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November 21, 2019

School Time Theatre: ‘Twas the Night before Christmas

The Center for Rural Development, in partnership with Lake Cumberland Performing Arts, proudly presents the 2019-20 School Time Theatre performing arts series.

This season’s lineup includes live performances that’s sure to educate and entertain students of all ages. Each performance is presented by a cast of professional actors from some of the leading theatre companies in the country.

All School Time Theatre performances are selected with two goals in mind: education and quality. Many are based on familiar children’s literature or historic characters, emphasize positive values, or introduce students to unfamiliar art forms.

In addition to the sheer enjoyment of the arts, attending live theatre has been shown to fulfill or enhance many of the goals of the average school curriculum. “Thematic Connections” information is provided for each performance, and free study guides are made available.

Admission to School Time Theatre is $5 per student. With every 10 student admissions purchased, one teacher/chaperone will be admitted free. Tickets are not issued for School Time Theatre day-time matinees. Your reservation and advance payment will reserve the requested number of seats in our theatre.

All School Time performances are open to the general public.

2019-20 School Time Theatre season 


‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
School Time Audience: (K – 5)
Monday, December 2, 2019—10 a.m. & 12 p.m.

This heartwarming, hilarious, and charming Christmas musical is complete with a jolly Santa, reindeer on the roof, moonlight on the snow, Ma and Pa in their caps, and sugarplums dancing in the dreams of hopeful children. Our careworn poet, Clement Moore is struggling to write a Christmas poem. Clement, uninspired until his eyes and heart are opened with the help of his Dutch gardener, Kris Kringle, a couple of dancing mice, and by the loving, joyous images all about him in his own home and family, begins writing his immortal poem with these words, “’Twas the night before Christmas.” His poem is a delight to his family and to many generations of families who can’t imagine Christmas without “A Visit from St. Nicholas.”

Curriculum Connections:  Family Ties, Folk Tales, Language Arts, Literary Classic, Biography, Music, Reading, History, Character Development


Peter Pan
School Time Audience: All ages
Thursday, February 6, 2020—10 a.m. & 12 p.m.

Wendy Darling and her younger brothers love nothing more than playing make-believe in their family’s upstairs nursery. Then one night, a young boy named Peter Pan and his fairy friend Tinkerbell fly into the nursery window and whisk the Darling children away to a fantastical Neverland filled with Lost Boys, pirates, and a man-eating crocodile. Brought thrillingly to life, the Barter Players’ special brand of imagination and creativity make this an adventure your students will never forget!


Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium
Friday, March 27, 2020—10 a.m. & 12 p.m.

The creators of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live want to take your family on an all new adventure – this time to the bottom of the ocean. Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is an immersive experience that invites you to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago – and maybe live still today! Erth shows are at the forefront of family entertainment, using actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination to create an amazing visual experience that connects young audiences to the real science of paleontology.



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


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