Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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July 15, 2011

Sanderson speaks about KRT changes

GLASGOW — Fans of the Glasgow Christmas Parade can expect a new route this year.

The new route was announced Friday morning during the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly breakfast at the Glasgow Golf and Country Club.

“Due to a lot of expansion in the Glasgow-Barren County area, including Glasgow High School, our parade has been turned on its head as you can say, so we’ve had to go back and reroute the whole parade different than you’ve ever known it before in Glasgow and Barren County,” said Michael Richey, co-chairman of the Christmas Parade Committee. “It will be a route that I think will please everybody. It will be a lot different. It will be a lot better.”

 The parade will form at the Southgate Shopping Center at the intersection of S. L. Rogers Wells Boulevard and continue down South Green Street to Glasgow’s public square.

At the public square, the parade will turn left and go backwards around the square, past the Barren County Government Center and the Plaza Theatre and then turn right on North Broadway Street.

The parade will continue down North Broadway ending at Save-A-Lot’s parking lot.

“We asked that you be patient with us as we go through this change,” he said.

The theme for this year’s Christmas parade is “The Gift of Giving,” and in honor of the theme the Christmas Parade Committee has selected Glasgow surgeon and philanthropist Dr. Bharat Mody to be the grand marshal.

“This community has always been known to come together in times of need,” Richey said. “This person and all their works epitomizes that theme.”

The keynote speaker for the breakfast was Christopher Sanderson, executive director of Kentucky Repertory Theatre in Horse Cave.

Sanderson spoke to the audience about the changes that have taken place in the past year at the theater, including expanding the theater’s season to 12 months so some type of performance is offered each month, as well as his role as executive director.

“The idea of my job is that the buck stops here. I’m in charge of business excellence and artistic excellence,” Sanderson said. “So, if you see something you don’t like, you now know who to stop and talk to and I really want to hear that.”

Sanderson stressed that he is interested in knowing what types of entertainment supporters of Kentucky Rep want to see.

 “I want you to understand, each and everyone of you, I want to know what your favorite play is. It’s really important to me. What I’ve been telling people is you can’t please everyone all the time, but I hope to please everyone at least once a year with the plays that we do,” he said.

When Sanderson interviewed the position, he toured the community with the president of the theater’s board of directors, who is Glasgow attorney Temple Dickinson.

 “What I made sure to do is to ask every person we met, ‘What is your favorite play?’ and after four days, and I didn’t even have to say to Temple what the point of that was, but after four days he had heard people say, ‘I love Shakespeare. I hate Shakespeare. I love comedies. I hate comedies. All the way through the whole gamut. Do stand-up comedy. Don’t do stand-up comedy,” Sanderson said. “The one thing that there was a great consensus about was music and music is really important to this culture.”

The theater is now featuring musical performances each Tuesday. The types of music featured vary each week.

“We’re doing whatever kind of music we think people might want to hear,” he said.

Sanderson plans to continue offer music each Tuesday for the next year in order to get a feel of the type of music patrons like.

The theater is also offering a theatrical performance once a month.

Information about the types of entertainment offered at Kentucky Rep is available by visiting the theater’s website at www.kentuckyrep.org

Also during the breakfast the Business of the Quarter Award went to Lakeside Recycling, while the Agribusiness of the Quarter Award went to Southern States.

Announcements made during the breakfast were:

• Reel Generation Film Festival, Friday at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets are $5;

• Spay-ghetti and No Balls dinner, a fundraiser for the Barren River Animal Welfare Association’s spay and neuter program, Friday at 5 p.m. at the Lera B. Mitchell Clubhouse on South Green Street;

• Arts in the Garden Show and Gala, a fundraiser for the Art Guild of the Barrens on July 21 at the home of Robert O. and Betty Carol Clark on Leech Court;

• Barren County Night at the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Aug. 4; and the To the Brim community food drive Aug. 29 through Sept. 4.

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