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SummerFest is Lexington's ONLY vital and compelling Outdoor Summer Theatre experience, presenting Shakespeare, musical theatre & more!

For the past eight summers, Kentucky Conservatory Theatre has staged SummerFest to large and enthusiastic crowds.  This is Lexington's ONLY outdoor theatre festival, featuring a wide range of projects; including Shakespeare, classical theatre, contemporary theatre and musical productions.  

Henry IV, 2009
Henry IV, 2009

We are a reorganization of the much loved Shakespeare in the Park that had its beginnings in Woodland Park 40 years ago!

Henry IV, 2009
Henry IV, 2009
Richard III, 2011
Richard III, 2011

Now we need YOUR help.  Rising costs, along with temperamental weather conditions during the last few summers have put our 2014 season in jeopardy. 

Cast of "Hair", 2010
Cast of "Hair", 2010
Rocky Horror Show, 2011
Rocky Horror Show, 2011

We have embarked on an aggressive fundraising campaign with an ultimate goal of $50,000.00.  Our aim is to reach out to our wonderful, artistically inclined community, our city government, local corporations and business, and most of all, our loyal and unsurpassed audiences.  

Frankenstein performed at The Arboretum 2011
Frankenstein performed at The Arboretum 2011

We have exciting changes and a TERRIFIC season planned for next summer.  

Frankenstein performed at The Arboretum in 2011
Frankenstein performed at The Arboretum in 2011

SummerFest 2014 is moving to a new venue!  We are pleased to announce a new home and a new season line-up!  SummerFest 2014 will be reborn in the beautiful Moondance Amphitheatre in Beaumont Circle.  The facility promises the same magic of theatre under the stars with the added benefit and luxuries of a permanent outdoor facility, lots of parking, artist's changing rooms, tiered seating, restrooms and opportunities for food vendors and of course the traditional blanket seating.

Set for Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Set for Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Our 2014 Season brings the return of Shakespeare with the enchanting romantic comedy Twelfth Night ("If music be the food of love, play on....").  And will conclude with the deliciously dark musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors ("Feed me!").

Rent, 2010
Rent, 2010

To make all of these exciting announcements a reality we need to overcome a few obstacles.    

Frankenstein, 2011
Frankenstein, 2011

This is more than possible with your generous support!  

Henry IV, 2009
Henry IV, 2009

 Please help keep outdoor theatre in Lexington ALIVE!

Once on this Island,2009
Once on this Island,2009
Pride and Prejudice, 2010
Pride and Prejudice, 2010

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As always, the major challenge for SummerFest is weather cooperation. Having to cancel a production is not only disappointing for the artists and audience, but takes a bite out of the budgeted sales. But with a 40 year history, and recognized as a local theatre tradition, we are confident, with your support, we shall continue to survive, come rain or shine!

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    Unique SummerFest bumper sticker. Listing as a donor/sponsor on SummerFest web site.

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    Unique SummerFest poster and bumper sticker. Listing as a donor/sponsor on SummerFest web site.

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    Unique SummerFest T-Shirt, Poster and Bumper Sticker. Listing as a donor/sponsor on SummerFest web site.

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    2 Tickets to a 2014 SummerFest Production, a unique SummerFest T-Shirt, Poster and Bumper Sticker. Listing as a donor/sponsor on SummerFest web site.

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    2 Season Passes to 2014 SummerFest, a unique SummerFest T-Shirt, Poster and Bumper Sticker. Listing as a donor/sponsor on SummerFest web site.

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    Invitation for 2 to season ending cast/sponsor party, 2 Season Passes to 2014 SummerFest, a unique SummerFest T-Shirt, Poster and Bumper Sticker. Listing as a donor/sponsor on SummerFest web site.

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    Special Recognition in Program and Performances. Invitation for 2 to season ending cast/sponsor party, 2 Season Passes to 2014 SummerFest, a unique SummerFest T-Shirt, Poster and Bumper Sticker. Listing as a donor/sponsor on SummerFest web site.

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