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Kentucky Center Comes Back From Fire With Ballet

Posted at 5:39 AM, Sep 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-07 05:39:40-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE 3) – The Kentucky Center is preparing to host its first production since a fire destroyed part of its roof in June.

The Louisville Ballet’s production of Romeo and Juliet premieres Friday with a school matinee.

Robert Curran, the ballet’s artistic director, said it’s fitting they will be the first to take the stage since the fire.

“It’s perfect. It’s exactly the way it should be,” Curran said. “Sharing the space with the Louisville Orchestra, being in Whitney Hall — two resident companies creating amazing work together. It’s what Louisville’s all about.”

While repairs are nearly complete, ballet patrons will get a look behind the curtain at the construction progress.

“The theaters are in really wonderful shape,” Kim Baker, the President and CEO of the Kentucky Center, said. “But the general public will definitely see that we’re under construction.”

Guests will notice scaffolding in the main lobby, where the carpet has been removed. But most everything else is back to normal.

Complete repairs are not expected to be finished until next spring.