Since Scott and Jan Fattizzi made Springfield their home in 2005, their creation of the Central Kentucky Community Theatre has received its fair share of attention, and now, it’s caught the eye of Kentucky Educational Television (KET).
Kentucky Life, which has been a staple program of KET since 1995, featuring various areas of the Bluegrass rich in entertainment, education and the arts, recently filmed shows at the theatre on multiple occasions for an episode later this year. Jan Fattizzi said she thought the theatre drew KET’s attention because of the tremendous following of the local community.
“We’ve had a lot of support from the community from all different occupations,” she said. “I think we have so much support because there was nothing like this around here before we started this.”
Fattizzi’s intuition proved to be spot on, as Kentucky Life producer Tom Bickel verified that an uncanny level of support in Springfield stands out in relation to similar establishments throughout the state.
“We heard about this theatre down in Springfield and it seems like it just gets tremendous support,” Bickel said. “They’ve had a lot of success and it’s not just that people are coming out to see it, it’s that so many people want to participate in it that’s so impressive.”
Bickel and Fattizzi each agreed that one of the primary victims of budget cuts to schools throughout the country in recent years has been the arts, and that programs like the local theatre are a much needed venue for any community, particularly the local youth.
“It’s great to see a support for the arts,” Bickel said. “You just see that the arts aren’t getting the same support anymore with a lot of schools, so it’s great that the kids have an outlet there to do something like this.”
With any interaction with television comes a certain level of exposure and Fattizzi said the best thing that could come from the program would be for other Kentucky counties to take note of the success Washington County is enjoying.
“With all of the cuts to the arts in schools, I would hope that another community would see this and do something similar,” she said. “When I went to school we had all of this stuff, but it’s just the budget cuts that are killing theatre throughout the whole country.”
Bickel made similar remarks, stating that other communities will see the program and see that “this type of thing works.”
As is the way of the theatre that has become so engulfed in the local culture, Fattizzi was quick to point out that Springfield as a whole stands to benefit from any exposure the theatre receives. She said there wasn’t a need for much thought on taking part in the KET program, because it so clearly provides a positive impact on the county.
“I thought it would be great for the community,” she said. “Not only does it help the theatre, but it helps put Springfield on the map, because there are a lot of things here other than the theatre. There’s so much to see here and unfortunately it’s a well-kept secret.”
KET wrapped up filming on Monday night, and Bickel said the tentative air date for the episode is Oct. 13.