Playhouse in the Park

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One of the losses from last week's fire that destroyed several buildings in downtown Murray was Playhouse in the Park's storage space. Affectionately known as "Far Lands" the second floor of the Thurman Campbell Group building was dark and shadowy and full of relics spanning 40 years of community theatre history. Playhouse Executive Director Lisa Cope, and President of Playhouse's Board of Directors Dan Lavit join Kate on Sounds Good to remember the "magical playground" and the outpour of community support in building a new collection. 

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The Kentucky Arts Council is awarding more than $1.4 million  to arts organizations across the Commonwealth, including support to Calloway, Christian, Crittenden, Daviess, Graves, McCracken, and Trigg counties. Here's a breakdown of where the award is being allocated in our region: 

Playhouse in the Park Presents "On Golden Pond"

Jun 9, 2014

Murray's Playhouse in the Park opens its production of On Golden Pond this Friday for a two weekend run, we hear more about it during today's Sounds Good with director Lissa Graham-Schneider.

Listen to the conversation:

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Murray's Playhouse in the Park is starting a program for kids with special needs called The Penguin Project. At 6 p.m. this Thursday (May 22) and next Thursday (May 29), Playhouse hosts introductory  - get acquainted meetings for special needs youth with youth interested in becoming peer mentors, and anyone who wants to know more about the project. Kate Lochte learns more with founder and director Dr. Andy Morgan. Dr. Morgan is a professor of clinical pediatrics and former head of the Division of Child Development at the University College of Medicine in Peoria, Illinois.

Critics describe The Last Five Years as 'exhilarating' and 'intimate,' a contemporary musical by Jason Robert Brown that takes an intensely personal look at the relationship between a writer and an actress told from both points of view.  The musical comes to Murray's Playhouse in the Park under the direction of Chris Mitchell. On Sounds Good, cast members perform selections from the show. 

Charlotte’s Web was recently named "the best American children's book of the past 200 years," and the play captures this work in an enchanting theatrical presentation. All the familiar characters are here - Wilbur, the irresistible young pig; Fern, a young girl who cares for Wilbur as he is the runt of the litter; Templeton, the gluttonous rat; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte. Director Alix Bloodworth and actor Noah VandenBosch (who plays Templeton the rat) visit Sounds Good to preview the show.

"Lovingly ripped off" from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the musical Spamalot has fun with the legend of King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table - complete with cows, killer rabbits, Knights who say "Ni," beautiful show girls and French people. Tracy Ross is joined by Jeff Miller (King Arthur) and Joanne Robertson (Lady of the Lake) for a preview of the Playhouse in the Park Production. 

Playhouse in the Park Director Lisa Cope visits our studio during Sounds Good with actors Doug Mullins (Kris Kringle) and Marci Jo Gardner-Evans (Doris Walker) for a preview of Miracle on 34th Street. The play opens this Friday (December 6) for a two-week run. Based on the 1947 film, the play focuses on the impact of a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Santa. Lisa also talks about auditions for Playhouse's 2014 production of Monty Python's Spamalot. See more at playhouseinthepark.net.

This weekend, Playhouse in the Park presents two children's shows for the price of one: Gooney Bird Greene and Her True Life Adventures and the musical Alice in Wonderland, Jr. WKMS Youth Reporter Patrick Jones goes behind-the-scenes during a rehearsal for Alice, meeting some of the cast members and speaking with Playhouse director Lisa Cope about how kids have become involved in these productions both on and off stage.

Murray Playhouse in the Park's performance of "Shrek The Musical" extends its run due to sold out houses for the last few weeks. On Sounds Good, Tracy learns more from P;layhouse Director Lisa Cope and Jake Hunter, who plays Lord Farquaad in the show. The musical comedy now runs Saturday November 9 at 7 pm and Sunday, November 10 at 2:30 pm. See ticket information, here.

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