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September 16, 2019

School Time Theatre

School Time Theatre, presented by Lake Cumberland Performing Arts in partnership with The Center for Rural Development, seeks to share the magic of the arts with students and adults in Southern and Eastern Kentucky.

All School Time Theatre programs 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. All performances are open to the public.

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TranspARTation Grant program

2019–2020 School Time Theatre Season

Little Red and The Big Bully Wolf

School Time Audience: K- 3

Friday, September 27, 2019—10:00 a.m. & 12:00 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


Little Red and The Big Bully Wolf – 10am Reservation Form


Little Red and The Big Bully Wolf – 12pm Reservation Form

The Wizard of Oz

School Time Audience:  Best for Grades Pre-K – 6th

Friday, November 8, 2019—10:00 a.m. & 12:00 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


The Wizard of Oz – 10am Reservation Form


The Wizard of Oz – 12pm Reservation Form

Twas the Night Before Christmas

School Time Audience: (K – 5)

Monday, December 2, 2019—10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., & 7:00 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

Twas the Night Before Christmas – 10am Reservation Form


Twas the Night Before Christmas – 12pm Reservation Form

Peter Pan

School Time Audience:  All ages
Public Audience:  

Thursday, February 6, 2020—10:00 a.m. & 12:00 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!

Curriculum Connections: folktale, literary classic, reading

Peter Pan – 10am Reservation Form


Peter Pan – 12pm Reservation Form

Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium

School Time Audience: 
Public Audience:  

Friday, March 27, 2020—10:00 a.m. 12:00 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.

Curriculum Connections: History, Science, family ties

Core Content for Assessment & Common Core State Standards:

Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium – 10am Reservation Form


Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium – 12pm Reservation Form


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.


Admission is $5.00 per person for each performance. One complimentary teacher (supervisor) admission will be provided for every ten paid admissions. All performances are open to the public.


Tickets are not issued for School Time Theatre day-time matinees. Your reservation and advance payment will reserve the requested number of seats in the theatre.

Reservation Requests

Reservation requests will only be accepted via the online order form or by mailing or faxing the completed order form, along with payment or purchase order to 606-677-6010 (fax) or:

The Center for Rural Development
Attention:  School Time Theatre
2292 South Highway 27
Somerset, KY 42501

PLEASE NOTE: An email will be sent once your reservation request has been confirmed. If you do not receive an email confirming your reservation request, please do not assume you have a reservation. It will be your responsibility to contact The Center for Rural Development to check on the status of your request by phone (606) 677-6000 or by email.

All forms of payment must be received two weeks prior to performance date to guarantee the reservation.

An invoice and Free Study Guide will be emailed to the teacher listed on the registration form six weeks prior to the performance.

Increasing Reservations

Additional reservations are based on availability.

Accommodating Disabilities

The Center is accessible for individuals with disabilities. When making reservations, please provide all information needed to accommodate individuals with disabilities, and any access needs including, but not limited to, the number of students with hearing disabilities, mental disabilities, mobility disabilities and visual disabilities.

Arriving By Bus

Ample free parking is available in the south lot. Groups are asked to ensure that all members of their party are present prior to being seated by an usher.

Theatre Policy

No food or drinks are permitted in The Center Theatre. The use of flash photography or any recording device is prohibited.


Please notify The Center for Rural Development (Attention: School Time Theatre) in writing no later than two weeks before the scheduled performance if your numbers change or if you must cancel your entire group.

After that date, schools are responsible for 100% of the reservation value.


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