Kentucky Music Trail 2012

It’s hot this year with Trace Adkins in April, Charlie Daniels Band in May and Clint Black in June. Wow, pretty impressive lineup don’t you think? All I know is, the phones are ringing off the hook and we are selling lots of tickets, so make sure you get a ticket to one of these great traillllllllllllllllllls.

 

We have a new g…

We have a new guy. Josh Jannotta. He is the Education Assistant, Voice Instructor and Asst. Artistic Director for Paramount Players. He does a lot of different things and he has an amazing voice and lots of kids have already signed up for voice lessons. I asked him to tell me what he is working on – his response below:

 

Today I am working on many different things.  I am trying to get everything needed for the set of The Sound Of Music, which is basically everything needed to build a house.  When doing the build, plus the artistic work, I sometimes get mixed up on things that look good and things that are cheap and make sense. 

Plans for the voice lessons I teach are one of my favorite things to work on, and I am planning great things for the future.  All of my voice students are very talented, and I enjoy every moment working with them, making them better!  It’s high time for talent in the area, and I am blessed to be a part of the learning experience with my students.

 

Joshua M. Jannotta

 

Education Assistant/Voice Instructor

Assistant Artistic Director- Paramount Players

My New Year’s Resolutions at the Paramount

By Jenny Holmes
 
It’s that time of year when I publish my New Year’s Resolutions for all the world to see and hold me accountable. I love this time of year when I can reflect on the past year and see if I do all the things I said I was going to do. But I don’t beat myself up if I wasn’t as accomplished as the ambitious list I created. Instead, I move the unfinished items to the new list and pretend I just came up with it. My favorite resolution for this past year was to audition for a musical. Well, I did it. I auditioned for Hairspray. I was here for 5 hours with more than 100 people. I sang, I danced, I read scripts. I did NOT get the part of Velma. It’s the one I really wanted. You’d think since I work here and share an office area with the Paramount Player Director that I would get some special favor. But the fact is, I wasn’t the best for the part. But you know the old saying, when one door closes, another opens. That is exactly what happened for me. I got the role as a hooker in Hairspray and got to dance in the BiG Doll House Scene. It was amazing.  And because I was such a great hooker in that musical, I got another hooker part in Footloose, the musical. Not only did I get to sing and dance, but I even had FOUR lines. And then, I basically had to get an agent because I just keep getting offered parts. Well, yes, there is a little typecasting going on.  But I got to successfully check that off my 2011 list of resolutions. Now here is my list for 2012. 
  1. I am going to see one of the greatest love stories ever…on our big screen. It’s called LOVE STORY and is part of our second Sunday film series.
  2. I am going to laugh so hard that I can’t breathe when I stand up and sing “Shake Ya Tail Feather” when the Blues Brothers show comes in March.
  3. I plan to ask one of those amazing Cirque performers to teach me how to ride a unicycle or swing from the top of the stage during the Pop Goes the Rock Cirque Dreams show.
  4. Because I love to sing the songs from “Sound of Music,” I am going to see if I can work my way onto that stage and belt out “The Hills Are Alive” at the top of my lungs. However, I will probably get a call any day now with an offer for a ‘special part.’ I’m waiting. 
  5. I guess it is a good thing I like to sing because I am going to be singing some ABBA in May. “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.” and “Money, Money, Money” to name a few, because, yes, Mamma MIA Broadway will be on our stage. I may just sing those songs from my office since it’s a pretty big deal and at the rate the tickets have sold, I’m not sure there will be any extra seats!
  6. Once again, I plan to watch the Oscars in our theatre. But not before I get a new do, a makeover and maybe a little botox —when we have our Second Annual Red Carpet Party. 
  7. I will make a new fancy gown to wear to our next fancy gala – and each year I try to come up with some fun new marketing idea. Last year, we covered the event LIVE with Ustream. HMMM now I gotta top that one. 
  8. I’m going to speak at a conference or two. I already got invited to one. Melanie (our education director) and I wrote a book called “Marketing the Arts” and we will be presenting it at the SETC (Southeastern Theatre Conference). 
  9. I definitely will write another book. I have a dozen or so in the works, so not sure which one I’ll finish first, but it’s pretty much a regular posting on my resolutions. 
  10. I’m going to write at least 2 grants, which reminds me I should probably cut this list short and get busy writing something that can make some money for the Paramount.
Well, we’ll see how this year goes, but so far these are looking do-able (maybe not the unicycle but I have to have some resolutions with physical challenges). And they are all definitely do-able right here at the Paramount! What’s your resolution? 
 
