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Kentucky Life features Shaker village, bourbon history, and innovative school and arts programs


Kentucky Life features Shaker village, bourbon history, and innovative school and arts programs

For Release: 03/29/18 9:54 AM

The next episode of KET’s Kentucky Life showcases The South Union Shaker Village, explores Frankfort’s bourbon history, visits Louisville’s West End School and goes behind the scenes at The LEXington Theatre Company. The episode airs Saturday, April 14 at 8/7 pm and Sunday, April 15 at 4/3 pm on KET and Monday, April 16 at 7/6 pm on KET2.

First, Kentucky Life travels to The South Union Shaker Village, located in Auburn, in Logan County. First established in 1807 and closed in 1922, the village – complete with many restored original buildings and a museum – now offers visitors a chance to experience and learn about the Shaker way of life.

Then, host Doug Flynn travels to Frankfort to examine the city’s rich bourbon heritage. Flynn talks with John Downs, curator of historic sites at the Capital City Museum, who shares that, during Prohibition, Frankfort was home to one of the few distilleries allowed to keep producing alcohol – for purported medicinal purposes. Viewers also get a sneak peek at the museum’s upcoming exhibition “The Bourbon Distilling Industry of Frankfort,” set to open on April 20.

Next, the program visits Louisville’s West End School, a unique, college-preparatory, all-boys private school that offers free education to students in pre-school through sixth grade. Counselor LaToya Whitlock and residential director and science teacher Matthew Howell discuss how the school works to address the challenges facing boys from Louisville’s West End by creating an environment of high expectations and personal responsibility.

Finally, Kentucky Life goes behind the scenes at The LEXington Theatre Company, where aspiring performers have the opportunity to be trained by top musical theatre talent. Launched by Broadway veterans and husband-and-wife team Jeromy Smith and Lyndy Franklin-Smith, the program aims to empower and train tomorrow’s Broadway hopefuls. Kentucky Life cameras were allowed access as staff and performers finalized a recent stage show, to document how the hours of rehearsal and planning come together on performance night.

Kentucky Life is a KET production, produced by Brandon Wickey. Segment producers for this episode are John Schroering, Brandon Wickey, Gary Pahler and Steve Shaffer.

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Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications