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July 17, 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

2018–2019 School Time Theatre Season

Solve it Cyrus (Musical)

School Time Audience:  Grades 2–5
Public Audience:  All ages

Tuesday, February 5, 2019—10:00 a.m. & 12:00 noon.

Cyrus can solve anything! Whether it be puzzles, mysteries or riddles.  If there’s a problem to be solved, Cy’s your guy! But in this original musical from Stars Within Reach, Cyrus meets his match: Math class.  Come along as Solve it Cyrus and his friends learn the ins and outs of all things math in “The Aftermath of Math Class.” Students and teachers alike will learn what makes math fun in this delightfully charming musical adventure.

Curriculum Connections: 

STEM or STEAM Education System, Mathematics Based, Values Based, Musical, Language/Communication Skills.

Core Content for Assessment & Common Core State Standards:



Solve it Cyrus 10am Reservation Form


Solve it Cyrus 12pm Reservation Form

The Warriors of AniKituhwa from the Museum of the Cherokee Indian

School Time Audience:  Grades K–8
Public Audience:  All ages

Friday, March 22, 2019—10:00 a.m.

The Warriors of AniKituhwa are cultural ambassadors for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, with the Museum of the Cherokee Indian as their sponsor.

This dance group brings to life the Cherokee War Dance and Eagle Tail Dance as described by Lt. Henry Timberlake in 1762. They are designated as official cultural ambassadors by the Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and are sponsored by the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. They have performed at Colonial Williamsburg, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Berlin, Montreal, and throughout the Southeast.

The War Dance was used not only when men went to war, but also when meeting with other nations for diplomacy and peace, and within the Cherokee nation was also used to raise money for people in need. It conveys the strength of the Cherokee nation.

The Warriors of AniKituhwa also perform Cherokee social dances, including the Bear Dance, Beaver Hunting Dance, and Friendship Dance. They talk about the significance of the dances, their clothing, and Cherokee history and culture. They can provide living history demonstrations and programs in flute, storytelling, Cherokee language, beadwork, quillwork, and more.

The Warriors of AniKituhwa from the Museum of the Cherokee Indian 10am Reservation Form


Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun (Musical)

School Time Audience:  Grades PK–4
Public Audience:  All ages

Thursday, May 2, 2019—10:00 a.m. & 12:00 noon.

Having the courage to be who you are is the theme of this wonderful musical based on the book written by Maria Dismondy.  “Lucy, Lucy, eats stinky food that puts us all in a big, bad mood!”  How can Ralph be so mean, Lucy wonders?  Lucy is one of a kind, and Ralph loves to point that out. Lucy’s defining moment comes when Ralph truly needs her help. Because she knows what she stands for, Lucy has the courage to make the right choice. This charming story empowers children to always do the right thing and to be proud of themselves even when they are faced with someone as challenging as Ralph.

Curriculum Connections:  Family Relationships, Anti-Bullying, Literature Based, Values Based, Musical, Language/Communication Skills.

Core Content for Assessment & Common Core State Standards:



Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun 10am Reservation Form


Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun 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.

Sales Tax

Sales tax will be applied to all ticket sales. If you are tax-exempt you will need to provide a tax-exempt certificate before tax can be removed from purchase.


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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