Well, how about I recommend some to you. Visit our website http://www.paramountartscenter.com, be our fan on facebook, follow us on Twitter, download our free APP, scan our QR code, sign up for push notifications and texts on your phone, subscribe to our newsletter, watch some of our videos, volunteer, call our box office and chat a bit 606.324.3175 or email me, jenny@paramountartscenter.com and let me know you did all of these things and how accomplished you feel.    
 
 

CAST List for Sound of Music@

he Sound of Music
Cast List

Thanks so much to everyone who auditioned. We ended up with over 160 people to audition and casting was very difficult. The first cast meeting/rehearsal will be Monday, January 23 at 6:00 pm. Those 16 and under are required to have a parent at the meeting. If you are cast as an understudy you will be performing for the Saturday Matinee.

Please respond to accept the role.

Maria………………………………………………………………………………..Desiree Sowards
Mother Abbess……………………………………………………………………………Victoria Hull
Sister Berthe……………………………………………………………………………Nancy Jackson
Sister Margaretta………………………………………………………………………….Pamela Hall
Captain Von Trapp………………………………………………………………..Joshua Jannotta
Franz…………………………………………………………………………………………….TBA
Frau Schmidt…………………………………………………………………………….Carol Spence
Liesl…………………………………………………………………………………………Morgan Casto
Liesl/Understudy………………………………………………………………………Katie Jackson
Friedrich……………………………………………………………………………….Joshua Callahan
Friedrich/Understudy………………………………………………………………….Brad Huffman
Louisa…………………………………………………………………………………..….Audri Wells
Kurt………………………………………………………………………………………….Brett Woods
Kurt/Understudy………………………………………………………………………….Sam Smittle
Brigitta……………………………………………………………………….………Hannah Tussey
Brigitta/Understudy…………………………………………………………….Mackenzie Cole
Marta…………………………………………………………………………………Annie Whelan
Gretl………………………………………………………………………………………..Paige Fraley
Gretl/Understudy……………………………………………………………..Vinessa Fressola
Rolf……………………………………………………………………………………..Blaine Roberts
Rolf/Understudy……………………………………………………………………Max Addington
Elsa Schraeder……………………………………………………………………………………TBA
Max Detweiler…………………………………………………………………………….Bill Tussey
Herr Zeller…………………………………………………………………………….Tyler Bradley
Frau Zeller/Nun……………………………………………………………………..Joanna Berner
Baron Elberfeld……………………………………………………………………..Andrew Potter
Baroness Elberfeld……………………………………………………………………..Sarah Brehm
A New Postulant………………………………………….…………………………..Alyssa Miller
Admiral Von Schreiber…………………………………………………………..………Tim Woods
Postulant…………………………………………………………………………..Ashby Foutch
Postulant……………………………………………………………………………..Megan Riley
Postulant………………………………………………………………………..Bethany Hamilton
Postulant……………………………………………………………………………….Alex Lewis
Postulant……………………………………………………………………………………Shelby Ison
Postulant……………………………………………………………………………Katelyn Ferguson
Postulant……………………………………………………………………..Savannah Peterman
Postulant………………………………………………………………………….……Courtlyn Lewis
Postulant……………………………………………………………………………………Claire Wilson
Novice…………………………………………………………………………….Miranda Hutchinson
Novice……………………………………………………………………………………Miranda Rogers
Novice……………………………………………………………………………….Bethany Hamilton
Novice…………………………………………………………………………………..Jordan Callahan
Novice……………………………………………………………………………………Peri Ann Law
Novice…………………………………………………………………………………..Jordan Callahan
Novice………………………………………………………………………………………Susan Barber
Novice…………………………………………………………………………………….Kathryn Barber
Novice……………………………………………………………………………………..Zorada Porter
Nun…………………………………………………………………………………………….Anna Baker
Nun…………………………………………………………………………………………..Robin Wilson
Nun………………………………………………………………………………………….Kelsey Gregg
Nun……………………………………………………………………………………….Caitlin Brown
Nun…………………………………………………………………………………………Alyssa Woods
Nun………………………………………………………………………………………….Sydney Smith
Nun……………………………………………………………………………………Aundrea Perkins
Nun……………………………………………………………………………………….Karen Welch
Nun……………………………………………………………………………………..Brittany Melvin
Nun………………………………………………………………………………………..Katie Castle
Nun……………………………………………………………………………………..Margie Burcham
Nun/Party Guest……………………………………………………………………….Kristina Richins
Nun/Party Guest………………………………………………………………………..Nicole Smith
Nun/Party Guest………………………………………………………………………..Kaci Kielmar
Nun/Party Guest…………………………………………………………………………..Jami Barber
Nun/Party Guest………………………………………………………………………Kristen Welch
Nazi/Party Guest………………………………………………………………….Aaron Murphy
Nazi/Party Guest……………………………………………………………………Matt Hammond
Nazi/Party Guest………………………………………………………………………..Andrew Hall
Nazi/Party Guest……………………………………………………………………Wyatt Wheeler
Nazi/Party Guest……………………………………………………………….Gregory Picklesimer

