Shrek The Musical finds Lexington Children's Theatre celebrating a rare milestone that's probably a first for a Lexington arts group: a 75th anniversary.
The city's next-oldest group is the community theater troupe Studio Players, which is 61.
To celebrate LCT's diamond season, the theater has programmed world premieres and time-honored classics. It also has planned some celebrations throughout the season, including a block party in front of the theater Aug. 17.
Here's the season and main stage, public performance dates:
Shrek The Musical , through July 21
Lily's Purple Plastic Purse , based on the book series by Kevin Henkes; Sept. 15, 21 and 22.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Katherine Schultz-Miller and based on the short story by Washington Irving; Oct. 20, 26 and 27.
The Paper Bag Princess , world premiere by LCT education director Jeremy Kisling, based on the book by Robert Munsch; Nov. 10, 16 and 17.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever , adapted from the book by Barbara Robinson; Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and 8; performed at Lexington Opera House.
Anansi the Spider by LCT's Kisling, based on traditional Anansi tales; Nov. 23 (at Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center), Dec. 14 and 15.
And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank by James Still; Jan. 25 and 26.
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley , book by Timothy A. McDonald, music by Jonathan Waller and David Weinstein, lyrics by Timothy A. McDonald, Waller and Weinstein, based on the books by Jeff Brown; Feb. 23, March 1 and 2.
Jack and the Wonder Beans by LCT producing director Larry Snipes, based on the book by Still; March 16, 22 and 23.
Gossamer by Lois Lowry, adapted from her book; April 19, 26 and 27.
All productions are at Lexington Children's Theatre, 418 West Short Street, unless otherwise indicated. Go to Lctonstage.org or call (859) 254-4546 for more information.