The Hardin County Playhouse has a new home that’s actually one of its previous locations.
During its 48-year history, the Hardin County Playhouse has performed in locations that include Radcliff Park and the old Sears outlet building. Since 2005 the playhouse has been at the Plum Alley Theater at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown, but that lease expired last month.
That gave the Playhouse an opportunity to return to a venue where it was based quite a few years ago - Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.
Katrina Eicher is a theater professor at the college and said part of the mission of the school is encourage people from the community to come to campus.
“So the more that we have opportunities for them to come to our campus and share community events, the better off," said Eicher. "So this is perfect for us, and I believe it’s really perfect for the community to be able to come here. It’s easy parking. It’s a nice facility. And they can see what else we have to offer at the same time.”
Eicher said the playhouse will give students a chance to see more shows or get acting or technical experience.
“We’ve always looked for more performance opportunities and theatrical opportunities on campus," she said. "It just sorta happened that they lost their space downtown, we got to the point where we didn’t need so many classes in there, so it was sort of a perfect storm, I guess you could say.” The Hardin County Playhouse will perform in a 146-seat theater at the college.