• HCP production fulfills dreams, provides roles well-suited to actors

    Dream interpretation is part of the plot of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

    Dream realization is a fringe benefit for the actor playing the title role in the Hardin County Playhouse production, and the play provides other actors special opportunities as well.

    Ben D’Amico, 17, landed the title role after a last-minute decision to audition. Winning the role fulfilled a dream he had since he was 13.

  • 'Nutcracker' keeps dancers on their toes

    For 35 years, the Dance Centre of Elizabethtown has presented “The Nutcracker” to audiences young and old.

    Sherry Barnard, owner, has experienced the joy of “The Nutcracker” for all 35 years. Waverly Williams, 14, has been dancing for 11 years and this year plays Clara, the lead role.

    The ballet centers around Clara’s adventure in the magical world of the Nutcracker Prince.

  • 'Life of Pi' doesn't live up to hype

    “Life of Pi,” based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, is a beautiful spectacle of cinematic art but fantastic elements disconnect the audience from the story.

    The story, as Pi Patel tells it to a writer, documents his life leading up to and including becoming the only survivor of a shipwreck.

  • Dear Santa

    Dear Santa,

    Hey, jolly old fellow. It’s been a kind of a rough year so I have a few things on my list I’d like you to get to this Christmas.

  • Concert series to feature Antsy McClain at the PAC

    Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours will perform in concert Saturday as part of Acoustic Guitar Masters Concert Series 13 at Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center.

    The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

    McClain is a singer and songwriter who infuses his material with humor and stages his shows from a fictional trailer park called Pine View Heights. He modeled the location after his childhood surroundings and experiences.

  • Introvert Chism uses art to express herself

    Jessica Chism, 32, always has been involved in artistic and creative endeavors, but didn’t put brush to canvas until about five years ago.
    Now, inspired by nature and movies, she uses painting to relieve stress and express herself, which is hard for the self-professed introvert.

    She has sketched since she was a little girl but learned she could paint after helping with a SpongeBob SquarePants mural in her son’s room. After discovering painting, within six months she completed about 30 portraits, she said.

  • Nationally known a cappella group to perform at State Theater

    Strains of a cappella music will fill the air when Street Corner Symphony performs Saturday at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.

    The show begins at 7:30 p.m. with an optional dinner before the show.

    Street Corner Symphony were runners-up on the NBC show “The Sing-Off.” The group will perform songs from the show, new songs and maybe some holiday music.

  • Embracing tradition, even fowl ones

    The great thing about traditions is they can be started at any time, modified or adjusted, and they can be shared with those who are special to you.

    They don’t have to make sense to anyone but those who participate, and even then, they don’t necessarily have to make sense as long as they are mutually enjoyed.

    Over the years I’ve probably described a few traditions my girlfriend, Rebecca Ricks, and I share.

  • Santa has new look in 'Rise of the Guardians'

    “Rise of the Guardians” offers audiences a different view of popular childhood holiday icons.

    Santa, or North, (Alex Baldwin, “30 Rock”), the Tooth Fairy, or Tooth, (Isla Fisher, “Confessions of a Shopaholic”), the Easter Bunny, or Bunny, (Hugh Jackman, “Real Steel”) and the Sandman, or Sandy, are protectors of childhood dreams, hopes and innocence.

  • Hardin County band seeks to change lives through music

    Formed by members who played in other bands as recently as this summer and who mostly knew one another, The Blue Soul Gypsys not only have meshed musically, but personally.

    “Everyone in this room is my best friend,” drummer Jeff Scott, 20, said, as he sat in the Elizabethtown office at Pandaruella Productions with company founders Jacob and Samantha Langley and band members. “These are my brothers and sister.”