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Water pipe burst causes thousands of dollars in damage at Lexington Children's Theatre

Posted at 2:37 PM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 18:39:05-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — From closing the theatre to the public to navigating the hurdles of virtual programming, the Lexington Children's Theatre has had a tough year.

Now, 2020 has thrown staff a new challenge.

Early Sunday morning, a water pipe burst and caused thousands of dollars of damage to the box office.

“It had several computers in there. Lots of equipment to kind of communicate with the audience and keep our patrons informed. So, we're going to have to replace all of that equipment,” said Jeremy Kisling, the theatre's new producing and artistic director.

Kisling says in addition to water damage to the equipment and floor, steam from the hot water got into the windows and walls. That damage is still being assessed.

“With the technology alone in that room, it's well over $5,000 and then we'll have the structural damage and the repairs as well, so it's going to be a pretty penny at the end of the day,” said Kisling.

Kisling says they hope the damage is covered by insurance, but first the theatre has to meet a high deductible. He hopes their year-end campaign can now help with that.

“This is our 84th year of Lexington Children's Theatre being in this community and the community has been a great support to us,” said Kisling.

Click here to donate to help with the theatre's expenses.