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Frazier History Museum offering daily screenings of multimedia production KentuckyShow!


A multimedia production about the state of Kentucky is now being screened daily at the Frazier History Museum.

KentuckyShow! is a 32-minute program narrated by Emmy-nominated actress and Kentucky native Ashley Judd that explores the history, landscapes, culture, and commerce of Kentucky.

“Frankly, the show is hard to describe,” Executive Producer Sharon Potter said. “It is at once a documentary, a theatrical production, an economics lesson, and a glimpse into the future of the state.”

With additional voiceovers provided by other well-known Kentuckians, KentuckyShow! pairs gorgeous footage of Kentucky’s landscapes, landmarks, and traditions — for example, Mammoth Cave, the longest known cave system on earth, and Thunder Over Louisville, the largest annual fireworks show in America — with interesting quotes, tidbits, and trivia about the Bluegrass State.

The cast of notable figures represented is vast, ranging from early Kentucky settlers and pioneers such as George Rogers Clark and Daniel Boone, to world-class Kentucky artists, athletes, and icons of the 20th and 21st centuries — folk singer Jean Ritchie, boxing legend Muhammad Ali, gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, mystery novelist Sue Grafton, and KFC founder Harlan “Colonel” Sanders, among others.

The mission of KentukyShow! is to educate people of all ages and backgrounds, from both within and outside of Kentucky, about the state’s unique history, culture, geography, geology, industry, and arts, as well as its assets and challenges.

To complete the production, the film crew traveled to 187 different locations around the state, capturing over 70 hours of high-definition footage in the process. The cost of production, including equipment, totaled $1.25 million, with funds being provided by some of Kentucky’s leading corporations, foundations, and institutions. Today, KentuckyShow! is the only large-scale HD production in the United States to portray an entire state.

A state-of-the-art projection system and new audiovisual equipment have been installed in the Frazier’s Brown-Forman Theatre, a 120-seat auditorium located in the museum’s 1 North gallery, and two sets of solid cherry wood doors have been installed to insulate sound. Screenings of KentuckyShow! are now being offered in the theater seven days a week, with admission included in the price of admission to the museum.

For a show schedule, please call the Frazier at 502-753-5663 or visit fraziermuseum.org.

From Frazier History Museum


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