Playhouse in the Park

Kentucky Arts Council

The Kentucky Arts Council is awarding more than $110,000 to 11 non-profit arts organizations in our area.  

The money is part of the larger $1.2 million Kentucky Arts Partnership aiding 91 nonprofits across the Commonwealth.  

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Murray's Playhouse in the Park brings Little Women The Musical to the stage, opening tomorrow. Based on Louisa May Alcott's beloved book, the humorous and heart wrenching classic novel follows the story of Jo March and her sisters experiencing growing up in Civil War America. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte gets a preview with Music Director Brad Brauser and Kala Little who plays Jo.

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Playhouse in the Park in Murray hosts a Bourbon Tasting fundraiser at the Murray Country Club on June 12 to raise funds to match a $5,000 anonymous gift to help restock props destroyed by the fire last summer in downtown Murray. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with President of the Playhouse Board of Directors Dan Lavit and devoted volunteer Staci Stone about the bourbon picked out for the event, the hors d'oeuvres and live music.

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Murray's Playhouse in the Park opens a two week run of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical, RENT this Thursday. Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, RENT deals with mature themes as it follows young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. Joshua Byrn and Brad Brauser speak with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with a preview of the "Playhouse After Dark" production.

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Playhouse in the Park presents a new adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank by Wendy Kesselman, a drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a storage attic during WWII and the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence, fears and hopes. The story emerges from the historical account written by Anne Frank and her thoughts on the experience and growing up. Director Don Fleming and cast member Amanda Futrell, who portrays Petronella Van Daan, stop by Sounds Good to preview the production, opening this weekend.

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The Tony Award-winning rock musical RENT, loosely based on the opera La boheme, follows the story of young artists struggling to survive in New York City and the complications of AIDS. The musical spent twelve years on Broadway and is now being staged at Murray's Playhouse in the Park as part of their After Dark series. Director Joshua Byrn directs and visits Sounds Good to talk about auditions, the show's controversial topics and the overarching theme of "no day but today."

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The New York Times wrote after the premiere of Arsenic and Old Lace in 1939, the play was "so funny that none of us will ever forget it." Indeed, the farcical black comedy by Joseph Kesselring has outlasted the 20th Century and remains as popular as ever. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Jana Little and Marion Bradtke about the production opening this weekend at Murray's Playhouse in the Park.


WKMS' Kate Lochte sits down with MSU English professor and Playhouse in the Park board member Rusty Jones to take a look at the start of theater's holiday season. 

Harvard's beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in an upbeat musical comedy about self-discovery in Legally Blonde the Musical, opening at Murray's Playhouse in the Park this week. Kate Lochte practices "The Bend and Snap" with director Josh Byrn and "Paulette" played by Joanne Guns on Sounds Good.

Oh Gee! Murray's Playhouse in the Park presents its Penguin Project's Production of Annie, JrFour months in the works, The Penguin Project was created by pediatrician Dr. Andy Morgan to give students with disabilities an opportunity to be stars on stage, by pairing them with peer mentors. On Sounds Good, Asia Burnett talks with Murray's Playhouse in the Park Director Lisa Cope about the artists and mentors that make this show, opening Friday.