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The Three Little Pigs

The story of the popular children’s fairy tale, “The Three Little Pigs,” will be brought to stage Friday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. in a Children’s Prime Time Theatre performance at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.

Some of America’s most beloved storybook characters will be brought to stage this season at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset as part of an exciting new lineup of Children’s Prime Time Theatre and School Time Theatre performances.

“The Three Little Pigs,” A.A. Milne’s “House at Pooh Corner,” and “Alice in Wonderland” are among six new shows paced with excitement and adventure for the young and young-at-heart in the 2011-2012 performing arts season for both series presented by Lake Cumberland Performing Arts in partnership with The Center.

Children’s Prime Time Theatre allows parents to bring children to evening performances at The Center at prices—$4 for children and $7 for adults—comfortable with even the tightest of budgets. Tickets for all Children’s Prime Time Theatre performances can be purchased online at or by calling The Center’s Box Office at 606-677-6000.

School Time Theatre brings those same educational and entertaining performances to groups of students in the region during the school day. All productions align with critical content in Kentucky classrooms.

“We are excited to be able to offer children and their families in the area an opportunity to experience the performing arts and view professional quality theatrical performances at affordable prices,” Dianna Winstead, associate director of arts, culture, and events, said. “We have another great season of family-oriented performances planned for Children’s Prime Time Theatre and School Time Theatre that’s sure to delight children of all ages.”

This season’s lineup includes:

  • “Ananse! … Early in the Day,” Friday, September 16

Ananse the Spider, trickster of Ashanti folklore, witnesses the early day when animals and life are new. Sharing comical adventures with dozens of other characters, he leaves his mischievous mark on life. Drawing inspiration from West African music, masks, costumes, and oral traditions, this production brings to the stage their vibrant scenic splendor and magic.

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  • The Gift of the Magi,” Monday, November 28

Can a memorable Christmas be made with a $1.87? Getting caught up in the commercialism of Christmas, Della and Jim begin to lose sight of the true joy of gift giving and friendship. In this classic tale, based on the short story by O. Henry, we follow the young couple on their selfless journey to make each other’s holiday dreams come true.

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  • “The Three Little Pigs,” Friday, Feb. 10

A gentle tale of how three little pigs set out on their own and their neighborly wolf who doesn’t know his own strength. Houses of straw, sticks, and bricks are built along with lessons of a job well done and understanding.

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  •  “Four Score and Seven Years Ago,” Friday, Feb. 17

To young Lemuel, who has escaped slavery in Georgia, life in Gettysburg is everything he had dreamed it would be. His ideas about the North and the South, as well as what it means to be a free man, are challenged when he unexpectedly befriends Jacob, a young Confederate soldier. The two men may be of different races and different sides of the Civil War, but they have much to teach each other about bravery and loyalty in this exciting and suspenseful musical.

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  • “A.A. Milne’s House at Pooh CornerAdapted by Bettye Knapp, Friday, March 23

Whether we are very young or wise to the ways of the world, every so often each of us has to “get back to the House at Pooh Corner” to spend some tender time with faithful friends. You know their names by heart: Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga and Roo, Rabbit, Christopher Robin, and of course, the lovable bear called Winnie-the-Pooh.  This production is faithfully based on the A. A. Milne classic of the same name.

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  • “Alice in Wonderland,” Friday, March 30

Step through the looking glass with this rollicking musical based on Lewis Carroll’s enchanting classic. Delighting audiences nationwide, this sparkling production is filled with colorful sets, inventive costumes, creative staging, and special effects and is sure to enchant children of all ages.

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Children’s Prime Time Theatre performances begin at 7 p.m. in The Center’s theatre and include a free pre-show event, held from 5:30-6:30 p.m., in The Center’s front lobby for children and their families. The pre-show event, sponsored by Clear Channel Lake Cumberland and Sonny’s Bar-B-Q, features free entertainment and an optional kid-friendly catered dinner served by Sonny’s.

All School Time Theatre performances, with the exception of the special holiday performance of “The Gift of the Magi,” are presented at 10 a.m. in The Center’s theatre. “The Gift of the Magi” will include two School Time Theatre performances at 10 a.m. and noon on Nov. 28 for local and area students.

For more information on this season’s performances, visit Also, make sure to visit and “like” The Center’s Facebook fan page at 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.