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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth Kramer

Explore the spooky, musical world of 'Beetlejuice.' Register today.

Arts Angle Vantage is taking teens to where musical comedy mingles with a madcap Netherworld with free tickets to the musical “Beetlejuice” and a workshop where they review the national touring production opening at The Kentucky Center for the Arts on May 6 with PNC Broadway in Louisville.


Will Burton (Adam), Megan McGinnis (Barbara), Isabella Esler (Lydia) and Justin Collette

(Beetlejuice) IN "Beetlejuice." Photo by Matthew Murphy, 2024.

The musical, which became a Broadway fan favorite with its elaborate set, is adapted by Eddie Perfect (songs) and Scott Brown and Anthony King (book) from the 1988 Warner Bros cult film directed by Tim Burton. Like the film, the musical follows Lydia, a Goth girl, as her upper-middle-class family moves into a house haunted by a pesky poltergeist. She discovers the ghosts are the previous owners, a recently deceased couple, who have summoned help and get the eccentric and unruly Beetlejuice. Meanwhile, Lydia’s father and stepmother strive to rid the house of its supernatural occupants and the waring ensues.

“Beetlejuice” runs at the Kentucky Center for the Arts from May 14 through 19.

WHEN & WHERE: Virtual Sessions

• Monday, May 6, 7 to 8:30 p.m. • Young Critics' Workshop I 

• Monday, May 13, 7 to 8:30 p.m. • Young Critics' Workshop II 

• Tuesday, May 14, 6:45 p.m. • “Six” Performance, 

Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Whitney Hall, 

501 W. Main St. (Performance begins at 7:30 p.m.)

• Wednesday, May 15, 7 to 8:30 p.m. • Critics' Group Reflections

• May 17-21 (scheduled individually) • Young Critics' One-on-One Edits


•  Pre-performance sessions cover:

- “Beetlejuice”: musical, theater history, musicals adapted from films, and steps to take and issues to consider when writing reviews, etc.

- Sessions offer participants time to discuss theater, writing and viewpoints.

• A post-performance session includes discussions and participants sharing initial draft sentences and/or paragraphs as part of the writing process.

•  Articles will appear online in a partner publication, provided participants complete the requirements.

•  Each spot comes with a ticket for the critic and their/her/his accompanying adult.)

ABOUT US: Our FREE program for young writers has presented opportunities to teens to see and write about many productions including "Hamilton," "Mean Girls" and "Hadestown." We strive to prepare youth from diverse backgrounds for success by providing access to the arts and empowering them to use their voices to create arts journalism that reaches a wider public.


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