Stage & Dance

'Rent' to headline Summerfest 2010

You don't have to wait 525,600 minutes for the first local production of Rent in Central Kentucky.

SummerFest will present Jonathan Larson's groundbreaking Broadway musical July 21 to 25 at the Arboretum on Alumni Drive. The Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning drama is scheduled to close out a lineup that includes William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, July 7 to 11, and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, July 14 to 18.

In addition to being the first local production of Rent, 2010 will be the first SummerFest/Lexington Shakespeare Festival to feature an all-female lineup of directors.

Ave Lawyer will open the fest with Merchant of Venice, Sullivan Canaday White will direct Pride and Prejudice, and Tracey Bonner will make her Arboretum directorial debut with Rent.

Auditions for Venice and Pride will be March 26 to 28, and for Rent, they will be April 9 to 11 at the University of Kentucky's Schmidt Vocal Arts Center, across from the Singletary Center for the Arts.

Auditions are open to everyone. In particular, Summerfest is looking for rock vocalists for Rent.

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In addition to the SummerFest lineup, the Kentucky Classical Theatre Conservatory, which presents SummerFest, announced Thursday that it has received a $49,000 grant from the Lucille Little Foundation to expand its educational programs to a year-round schedule. KCTC said it will announce a lineup of workshops for high school students and adults later this month, starting with a three-day musical theater intensive in January.