inc., $7,500 – for the 2011 event
■ University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, $5,000 -for the Academy for Creative Excellence, which provides theater and music training for first through eight graders
Project grants go to:
■ The African American Forum, $1,500 – for The Smooth Jazz Fest
■ Artists Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova, $2,500 – for 1000 Dolls, a project to create and install 1000 local-designed dolls along Limestone
■ Central Kentucky Concert Band, $1,750 – for the closing concert of the 2011-2012 season
■ Lexington Bach Choir, $1,000 – for the 2nd Annual Lexington Bach Choir Vocal Competition in which students age 30 or younger compete for cash and a solo opportunity with the Bach Choir
Dec12Filed under: Lexington Children's Theatre, Theater; Tagged as: Alice in Wonderland, Amahlia Perry-Farr, Brianna Case, Cameron Taylor, Eva Cortes, Hallie Hargus, Jeremy Kisling, Lesley Farmer, Lexington Children's Theatre, Marjorie Amon, Michael Ende, Michael Overstreet, Patrick Lines, Terrence Thomas, The Neverending Story, The Snow Queen, Vivian Snipes, Will Swisher, Wolfgang Petersen
Talking about Lexington Children’s Theatre‘s production of The Neverending Story, associate artistic director Jeremy Kisling and general manager Lesley Farmer say, “It’s a very Vivian show.”
LCT artistic director Vivian Snipes has put her mark on otherworldly shows, including The Snow Queen and Alice in Wonderland. The shows require her and her crews of actors and designers to come up with new ways to tell stories that you might presume should be left to the movie studios and their computer-generated images.
The big-screen movies already have taken a crack at Michael Ende’s novel, with Wolfgang Petersen’s 1984 film, but Snipes says the film gets a universal thumbs-down from kids at the Children’s Theatre. Although technology has bounded far ahead of ’80s special effects, this stage version has the student actors learning new ways to tell stories live.
“What I love about theater is everyone brings your personal self, and your knowledge and your perceptions, and we all interpret what we see on an individual level,” Snipes says. “Hopefully, this show will allow us to do that even more so, and keep people engaged because we’re not handing it to you on a silver platter.”
A few days before the show opened, we sat down with Snipes to talk about the production, which she said was “an interesting conundrum.”
Question: What has made Neverending Story an interesting corundum?
Answer: The scope and scale of any quest story is always a massive challenge of, ‘How do you translate that to a theatrical venue?’ when you don’t have all the bells and whistles that movies can accomplish with CGI.
For me, it was analyzing the script and saying, ‘What is this thing truly about, other than that it is just a quest play?’ That broke down into three or four really strong themes, but we have boiled it down to the fact that it is vital to make connections to the world and the people around us and maintain our individual imaginations. Albert Einstein said, ‘There can be no knowledge without imagination.’ It’s that pushing us beyond who first dreams of doing what, and then making it happen.
So when we first came into design meetings, I said ‘I do not want to rely on visual images. I want the audience to rely on their imagination to engage within the play, to understand that two chairs stacked on top of each other can be an ironing board or a door frame.
Q: What attracted you to Neverending Story?
A: The challenge of accomplishing it. I enjoy the quest aspect of the play, the episodic nature. I like to find material that has the same things: strong characters, a great sense of change, an importance for telling the story and sharing the story. … Material like this, where it is so open to interpretation, and which path of the journey do you want to take in order to get there, that’s one of the reasons I was especially interested in doing this show.
Q: In addition to the imagination, what else have you worked on to tell this story?
A: Well, I have worked diligently with our ensemble. I have 27 in the cast and only four — Atreyu, Falkor, Artax and Gmork — play dedicated characters, meaning they do nothing else during the play. Everybody else is part of a Greek chorus ensemble. We use their bodies, their voices, their movement to help transport us in time, place and rhythm. That’s been a wonderful challenge pooling them and working on our physicality … In many ways, it’s a dance production.
