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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, Sold Out

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

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

The Nutcracker Act II

Showtimes: November 29, 2023, 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 Ages:  All ages

Approximate  Run Time: 50 Minutes

TheaterWorksUSA Production of Charlotte’s Web

Showtimes: February 16th, 2024, Sold Out

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 Ages: Grades K through 6

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

TheaterWorks USA Production of Dog Man: The Musical

Showtimes: April 23rd 2024

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

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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 $6.00 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.

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.


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.

Increasing Reservations

Additional reservations are based on availability.

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.