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On with the show: Olive Hill Center for Arts & Education prepare for annual event

Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times

 Even in the depths of the pandemic, Olive Hill’s arts community wouldn’t let the virus squelch their joie de vivre. While many other events took a year off, the annual “On With The Show” celebration of musical theatre went forward – with precautions. Audience members and performers wore masks, except when singing. Instead of having their regular dinner event, audience members were able to purchase refreshments from food trucks parked outside the venue. There were fewer tickets sold for the night, too, to maintain adequate social distancing. To make up for those smaller numbers, they did two nights of performances last year. 

It was difficult, but event organizers, including musical director Debbie Baker Harman and performance coach Angela Messer Fultz, both also performers, made it work. 

This year, with the lifting of COVID restrictions, the event is back to normal. Harman explained they are back to one night, on Friday, July 2, at the Olive Hill Center for Arts & Education theater, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and performances starting at 7. 

Tickets for the event are available for $20, for adult admission and dinner, or $10 for show only. Children 12 and under are admitted for half price. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Shoppes on the Hill or from Harman directly at Tackett’s Furniture – both in Olive Hill. Performance only shows will be available at the door on the night of the show. 

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