2017-2018 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.

Reservations are accepted online at www.centertech.com.  Admission is $4 per person for each performance.

Schools and individuals planning to attend an upcoming School Time Theatre performance are encouraged to reserve their seats well in advance, due to the popularity and demand for some of this season’s shows.



October 23 | 10 AM & 12 PM

Imagine Geppetto’s surprise when the puppet he carves from a most unusual piece of wood suddenly springs to life! The wooden boy named Pinocchio becomes like a son to the kindly old wood carver who provides him with a loving home. But the mischievous and somewhat ungrateful Pinocchio has other ideas and sets off on a series of fantastical adventures. Along the way he learns valuable lessons that lead him back home to Geppetto and earn him the thing he most desires – to be a real boy. Based on the novel by Carlo Collodi. 

Thematic Connections:  Family Ties, Folk Tales, Reading, Self-Esteem.


My Father's Dragon
November 10 | 10 AM & 12 PM

When nine-year old Elmer Elevator hears about a baby dragon that is held captive by the ferocious animals of Wild Island, he sets off on an adventure to rescue the dragon and return him home. With the help of his friend the Alley Cat, Elmer packs everything he thinks he’ll need – including chewing gum, two dozen lollipops, seven hair ribbons and a box of rubber bands! With pluck and ingenuity Elmer makes his way to the Island, outwits the wild animals and saves Boris the dragon. But can they find their way back home? With talking animals, a daring rescue, a flying dragon, buried treasure and lots of humor throughout, this fabulous adventure is brought to the stage using puppets, masks, inventive scenic effects and original music.

Thematic Connections:  Literature, Visual Arts & Drawing, Performing Arts, Language, Reading, Creative Writing, Storytelling.


Chocolate Milk, Por Favor! The Musical
March 19 | 10 AM & 12 PM

Celebrating diversity with empathy is the strong message delivered in this exciting new musical based on the book by Maria Dismondy. Johnny is a big fan of school but that all changes when the new kid, Gabe arrives. Gabe doesn’t speak any English and that doesn’t stop Johnny from going out of his way to be unkind. What will Johnny do when Gabe starts to make new friends? Will he join the fun of making a new friend or turn the other way? Johnny realizes a powerful message in this story where student differences are celebrated. 

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


Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live!
April 18 | 10 AM & 12 PM

Get ready for the ultimate play-date that was 65 million years in the making as Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides you on a breathtaking tour that begins in pre-historic Australia. You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazing life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain while stimulating the imagination. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE’s puppets are so extraordinarily realistic you may feel the urge to run and hide!

Thematic Connections:  Life Science, Natural History & Paleontology, Asking Questions, Making Observations, Forming Hypothesis, Investigation & Exploring the Natural World, Drawing Conclusions and Sharing Findings with Others.