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Brian Heller is the new director of the Clemens Fine Arts Center at WKCTC in Paducah. Moving from Wisconsin where he was the executive director of a community non-profit performing arts center, Heller says it's a welcome change moving to a higher education institution. He speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about his time so far in western Kentucky and how he first learned of Paducah. 

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.

"Divas & Dogs & Other Circus Adventures" occur Friday, April 26th, at 7 p.m. at the Felix E. Martin Jr. Hall Creative and Performing Arts Center in Greenville, Kentucky. The family show involves a funny clown, a hat stealing dog, a lady who barks, skateboard riding dogs, and more! We speak with David Probus about the show. See more at the Felix E. Martin Jr. Hall website.

One of the region's first outdoor music festivals is set for tomorrow at Murray's Playhouse in the Park. Two PIP volunteers, Erica Mehta and Stephen Keene, joined Sounds Good to speak about "Pickin' for the Playhouse." Playhouse in the Park Community Theatre in Murray hopes to renovate its restroom facilities and lobby with proceeds from a bluegrass/Americana festival Saturday, April 20, featuring a bill of five performances from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. See more at the Playhouse in the Park website.

"Our Town" at The Krider Performing Arts Center

Sep 8, 2012

Thorton Wilder’s play Our Town examines typical American life in the early 1900s. Set in the “Anytown, USA” of Grover’s Corner, New Hampshire, Our Town divides the characters’ lives up into three acts marked by major life events, emphasizing the eternal beauty of mundane everyday events. For their inaugural production, The Paris Players are presenting this classic today at The Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris, and Rose Krzton-Presson sat down to talk about it with Paris-Henry County Arts Council Director Mike Murphy, who produced the show and plays the character of George Gibbs.

Murray's Playhouse in the Park presents "Big River"

Aug 31, 2012

Based on the  novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the musical “Big River” follows the story of Huck after he leaves his home in Missouri and takes on the Mississippi River in flatboat with a new companion- an escaped slave name Jim. “Big River” shows at Murray’s Playhouse in the Park weekends through September 16th. Rose Krzton-Presson sat down with director Lisa Cope and Michael Martin-who plays the character of Jim to talk about the play’s themes of race, freedom, and morals.

A Kentucky native will be on the edge of his seat when the Tony Awards are given out on Sunday. Darron West of Elizabethtown is nominated for best sound design or his work with the play "Peter and the Starcatcher."

The play has been nominated for nine Tony Awards. West told The News-Enterprise the nomination is "a little mind-blowing." West's work on "Peter and the Starcatcher" was finished long ago and he's since moved on to other projects. Now he's checking off lists of things he has to do leading up to the red carpet.

Playhouse in the Park presents "Doubt: A Parable"

May 31, 2012

Murray’s Playhouse in the Park continues their summer season with Doubt: A Parable. The play explores themes of suspicion, intuition, gossip, and their effect on a Catholic church in 1960s Bronx.