CenterStage Celebrates its 100th Season with a Birthday Celebration

CenterStage is officially a centenarian, which of course, calls for a party.

CenterStage, the oldest continuously operating theatre in Kentucky, is planning a grand fete to kick off its 100th Season July 30 at 7 p.m.

There will be an open bar sponsored by Heaven Hill, birthday cake, special performances with your favorite CenterStage performers highlighting the upcoming season and attendees will mingle with Louisville dignitaries.

The event is free, but an RSVP is required as there is limited seating and seats are already going fast.

“It’s going to be tremendous centennial year, truly worthy of CenterStage’s history and legacy for top-notch community theatre,” said John Leffert, CenterStage artistic director.

CenterStage, which originated as the Young Men’s Hebrew Association Players, presented its first production April 27, 1913, at the old YMHA at Second and Jacob Streets in downtown Louisville.

To help mark the history of the occasion, staff is requesting CenterStage performers and other participants from years past, contact them to share memories and memorabilia.

The 2014/15 Season officially kicks off with Spring Awakening, a rock musical adaptation of an 1891 expressionist play about the trials and exhilaration of teen years that won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It runs Aug. 7-17 and CenterStage is planning an event called #Teen Awakening Aug. 17 to explore what it’s really like to be a teen in 2014. Attendees will enjoy a special performance of Spring Awakening and then join in a discussion with other teens and parents, plus a live twitter feed, about what’s really going on.

Season tickets are still available, but selling briskly. Visit or call 502-459-0660 to get yours today.


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