Center Stage, presented by Lake Cumberland Performing Arts in partnership with The Center for Rural Development, brings Broadway-style performances, musical concerts, dramatic plays, and other family-oriented entertainment to The Center’s state-of-the-art 760-seat theatre.
Renowned theatrical groups, performing arts productions, and some of the industry’s top musicians all have performed on The Center’s stage. Each season proves to be more exciting than the last boosting an exciting entertainment lineup of spectacular performances that’s sure to have something for everyone.
Patrons have a choice of purchasing a Center Stage season subscription of five performances, a package of three performances of their choice, as well as individual tickets to any performance.
A pre-show event with free entertainment and an optional catered dinner is held from 6-7 p.m. prior to each 7:30 p.m. performance and from 1:30-2:30 p.m. prior to the holiday 3 p.m. matinee performance.
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2012–2013 Center Stage Season
Saturday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m.
On the 100th anniversary of its tragic journey, TITANIC recounts the dreams, hopes and aspirations of those aboard the fateful ship. The story of the launching, the collision with the iceberg, and the sinking is played out against the background of the rigid class-distinctions of the Edwardian Age.
Saturday, December 8 at 3 p.m. (matinee)
Celebrate the holidays with Kentucky Ballet Theatre’s traditional ballet – The Nutcracker. This ballet is complete with familiar characters such as young Clara, the charming Nutcracker Prince, the magical Sugar Plum Fairy, and the fierce Mouse King. Share all the magic of the season with this holiday classic.
Kentucky Ballet Theatre
Saturday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Since their Western debut in 1986, The Peking Acrobats® have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. They are masters of agility and grace, and will be accompanied by live musicians skillfully playing traditional Chinese instruments. View the epitome of a rich and ancient folk art tradition highlighted by today’s technology in this breathtaking performance.
Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Traditional Irish music, dance and song molded into a presentation that is best of its genre. Brilliant musical skill and showmanship make this an intriguing and interactive night of Irish entertainment.
Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.
For over six decades, legendary icon Dr. Ralph Stanley has become one of the most influential artists of all time. He formed the legendary Stanley Brothers duo with his older brother Carter Stanley in the forties. This patriarch of traditional and bluegrass music still performs and will give you a performance that will be moving and inspirational.
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 funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Kentucky Arts Council.