Saturday, March 8, 2014

This is the end.

I am not able to update this website any longer.  It's been a fun hobby, but I have no time to focus on theatre schedules and auditions.  I would urge the Theatre Alliance of Louisville to take up the task of posting audition notices instead.  I've enjoyed being a part of Louisville theatre life for the past nine years, and I've seen lots of incredible performances,  and I will go on applauding, long after the curtain is down.  Thank you for letting me be a part of the "show." 

- S. Deatrick

PS - Here is one last audition notice:


Hayswood Theatre announces auditions for the upcoming production of See How They Run.  Auditions will be held Sunday and Monday evenings March 9 & 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the theater, located at 115 South Capitol Avenue in Corydon.  

An audition packet is available on our website www.hayswoodtheatre.org.  Please download the packet prior to the auditions.

The packet contains:  audition and rehearsal information, a short synopsis of the play, cast of characters with descriptions and script scenes that will be used at the audition.  Headshots and resumes will be appreciated from those auditioning.

For further information please contact John Hardaway at (812) 844-1013,

Friday, February 21, 2014

Play Reading this Sunday

Monte Priddy to read title role in 'History of King Lear'

Play Reading this Sunday!!!

 
Savage Rose presents the next in its Words, Words, Words Play Reading Series, The History of King Lear adapted from Shakespeare by Nahum Tate in 1681. Tate utilizes portions of Shakespeare's play, but with a few modifications, most notably, a happy ending. Though Shakespeare's play continued to appear in print, it is believed that it was Tate's version of Lear that was actually performed into the 19th century. Louisville acting legend Monte Priddy joins the ensemble to read the role of Lear.

Sunday, February 23, 7:00pm
Nancy Niles Sexton Stage at Walden Theatre
1123 Payne Street
Admission is free, but a $3-$5 donation is gratefully accepted. Light refreshments will be provided.

Actors Theatre Announces 51st Season

Yes, I'm lazy.  Here's another press release copied verbatim (and I'm not sure how I feel about this list -- of course I love Dominique Serrand, so I'd love to see Love's Labour's Lost..., but some of the other selections leave me cold, so it's a good thing I'm in Florida.):

Today, in the midst of preparations for one of the nation’s most influential festivals of new work, the Humana Festival of New American Plays, Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein proudly announce Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 2014-2015 Season.  The 51st Season lineup will include a world-premiere reimagining of Love’s Labour’s Lost, the musical The Last Five Years, a production of Nina Raine’s emotionally-charged drama Tribes, award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size, and the return of Naomi Iizuka’s At the Vanishing Point—a beautifully-observed portrait of Butchertown with an original score by Ben Sollee. From the exhilaration of infatuation to the heart-wrenching tale of lost love, from one person’s fight to find a voice to the dreams and voices of an entire community, the lineup features powerful stories and some of the most exciting artists working in theatre today.

The 2014-2015 Season is generously supported by Brown-Forman, the official season sponsor, with additional support from Fund for the Arts, Kentucky Arts Council and YUM! Brands, who support the student matinee series.

“This season celebrates and explores the wonder of life in all its complexities,” said Les Waters.  “I’m delighted to showcase compelling new plays from vital new voices such as Nina Raine and Tarell Alvin McCraney, alongside work by returning artists Steve Epp, Dominique Serrand, Nathan Keepers and Naomi Iizuka—theatre-makers whose work Actors Theatre has championed for a long time. This is a city that loves music, and I’m excited to introduce more music into our season. Kentucky native Ben Sollee will compose the score for a new production of At the Vanishing Point, and Associate Artistic Director Meredith McDonough will direct Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years—a terrific contemporary musical that will feature local musicians.”

Jennifer Bielstein adds, “We were exhilarated by the tremendous outpouring of support shown by the community during our 50th Anniversary season. As we begin a new chapter in our history, Actors Theatre remains committed to making extraordinary theatre and offering highly flexible season packages and ticket options that offer patrons across Kentuckiana the best theatre in the region, at a price they can afford.”

