Local theater deserves a second thought from TU

by Holly Brown
A&E Editor

While the Transylvania community is pretty consistent in supporting our own dramatic productions, it’s uncommon for students to venture beyond the Bubble when looking to experience theater.

For most of us, Transy’s urban setting was a deciding factor in our college choice. And sure, we see clear benefits from our Lexington location. Malls, cinemas, galleries and other great forms of entertainment are close at hand. Still, many of our local resources get much less attention than they deserve; one of these is local theater.

Actors at Woodford Theatre rehearse for the production "Blithe Spirit."


Those that do venture out, however, may discover that the experience of local theater is well worth the effort. For those inclined, Actors Guild of Lexington, Studio Players and Woodford Theatre are three great local resources to explore.

Actors Guild of Lexington is one great option for local theater. This group came together in 1982.

“We strive to present contemporary theater, especially titles that aren’t usually staged in other Central Kentucky venues,” said Eric Seale, AGL’s artistic director.

Located in the Downtown Arts Center only a mile from campus, this site is a convenient option.

Another interesting aspect of AGL is that Transy students frequently have opportunities for involvement in it. Two current Transy students frequently stage-manage plays for AGL, and a Transy first-year, Bethany Finley, is portraying Amy in AGL’s upcoming production of “Breathing Corpses,” which runs Oct. 13-23.

Studio Players has been in the Lexington community since 1952, and its venue, the Carriage House Theatre, is conveniently located less than two miles from campus. The group is a good place to go for variety, as it is dedicated to providing the community with a range of theater, from classic to contemporary.

Studio Players is currently showing “The 39 Steps” until Oct. 9.

Although Woodford Theatre is a little farther out, many may find it worth the extra effort. Located in Versailles, Ky., this group has provided the community with local theater since 1987.

“Local community theater has always held a particularly important place within community development and the arts,” said Steven J. Arnold, executive and artistic director of Woodford Theatre. “The inherent educational process that is involved in production-building allows people of all ages to learn new skills, both hands-on practical and social skills, and it immerses them in the informative and educational process that theater is.”

Woodford’s current production is “Blithe Spirit,” which also runs through Oct. 9.

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