‘Story Cycle’ 2021 album helps Central KY students find their voice

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lexington Theatre Company has released its Story Cycle 2021 Album.

The program was created last fall, early in the pandemic, because the company felt student voices weren’t amplified enough.

Selena Ramirez and Whitney Powers said they were surprised when their teachers nominated them to be a part of the Story Cycle program.

“It was just so exciting and I couldn’t believe that I actually had this opportunity,” Ramirez said. “I’ve gained a lot of confidence throughout this whole process.”

“I was just really excited and I honestly didn’t really know what to expect,” Powers said. “I think it has really made me a better musician overall.”

The program was created in 2020 to help young people find their voice through music.

The album Powers and Ramirez worked on, ‘Unspoken,’ features seven other students across Central Kentucky.

“A lot of our students had not written songs before, but over the course of the past year, we worked on our musical theatre song writing – we worked on our storytelling,” Joseph Wrightson, Lexington Theatre Company’s Creative Media Designer and Outreach Coordinator said.

The album was done almost completely through Zoom, but the group made it work. The students grew comfortable with each other and offered advice on how their peers can make their personal stories resonate with the listener.

Ramirez’s song was about her Quinceanera, the celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday in Latino culture.

“I imagine this perfect day and I had thought everything out, and then finally the day came and it just was not how I expected it,” Ramirez said.

Powers’ song is about a relationship that seems perfect, but is seriously flawed.

Powers, like Ramirez, is grateful that her peers pushed her to be vulnerable.

“They really just told me to share it with everyone and to just be emotional,” Powers said.

It’s an experience the girls said they’ll never forget, and a program the theatre is excited to continue.

The album is the Lexington Theatre Company’s second with the Story Cycle program. It can be streamed on Apple Music, Sound Cloud and Spotify. You can buy the album here. The theatre says the money goes toward the next Story Cycle Program.

The program is free and applications are being accepted for the fall.

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