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Hardin County Playhouse wins big with ‘The Laramie Project’

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By Becca Owsley

The Hardin County Playhouse’s production of “The Laramie Project” won big at the Kentucky State Theater Festival last weekend.

The production won four awards. Sarah Ryan Dakin won for best supporting actress, Josh Logsdon won for best supporting actor, Ron Blair won for best male performer and the play won best production.

The recognition was personal for HCP director Bo Cecil because of his belief in the production, he said. Even if HPC hadn’t backed it during its September run in Elizabethtown, Cecil would have produced it on his own.

“I feel its message is, in the purest sense of the word, good,” he said. “Our goal was humanitarian and we had not originally intended to take the show to the theater festival.”

During the run of the production Cecil decided it was one that should go to the festival, a decision that paid off.

“The performance locally was so well received and did so much good in our community that to receive these awards is icing on the cake,” Cecil said. “I am extremely proud of my company of talented artists. HCP is honored to chosen by the Kentucky State Theater Festival to represent our commonwealth in March at the regional festival in Louisville.”

The playhouse has taken plays to the festival, held by the Kentucky Theatre Association, three times since 2006 and taken home top awards each time.

In 2006 a production of “Wit” won five awards and in 2010, “Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Got the Will?” brought home three awards.

Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.