March 5, 2024 – March 29, 2024 all-day
March 5-29


Family Weekend Performance Dates: March 10, 16-17, & 23-24, 2024 

School Matinee Performance Dates: March 5-29, 2024

If You Like...
  • Elephant and Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” 
  • Curious George 
  • The Cat in the Hat 

Ages 3+
≈1 hour
The Larry and Vivian Snipes Main Stage

Prices: $20/Adult, $15/Child, $10/Members 


Based on the book Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! 

By Mo Willems, Published by Hyperion Books for Children, Script by Mo Willems and Mr. Warburton, Lyrics by Mo Willems, Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, and Dramaturgy by Megan Alrutz 

Family Weekend Performance Info 

Sunday, March 10 – 2:00pm 

Saturday, March 16 – 2:30pm (Sensory Friendly)*
Saturday, March 16 – 7:00pm (Pay What You Will)* 
Sunday, March 17 – 2:00pm 

Saturday, March 23 – 2:00pm 
Sunday, March 24 – 2:00pm 

*Pay What You Will tickets cannot be purchased online, but can be reserved ahead of time by calling our Box Office at 859.254.4546 x245. Learn more on our Pay What You Will page.

Whatever you do, don’t let the Pigeon star in a musical! When the bus driver has a small emergency, a very unlikely volunteer shows up to take the driver’s place – a pigeon! But should this small but tenacious bird really be allowed to take the wheel? What do YOU think? Based on Mo Willems’ Caldecott Honor award-winning book, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical! is sure to get everyone’s wings flapping with its innovative mix of songs, silliness, and feathered friends. 

This production is part of One Picture Book, 1 Lexington! This exciting new initiative, a partnership between Lexington Children's Theatre, First 5 Lex, and the Lexington Public Library, is a shared reading experience where children across our community are invited to read the same book and participate in themed events and activities. Learn more at https://onepicturebooklex.com/

For Educators:

School Matinee Performances 

Our School Matinee Performances allow you to bring your students to the theatre for an unforgettable field trip!  

Recommended for Grades PreK-2nd  
Curricular Connections: Adaptation, Music, Saying No, Responsibility 

Tuesday-Friday, March 5-8 – 10:00am & 11:45am 
Tuesday-Friday, March 12-15 – 10:00am & 11:45am 
Tuesday-Friday, March 19-22 – 10:00am & 11:45am 
Tuesday-Friday, March 26-29 – 10:00am & 11:45am 

School Group Rate: $8 per seat with every 10th seat FREE! 
Individual Rate: $12 per seat 

Things to Know Before the Show

Emotional Intensity

1 out of 5

Action/Stage Combat

1 out of 5


0 out of 5

Sound & Lighting

2 out of 5

Get Ready For...

  • A very fun musical with moments for both young and grown-up folks to enjoy!
  • You might have to speak up and tell the Pigeon "NO" - after all, we can't let him drive the bus!

Sensory Moments

Towards the end of the show, there is an opportunity for audience call-and-response as we tell the Pigeon "NO!" repeatedly during the final song. This moment can get quite loud, depending on how many people are attending the performance and how excited everyone gets!

Some limited lighting cues move across the stage, but no flashes or strobe lighting are used in the show. Because this is a musical, the base sound level is a little louder than a play without music because of playing music tracks and amplifying the actors' voices with mics. While we will pull the sound levels back a bit for our Sensory Friendly performance, we still encourage audience members with sound sensitivities to bring their own noise-canceling headphones if you think you will need them! We will have a few available in our lobby for the Sensory Friendly show that can be borrowed as well.