Tag Archives: Tracey Bonner

Stage door: Ryan Shirar

Coming Thursday on LexGo: Mama Rose came at the right time for Katie Owen, though at first it did not seem that way. For years, Lexington musical theater artists have wondered how long Central Kentucky could keep Ryan Shirar. A … Continue reading

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Ryan Shirar is departing for Cincinnati

Paragon Music Theatre has announced that founder Ryan Shirar will step down as the company’s music director and executive director after its May production of Gypsy to accept a full scholarship for graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory … Continue reading

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Audio slideshow: Rent, no day but today

For the cast of SummerFest‘s production of Rent, this week is the culmination of a journey that, for many, started the first weekend of the year. For numerous performers, it’s also the fulfillment of a long-held dream to play the … Continue reading

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Rent notebook: Music director Mark Calkins

At a Wednesday evening rehearsal of Rent, Johnny Dawson has just finished singing Your Eyes and wails “Mimi!” and Musetta’s Waltz, a classic tune from from La Boheme plays. “I get chills when I hear that La Boheme music,” says … Continue reading

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Rent notebook: Work

One of the obvious answers to the question “How are we going to pay the rent?” is work. And amidst the excitement of staging Central Kentucky’s first locally-produced version of Rent, director Tracey Bonner sometimes has to remind her cast … Continue reading

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Rent Notebook: Finding the right voices

See the entire cast list for Rent and the other SummerFest shows, The Merchant of Venice and Pride and Prejudice. Read the first entry in our Rent Notebook. Tracey Bonner and Mark Calkins had seen several traditional musical theater vocal … Continue reading

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SummerFest 2010 looks great on paper

In many pursuits we talk about how something looks on paper — how capable are the forces that have been assembled at accomplishing the task at hand? By that criteria, it looks like a great July in the Arboretum for … Continue reading

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Rent Notebook: Tune up #1

The workshop participants are singing “Will I lose my dignity?” the chorus from “Rent” in which members of an HIV support group wonder what lies ahead for them. “What does making contact mean?” director Tracey Bonner asks the participants in the workshop, … Continue reading

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SummerFest organizers eye the other three seasons

Patricia Clark started noticing it a few years ago at Kentucky Theatre Association meetings and other theater gatherings. Instructors and directors would come up to her and talk about students that had gone through the Kentucky Classical Theatre Conservatory and … Continue reading

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Theatrical way to start 2010’s 525,600 minutes

If you are a musical theatre performer, Kentucky Classical Theatre Conservatory literally has a way for you to start the year off on the right foot. Tracey Bonner, who will direct this summer’s production of “Rent” for KCTC’s SummerFest, will … Continue reading

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