Skip to main content

The Center for Rural Development in partnership with Lake Cumberland Performing Arts (LCPA) enters its 2023-2024 Season with a total of seven shows for school age children grades K-6. Shows include: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, presented by Virginia Repertory on Tour,  The Nutcracker Act II presented by the Kentucky Ballet, TheaterWorksUSA production of Charlotte’s Web, TheaterWorksUSA production of Dog Man The Musical.

he Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Brochure Pic Ikabod and Headless Horseman

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Showtimes: October 12th

10 AM  & 12 PM

Presented by Virginia Rep on Tour

Based on the story by Washington Irving

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Paul Deiss

Join Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, the lovely Katrina Van Tassel, the residents of Tarry Town and, oh yes, the Headless Horseman, as they live the story made famous by the legend.  This autumnal classic is faithful to the original story written by Washington Irving in 1819 and will thrill and perhaps chill your audiences (though it’s not too scary for little ones).  No fall is complete without the fun of telling stories, and our retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is one experience you won’t want to miss!

Recommended: (K – 6)  Folk Tales, Language Arts, Literary Classic, Reading, History, Music

Approximate Run Time: 60 Minutes

Supports the Teaching of VA SOL:

English: K.1, K.2, K.3, K.4, K.6, K.8, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.7, 1.9, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.8, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5, 5.6

History: K.1, K.2, K.3, K.4, K.6, 1.1, 1.10, 2.10, 3.12, USI.1, USI.5

Reserve Seating Here

The Nutcracker Act II

Showtimes: November 29, 2023

10 AM ONLY (Sold Out)


Presented by Kentucky Ballet Theatre


Clara is received by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. An elaborate ceremony, including wonderful and exotic dances from the members of the court, is held in Clara’s honor for helping the Nutcracker defeat the rats. The Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier crown the festivities with a Grand Pas de Deux. The magical scene comes to a close as the characters bid Clara farewell, and drift offstage. Clara is left alone with only memories of her wonderful adventure as she gazes dreamily at her toy Nutcracker. 

Recommended:  All ages

Approximate Run Time: 50 Minutes

Reserve Seating Here

TheaterWorksUSA Production of Charlotte’s Web

Showtimes: February 16th 2024,

10 AM (Sold Out) / 12PM (Seats are still available for the noon show)

Charlotte’s Web is based on E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman. She will create a “miracle.” Spinning the words “Some Pig” in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig but also ensures his place on the farm forever.

This treasured tale, featuring madcap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love and the true meaning of friendship.

Approximate Running Time: 60 MinutesRecommended:  (K – 6)

Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature Based, Music, Relationships and Family

Reserve Seating Here

TheaterWorks USA Production of Dog Man: The Musical

Showtimes: April 23rd 2024, 10 AM / 12PM

Adapted from the DOG MAN series of books by Dav Pilkey

Book and Lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila

Music by Brad Alexander

Direction & Choreography by Jen Wineman

Dog Man: The Musical is a hilarious production based on the worldwide bestselling series from Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants and Cat Kid Comic Club.

Best buds George and Harold have been creating comics for years, but now that they’re in 5th grade, they figure it’s time to level up and write a musical based on their favorite character, Dog Man, the crime-biting sensation who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO!! How hard could it be?

With the head of a dog and the body of a policeman, Dog Man loves to fight crime and chew on the furniture. But while trying his best to be a good boy, can he save the city from Flippy the cyborg fish and his army of Beasty Buildings? Can he catch Petey, the world’s most evil cat, who has cloned himself to exact revenge on the doggy do-gooder? And will George and Harold finish their show before lunchtime?? Find out in this epic musical adventure featuring the hilarity and heart of Dav Pilkey’s beloved characters.

The show is written by Kevin Del Aguila and Brad Alexander, who collaborated on the Emmy-winning series Peg + Cat on PBS, TheaterWorksUSA’s Click, Clack, Moo, and Clifford The Big Red Dog on PBS and Amazon. Jen Wineman directs and choreographs.

Recommended:  (1-6) Communication and Language Arts, Music, and Creative Writing

Reserve Seating Here

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.