Theatre Program Acquires Costumes, Props and Sets of Former Kentucky Repertory Theatre
Posted on Tuesday, February 04, 2014 [2:25 PM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The look of
Kentucky Repertory Theatre of Horse Cave will live on in the
Lindsey Wilson College Theatre Program.
The liberal arts college has acquired the costumes,
props and sets of the defunct regional theater. The acquisition,
which also includes tools used to build sets and a costume shop,
will be a major boost to Lindsey Wilson's fledgling theater
program, according to LWC Assistant Professor of Theatre Robert Brock.
"It's really exciting, and it will help solidify
our program as it continues to develop," Brock said. "It's
wonderful that these items will continue to play a vital role in
theater. For more than three decades, they helped bring
high-quality, professional theater to the citizens of Southern
Kentucky. Now they will play a role in developing future
generations of people who hope to one day work in
Founded in 1976 as Horse Cave Theatre before being
renamed in 2004, Kentucky Repertory Theatre closed in spring 2013.
During its more than three decades of operation, the regional
theater earned national attention, attracting actors and audiences
from throughout the United States. It received the Kentucky Governor's Awards in the Arts in
Brock came to Lindsey Wilson four years ago to
start the college's theater program after spending 13 years at
Kentucky Repertory Theatre as an actor, artistic director and
At Lindsey Wilson, Brock has helped the college
establish a theater minor and major; he oversaw a major
renovation to the college's V.P. Henry Auditorium, which now serves
as the home of the LWC productions; and he established
TheatreFest!, a summer regional theater.
The college will award its first bachelor of arts
degrees in theatre this year.
"When I came here there was was nothing," Brock
said. "There were no costumes, there were no props, there were no
sets, there were no tools. We were just putting on plays the best
Brock said the acquisition of Kentucky Repertory
Theatre's costumes, props and sets are a great complement to the
renovation of V.P. Henry Auditorium, which included new lighting,
sound system and seats.
"As wonderful as the renovation was, we still
didn't have all the other stuff that theater programs need," he
said. "So now we go, overnight, from a theater program with none of
that stuff to a theater program with all of it."
Last fall, the Lindsey Wilson Theatre Program
produced two plays, a musical and a children's play. This spring,
the program will produce a children's play and two dramas,
including the debut of the first student-written play,Angels My Father Sentby Erika Finley
of Hopkinsville, Ky. The play will be entered into the the Kennedy
Center American College Theater Festival.
"Our program has come a very long way in a
relatively short amount of time," Brock said. "It's very exciting
to be part of theater at this college."