Q: Thinking about the entire mission of the children’s theatre, having this as a Discover Series show, how important is that to stretching the kids?
A: I have heard some of the kids say they never thought it would be so taxing to be part of the ensemble of a show, because they have to be in such control of their bodies. I feel as if they are constantly being pushed to step beyond the norm. I have several who I set a challenge of, ‘I need you to use your bodies to build a bookstore,’ and they look at me and go, ‘do what?’ But then you see them figure, ‘Yes, why can’t your back be a table?’ ‘Why can’t a row of hands be a series of books?’ ‘Why can’t those books open and close?’ Find as many ways as you can for your body to accomplish those things.’ When they begin thinking, they come back and say, ‘I didn’t know we could do that.’
For many of them, it’s a stretch into a new form of theater. I hope they understand that it’s not just about staging the words of the script, but seeing through the script to the things beyond.
Apr29Filed under: Central Kentucky Arts News, Lexington Children's Theatre, Theater; Tagged as: Anne Frank and Me, Batman Smells, Clack, Click, Cows Don't Fly and other known facts, David S. Craig, Frank X Walker, I Dedicate This Ride, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Isaac Murphy, Jeremy Kisling, Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells, Laura Numeroff, Lexington Children's Theatre, Lexington Opera House, Michael Ende, Moo: Cows That Type, Paul Brett Johnson, River Rat and Cat, Roald Dahl, The Neverending Story, The Princess Who Lost Her Hair, Willy Wonka
Lexington Children’s Theatre, 416 West Short Street, has announced a slate of nine shows, including classics and contemporary hits along with two world premiers, and its summer family musical.Willy Wonka - The Roald Dahl classic is the annual summer musical. 7:30 p.m. July 29 and 30; 2 and 7:30 p.m. July 31 and 2 p.m. Aug. 1.
I Dedicate This Ride – The world premier of Frank X Walker’s play about Isaac Murphy opens LCT’s 72nd season. 2 p.m. Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 2.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie – The return of Laura Numeroff’s voracious mouse. 2 p.m. Oct. 10 and 17, 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 16.
River Rat and Cat - The unlikely friendship of River Rat and Cat is put to the test in this show. 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 23, 2 p.m. Oct. 24.
Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells – Would Junie B. Jones have it any other way? This is the big holiday show across the street from LCT, at the Lexington Opera House. 2 p.m. Nov. 27 and Dec. 5, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 4.
The Neverending Story – Many moms and dads, and maybe their kids, know the 1984 movie or the Michael Ende book. Here’s the stage version by David S. Craig. 2 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 18.
Cows Don’t Fly and other known facts - Kentucky native Paul Brett Johnson’s stories come to life on the LCT stage. 2 p.m. Jan. 23 and 30, 2 and 7 p.m. Jan. 29.
Anne Frank and Me - A girl travels in time back to Nazi-occupied France, seeing a completely different life. 2 and 7 p.m. March 5, 2 p.m. March 6.
The Princess Who Lost Her Hair – The season’s second world premier is LCT education director Jeremy Kisling’s story set in deep Africa where a selfish and prideful princess loses her hair and must learn humility to get it back. 2 p.m. March 13 and 20, 2 and 7 p.m. March 19.
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type – The season closer is a visit to Farmer Brown and his mischievous animals. 2 p.m. May 1 and 15, 2 and 7 p.m. May 14.
Season tickets range from a three-show series for $9.50 a seat to all nine school-year shows for $8.50 a seat. Single show tickets go on sale Sept. 1. Tickets to Willy Wonka are a separate price at $16 adults, $13 children. To order tickets, call (859) 254-4546, ext. 247 or visit www.lctonstage.org.
With two plays about dogs coming up, it seemed like a good time to talk to some local actors about how you play a canine. So we went to Lexington Children’s Theatre for Go, Dog. Go! and Danville’s West T. Hill Community Theatre for Sylvia. You can read about it at LexGo or click play above to hear some of the comments (and barks and howls).
