Children’s Theatre performs without power

A Dec. 9 school performance of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" by Lexington Children's Theatre went on despite a power outage at the Lexington Opera House. The theater was lit by an emergency generator, but there was no stage lighting or sound. Photo by Lesley Farmer | Lexington Children's Theatre.

A Dec. 9 school performance of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Lexington Children’s Theatre went on despite a power outage at the Lexington Opera House. The theater was lit by an emergency generator, but there was no stage lighting or sound. Photo by Lesley Farmer | Lexington Children’s Theatre.

“The show must go on,” is a well-worn adage in theater, and occasionally performers have to live by it. That’s what happened to the Lexington Children’s Theatre Monday morning on its final day of performances of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

In a first for the the Children’s Theatre and the Lexington Opera House, there was a power failure when the first school performance was supposed to start. LCT managing director Lesley Farmer said that since there were several school groups in the theater and they did not know when and if power would be restored, they went ahead and performed under generator-powered house lights, sans any stage lighting or amplification (and for you “no microphones” purists, this was one of their Discovery shows with lots of student actors in the cast).

“It was pretty amazing and showed how the heart of the story was there with or without technical aspects,” Farmer wrote.

Power was restored about 25 minutes into the show, which finished under normal circumstances.

According to Opera House spokeswoman Sheila Kenny, the theater was part of an area that was impacted by a power outage caused by an auto accident nearby involving a utility pole. Power was out for 35 minutes, she said.

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