Mice are scattered about the Alhambra Theatre downtown, but not because the rodent has found a new home. Rather, the Pennyroyal Arts Council has unveiled its new mascot, Butch the Theatre Mouse, just in time for the holidays.

Arts Council Executive Director Margaret Prim said she decorated all over the theater with the plush gray mouse tucked inside its red satin gift bag.

"It comes along with the cartoon too," Prim said of the $20 gift set. "It's great for a kids room. It's a sentimental piece for the Alhambra, and we hope our 'Mouse-cot' grows and becomes a little series."

The cartoon series about Butch the Theatre Mouse was created by Prim's 18-year-old niece, Grace Scowden, who attends Harpeth Hall college preparatory school in Nashville.

"She's been experimenting with some cartooning at school, and she did a few days internship at the Alhambra, and one of her things was I wanted her to create a mouse cartoon," Prim said.

The teen came through with a story about Butch's adventure from under the ticket counter to performing on the main stage.

The mascot is named for the Alhambra's longtime technical director Butch Hardison, who died April 25, 2018.

"We needed to name the mouse, so we did a Facebook poll, and names like Mousestrow were popular, but Butch was the overall winner," Prim said.

George "Butch" Hardison was technical director at the Alhambra for over 18 years and also owned Little River Productions. In addition to the Alhambra, he did sound work for other local venues and events, such as the James E. Bruce Convention Center and the Western Kentucky State Fair pageants.

Prim said Hardison died before the theatre reopened last year, but she thinks he would be proud of the renovated venue. Through the mascot, Butch's legacy lives on.

To purchase the gift set, visit the Alhambra Theatre during operating hours from 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The theatre will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today for Shop Small Saturday.

Reach Zirconia Alleyne at 270-887-3243 or zalleyne@kentuckynewera.com.

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