Apr9Filed under: Central Kentucky Arts News, Lexington Children's Theatre, radio, Sports, Theater; Tagged as: Alan Stein, Amanda Ferguson, Bill Owen, Celebrity Showcase, Celebrity Showcase Goes Wicked, Deidre Ransdell, Doug Martin, Dr. Zwischenberger, football, Jack Cunningham, Jack Pattie, Janet Holloway, Jim Richardson, Joker Phillips, Karyn Czar, Kathy Plomin, Kathy Stein, Kelly Anne Beile, Kevin Stinnett, Lexington Children's Theatre, Lindy Karns, Mallory Ervin, Melissa Bacon, Pam Perlman, Renee Jackson, Sue Wiley, Tim Soulis, Tucker Richardson, University of Kentucky
The theater launched the fund-raising event last spring with well known Lexingtonians such as Lexington Legends founder Alan Stein and WVLK radio host Jack Pattie playing parts from some of the theater’s best-loved shows. This year puts a sinister twist on the theme, with the celebs playing favorite villains from LCT shows.
In addition to Phillips, the lineup will include WVLK’s Sue Wylie, Lexington Center President and CEO Bill Owen, Miss Kentucky Mallory Ervin, and Lexington Fayette Urban-County Council persons Kevin Stinnett and Doug Martin. Stein and his wife, State Sen. Kathy Stein, who were a big hit as Tom Sawyer and Becky last year, will be back as the Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood.
Here’s the rest of the cast list:
Deidre Ransdell – Androcles
Kathy Plomin – Isabella
Doug Martin – Captain
Hansel & Gretel
Melissa Bacon – Witch
Renee Jackson – Gretel
Dr. Zwischenberger – Hansel
Amanda Ferguson – Helga
Janet Holloway – Mother Gothal
Tim Soulis – Theo
Red Riding Hood
Sen. Kathy Stein – Red
Alan Stein – Wolf
Tomato Plant Girl
Sue Wiley – Bossy Best Friend
Kelly Anne Beile – Little Girl
Pam Perlman – Elphaba
Karyn Czar – Glenda
Bill Owen – John
Jack Cunningham – John- Devil
Joker Phillips – Little Devil 1
Tucker Richardson – Little Devil 2
Kevin Stinnett – St. Peter
Lindy Karns – Wife
Jim Richardson will again be the emcee and Miss Kentucky Mallory Ervin will sing.
Feb28Filed under: Balagula Theatre, Central Kentucky Arts News, Lexington Children's Theatre, Lexington Opera House, Theater, UK; Tagged as: Balagula Theatre, Betsy Baun, Guignol Theatre, Jeremy Kissling, Larry Snipes, lexington, Lexington Center, Lexington Children's Theatre, Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lexington Opera House, Not I, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Play, Roseanne Mingo, Ryan Case, Samuel Beckett, Southeastern Theatre Conference, University of Kentucky
Usually, as February turns into March, many Lexington theater practitioners are packing their bags to head south to the Southeastern Theatre Conference‘s annual convention.
But this year, they’re keeping their clothes in their closets, preparing to play gracious hosts as 4,000 theater folk descend on Lexington.
“Most years I spend all my days in auditions and callbacks,” says Larry Snipes, producing director of the Lexington Children’s Theatre. “This year, we’ll be busy managing a festival site.”
The Children’s Theatre will be in the heart of the action for the four-day event, which runs Wednesday through Saturday.
Roseanne Mingo, destination sales account executive with the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau says taking up six hotels and numerous venues, SETC is one of the larger conventions to come to town. She says she conservatively estimates its economic impact at $1.2 million.
For the most part, the convention will take place in the blocks along Broadway between High and Short streets. The University of Kentucky’s Guignol Theatre will also be a venue for the SETC high school theater festival, which will include Lexington’s Paul Laurence Dunbar High School as a participant.
A quartet of theater festivals – children’s, high school, college and community – is one of the major facets of the festival, which also includes massive auditions where theater companies from across the country hire actors, and more than 300 seminars and workshops.
