Above: Actor Janet Scott (facing the mirror) and director Diana Denley of Shakespeare's Globe Center Australia are preparing Scott's The Love Letter for the Central Library Stage this weekend. Copyrighted Herald-Leader photo by Matt Goins. Below: Chris Kidder as Prospero and Courtney Collier as Miranda in UK's production of The Tempest. Photo by Rebecca Amsler/UK Theatre. Below, below: Mark Hall leads his band Casting Crowns into Rupp Arena Friday.
The weekend before Thanksgiving is often crowded with arts events from groups and presenters trying to get shows in before turkey day ushers in the Yuletide arts season. This year, the weekend seems particularly packed, possibly due to Thanksgiving being as early as it can possibly be on the calendar. Friday is particularly socked in, with the Philharmonic's MasterClassics concert and the Casting Crowns show at Rupp. Here's a list of the highlights:
~ Veteran actor Janet Scott presents her one-woman show, The Love Letter, at the Central Library Theatre, Thursday through Saturday. An important note: The free Thursday night performance is for students only. Due to some miscommunication, there was an error about that in our story Sunday.
~ Across the street, at the Downtown Arts Center, the burgeoning theater program at Bluegrass Community and Technical College presents The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, Thursday through Saturday.
~ Studio Players opens its production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Thursday, and it runs through Dec. 2. We'll write more on this later, but FYI, Michael Peters is McMurphy, Allie Darden is Nurse Ratched and Eric Ryan Seale directs.
~ Gallery Hop is Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m.
~ Everybody's favorite Depression-era, curly redhead, Annie, is back at the Opera House for a weekend stand as part of the Broadway Live series.
~ Annie will unite with the Casting Crowns concert at Rupp Arena to create a little traffic jam Friday night. Crowns will be joined by Leeland and John Waller.
~ Meanwhile, at the Singletary Center, the Lexington Philharmonic welcomes Alexander Platt as the second candidate to succeed George Zack as music director of the Lexington Philharmonic. He'll be conducting a concert of Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Joseph Haydn and Jean Sibelius with piano soloist Natasha Paremski.
~ Saturday afternoon, the Kentucky District round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions takes place at the University of Kentucky's Memorial Hall.
~ Saturday night, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is at Rupp.
And if all that doesn't help you work up an appetite for some turkey . . .