Special to the Register
LANCASTER — The Lancaster Grand Theatre, only 20 minutes from Richmond, has announced a long list of big-name entertainment for its debut season.
The Lancaster Grand Theatre opened its doors in 1925 and quickly became a central Kentucky landmark. With the completion of a $4.2 million restoration almost 12 years in the making, The Lancaster Grand will again host outstanding entertainment for citizens of the region after being closed for almost 50 years.
The theatre is located at 117 Lexington Street in Lancaster.
“Our plans for the Grand have been surpassed in every area,” McKinney Daily, Lancaster Grand board president, said. “We are very proud to have achieved the dream of restoring the Lancaster Grand Theatre back to its original beauty.”
Debra Hoskins, the theatre’s executive director, brings more than 25 years of experience in booking performing arts, first at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts and then at Eastern Kentucky University’s Center for the Arts.
She said the renovated theatre history and ornamentation will uniquely enhance performances
In addition, the theatre’s acoustics are “are the finest” anywhere, Hoskins said. “Its sound and lighting are state of the art and the full projection equipment is complete with surround sound and 3D viewing capabilities.”
The line up of nationally recognized performer will be a shining star in central Kentucky, she added.
The venue’s lighting, installed in 1924, still has original Model T Ford parts inside and new seating has been installed for the comfort of every patron.
Renovation of the historic theatre “reflects the fact that the people in Kentucky want small towns to survive and they want success for these communities,” Hoskins said. “Saving a part of Kentucky’s history and offering top of the line entertainment has been accomplished at the Lancaster Grand Theatre.”
The ever-popular Glenn Miller Orchestra and the classic rock of the Coasters and Platters highlight the upcoming opening season.
The schedule also features a variety of international dance with Rhythm of the Dance from Ireland and from Russia, the Rudolf Nureyev State Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker. The international flavor continues with the celtic vocals of the Women of Ireland and the amazing acrobatics of a cirque favorite, Cirque d’ Or.
From Kentucky comes and The Boxcars with special guest J.D. Crowe, the legendary Bluegrass banjo player.
Kentuckians also will identify with The Sixth Man: Rise of a Big Blue Nation, the dramatic documentary on the fans of University of Kentucky basketball.
The holiday season will be brighter, too, with a fully-staged performance of the timeless classic musical,A Christmas Carol.
Children’s school performances are also a special component of the Lancaster Grand’s inaugural season and will target area school children daytime performances of Cirque d ‘Or, Riders in the Sky, Junie B. Jones, Rhythm of the Dance, and A Christmas Carol at discounted student pricing.
Cirque d’ Or — Tuesday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m. Tickets $37 and $42.
Riders in the Sky — Friday, Oct. 4, 8 p.m. Tickets $37 and $42.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra — Tuesday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m. Tickets $42 and $48.
The Sixth Man: Rise of a Big Blue Nation — Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. All tickets $12.
Cornell Gunter’s - Coasters and Larry Marshak’s - Platters — Saturday, Oct. 26. Performances 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets $50 and $55.
The Boxcars with special guest J.D. Crowe — Saturday, Nov. 16, 8 p.m. Tickets $30 and $35.
A Christmas Carol — Tuesday, Dec. 10, 8 p.m. Tickets $45 and $50.
The Rudolf Nureyev State Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” — Thursday, Dec. 19, 8 p.m. Tickets $40 and $45.
“American Girl” tea for young ladies and their favorite “American Girl” doll or just with a friend — Saturday, Feb. 8, 2 p.m. Tickets $20.
Rhythm of the Dance — Thursday, Feb. 20, 8 p.m. Tickets $45 and $50
Women of Ireland — Monday, March 3, 8 p.m. Tickets $35 and $40.
Special season ticket packages are available. There is a 10-percent discount for an “everything” season package and a 5-percent discount for the “Pick 5” package.
For details, call the Lancaster Grand Theatre Box Office at 859-583.1716. More details also available at www.lancastergrand.com.
In addition to its live performances, The Lancaster Grand Theatre will present a classical film series. Film titles will be announced soon.
“You’ll enjoy the exceptional experience of viewing the classic films with The Lancaster Grand’s state-of-the-art high definition digital projection equipment on a 30-foot silver screen,” Hoskins said.