The 2014-2015 Brown-Forman Series will begin with Love’s Labour’s Lost by William Shakespeare, reimagined in a high-octane but true-to-the-spirit production by Steve Epp, Nathan Keepers and Dominique Serrand, which will run September 2-21. Epp, Keepers and Serrand previously charmed Actors Theatre audiences with The Miser (2004) and Fissures (lost and found) (2010 Humana Festival). Epp and Serrand were the creative force behind Theatre de la Jeune Lune and currently serve as co-Artistic Directors of The Moving Company in Minneapolis, where Keepers is Associate Artistic Director. Now the master comedians return with their funny, playful and wildly theatrical take on a Shakespearean comedy. This production promises to be a delightful love letter to Shakespeare and his many courting couples.

Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years—the perfect marriage of songs and stagewill run October 7-26. Associate Artistic Director Meredith McDonough will direct the highly acclaimed musical that will feature a cast of two and six local musicians. The New York Daily News declared it “graceful, gripping, and break-your-heart beautiful,” while Entertainment Weekly raved, “A stunning score! Brown may have won a Best Original Score Tony Award for 1998’s Parade, but this is far and away his finest work."  The Last Five Years tells the love story of Jamie and Catherine.  Jamie will start from the passionate spark that ignited their romance, and Catherine will begin at the end, when the flame went out. This musical journey through their relationship—and through elation and heartbreak—captures the beauty and power of being in love, no matter how fleeting.

Under the direction of Evan Cabnet, playwright Nina Raine’s emotionally-charged drama Tribes will play November 11-December 7. Since it premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 2010, Raine’s powerful play has become a global hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Tribes received an Olivier Award nomination for Best New Play, was awarded a 2012 Drama Desk Award for Best New Play and picked up a New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play. Described by The Wall Street Journal as “the best-written, best-plotted, deepest, most daring—and funniest—new play in recent years,” Tribes is currently one of the top ten most-produced plays in the country. The play focuses on Billy, the youngest of three siblings in a boisterous family. He was born deaf and raised to read lips, and when he meets Sylvia, who is losing her hearing but grew up using sign language, he is introduced to new perspectives that unsettle the bonds that have defined his life until now. Tribes is a drama about the struggle to find a voice when no one’s truly listening, and the power of language to lock us out—or let us in. 

We begin the New Year with award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size, directed by KJ Sanchez and running January 6-February 1, 2015. Part of the trilogy The Brother/Sister Plays, The Brothers Size simultaneously premiered in New York at The Public Theater and in London at the Young Vic, where it was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement. One of the youngest recipients of a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship (2013), McCraney was hailed by The San Francisco Chronicle as “one of the most exciting new voices in the American theatre since the arrival of Tony Kushner.” Drawing on the Yoruba mythology of West Africa, the play is a poetic examination of the lives of two brothers and the friend that comes between them. Just out of prison and taken in by his brother, Oshoosi Size is ready to start his life anew.  But when his cell mate appears, temptation and conflicting loyalties may imperil his newfound freedom.  The lyrical tale of the Brothers Size pulses with the rhythms of the Louisiana Bayou.

The season continues as Artistic Director Les Waters directs At the Vanishing Point by Naomi Iizuka, January 27-February 15, 2015. Commissioned by Actors Theatre, the play originally premiered at the 2004 Humana Festival and was praised as a “gorgeously written” and “fine, mysterious work” in the Chicago Tribune. Iizuka returns with her beautifully-observed portrait of one of Louisville’s oldest neighborhoods—intertwining memory and myth, ghosts of the past and snapshots of the present to give voice to a community. At the Vanishing Point is based on extensive interviews and research on the rich history of Butchertown. A decade after it premiered, Iizuka and Waters will revisit the banks of Beargrass Creek, creating an event that will feature an original score by Kentucky native Ben Sollee.  A familiar name with local audiences, Iizuka has previously premiered four other plays at Actors Theatre: Polaroid Stories (1997 Humana Festival), Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls (1999 Humana Festival), Strike-Slip (2007 Humana Festival) and War of the Worlds (2000 Humana Festival), in collaboration with Anne Bogart and SITI Company.
 
