NEA Grant Allows LCT To Stage Bilingual Play

Thanks to a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lexington Children’s Theater will present “Señora Tortuga” by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce on Sunday, May 3 at 3 p.m. at Valley Park in Lexington.

The grant supports the funding necessary for the production, outreach, guest-director and guest-designer.

“Señora Tortuga” is a bilingual play that follows the life of a young Latino boy as he struggles with self-sacrifice.

LCT will partner with Will Anglin, president of the Valley Park Activity Board, to bring the performance and workshop to Valley Park.

The show will be guest-directed by Mexico-born Adahli Aranda, founder and director of the Bluegrass Youth Ballet in Lexington.

“I am thrilled to be able to share a little bit of my own culture with the young communities in Kentucky,” Aranda said. “This is such a great story, it’s simple yet it has very complex social layers.”

With help from the grant provided by the NEA, LCT will host a free theater workshop before the play, starting at 2 p.m.

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LCT also has announced its performance schedule for the 2015-2016 season, which kicks off with “The Wizard of Oz” as the 14th annual Summer Family Musical.

Auditions will be Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, 1-5 p.m. Showtimes are July 16, 17, 24 and 25 at 7 p.m., and July 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 2 p.m.