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Smith named artistic director of Rohs Theatre Company

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The Rohs Opera House announces the recent incorporation of a partnering organization to help bring live theatre to the stage in downtown Cynthiana. The Rohs Theatre Company formally incorporated with the State of Kentucky on June 6, 2014 as a nonprofit theatre to promote performing arts in the region and in the historic Rohs Opera House. 
The RTC has been doing theatrical performances as an informal group at the Rohs and in the community since 2007 when it first produced A Christmas Carol Radio Drama. 
It has also produced Dinner with David Sheely, A Christmas Story, and most recently Dearly Departed.
This next phase in the performers’ evolution allows them to better promote performing arts and assist in the restoration efforts of the historic Rohs Opera House. 
Lending direction, assistance, and over 30 years of hands-on theatre experience to this endeavor will be Becky Smith, who has been appointed as the company’s artistic director.  Becky has a master’s degree in theatre and a practical background of theatre management/administration, PR, marketing, season selection and stepping into other roles of theatre to get the job done.  
On the artistic side, she was a founding member of three companies (Junkyard Players, The Phoenix Group and Lexington’s Shakespeare in the Park), has acted in over 100 shows, and directed over 30 shows.
On the local front, she directed last spring’s production of To Kill A Mockingbird and did the PR for this spring’s production of Steel Magnolias.
Her theatre career has taken her from Cynthiana to Lexington, Somerset, Georgia and Los Angeles. Coming full circle, she is now back in Cynthiana, working in the family business, Smith Insurors.She never dreamed her theatre experience would play out in her hometown and is thrilled to be able to get involved.
The Rohs Theatre Company’s first major production will be a contemporary version of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. 
Smith will direct this production and James Smith has signed on as producer. Auditions are scheduled for December 2014 with performances planned in May 2015.
There are several other ideas in the works for 2015 productions.
One of the primary purposes for forming the Rohs Theatre Company has always been to assist the efforts to keep the Rohs Opera House open and growing.
Anyone with a love for theatre and the desire to help the historic local venue stay open is invited to come join the organization. 
As a 501c3 charity organization, the RTC’s ability to take productions to a new level of excellence will serve to make the Rohs Opera House a regional theatre and performing arts center.
Be watching for future announcements of programs and events.  For more information on how you can help or get involved, contact the Rohs at 859-234-9803 or by email at rohs@kymail.com.