Lights Up! is June 14

Lights Up! event offers theater performance and activities for kids, adults with special needs

On June 14, the Stephen Foster Drama Association will continue its tradition of hosting a distinctive and inclusive performance of “The Stephen Foster Story” specifically tailored for children and adults with special needs. Thanks to the generous support of LG&E and KU, this special showing is offered free of charge and creates an opportunity for attendees, along with their families, caregivers and support community, to experience the show in a safe and accommodating setting.

Traditionally, Lights Up! takes place during the final dress rehearsal of the show, just before opening night. Now in its sixth year, the event will commence at 6:30 p.m. with pre-show activities, leading up to the performance at 8 p.m.

“We are so glad to be hosting this special event again for our community,” said Johnny Warren, Executive Artistic Director for The Stephen Foster Story and the Stephen Foster Drama Association. “Thanks to the support of LG&E and KU, we are able to offer this unique performance free of charge, allowing children and adults with special needs to experience the beauty of ‘The Stephen Foster Story’ in an accommodating environment.” 

LG&E and KU generously host pre-performance activities for attendees of the event. This year, attendees will enjoy pre-show activities, demonstrations and treats.

“The Stephen Foster Story” details the life of legendary songwriter and composer Stephen Foster through dramatic portrayals of his life, and features performances of dozens of his greatest compositions, such as “Oh! Susanna,”“Camptown Races,” “Beautiful Dreamer,” “Hard Times (Come Again No More),” and Kentucky’s state song, “My Old Kentucky Home.” The show has been performed at the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre in Bardstown since 1959. 

For reservations to attend Lights Up!, or if you have questions, call 502-348-5971. 

Performances of “The Stephen Foster Story” are set to take place on select nights at 8 p.m. from June 15 through August 10. “The Little Mermaid” will be performed on select dates from July 10 to August 2 at the amphitheater. For tickets and a complete list of performances, visit