The Conservatory

Assemble 20+ actors, 20+ technicians, multiple staff members, compelling stories and music, wonderful sponsors, 5,000+ enthusiastic audience members, and you will have an idea of the magnitude and degree of pure fun that invades Woodland Park each July. This wonderful creature is SUMMERFEST!

SummerFest is Lexington’s only vital and compelling Outdoor Summer Theatre experience. We are proud to continue a long legacy of putting local Lexington area talent, technicians, designers, and volunteers in the spotlight. It all began over 30 years ago as The Lexington Shakespeare Festival, and in 2007, under a new Board of Directors and staff, SummerFest was born, one of the region’s oldest continually operating Summer Theatre experiences. We have seen multiple generations of 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. Many of our local artists who received their start on the SummerFest stage have gone on to successful careers in movies, television, and Broadway.

Over the years SummerFest has presented a wonderful mix of literary & stage classics, such as multiple works of Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, and many more. In addition, SummerFest audiences fill Woodland Park each summer with excitement to enjoy musical theatre under the stars. 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 shows that will surely please all tastes, and provide a level of quality that keeps our local artists and audiences coming back year after year.

If you love theatre…if you love Lexington…if you love celebrating local talent and artists, then you will definitely love SummerFest! See you at the park!

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