‘Battle of the Sexes’ is the latest performance of a unique Nicholasville theatrical attraction – Winchester Sun

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By Sophie Griggs

Jessamine’s Diary

Nicholasville played host to the “Battle of the Sexes” over the weekend.

KCAL Old Time Radio Show held its summer show at its downtown theater as women and men competed Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It was up to the public to judge which side would be the winner.

The men performed a show by Lum and Abner, and the women performed a show by The Easy Aces. The cast list included local stars including Doug Fain, Denise Cline, Norman Cline, Connie McDonald, David Damron, Susan Clements, Steve Watts, Kaitlyn Wesley and music sung by Rachel Williams.

“My favorite thing about it is trying to make someone smile,” said Norman Cline, producer and director for KCAL. “If I can make somebody smile, or you know how to get a reaction out of them, and I can make somebody forget about the garbage that’s going on around, and come here and relax, back off just a little bit, smile. That’s what I like. I really like to entertain people and I like to make someone smile.

Doug Fain spoke about the origins of the show.

“I had heard the first half of the Lum and Abner episode that we did, on an old fashioned radio station, and as soon as I heard it, I thought, man, this would be a good thing for us to do. But they’re just men, so that’s when I started toying with the idea of ​​how we can make it work. From there, well thought out, we’ll do all the men, we’ll do all the women, we’ll do the battle of the sexes and have a contest and see who wins. said Fain, who is also a producer and director at KCAL.

Fain was one of the original founders of KCAL alongside Norman and Denise Cline and helped it grow over the years.

The troupe was formed in the fall of 2014, when a local art gallery let KCAL use the back half of the space to perform radio shows. Over time, KCAL grew, and when the art studio closed in 2018, the troupe decided to rent the place out on their own. The community came together and, thanks to donations, KCAL made the space its own.

“We’ve been here for nine years now to do this and build an audience, but the good thing is you notice, even tonight, how many people said they’ve never been here. We continue to recruit new people. Fain said.

The KCAL broadcast audience community is tight-knit and active. There are established regulars who come to every show.

During intermission on Friday’s show, Fain paid tribute to a recently deceased regular audience member, Gilbert “Bud” Littrell, who was known to sit in the same seat on every show.

“We have a family in our audience,” said Denise Cline, another producer and director. “We have a lot of people who don’t miss a show. That’s great… We have a suite. I never would have thought that eight years ago we would still be here, but they are just awesome. If you think about it, there’s nothing else like it in Jessamine County. There are not many arts to participate in. I think for us, we feel really privileged to have been kept for so long, and people want to see us and get to know the community.

KCAL is in the midst of a Facebook fundraiser to help defray the costs of its performance space. The rent for the KCAL site has been increased and he needs help to cover the additional costs. KCAL is a 501(3)(c), meaning it does not profit from show revenue and is run by volunteers. Donations and ticket sales fund all shows.

Fundraising on Facebook began on June 27 and will continue for about a month. Donations can be made through the Facebook page. To donate through the Facebook fundraiser, visit KCAL’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/1550862421814070.

“It’s wholesome family entertainment that people can enjoy,” Fain said. “They can sit back and forget about all the problems in the world and just have a good time, and enjoy the way it used to be.”

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