Category Archives: Paragon Music Theatre

Paragon directors launch new company

With the departure of founder and music director Ryan Shirar, Paragon Music Theatre closed following its performance of Gypsy in May. But stage director Robyn Peterman Zahn and choreographer Diana Evans Pulliam wasted little time in collaborating on a new … Continue reading

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Stage door: Ryan Shirar

Coming Thursday on LexGo: Mama Rose came at the right time for Katie Owen, though at first it did not seem that way. For years, Lexington musical theater artists have wondered how long Central Kentucky could keep Ryan Shirar. A … Continue reading

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Ryan Shirar is departing for Cincinnati

Paragon Music Theatre has announced that founder Ryan Shirar will step down as the company’s music director and executive director after its May production of Gypsy to accept a full scholarship for graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory … Continue reading

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First Look: Paragon’s The Sound of Music

Paragon Music Theatre offers up its first ever full production at the Lexington Opera House in the summertime with The Sound of Music, July 30-Aug. 1 and Aug. 6-8. Click the arrows above to see our photos from the show, … Continue reading

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Picturing 2009 arts

This was the second year I spent covering my beat with a camera in my hands a lot of the time. As I said, last year, covering stories as a writer and a photographer is an interesting approach, because you … Continue reading

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Lexington is a great place for artsy kids

When I moved to Lexington in 1998, one thing that immediately struck me about the ­local arts scene was the prominence of children and organizations geared toward children. The Lexington Children’s Theatre’s shows rated the same sort of attention as … Continue reading

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Review: Paragon’s Hello, Dolly!

If you can walk out of Hello, Dolly! saying, “That was fun,” then mission accomplished. This is not one of those musicals that are supposed to help you realize deeper truths about life and the human condition or to leave … Continue reading

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First Look: Paragon Music Theatre’s Hello, Dolly!

As promised, here’s the slideshow from the first act of Paragon Music Theatre’s Hello, Dolly! Oct. 22-25 at the Lexington Opera House. Feature story: Adam Richard Fister has become a staple of Lexington musical theater.

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Preview: Hello Dolly

We’ll have a complete slide show for you Thursday, but, stealing a page from Todd Owyoung’s I Shoot Shows site, here’s a sneak peek at Paragon Music Theatre’s Hello, Dolly!

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Discuss: Lexington’s performance spaces

What do you think of Lexington’s inventory of theaters and other venues for live performances? Currently, leaving aside our behemoth of Rupp Arena, our major arts and entertainment venues are the Singletary Center for the Arts, which seats about 1,500, … Continue reading

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