The mission of Woodford Theatre (WT) is to provide the best quality theatre in Central Kentucky by 1) involving volunteers in all aspects of our work, 2) utilizing a professionally trained staff to offer educational opportunities in theatrical arts to people of all ages, and 3) maintaining a sound business structure that is fiscally responsible. Our intention is to cultivate an appreciation for live theatre in our audiences as well as valuable and employable skills for our participants.
275 Beasley Road
Versailles, KY 40383
WT resides in a 304-seat, fully equipped theatre and has established its leadership in the local theatre community by assisting every single arts organization in the region through costume and prop rentals, staff assistance, and partnership on projects. In its 30 years, WT has had only four artistic directors, all committed to the vision of our community theatre as the best in the state. Woodford Theatre's education program was founded in 2008 and has expanded into three separate projects: the Summer Academy, The Girl Project, and the Woodford Theatre Young Artists.
In WT's Season 2016-2017, it offered three flights of programming in this season. WT presented three musicals and two straight plays from a variety of genres and time periods, reaching more than 15,000 people across Kentucky. Each mainstage show had nine performances that ran over three weekends. The 16-17 Season consisted of The Addams Family: A New Musical, a tale about the well-known haunting family of TV's past. In December, WT presented It's a Wonderful Life, following George Bailey and inhabitants of Bedford Falls. In February, Nunsense opened, a Nun's comedy, followed by Translations, an Irish tragedy, in April. The season closer was an original work by a Lexington playwright entitled The Duke, The Music, The Women: A Tribute to Duke Ellington.
In addition to main-stage shows, the WT Education Program served its largest group of students yet with three educational projects. Summer Academy is a four week summer program for kids aged 8-18 that develops basic theatre skills, ensemble experience, and technical ability. Woodford Theatre Young artists, our year-long conservatory-style musical theatre program, incorporates a wider variety of dance and musical theatre training as well as bringing additional talent to WT in the form of guest artists and private instructors. The Girl Project is an arts-meets-activism theatre initiative that empowers teenaged girls by leading them through a variety of theatre, dance, spoken word, movement and written workshops to devise an original theatrical performance.
WT also presents its Something Extra Series, a supplementary component to our main-stage shows. Each Something Extra is intended to complement the main-stage shows by adding additional historical perspectives, new experiences, and appeal to broaden the reach of the theatre in Central Kentucky. Example Something Extra Series have been Kentucky Chautauqua speakers, Irish Ceili Dance, Lexington Cantabile Choir, and the UK Jazz Repertory Orchestra.