Stage & Dance

75th anniversary season of Lexington Children's Theatre includes premieres, classics

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.

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