• Shelbyville playwright to stage new musical in Louisville

    A Shelby County playwright has a play set to debut in Louisville in April, and auditions will be held there on Sunday.

    When Jenny Lind Came To Town, a fact-based musical docu-drama celebrating Jenny Lind’s April 1851 performances in Louisville and Madison, Ind., will make its debut at the Clifton Center in Louisville on April 3-7.

    The play is the newest work of playwright and Shelbyville resident Mike Smith, whose hobby of collecting vintage programs and tickets inspired him to write and produce a play about renown 19th century soprano Jenny Lind.

  • Shelby County filmmaker, Louisville ballerina realize their dreams

    Wendy Whelan had a dream. One day she would become a star ballerina, dancing principal roles and creating her own interpretation of music and art through dance.

    Tom Thurman also had a dream. One day he would document the stories of musicians and artists, to share his appreciation for the arts.

    The work of these two Kentucky natives comes together in “Wendy Whelan: Moments of Grace,” an episode in the KET series Kentucky Muse that tells the story of a prima ballerina from Louisville.

  • Van Stockum is featured artist

    Cheryl Van Stockum, a contributing photographer to The Sentinel-News, is the featured artist of the month at The Gallery at Shelby Artists on Main.

    Her photographic work is on display throughout December in the gallery at 617 Main St. in Shelbyville.

    Van Stockum, a longtime photographic enthusiast who said she started with Polaroid fun, in recent years has developed and opened her own business.

  • Arts bulletin board: Dec. 7, 2012

    New performance added for ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’

    Because of overwhelming response to The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Shelby County Community Theatre, an extra performance has been added to the schedule.

    That show will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

    The holiday comedy drew sellout crowds for each of its three performances last weekend had been sold out for three this weekend. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors, $10 students
    For reservations, call 502-633-0242.

  • 6 Shelby Countians earn spots in ballet

    Over the past few years, several Shelby County dancers have earned spots in the holiday performance of Nutcracker in a Nutshell, and this year the county will send its largest contingent ever.

    Denise Gillman, the owner and director of Gillman’s Dance Academy, which has studios in Shelbyville and Crestwood, has six dancers that will partake in the show this year. Two dancers from Shelby County participated last year.

  • Arts bulletin board: Nov. 16, 2012

    ‘Shakesperience’ at community theater

    Shelby County Community Theatre will host “Shakesperience!,” a Shakespearean acting workshop beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

    Directed by Jack Wann, the workshop will continue through November and early December, culminating in a public performance at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14.

  • Trims & Whims set for its 32nd year

    Believe it or not, Christmas is just around the corner. At least, that’s what you’ll discover at the annual Trims & Whims craft fair this weekend.

    “We always have our event the same weekend when Wakefield-Scearce Gallery holds its Christmas open house,” says Joanna Freels, co-chair of the event for Alpha Delta Kappa sorority, its sponsor.

    With Shelbyville’s Celebration of Lights happening on Saturday, as well, there will be no shortage of holiday cheer (and shopping) for those who can’t wait for Christmas!

  • Arts bulletin board: Nov. 9, 2012

    Van Stockum, Miller featured at the Kentucky Book Fair

    Shelby County authors Ron Van Stockum and Jim Miller will present their new books at the Kentucky Book Fair on Saturday in Frankfort.

    Van Stockum, a Shelby County resident, will present his latest book. Remembrances of World Wars, which is a compilation of columns he published inThe Sentinel-News about World War I and World War II and the times and events surrounding both. Van Stockum lost his father in WWI.

  • Shelby native’s first book is a flood of feelings

    Jim Miller would be the first to tell you that his well-plotted path from boy journalist of Shelby County to adult author took a few side trips, the last of which ultimately if unwittingly landing him at his destination.

    Miller, who grew up in the Clark Station area of Shelby, became Author James W. Miller as the result of a devastating hurricane that swept away his life and blew him forward and into the pages of his first book, Where The Water Kept Rising.

  • Arts bulletin board: Nov. 2, 2012

    WWII survivor’s story at library Thursday

    “WWII: A survivor’s story” will be presented by Gary Vidito at 6-7 p.m. Thursday at the Shelby County Public Library.
    The show is presented in first person from the standpoint of Vidito’s father, who was on the USS Susan B. Anthony, which served among others missions off the coast of Normandy as part of D-Day. The Anthony hit two mines on her way to deliver the soldiers to the beach and sank. All 2,800 soldiers and crew were rescued.
    For more information, call 633-3803.