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A Country Music Legend Takes The Paramount Stage

By: Madison Lavender
October 17, 2011

She is a Coal Miner’s Daughter and A Honkey Tonk Girl, and she will be performing at the Paramount this Saturday, October 22 at 8 p.m. Loretta Lynn will take the stage to celebrate 50 years of creating memorable hits like “These Boots are Made for Walking” and “You Ain’t Woman Enough.” After being the first winner in the Country Music Awards “Female Vocalist” category and the first women to win “Entertainer of the Year,” Lynn quickly became known as the “First Lady of Country Music.” She is a Kentucky born artist with 54 albums, 88 singles, and 7 music videos including my personal favorite video; a collaboration with Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow in the video “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

Don’t miss out on your chance to see this country music legend live on the Paramount stage! Tickets start at $35 and are on sale NOW! Call the box office at 606.324.3175.

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Rock, comedy, country, spooky and some wine!

by Jenny Holmes
I’m just a small town girl, living in a lonely world, going to take the midnight train to anywhere. Well apparently I am in a singing mood today. And if you started singing as you read that first sentence, then welcome to my world. We are getting ready for one of the most amazing Broadway tours to hit Ashland this week. Rock of Ages. If you love Broadway, you’ll love it (I saw it in New York so I know!). If you grew up in the 80s, you’ll love it for the clothing, the hair, the music. And about the music. You won’t stop believin’ how many amazing songs are in this one Tony Award nominated smash hit musical. Of course Journey. But throw in songs by Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and more and you will be transformed back to the 80s. In this hilarious feel-good love story, set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl meets a big city rocker and they fall in love. With a perfect combination of rock and comedy, this Broadway performance about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on will be the perfect mid-week show. Wednesday, Oct. 12 @ 7:30 PM. Get your tickets online or in our box office 606.324.3175.

You lucky people in the town of Ashland get the opportunity to come to the Paramount two nights this week. And I’m not sure our stage has seen the likes of the amazing Jose Porcel and his flamenco dance troupe and show called Gypsy Fire. Tuesday night @ 7 PM, this amazing former star dancer with the National Ballet of Spain will bring his show to our stage. Porcel has assembled his country’s most acclaimed flamenco artists and there will be explosions of rhythm, colors and emotions to create the most amazing theatre art. Porcel has been called a ‘musical savant and master improviser who commands the stage.’ And if you can’t picture it for yourself, drive by the Paramount and look at the picture of him on the billboard or in the box office window. I promise you can see the fire in his eyes by just looking at the picture. We are so fortunate to be able to bring these amazing international dance performances to our stage. Get your tickets now!

And next week will bring a unique performance presented by the Paramount Players, “I Never Saw Another Butterfly.” This play is history, in a story told by a girl who lived through the holocaust. From 1942 to 1945, more than 15,000 Jewish children passed through Terezin and only about 100 were still alive when Terezin was liberated at the end of the war. These few went back to the scattered pieces of their lives, their homes and families. Raja Englanderova lived through it all at Terezin, teaching the children when there was nothing to teach with, helping to give them hope when there was little reason for hope. This play is an imaginative creation of her story from documentary materials, poems, diaries, letters, journals, drawings and pictures. There is an evening performance, Friday, Oct. 14 @ 7:30 PM

Don’t forget, Loretta Lynn is here on Oct. 22 and celebrating her 50th Anniversary of making hits. There are just a few tickets left, so you will want to get in on these seats asap.

Go ahead and mark your calendar for Tales of Suspense – an evening of one-act scary plays. So scary I can’t even write about them. Two nights, Oct. 24 and 25 @ 7 PM.

And it’s still a month out, but I have grape expectations that you will want to get on this deal early. Once again, we will have our Grape Expectations wine tasting event on stage, Thursday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. We tried a new fun thing last year and are going to do it again this year. Yes, you get to design your own wine glass. Tickets to the event are $25, or add another $5 and request your custom-designed hand-painted and decorated glass. To place your order in advance, stop by the box office and place your order or email and say Reserve Mine to jenny@paramountartscenter.com. This is the area’s most incredible wine tasting event including hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction and more. You can’t get food, wine and this much fun for $30 anywhere else. Come join us.