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Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry making return to the stage for 2021

Mountain Arts Center

The voices and instruments have been silent since 2019 due to Covid-19, but Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry will make a triumphant return to the stage in the Lucy & Willard Kinzer Theater at the Mountain Arts Center (MAC) in Prestonsburg, Ky.

Opening night of the 2021 Summer season will be June 19. It will be the first of 6 brand new summer shows for the troupe that has called the MAC their home since 1996.

The organization will be welcoming some new faces and voices this year, and one cast member is a familiar face with a new role.

Multi-talented sisters, Teddi Cyrus and Jo Hall will return to the fold, after almost 20 years. Both vocalists came through the Jr. Pro program, with Hall spending some time in the Kentucky Opry in the early 2000’s. Shawn Leslie, a local artist with a strong diverse voice, has been promoted from the Jr. Pro program this summer.

Jody Conley, keyboardist/vocalist and creative team member, says to expect the unexpected.

“This will be unlike any Opry show you or your family have seen or heard. Just like any other aspect of entertainment, there’s a time to change and re-brand.”

Opening night for Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry will be Saturday, June 19th. The shows will continue on June 25th-26th. After a July 4th holiday break, the season will finish up July 10, 17, and 24. Stay tuned for more details about the season, as well as possible special guests.  

Tickets are $20, or $15 for groups. They can be purchased by visiting http://www.macarts.com

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."
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