In addition to the Brown-Forman Series lineup, Actors Theatre once again looks forward to celebrating the holidays with two of Louisville’s favorite family traditions: the Halloween cult thriller, Fifth Third Bank’s Dracula (September 12-October 31), and Fifth Third Bank’s A Christmas Carol (November 25-December 23).   Charles Dickens’ enduring story of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future will, after ten years, receive a magical new makeover this season, with an entirely redesigned production of Barbara Field’s beloved adaptation.

The 2014-2015 Season will culminate in the Humana Festival of New American Plays, March 4-April 12, 2015. Celebrating its 39th year, the Festival continues to be the country’s leading opportunity to see groundbreaking, brand-new work by some of the American theatre’s most talented writers. The Festival is underwritten by the Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana, Inc. 

2014-2015 Season Ticket packages are on sale now and may be purchased by calling the Box Office at 502-584-1205. Season Ticket Holders receive up to 50% off regular single ticket prices, with 7-play Brown Forman Series Season Ticket packages starting at just $127. Season Ticket Holders also have access to pre-sale tickets for Dracula and A Christmas Carol at 20% off, which are not on sale to the public until July. Additional benefits also include flexible ticket exchanges, parking discounts and invitations to special behind-the-scenes events. Discounted packages are also available for seniors, students, educators and individuals 35 years of age and under. Single tickets for the entire 2014-2015 Season will go on sale July 28. Actors Theatre’s Box Office is located at 316 West Main Street, Louisville, KY, 40202, and can be reached by calling 502-584-1205.

Actors Theatre is committed to making the theatergoing experience accessible to everyone, and offers open caption and audio-described performances throughout the season. Large print programs and assistive listening devices are also available at every performance. For a full performance schedule and more information about Actors Theatre’s access services, visit http://actorstheatre.org/visit/plan-your-visit/theatre-lobby-floorplans-accessibility
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Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 2014-2015 Season at a glance:

Love’s Labour’s Lost
by William Shakespeare
reimagined by Steve Epp, Nathan Keepers and Dominique Serrand
directed by Dominique Serrand

September 2 – 21, 2014
Opening: September 4, 2014
Pamela Brown Auditorium
Brown-Forman Series
Bingham Signature Shakespeare

The king and his fellow scholars vow to seclude themselves from worldly distractions, but when a lovely princess and her ladies arrive and set up camp, this oath proves harder to keep than any of them thought. This funny, playful, wildly theatrical world-premiere reimagining uses the classic comedy as its foundation, building a love letter to Shakespeare and his many courting couples.

Additional events:
Behind-the-Scenes Tech Event: Saturday, August 30, 2014
OFFstage@Actors: Friday September 5, 2014

Fifth Third Bank’s Dracula
originally dramatized by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston from Bram Stoker's Dracula
adapted and directed by William McNulty

September 12 – October 31, 2014
Opening: September 12, 2014
Bingham Theatre

Louisville's original Halloween cult thriller!
The vampire hunt is on! Experience the Halloween tradition that drips with suspense—and even more blood. This celebrated gothic fright-fest is jam-packed with plenty of thrills and chills to keep you on the edge of your seat.

The Last Five Years
book, music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
directed by Meredith McDonough

October 7 – 26, 2014
Opening: October 9, 2014
Pamela Brown Auditorium
Brown-Forman Series

Jamie is a writer whose star is on the rise, and Catherine is a struggling actress.  On timelines that move gracefully in opposite directions, Jamie tells their story from his first infatuation onward, while Catherine shares their tale from the final moments of their marriage, moving backward toward the couple’s first passionate spark. This musical journey through their relationship—and through elation and heartbreak—captures the beauty and power of being in love, no matter how fleeting.

Additional events:
Behind-the-Scenes Tech Event: Saturday, October 4, 2014
OFFstage@Actors: Friday, October 10, 2014


Tribes
by Nina Raine
directed by Evan Cabnet

November 11 – December 7, 2014
Opening: November 13, 2014
Bingham Theatre
Brown-Forman Series

Billy is the youngest of three adult siblings in a boisterous family. He was born deaf and raised to read lips, but has never really been heard. When he meets Sylvia, who is losing her hearing and grew up using sign language, he is introduced to new perspectives that unsettle the bonds that have defined his life until now. An emotionally-charged drama about the struggle to find a voice when no one’s truly listening, and the power of language to lock us out—or let us in. 


