When the legendary Kentucky Repertory Theatre had to shut their doors, the arts culture of Southern Kentucky suffered a great loss. However, that loss would not be felt long as professional Regional Theatre found a home at The SKyPAC in Bowling Green with the development of Kentucky Stages. In August of 2013, Kentucky Stages produced the first of a five show season, “The Lion in Winter” securing the legendary Andrew Prine as the lead, King Henry. The cast was created from professional actors from New York, St. Louis, and local professionals. The unique opportunity of high calibure actors from around the country combined with the very best of Southern Kentucky regional professionals allows Kentucky Stages to bring the art of storytelling to a growing, culturally relevant community.
With productions housed in the Carol Wedge Studio Theatre, an intimate setting where the audience is within feet of the actors, getting to experience the show. To be within feet of the up and coming stage stars gives Bowling Green audiences an unusual opportunity to feel very much a part of the show. This intimacy feeds the actors with the energy of the audience that includes students from Western Kentucky University.
The first season, including Lion in Winter, The Glass Menagerie, Working, The Importance of Being Earnes and Lombardi, showcased the tenacity and depth of a core company including veteran actors and directors, Craig Taylor and Ken Hailey, as well as up and new young actors, such as Noah Jones. With each show, the momentum and the audience grew with sold out shows and rave reviews from theatre patrons, some traveling some distance to see the Kentucky Stage(s) productions.
Bowling Green, Kentucky is a growing community making a big impression on the state and the nation as it was prominently featured in the New York Times recently as a city to watch. Kentucky Stage(s) brings a cultural signifigance to a city and a region who embraces the arts. The opportunity to support Kentucky Stage(s) ensures theatre arts will thrive in a area who, in turn, will thrive from each performance. Bowling Green needs a second season of Stage(s) talent to contine this budding relationship, one that will become a commited investment for and by the people of Bowling Green. Stages is the only Professional Company housed in Southern Kentucky.
Investing in Kentucky Stages is investing in the soul of a city that is exploding with life. It is a commitment in bringing excellence in theatre arts to this area, but more importantly it is ensuring that our stories, stories rich in history, expression and importance are shared. From this stage, the echo of our lives can be heard. It must not be silenced.
KENTUCKY STAGE(S) is a new regioanl theatre performing in residence at SKyPAC (The Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center) in Bowling Green, KY.
STAGE(S) was formed by the artists who had formally called Kentucky Repertory Theatre home. When that theatre ceased operations, the core directors and performers who had been in residence there had no intention of letting the dynamic artistic force they had created die with it. They formed a new company with the vision of forming a repertory company that would perform in several venues throughout the state.
The company opened in September, 2013 at SKyPAC with it's "experiment," a production of James Goldman's "The Lion in Winter," starring Hollywood's Andrew Prine.
STAGE(S) is in the midst of presenting its first full season at the state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center in Bowling Green, KY.
STAGE(S) is an Actors Equity Association Small Professional Theatre.
Performances at SKyPAC
601 College St.
Bowling Green, KY 42101
635 Park St
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101
Phone: (270) 266-4051
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