The weekend will be especially poignant for three dancers who are seniors this year at Harlan High School. Katharine Cohelia, Katlyn Estep and Kaitlyn Skidmore have been dancing and performing for over 12 years in the annual “Nutcracker” and “Broadway Revue,” as well as other local productions. The “Three Ks,” as they are known, will be graduating and heading off to college soon. They will be missed, but Robyn promises that she has lots of new, young talented dancers working hard to fill their shoes.
“I’m sure I won’t make it through the weekend without tears,” Robyn said. “These three girls are so special. They’re just over the top in their performance and love of dance. Although I’ll miss them, I am happy to see them continue their education and I know they’ll be successful in whatever they pursue.”
Harlan native Robyn Bingham has been dancing all her life. Encouraged and supported by her mother, Jane Lewis, she began lessons at a young age with skilled dance instructor Sue Yarborough Smith. While attending Harlan High School, Robyn was an outstanding drum majorette. After graduation, she studied dance at Connecticut College, a highly selective liberal arts college in New London, Conn., as well as Stephen’s College in Columbia, Mo. Robyn then hit the “Big Apple” where she studied and performed with three extraordinary dance companies; Martha Graham, Jose Limon and Paul Draper. After her stint in New York, she returned to the south to teach at Lincoln Memorial University for eight years, enriching the theatre department with her skills in dance and choreography. Much to Harlan’s benefit, she returned to her hometown and started her own dance studio. Since 1997, Robyn has staged productions in conjunction with Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College with the support of President Bruce Ayers.
This weekend’s performance will take place at the auditorium on the SKCTC Harlan campus with lighting by Michael Corriston and sound by Tom Pope. Performances are on Friday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Saturday at 7 p.m.
The show’s finale is a duet of “Defying Gravity” from “Wicked” performed by Katharine Cohelia and Anna Jo Creech. The lyrics include “It’s time to trust my instincts, close my eyes and leap. It’s time to try defying gravity.” It’s time for the “Three Ks” to live those lyrics. Please join them for their final “Broadway Revue.” It promises to be the hottest ticket in town.