Fifth Third Bank’s A Christmas Carol
based on the book by Charles Dickens
adapted by Barbara Field
directed by Drew Fracher

November 25 – December 23, 2014
Opening: November 28, 2014
Pamela Brown Auditorium

Louisville’s biggest and best holiday tradition—the enduring story of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future, brought to life with the warmth of holiday music.  Join us for a fresh look at this classic tale as we celebrate the splendor of the holidays with an entirely redesigned production!

The Brothers Size
by Tarell Alvin McCraney
directed by KJ Sanchez

January 6 – February 1, 2015
Opening: January 8, 2014
Bingham Theatre
Brown-Forman Series

 Just out of prison and taken in by his brother, Oshoosi Size is ready to start his life anew. When his cell mate appears at the garage where the brothers fix cars, Oshoosi finds himself struggling with temptations and conflicting loyalties that could dramatically impact his future. Pulsing with the rhythms of the Louisiana Bayou, this lyrical tale of brotherly love grapples with fear and desire along the elusive path to freedom, and the rough road that is getting by in the Deep South.

At the Vanishing Point
by Naomi Iizuka
directed by Les Waters
with an original score by Ben Sollee

January 27 – February 15, 2015
Opening: January 29, 2015
Pamela Brown Auditorium
Brown-Forman Series

Naomi Iizuka returns with her beautifully-observed portrait of one of Louisville’s oldest neighborhoods—intertwining memory and myth, ghosts of the past and snapshots of the present to give voice to a community. Based on extensive interviews and research on the rich history of Butchertown, At the Vanishing Point originally premiered in the 2004 Humana Festival, directed by Les Waters. A decade later, Iizuka and Waters revisit the banks of Beargrass Creek, creating an event that incorporates music by Kentucky native Ben Sollee.  
 
Additional Events:
Behind-the-Scenes Tech Event: Saturday, January 24, 2015
OFFstage@Actors: Friday, January 30, 2015

The 39th Humana Festival of New American Plays
March 4 — April 12, 2015
Humana Festival of New American Plays is the premier event of its kind in the nation, right in your hometown! Each year, thousands of dedicated theatre admirers descend upon Actors Theatre for a celebration of some of the most talented voices in the American theatre. Be the first to see these new plays—and when they go to Chicago, New York or to other stages around the world, take pride in saying, “I saw it first in Louisville!”

Congrats to Damaged Goods!

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Chicago is generally considered the birthplace of modern improvisational comedy and theater. The Windy City is home to world renowned organizations such as The Annoyance Theatre, iO and The Second City, which counts among its alumni some of the world’s most influential comedians.

Louisville’s own Damaged Goods Improv is heading to Chicago again after wowing them at last year’s festival to make its mark again. The four-year-old group will perform at the 2014 Chicago Improv Festival, which runs during the first week of April.
Fewer than 100 groups were chosen from a record number of entries, and Damaged Goods — Parker Bowles, Stefan Gearhart and Rocky Williams — is the lone Louisville selection for 2013.

Working in the style of ABC-TV's “Whose Line is it Anyway?,” Damaged Goods uses audience suggestions to create hilarious and high energy improvised sketches.

‘Since our inception,” Bowles said, “we’ve dedicated ourselves to pushing the boundaries onstage.”

“I’ve never seen anything so hype and so absolutely fun and hilarious.  By the time the show is done my ribs hurt from laughing so much and I’m out of breath and haven’t done any exercise!” Paul Sutherlin (Louisville Native)

This year’s Chicago Improv Festival is split into 10 categories. Damaged Goods will perform in short-form, with a combination of popular improv games and a host of original games created by the troupe.

