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Assemble 30+ actors, 25+ technicians, 25 staff members, compelling plays and musicals, wonderful sponsors, 5,000+ enthusiastic audience members, and you will have an idea of the magnitude and degree of pure fun that invades the Lexington each July. This wonderful creature is SUMMERFEST.

SummerFest is Lexington’s only vital and compelling Outdoor Summer Theatre experience. It began over 30 years ago as The Lexington Shakespeare Festival, and in 2007, under a new Board of Directors and staff, became SummerFest, one of the region’s oldest continually operating Summer Theatre experiences. We have seen two and three generations of many families out under the stars, enjoying a picnic basket, perhaps a little wine, and some of the best theatre that this area has to offer.

Over the years SummerFest has presented many of William Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies. Beginning about ten or so years ago, SummerFest also became a presenter of musicals. RENT, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, A CHORUS LINE to name a few, have all shared their special worlds with our audiences. We believe that each summer we present a variety of shows that will surely please all tastes, and the quality is such that our audiences will discover that they cannot stay away.

This summer we are extremely proud to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of SummerFest by relocating to where it all began in 1982, Woodland Park! This season will be an exciting time, full of growth and evolution for SummerFest. As we continue to find new ways to engage our audiences and challenge local artists, we are also thrilled to celebrate the rich history of outdoor theatre in Lexington, KY. Keeping that in mind, we are proud to announce the return of two important shows from our shared past with our predecessor, the Lexington Shakespeare Festival. LSF began this incredible journey in 1982 with one of William Shakespeare’s most celebrated works, AS YOU LIKE IT. This romantic comedy will kick off our 2016 SummerFest Season. Years later, audiences were mesmerized by LSF’s hit production of Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. July 2016 will see the return of this stirring musical to the stage.

We at SummerFest know that all of you will thrill to this compelling outdoor, live theatre experience and will surely want to mark your calendars so as not to miss next year’s SummerFest. Please enjoy the summer with us!

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