‘Rip the Runway’ showcases local talent at Kentucky Theater




By Martha Groppo

Dance, comedy, rap and modeling are coming together at UK. 


On Monday night, “Rip the Kentucky Runway,” an event inspired by the BET show “Rip the Runway,” will take place at the Kentucky Theatre. 


The event may not precisely resemble the TV program, but one advertisement promised it “will be packed with the hottest people in the entertainment industry across the state.” 


Event planners hope the event will showcase Kentucky talent in a unique way.


“We don’t feel that overall Kentucky has been acknowledged as an entertainment state,” said Richard Ford of KRS Entertainment, the company financing the event.


Ford said that he and his brother had the idea for “Rip the Kentucky Runway” when they were struck by the diversity of talent in Kentucky.


“We were thinking of ideas to bring all of it together,” Ford said. “Kentucky has some talented entertainers who are intense about their work.”


Ford said “Rip the Kentucky Runway” is something different for UK students to do with their weeknight and students interested in the arts may particularly enjoy the event.


“The most unique thing about this show is all of the ethnicities,” Ford said.


He said people from all different backgrounds will be participating. The performers’ talents will be as diverse as their ethnicities.


“Rip the Kentucky Runway” is a fashion show, but it will begin with a performance from a local dance team. A comedian, local photographers and designers will also contribute.


“We have some great designers,” Ford said.


The event, which is a collaboration between KRS Entertainment, P.I. Modeling and Southern Belle Promotions, will highlight popular rappers as well.


“This show is basically a showcase,”  Ford said.


Student tickets are available at the Kentucky Theatre box office before 4 p.m. on Monday for $8. At the door, tickets will be $22. The show begins at 8 p.m. on Monday at the Kentucky Theatre.