Kentucky Ballet Theatre goes ‘Under the Sea’


Provided by Kentucky Ballet Theatre.

Jamilyn Hall

Kentucky Ballet Theatre is going under the sea with the original Little Mermaid Hans Christian Andersen production this weekend, Friday through Sunday.

“It’s a story we all grew up with,” Brie Lowry, executive director and dancer of Kentucky Ballet Theatre, said. “I am a millennial myself and we have had outstanding ticket sales and actually there are more adults than children coming to the show.”

Three of the four shows are completely sold out for this weekend, but according to Lowry there is seating available for the Friday night show.  

“Friday’s 7 p.m. still has some seats remaining,” Lowry said. “Both Saturday shows and the Sunday night show are completely sold out. It was almost like a very popular concert.

According to Lowry, the production sold out in two days, with just one Facebook post.

“I posted it on Monday evening and within 48 hours we had no seats left,” Lowry said. “So we began adding shows.”

The tickets for the Friday night show will be on sale at the box office starting at 6 p.m. on Friday. This is the only weekend Kentucky Ballet Theatre will be producing the Little Mermaid.

“It’s only a one weekend engagement,” Lowry said. “So I imagine that if you don’t see it now you are not going to see it for another three years.”

According to Lowry, for the production, there are 100 new costumes, 10 brand new tutus and 80 children that are involved. This show will be one of the biggest Kentucky Ballet Theatre will ever do.

“It’s never been done before and it takes a lot of creativity and innovation for people to make something like this happen,” Lowry said.

The production is not that of the Disney version, but the story is very similar. The production will take place at the Lexington Opera House on 401 W Short St and last around two hours, including intermission and curtain speech.

“This could be very eye-opening and interesting to college students who are very much learning and absorbing everything around them and trying to get ideas about what they love and what they are interested in,” Lowry said. “It’s also a very good brain exercise to watch ballet because all of the communication is nonverbal.”