Sunday, September 23 – 2:00
Saturday, September 29 – 7:00pm
September 20 – 21, 26 – 28 at 10:00 & 11:45am
By Kathryn Shultz Miller
Beyond brave, incredibly intelligent, and unimaginably innovative – Amelia Earhart has captured imaginations for generations. Explore the questions surrounding her mysterious disappearance with one reporter determined to find out – “What happened, Amelia?” Step back in time with the First Lady of Flight to unravel the mystery of one of the most iconic women in history.
Best enjoyed by ages 8 and up
Best enjoyed by 3rd grade and up
Performed on the LCT Main Stage and on Tour
You’ll like this play if you like stories about: strong female characters, history, adventure, mysteries
Approximately 1 hour long
Things to Know Before You Go
About LCT’s Touring Productions
Amelia Earhart is one of our touring productions, which means it doesn’t just perform here in Lexington! Our four professional actors travel with this and our production of Jack and the Wonder Beans from September through January to schools, libraries, and theatres all over the Commonwealth and beyond! As a touring production, this show is also designed to be performed with a smaller cast, so you will notice that the four actors portray a variety of different characters throughout the play.
About your trip to the theatre
Be sure to arrive early to find a place to park – options include metered parking surrounding the theatre and the parking garage on the corner of Broadway and Short Street. LCT unfortunately cannot validate garage parking.
To offset the heat generated by stage lighting, the Main Stage theatre can get pretty cold. It’s a good idea to bring a sweater with you!
It’s also a good idea to bring some cash. You might need to pay for parking, and we will have books and LCT merchandise for sale in the lobby if you want to buy something before or after the show. If you forget your cash, though, no worries! Both the box office and the retail store accept credit and debit cards.
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About Amelia Earhart
One of the central questions of our play is “What happened, Amelia?” The ending of Amelia’s life is still a mystery to this day. This play explores the complexities of that mystery in a beautiful and engaging way.
Our play takes place in the early twentieth century and uses some slang phrases from the time such as “holy cats,” and “hells bells” – both equivalent to saying “good grief” in today’s world. The actors also hold period-accurate props such as a prohibition-era flask and a cigar.
In our play, just like in real life, Amelia Earhart marries explorer and publisher George Palmer Putnam, or “GP” as she calls him. The play portrays their romantic relationship and they do kiss on stage.
Amelia Earhart is fully underscored with music of the time period and sound. There is one particularly loud moment, a “sonic boom” type of noise, as Amelia flies into dawn (this happens three times throughout the show – listen for the actors talking about the dawn if you need to cover your ears).
This play is a great way to spark conversations about the past, the present, and the future – because Amelia’s story is one that absolutely relates to us today! You might find your family asking questions like, What do you think happened to Amelia Earhart? If you’re curious, what research might you do to find more answers? When has someone underestimated you? Have you ever been told you “can’t do something” because you’re a girl? Or a boy? Or for some other reason? What is your passion? What goals and dreams do you have? What will you do to achieve those goals? We hope LCT can help your family create exciting discussions together!
We love this story because it doesn’t just talk about history – it shows history from the perspective of the people living it, and how those people both fit into their world and worked to change it. We love this story because it doesn’t put Amelia on a pedestal and it shows that even flawed people can be heroes.
And we love this story because it celebrates a remarkable woman who made remarkable achievements, even when the people around her said it was impossible. To quote Emily Asbury, the LCT Associate Artist who plays Amelia, we want to tell this story for “all of the future Amelia Earharts in our audiences, and for all of those future firsts that they will achieve.”