The bluegrass Opera

A 21st-Century Performing Arts Company

our 2016-2017 Season

november 4-6, 2016: just so

We open our 2016-2017 season with the world premiere of Just So: Two of Tegumai's Tales, based on Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories and adapted by the internationally known composer Paul Ayres and playwright Sarah Grange. It's a family-friendly story about a crab and a kangaroo who learn the dangers of greed and ego, and the importance of compromise and responsibility. At just under an hour long, it's a perfect show for young children, and its lower ticket prices make it an affordable option for families!

Just So will be presented at the Downtown Arts Center (141 E. Main St.):

Conventional Performances Friday & Saturday 11/4 & 11/5, 7:30 p.m.
Sensory-Friendly** Performances Saturday and Sunday 11/5 and 11/6, 2 p.m.

**Our Sensory-Friendly performances are designed to offer a safe and welcoming experience for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Epilepsy, and other sensory sensitivities. We are proud to offer Lexington's first Sensory-Friendly live theater performances (and the first in Kentucky to be specifically Epilespy-friendly! Click here to learn more about what makes our performances Sensory-Friendly!

LexArts has provided funding support for Just So through its Fund for the Arts.

november 26 - December 4, 2016: The SNOW QUEEN

An epic collaboration with Lexington Children's Theatre, The Snow Queen is based on Hans Christian Andersen's timeless story of the same name, adapted for the stage by Robin Hill, and featuring an original score and sound design by Lorne Dechtenberg. When worlds collide – snowflakes and splinters of the glass mirror fly and Kai chooses the path of the Snow Queen. Now Gerda must strap on her red boots and embark on an epic journey to rescue the boy she loves! The Snow Queen is appropriate for ages 7 and up.

The Snow Queen will be presented at the Lexington Opera House (corner of Short St. & Broadway):

Saturday, 11/26 – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, 12/3 – 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12/4 – 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are available through at the Lexington Children's Theatre website - click here!

APRIL 9-30, 2017: king of glory

King of Glory is an uplifting oratorio that tells the story of the passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ using lush, colorful harmonies and melodies that will stick with listeners long after the performance ends! The work includes text from both the Old and New Testaments, and weaves together a variety of musical styles, from classical choral to contemporary song. In every case, the music brings the Word to life in a vivid, visceral way that keeps listeners on the edge of their seats! The work was premiered in 2014, and audiences have been raving about it ever since. Imagine Handel's "Messiah," but for today's church-goers -- and it features some of the most talented and versatile singers in central Kentucky! Here are our 2017 performances:

Sunday 4/9, 7 p.m. ― St. Luke United Methodist Church
(2351 Alumni Dr., Lexington)

Sunday 4/23, 3 p.m. ― St. Timothy's Episcopal Church
(8101 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati)

Monday 4/24, 7 p.m. ― St. Paul's Catholic Church
(501 W. Short St., Lexington)

Friday, 4/28, 7:30 p.m. ― Newman Center on the UK Campus
(320 Rose Lane, Lexington)

Sunday, 4/30, 1 p.m. ― Pax Christi Catholic Church
(4001 Victoria Way, Lexington) ― Potluck Lunch at Noon!

For the second year, all performances will be FREE to the public! If you're moved by the piece, donations will be gratefully accepted, but there is no charge for admission. We can't wait to see you there! Want to find out what the buzz is about? The original cast album is available at, as well as here on our own website! Interested in hosting a performance at your church? Contact us and let's make it happen!


Our exciting "Early Stages" series is for the newest of works - those that aren't even finished yet! It's a raw, energy-packed staged reading of a new musical that gives our writers a chance to see their work on its feet and to receive feedback from our audience and our performers. Come out and see what's new - your feedback might even help shape one of tomorrow's Broadway's hits!

This season we're proud to present A House Divided (book, music, and lyrics by Michael Salmanson, Maureen Kane Berg, and Thomas Berg). The show follows Abe, Mary, and the rest of the Lincoln family through one of the most tumultuous times in our nation's history. It draws on musical styles of the period as it highlights not only Lincoln's public successes, but also the personal challenges that accompanied them.

Performances will be in the Theater at the Downtown Arts Center (141 E. Main St.). Each performance will be followed by a feedback session with the writers:

Friday 5/12, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 5/13, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday 5/14, 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at the DAC Box Office - Click Here to Order!