“It is a busy, busy, busy three days,” Lexington Children’s Theatre education director Jeremy Kissling says.
SETC director Betsy Baun says Snipes and the LCT crew were keys to attracting the convention back to Lexington for the first time since 1978.
Lexington Children’s Theatre is heading into the final stretch of its pursuit of a $1 million grant from Chase Bank.
In December, the theater became the only Kentucky finalist in Chase’s Community Giving Competition on Facebook. For that honor, the theater will receive $25,000, and it was entered in the next round of the competition, contending with 99 other groups around the country for a grand prize of $1 million. There are also prizes of $100,000 and a few other possible awards in the competition.
The winners will be determined by an online vote. Click here to go to the voting page. Voting closes at midnight Friday.
Dec26Filed under: Actors Guild of Lexington, Arts administration, Balagula Theatre, ballet, Central Kentucky Arts News, Classical Music, Current Affairs, dance, LexArts, Lexington Ballet, Lexington Opera House, Lexington Philharmonic, Lexington Singers, LexPhil conductor search, Music, Opera, Singletary Center for the Arts, Studio Players, Theater, UK, Visual arts, Woodford County Theatre; Tagged as: A Bluegrass Tapestry, Actors Guild of Lexington, Always Patsy Cline, Balagula Theatre, Bob Edwards, Heather Parrish, James Archambeault, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Kentucky Humanities Council, Kim Shaw, LexArts, Lexington Ballet, Lexington Children's Theatre, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Lexington Singers, Long Time Travelling, Lorne Dechtenberg, Luis Dominguez, Norton Center for the Arts, Our Lincoln, Paragon Musisc Theatre, Richard St. Peter, Robyn Peterman-Zahn, Scott Terrell, Studio Players, The Christmas Presence, The Infamous Ephraim, The Koln Concert, The Last of Mrs. Lincoln, The Magical Tales of Beatrix Potter, The Woodford Theatre, Token of Affection, University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
New Year’s Day 2009, I assumed by New Year’s Eve I would have written about at least one Lexington arts group closing its doors. The economy was buried nose-first in the ground and theaters and other arts organizations were closing their doors around the county. While Actors Guild of Lexington did give us plenty of offstage drama, there actually were no fatalities here as far as arts groups go, and some even thrived despite the nation’s foundering fortunes.
The poster child for doing quite well, thank you very much, was Studio Players. In the depths of our national despair, Studio put up a winter show about Mary Todd Lincoln it thought would probably have limited appeal. And “The Last of Mrs. Lincoln” was a sold out hit that had to add performances to accommodate the audiences.
And that’s pretty much how 2009 went for Studio, the pinnacle of the year being the summer production of “Always, Patsy Cline” that added numerous performances including unprecedented, for Studio, Wednesday shows.
Studio was not alone in bucking trends. The Lexington Ballet went out and hired a new company of professional dancers, the ballet’s first pro troupe since the early part of this decade. Paragon Music Theatre presented its first two productions directed by new artistic director Robyn Peterman Zahn at the Lexington Opera House.
Now Lexington and Central Kentucky were not immune to economic challenges. Donations to campaigns cooled a bit and the Kentucky Arts Council has had to endure several cuts due to state cuts. But, everyone came out alive.
Of course, there were other big arts stories this year:
A new maestro: After two years of searching, the Lexington Philharmonic named Scott Terrell its new music director. He succeeded George Zack, who held the Philharmonic’s baton for more than three decades, and so far, it seems the change has done the orchestra good.
“This orchestra is coming alive,” Herald-Leader critic Loren Tice wrote, reviewing November’s MasterClassics concert. “There is a sense of cohesion, of belief that there is first-rate music being made here.”
The new face has given the Philharmonic a chance to rebrand itself with a more youthful profile, helped by a group of hip, young soloists to start Terrell’s debut season. In all, it has been a profound change for Lexington’s flagship arts group.
