LCT to Stage Civil Rights Play

Lexington Children’s Theatre takes you back to the Civil Rights era by staging four public performances of “The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963.”

The play is based on the book by Christopher Paul Curtis and follows the Watsons, a family from Michigan who visit Grandma Sands in Birmingham.

Once there, they are directly affected by the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing of 1963.

LCT last staged the show in 2009, and the reasons for the performance remain the same today, according to Jeremy Kisling, the director of both productions.

“The issues [Civil Rights] have to be in front of us every day,” said Kisling, Associate Artistic Director at LCT. “We cannot take them for granted. The minute we do that is the minute we are doing ourselves a disservice as Americans.”

The show is scheduled for LCT’s Main Stage at 418 W. Short St., on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.

The play is recommended for children 8 years and older.

Tickets are $18 adults, $15 children.

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