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.
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!
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! Check back soon for dates and times!
For the second year, all performances will be FREE and open 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 Amazon.com, as well as here on our own website! Interested in hosting a performance at your church? Contact us and let's make it happen!
Before a show hits the Broadway stage, it goes through numerous workshops and readings - events where the writers can hone their material and get feedback from audiences without the risks and expenses of a full production. We receive so many deserving works that we can't possibly produce them all. So, in order to bring attention to as many of them as possible, we're proud to establish Early Stages - a series of readings intended to bring writers and audiences together. Join us on the cutting edge of theater - your feedback might even help shape one of tomorrow's Broadway's hits! This years' works will be announced soon! Actors - click here for audition information!
Performances will be in the Theater at the Downtown Arts Center (141 E. Main St.). Parking is FREE.
Friday 5/12, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 5/13, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday 5/14, 2 p.m.