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Direct from China, the New Shanghai Circus returns to The Center for Rural Development in Somerset on Friday, April 20, for the fifth and final Center Stage performance of the season.

Astonishing athletes defy gravity and execute breathtaking feats as they stretch the limits of human ability in this spellbinding show set to begin at 7:30 p.m. in The Center’s theatre.

The performance, presented by Lake Cumberland Performing Arts in partnership with The Center, brings more than 2,000 years of Chinese circus tradition to stage at The Center.

“If it’s humanly possible—and even if it’s not—Shanghai’s acrobats, jugglers, and contortionists do it with spectacular flair!”

Dianna Winstead, associate director of arts, culture, and events
The Center for Rural Development

To purchase tickets for the Center Stage performance of New Shanghai Circus, contact The Center’s Box Office at 606-677-6000, or stop by The Center at 2292 South U.S. 27 (at Traffic Light 15) in Somerset.

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A Pre-Show Event with entertainment and an optional Chinese dinner buffet, served by Peking Chinese Restaurant, will be held from 6-7 p.m. in The Center’s front lobby. The cost of the meal is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 12 and younger.

The Pre-Show Event is sponsored by Peking Chinese Restaurant and Clear Channel Lake Cumberland.

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.