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September 21, 2019

School Time Theatre season

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 five 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 

Little Red and The Big Bully Wolf
School Time Audience: K- 3
Friday, September 27, 2019—10 a.m. & 12 p.m.

The woods are scary enough without having to worry about a big bully howling in the shadows! Follow Little Red and meet her friends – the three little pigs, the boy who cried wolf and more – as they learn to face their fears and stand up to the Big Bully Wolf! Learn to identify, report and resist bullying as we follow Little Red on her journey to grandma’s house. Funny, dramatic, and highly entertaining, this one is a great fit for school aged children.

Curriculum Connections: Anti-Bullying and Character Education


The Wizard of Oz
School Time Audience:  Best for Grades Pre-K – 6th
Friday, November 8, 2019—10 a.m. & 12 p.m.

In 1900, L. Frank Baum published what would become a literary classic with his children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  In 2018, Bright Star adapted the show and the result was amazing! While the medium might be different, the characters and classic storyline remain the same.  Follow comic duo Lenny and Mabel down the yellow brick road to the land of Oz and meet all of your favorite characters along the way!  Gain courage with the Cowardly Lion, take heart with the Tin Man, and find your wits with the Scarecrow in this fun interactive retelling of the L. Frank Baum classic.

Curriculum Connections: Literature and Literacy



‘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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