As the Kentucky Center prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary on November 19, 2013, Center staff have been discussing how they entered this business and when they felt their first "arts crush." Vickie Dorsey, executive assistant to the Sr. VP of Facility Services, provided this account.
I came from a very small town that had no live theater of any kind. It would have not occurred to my Mother to take me to the “big city” for some cultural experiences. We did have a dancing school so I was enrolled in tap and ballet at 6 years old. I loved it and thought my dance instructor was wonderful.
One year we had a recital at a beautiful old theater and she performed Swan Lake and I was hooked on theater! I performed in a tap and ballet production. I was the smallest person in our tap program and at the end of the tap program the curtain closed and unfortunately I was a little too far out downstage and the curtain closed behind me.
There I was all alone with the entire audience watching and I froze. Then I started to try to find the opening of the curtains, unsuccessfully, I might add. So the audience laughed at a tiny 6 year old in a panic. I could see my dance instructor on the sidelines motioning me to go to her. So I ran off stage to her. Now, if that had happened when I was older, I would have probably gone into a solo act and become a star. Despite the mishap, I fell in love with the theater, the stage, front of house, backstage, everything about it.
I moved to Louisville in 1993 and was looking for a job. I drove downtown and I saw The Kentucky Center. Of course, we had no sign on the building then so I had no idea it was a performing arts center. I wandered in and was directed to the administrative office to fill out an application. I was accepted as a customer service representative in Ticketing and a floor manager in the House Office.
I was thrilled to be associated with a performing arts center and for 20 years I have never wanted to do anything else but work here at the Center. I am very proud of the work we do at the Center and our contribution to the Louisville community and the state of Kentucky.