The trio will warm up for the Chicago festival with two Louisville shows: March 1st and March 29th at The Bard’s Town, 1801 Bardstown Road. The shows begin at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $10 cash at the door. The March 1st show is titled, Damaged Goods Presents: Helter Smelter and will be a high energy improv show filled with many surprises.

“Like most people who work in improv, we understand the significance of the Chicago scene, and making the cut for the Chicago Improv Festival is a huge deal,” Bowles said. “We would not be where we are without the support we’ve received in our hometown over the past three years, and we’re hoping for a big turnout at our next two shows to help us build on that momentum. We’re going to Chicago to represent the Ville!”

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Alley Theater Relocates

I'm always the last to know.  I just happened to wonder why I've not seen any news of the Alley Theater lately so I went to their website.  Lo and behold, they have moved!  Congratulations on your new home, Alley Theater!

From the website:

After opening in 1993 on Baxter Avenue and having spent the last 4 years in Butchertown, The Alley Theater has some exciting news: We're now on Main Street! 633 West Main to be exact. Just one half block past the KY Center for the Arts, and one half block before 21c Hotel.

We couldn't be more excited to bring our unique style of theater to the heart of the business and entertainment district beginning in March!

Now that's where you come in... We are building a brand new and exciting performance and meeting space and that costs money. As a 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit we aren't exactly swimming in cash. Every donated cent gets us closer to our contruction goal. Donate a dollar. Donate two. Donate a thousand. We appreciate it all and you'll be the one to benefit.

Different donation levels come with various perks, from your name on a seat to naming the theater! Click Here for all the information and to add your contribution toward local business and Louisville's thriving arts scene!
 

Friday, January 31, 2014

Brief update

Computer glitches prevented me from updating this site for eons.  And now work is keeping me from spending much time on it as well.  But I've updated a few things today, and hope to do more soon.  Please keep sending me your news, auditions, and show listings.

Meantime, here's some news from Actors Theatre:

Audiences will have one more opportunity to enjoy all the hijinks on the high seas as Actors Theatre of Louisville announced today that it will add an additional performance of The Pirates of Penzance at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5. Tickets to the performance are now on sale by calling 502-584-1205 or visiting ActorsTheatre.org. Chicago’s The Hypocrites bring their delicious humor—plus guitars, banjos and beach balls—to Gilbert and Sullivan’s musical adventure on the high seas.
 
Sounds like a great show! 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Cancellations

Many shows have been canceled due to the weather - please check with theatres before venturing out.  In the meantime, it's 80 degrees here in Sarasota, Florida, with clear skies.  Perfect beach weather!

I've been meaning to write about the difference between theatre down here in Florida and up there in Louisville, but I have not yet seen any performances here.  From looking at listings, however, it is obvious that Louisville has so much more to offer than the Tampa Bay area.  I am amazed at the variety of plays available to Louisvillians, and especially the number of new and challenging pieces.  The scene has changed so much since I first began reviewing in the mid-2000's.  Louisville theatre is vibrant, and filled with enthusiastic performers, directors, playwrights, and audience members.  It is approaching perfection.  If I had any small part in shaping its growth, I am glad.  If I've had nothing to do with it, then I'm still glad.

Stay safe in the ice storms....

- S. Deatrick, reporting from sunny Siesta Key (photos are from Clearwater Beach, not Siesta Key)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Finnigan Productions Seeks Submissions!

Finnigan Productions Announces Open Submissions for its seventh Annual
Festival of Funky Fresh Fun.

Finnigan Productions is currently accepting submissions for its Seventh Annual Festival of Funky Fresh Fun, a theatre festival of ten minute plays celebrating local Louisville-area theatre artists April 3-12 2014 at The Bard’s Town Theatre.

Finnigan’s Festival of Funky Fresh Fun is an evening of 10 new ten-minute plays written by local writers, directed by local directors and performed by a chorus of local actors.

