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September 29, 2016

Children’s Prime Time Theatre opens with folktale from West Africa

“Ananse! … Early in the Day,” a legendary story about a mischievous spider based on West African folklore, opened the 2011-12 Children’s Prime Time Theatre series.

 “Ananse! … Early in the Day,” a legendary story about a mischievous spider based on West African folklore, opened the 2011-12 Children’s Prime Time Theatre series on Sept. 16 at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.

The performance by the professional touring company Wood and Strings brought the images of West Africa’s diverse culture to stage in a magical tale about Ananse the spider, trickster of Ashanti folklore, told through the art of puppetry.

The show—the first of five performances planned this season for Children’s Prime Time Theatre series— was presented by Lake Cumberland Performing Arts in partnership with The Center.

The next Children’s Prime Time Theatre show will be the holiday performance of “The Gift of the Magi,” on Monday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. at The Center.

For tickets, contact The Center’s Box Office at 606-677-6000 or order online at www.centertech.com. Also, make sure to visit and “like” The Center’s Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/centercrd to get access to exclusive ticket giveaways for this season’s performances.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to Lake Cumberland Performing Arts with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

These performances are also 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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