Actors Guild melts down: Lexington’s one-time flagship theater had a very different year. Actors Guild of Lexington has long been angling to become the area’s fully-professional theater for adult audiences — Lexington Children’s Theatre has been a professional house for years. In May, it announced plans to make that move, but less than a month later, the bottom fell out. LexArts, exasperated after years of AGL’s financial roller coaster, withdrew annual general-operating funding from the theater. That nearly-$70,000 hit sent the theater into a tailspin, with both artistic director Richard St. Peter and managing director Kimberly Shaw eventually leaving to pursue other opportunities.
This fall, AGL has presented an abbreviated and altered schedule from what was announced in the spring. The December production of “The SantaLand Diaries” was reportedly sold out, and Actors Guild says it is making plans for 2010. But none have been announced.
It should be noted that at the same time this story has played out, other area theaters including the ones mentioned above plus The Woodford Theatre, Balagula Theatre and Children’s Theatre have thrived.
“Our Lincoln” in Washington: Many Lexington artists and groups go to perform in other areas on celebrated stages such as Carnegie Hall and even Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. But taking 375 performers from a diverse ensemble of groups to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington was a whole new level of ambition.
The Kentucky Humanities Council pulled it off, traveling – despite the epic ice storm that befell Central Kentucky – on the first days of February to put on a show for 1,463 people. The performance, narrated by Bob Edwards and including the Lexington Singers and the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, is now available on DVD from the Humanities Council Web site.
Film incentives pass: In June, the state General Assembly passed a bill providing financial incentives to filmmakers who shoot in Central Kentucky. The incentives – a 20 percent refundable tax credit for production and post-production expenses for feature filmmakers who spend at least $500,000 in Kentucky – are seen as essential to attract filmmakers. An immediate result was Disney’s “Secretariat” chose to come to Kentucky for filming in October.
New works: It’s always important to remember new performing arts works, because they help keep the disciplines vital and relevant.
This year started with the Lexington Ballet’s production of artistic director Luis Dominguez’s “The Magical Tales of Beatrix Potter” in March and concluded with The Woodford Theatre’s original holiday show, “The Christmas Presence.” In between, Actors Guild launched Silas House’s second work for the stage, “Long Time Travelling;” Pioneer Playhouse director Holly Henson presented “The Infamous Ephraim,” about Danville physician Ephraim McDowell’s historic abdominal surgery; the UK Opera Theatre premiered composer Joseph Baber and librettist James W. Rodgers’ opera “River of Time,” about young Abraham Lincoln; the Lexington Singers premiered “A Bluegrass Tapestry,” which was 11 songs accompanying the photography of Scott County’s James Archambeault; the Lexington Ballet presented “The Koln Concert,” set to Keith Jarrett’s iconic jazz concert album and the UK Symphony premiered Lorne Dechtenberg’s “Token of Affection.”
Lexington’s Michael Shannon was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar for “Revolutionary Road.” … Lexington musical theater artist Christopher Tolliver was fatally shot at Lexington Green. … The New York Philharmonic played a sold-out show at Danville’s Norton Center for the Arts. … Lexington Children’s Theatre celebrated its 70th anniversary. … The Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras named Kayoko Dan its new music director. … Former UK Opera star Reshma Shetty landed role on the USA TV network’s series “Royal Pains.” … LexArts announced Horse Mania will return in 2010. … UK’s Cliff Jackson was named “coach of the year” by Classical Singer magazine. … Winchester’s Jason Epperson, runner-up on Fox’s “On the Lot” film-director reality series, shot his feature film debut, “Unrequited,” in Central Kentucky. … Norton Center completed a $3 million rennovation. … The Men of Note big band played its last gig. … Former Kentucky State University drama teacher and area director Jack Parrish died. … Norton Center director George Foreman announced he is leaving for a University of Georgia job. … The Radio City Music Hall Rockettes came to Rupp Arena for the first time with the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular.”
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