Lexington Children’s Theatre Announces Androcles and the Lion on the lawn of the Rowan County Arts Center
Lexington Children’s Theatre, Shooting Stars Youtheatre will present Androcles and the Lion
by Aurand Harris on the lawn of the Rowan County Arts Center, 205 E. Main Street, Morehead, KY
Thursday, July 9th at 7pm
Friday, July 10th at 7pm
Saturday, July 11th at 7pm
Rain Date: Sunday, July 12th at 2pm
$5 general admission
$7 preferred seating
$30 blanket seating
FUNDED BY: The Kentucky Tourism Arts and Heritage Cabinet
SPONSOR: Morehead Tourism Commission
Octavia Biggs cannot wait to bring Androcles and the Lion to the Morehead stage, or rather, lawn. “It is very exciting and a very big honor to have been asked to mount a summer production, and also to know that the community at large believes in me enough to fund this opportunity,” she says. As the director of Shooting Stars Youtheatre (SSYT), a satellite company of Lexington Children’s Theatre (LCT), Biggs has been given the exciting opportunity to bring summer outdoor theatre to Morehead. “The Morehead Tourism Commission actually contacted us, and said that they had money to do outdoor drama,” explains Lesley Farmer, Managing Director at LCT. “I immediately contacted Octavia to see if it was something that she was interested in.”
Biggs was most certainly interested, and read several plays for the production before choosing Androcles and the Lion by Aurand Harris, a retelling of Aesop’s classic fable in commedia dell’arte form. It is a play within a play, as Arlequin and his troupe of renaissance players tell their story with over-the-top dialogue, plenty of singing, and a hearty dose of humor. “This play stuck out to me because I really liked the story and I also really enjoy commedia dell’arte,” comments Biggs. “It just seemed like something different, something unusual, something that people in this community would find interesting.”
Something else that is unusual about the production is that it will be performed entirely outside. “It is the first time we’ve ever done outdoor theatre, so it is a new challenge for us,” comments Farmer. Biggs explains that the approach to this production will be different than one performed on an indoor stage. “From a technical aspect, it’s just taking into consideration that this is an outdoor drama – we don’t have lights, we don’t have microphones or sound equipment, and we have to make sure that we are building and painting the set with the weather in mind. And because the actors will be performing outside in the middle of July, they will need to build up a tolerance to the heat. It will be hard for the actors, which is why I want to make sure that we are working outside as much as possible so that they understand just how hot it will be during performances,” says Biggs.
Shooting Stars Youtheatre is excited for the chance to bring its first outdoor theatre production to town. “Morehead is such a wonderful place, and for 10 years we’ve really been able to do what I hope and feel has been impactful for the community… and for us to be able to bring a production to a community that not only deserves it but one that really values the arts, makes trying something new fun and exciting,” beams Farmer.
“It is also an opportunity to work more on the collaboration of the community, Morehead State University, and Lexington Children’s Theatre, all while giving me the chance to showcase the gifts and talents of artists within Morehead,” says Biggs. For example, she explains, “the actor playing Androcles is an insanely talented gymnast, and I hope to use some of his skills in the production as well as show off the movement of the other actors.”
Androcles and the Lion is a summer production you will not want to miss! Join Lexington Children’s Theatre’s Shooting Stars Youtheatre from July 9th – 11th and experience one of Aesop’s most popular fables brought to life in this tale of unlikely friendship! Performances will be held on the lawn of the Rowan County Art Center. For tickets and more information call (606) 783-9856 or visit the Rowan County Arts Center.
All Shooting Stars Youtheatre programming is provided thanks to a generous endowment from the W. Paul and Lucille Caudill Little Foundation.
Founded in 1938, LCT is in its 77th Season of producing plays for young audiences. LCT is a non-profit organization dedicated to the intellectual and cultural enrichment of young people. It is one of the oldest continuously operating theatres for youth in the country and is proud to be the State Children’s Theatre of Kentucky.
For more information call 859-254-4546 or visit lctonstage.org