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September 28, 2016

Award-winning musical, 'Ellis Island,' coming to Children's Prime Time Theatre on March 4 at The Center

Lake Cumberland Performing Arts, in partnership with The Center for Rural Development, presents the award-winning musicial, "Ellis Island," on Friday, March 4, at the next School Time and Children's Prime Time Theatre performances at The Center in Somerset.

Located in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty just off the New Jersey coast, Ellis Island was the gateway for more than 12 million immigrants seeking a new life in America between the late 1800s to the mid-1950s.

Lake Cumberland Performing Arts, in partnership with The Center for Rural Development, presents a remarkable story of heart-warming courage and life-changing challenges in American Family Theatre’s award-winning musical, “Ellis Island,” on Friday, March 4, at The Center in Somerset.

The musical, which recaptures the hopes and dreams of immigrants about to embark on a new life in America, will be presented at 10 a.m. for local and area students in The Center’s next School Time Theatre performance, and at 7 p.m. during the Children’s Prime Time Theatre performance.

“This live, musical performance celebrates the multi-cultural foundation of our nation and the immigration experience, as these immigrants came through Ellis Island on their way to a new life,” Dianna Winstead, associate director of arts, culture, and events, said. “The School Time Theatre performance is geared toward students in grades 4-9, but can be educational for all ages.”

A pre-show event featuring a free musical performance by the Southern Middle School Ensemble, led by music director Marsha Nash, will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in The Center’s front lobby prior to the Children’s Prime Time Theatre performance of “Ellis Island.” The group of students, representing the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade, will perform a selection of patriotic, American folk, and vintage music.

An optional buffet, catered by Sonny’s Bar-B-Q, will be served at the pre-show event.

The pre-show event is sponsored by Clear Channel Lake Cumberland and Sonny’s Bar-B-Q.

For tickets to either performance, contact The Center at 606-677-6000 or visit us at www.centertech.com for online ticket sales.

Tickets to the Children’s Prime Time Theatre evening performance are $4 for children 12 and younger and $7 each for adults and children.

For more information or to purchase Children’s Prime Time Theatre tickets, contact The Center’s Box Office at 2292 South U.S. 27 (at Traffic Light 15) in Somerset or call 606-677-6000.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, supports Lake Cumberland Performing Arts with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. These performances are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Kentucky Arts Council.

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