Submission guidelines are as follows:
  • Play cannot be longer than ten minutes.  In standard industry format that is ten pages.  Please make sure your play is formatted properly before submitting.
  • Play must be written by someone who resides in the greater Louisville area (yes, Southern Indiana and Oldham County are cool).
  • Play must not have been previously produced.  Staged readings are okay.
  • Plays are open to any subject matter and genre.  Finnigan is committed to continuing to broaden our scope for the festival and not exclusively focusing on outrageous plays but encourage the submission of all types of scripts.
  • Playwright may submit up to three ten-minute plays.
Plays included in the festival will be paired with a local director and each individual playwright’s involvement through the rehearsal process will become as inclusive as they choose it to be.
Submissions may be made electronically via email to finniganproductions@gmail.com (preferred) or through general post to: Brian Walker, Finnigan Productions, 3911  Elmwood Avenue, Louisville, KY  40207.  Please include a cover letter introducing yourself and the piece, and any reading history, if applicable. 
Submission deadline is December 31st.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Ballet Buzz

The Louisville Ballet announced Artistic Director Bruce Simpson’s plans to retire when his contract expires in July of 2014. Mr. Simpson has been with the organization for 12 years as Artistic Director. He has also served as the Company’s Interim Executive Director for the past three. Simpson has met with Joel Stone, Louisville Ballet Board President, to outline a plan for a smooth transition.

A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Simpson spent 30 years as a principal dancer with South Africa’s State Theatre Ballet until his retirement from the stage in 1998. He joined Texas Ballet Theatre in 2000 as ballet master and was appointed Artistic Director of the Louisville Ballet in 2002. During his tenure with the Louisville Ballet, the Company has brought 33 new works into the company including commissioned fifteen of its 70 world-premieres from choreographers including Helen Pickett, Adam Hougland, Amy Seiwert, Graham Lustig and Val Caniparoli.

Simpson has seen the Ballet through several triumphs and challenges in the past decade with the Company, most recently in the 2009-2010 season when the company was faced with a significant financial challenge. Under his leadership as Interim Executive Director, the company has enjoyed two years of operating in the black.

About his decision, Mr. Simpson said, “It’s time. It has been an honor and privilege to have spent 12 wonderful yeas with this organization. There has been untold joy and satisfaction working with the talented and dedicated members of the company, board and staff. I have been inspired daily by the enormous commitment, dedication and artistry of the dancers who bring such a wealth of creativity and depth to the performances that have enriched the community. I know that the entire organization is in a strong place and poised to continue into what, I am sure, will be an even brighter and inspiring future.”

“Bruce’s announcement is a bittersweet moment for the Louisville Ballet,” said Stone. “While we are extremely saddened to see him go, we are excited for him as he begins the next chapter of his life and brings his spirit, creativity, energy, and passion to his future endeavors. The mark that he has left on the company both as the Artistic Director for the past twelve years and interim Executive Director for the past few years has been positively indelible. As many can imagine, the Board of Trustees has a significant responsibility to find Bruce’s successor, but we all know that we will never be able to ‘replace’ Bruce. He is a one-of-a-kind talent and person. We wish our dear friend all the best!”

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

HAYSWOOD THEATRE GALA TO VISIT THE FUNKY 1970’S

Haywood Theatre in Corydon, Indiana, is presenting its second annual gala fundraiser, scheduled for November 9th from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at St Joseph’s Church on 512 Mulberry St, in Corydon, Indiana, to benefit the Hayswood Theatre, its yearly season slate of productions and itsother numerous activities. 

Featured at the Gala will be a buffet dinner, desserts by Elvin Pastries, live and silent auctions, a raffle with top prize of an iPad Mini, and dancing to local retro band, 100% Poly. Andy Treinen of WHAS TV will serve as MC. 

Executive Sponsor for the Gala is the Harrison County Community Foundation, other sponsors include: Robertson Crushed Stone, First Harrison Bank, Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs, LLP, Bennett and Bennett Insurance, and First Savings Bank. Attendees are encouraged to get out their leisure suits, platform shoes and all things 70’s for this fun and festive evening.

Local beer by Point Blank Brewery and wines by Turtle Run Winery will be available for cocktail hour at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00, and dancing from 9:00 – 11:00.

Tickets are $60 per person and can be obtained online at www.hayswoodgala.org or by calling 502-645-6232.