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June 29, 2022

Best in children’s entertainment

Storybook characters from some of America’s favorite children’s classics are coming to stage at The Center for Rural Development during the 2012-2013 Children’s Prime Time Theatre performing arts series.

Lake Cumberland Performing Arts, in partnership with The Center, have added six new shows to this season’s schedule that’s sure to delight children of all ages.

“Children have heard and read about many of the storybook characters in these Children’s Prime Time Theatre performances for years and know their stories well,” said Dianna Winstead, associate director of Arts, Culture, and Events at The Center. “We are delighted to bring these beloved characters to stage and share the enjoyment they bring children and their families.”

Show tickets are now on sale at The Center’s Box Office at 2292 South U.S. 27 (Traffic Light 15) in Somerset or may be purchased online.

The 2012-2013 Children’s Prime Time Theatre line-up includes:

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Tuesday, Oct. 16
7 p.m.
The Children’s Theatre

Washington Irving’s autumnal masterpiece tells of the new schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane, his sweetheart Katrina, and the devilishly handsome Brom Bones. This clever adaptation, loaded with hearty audience participation, is more funny than scary and come complete with a Headless Horseman!


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Beauty and the Beast
Thursday, Nov. 8
7  p.m.
American Family Theatre

A timeless classic comes to life on stage! This exciting new musical production recalls how Beauty’s love for her father causes her to be trapped in the castle of the Beast. Beauty’s adventures at the castle help her discover the goodness and kindness of the Beast and lead to the magical moment when the Beast becomes a man.


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Babes in Toyland
Monday, Nov. 26
7 p.m.
American Family Theatre

This musical that has become a holiday tradition sparkles to life on stage in a delightful adaptation of the wonderfully imaginative classic based on the book by Victor Herbert. Enhance the joys of the holiday season with this tribute to the magic that only live theatre can provide.


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Thursday, Feb. 21
7 p.m.
Theatre IV

This beloved fairytale of heroism comes happily to life in this charming, funny, and joyous musical adaptation based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen. Join Thumbelina and her friends (the toad, fish, field mouse, mole, and swallow) on a series of delightful adventures in nature’s tiny, enchanted world.


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Huck and Tom and the Mighty Mississipppi
Friday, March 8
7 p.m.
Theatre IV

The greatest young adventurers in American literature spring to life in this foot-stompin’ musical based on the novels of Mark Twain. Join Huckleberry, Tom, Jim, Becky Thatcher, Aunt Polly, and all the residents and rapscallions of Hannibal, Mo., as they explore the majestic river that defined their lives, tested their souls, and carried their spirit into the heart of America.


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Junie B. Jones
Thursday, April 25
7 p.m.
Theatreworks USA

Outspoken, precocious, lovable Junie B. Jones stars in a colorful, funny, fast-paced musical about new friends, new glasses, sugar cookies, the annual kickball tournament, and other various first-grade angst-ridden situations. Follow her adventures as she writes down the story of her life in her “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal.”


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A pre-show event with free entertainment and/or children’s activities is held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in The Center’s front lobby prior to each Children’s Prime Time Theatre performance. An optional child-friendly catered dinner buffet is also available.

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.

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