Scarlet Cup Theater Opens New Season

Scarlet Cup Departures
Join the frazzled passengers and crew at ten airports around the world in Departures, a very British comedy by John Godber.  Directed by Anthony Haigh at the Danville-Boyle County Airport, you’ll sit in the lobby among the actors as they try to survive the modern perils of air travel.

History of Scarlet Cup Theatre

Founded in late 2014 by folks who were interested in seeing fresh and unusual
plays in varying venues, Scarlet Cup Theater was eventually named after a brilliant
mushroom that pops up in Kentucky and around the world, displaying a scarlet cup
amid the gray and dying winter forest.
It took a year to get our theatrical ducks in a row, find a fiscal sponsor, gather some
money, recruit others passionate about theater, and settle on a play and a venue.
Our first production was in March of 2016. (See Past Productions for our seasons.)
Aiming to do two shows a year, we offer international and contemporary and new
drama and comedy. We have had three American premieres out of our five
scheduled productions. We look for unusual locations and have performed in
restaurants, churches and airports.
Our mission statement says it all : Scarlet Cup offers occasional and unexpected
theater in surprising venues to challenge audiences with thought-provoking


Arts Commission supports education


The Arts Commission presented “The Tipping Point”, by Liz Orndorff in January 2018 for 1300 middle and high school students with the support of the Agency for Substance Prevention.  

Arts In The News

Arts Commission marks 20th year by thanking, recognizing board members


Arts Commission of Danville-Boyle County

The Arts Commission, like many other non-profit organizations, counts on the dedication and generosity of people who volunteer their time for the good of the community. Rarely do these individuals receive the recognition they deserve.

In small towns across the country, budget cuts in corporations and at the local, state and federal government levels have put added stress on the funding levels needed to provide services many citizens rely on. From assistance for basic needs to opportunities to participate in arts activities, many families turn to organizations which are dedicated to making sure every person has access and choice.

This marks the 20th Anniversary of the Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County. While the organization has moved around, having shared office space in City Hall, at the Community Arts Center and at the McClure- Barbee House, it has found a home at its current location in the McKinney Conference Center in Constitution Square. This space has allowed the Arts Commission to offer sales and exhibit space for artists, as well as a dedicated meeting and conference area for arts support groups and programming.

To support the growth of the Arts Commission, the board has evolved into an active group of 12 individuals with varying talents and experiences to broaden perspective in serving the needs of a diverse and changing community.

Nationally, volunteer boards struggle to engage a range of membership and participation. Locally, we can boast a well above average rate of attendance and involvement. Statistically, volunteers are older. Individuals seek to balance time between family, business and community interests with two working parents and many activities their young children are involved in. In the changing world of communications, non-profit organizations must rely on volunteers who bring new skills to the table.

Esther Rugerio serves as the secretary of the Arts Commission Board. She is a graduate of Danville High School, holds two degrees from Eastern Kentucky University and is working on her certification in financial planning while employed with Encompass. Esther is an artist herself and brings experience with web design and social media. She never considered volunteering until a neighbor encouraged her to get involved on a board level.

Caleb Conover is another addition to the board with experience in technology development and organizational structure. In his professional role at the Boyle County Public Library, he is called upon to teach and help library patrons solve problems with their use of electronic devices.

He recently taught a class for the Arts Commission to assist participants in taking advantage of the camera features of their cell phones. The class was so popular, there was a waiting list.

Mary Noelker joined the board in 2017. She is a jeweler and brings the experience of exhibiting statewide and is a Kentucky Crafted certified artist. The Kentucky Crafted program is a rigorous process which recognizes artists who demonstrate the highest standards of their craft as well as a thorough business background in arts marketing.

Other board members serving the Arts Commission are Mary Conley, Boyle County treasurer and deputy county judge-executive; Dana Dixon, co-owner of Dixon Design; Alex Meckes, Kentucky School for the Deaf art teacher; Kathy Milby, financial advisor with Wealth South; Charlie Perry, the Charlie Perry Show; Michael Ross, actor and musician; and Erin Tipton, campus director at Bluegrass Community & Technical College. Janna Rigney and Madelyn Worley serve the board as emeritus members.

The Arts Commission appreciates these dedicated volunteers who generously share their talents, expertise and time to serve all Danville and Boyle County citizens. The commission welcomes persons who are have suggestions for programming or an interest in serving as a volunteer or as a board member.

To find out more or to volunteer, email

Mimi Becker is executive director of the Arts Commission of Danville-Boyle County.