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UK Opera Theatre’s Lincoln opera, River of Time

The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre presents the world premier production of composer Joe Baber and librettist Jim Rodgers’ River of Time Oct. 8-10 at the Lexington Opera House. The opera, commissioned by UK Opera, looks at Abraham Lincoln’s early years including his search for purpose in his life and the roots of his desire to fight slavery. Photos by Rich Copley | staff.

Feature: Lincoln Opera portrays a ‘journey to greatness’

Actors Guild of Lexington’s Beguiled Again

Six veteran Lexington musical theater performers team up with director Stephen Currens for Beguiled Again, a musical revue of the songs of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. It plays Sept. 24-Oct. 4 at the Downtown Arts Center. We caught up with the cast at a rehearsal Sept. 22. The lights and set weren’t quite together, but we got a good idea what it’s going to look like. Photos by Rich Copley | staff.

Studio Players’ The Unexpected Guest

Studio Players kicks off the 2009-10 arts season in Lexington Sept. 10 with a good ol’ Agatha Christie whodunnit: The Unexpected Guest. It’s a dark night — can’t remember if it’s stormy — and a stranded traveler enters a home looking for help, but finds a woman standing over her dead husband with a gun in her hand. Rather than turn her in, the weary traveler tries to help her cover up the crime. But is it a crime she committed? And if not, who did?

The show runs through Sept. 27 at the Carriage House Theatre on West Bell Court. Click here for show and ticket information. Photos by Rich Copley | staff.

SummerFest’s Once on This Island

SummerFest closes out its 2009 season with the musical Once on This Island by writer Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty. The musical tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl in Haiti who believes the gods spared her life so she could save a rich boy, Daniel, and fall in love with him. The production is directed by Margo Buchanan. Performances are July 22-26 at the Arboretum on Alumni Drive. Photos by Rich Copley | staff.

Feature: UK Opera students spend summer exploring musical theater in Once on This Island.

SummerFest’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

SummerFest presents Patti Heying’s production of Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Robert Lewis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde July 15-19, 2009, in the Arboretum on Alumni Drive. In this version, Jekyll is played by one actor (Bob Singleton) and Hyde is played by four different actors who interact with Jekyll. Photos by Rich Copley | staff.

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