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School Time Theatre

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre
Written by Hans Christian Andersen
Book by Richard Giersch for Virginia Rep On Tour
New Music, Lyrics and Script Updates/Additions by Jason Marks

Showtimes: Oct. 18, 2022

10:00 AM & 12:00 PM


The classic fable with new music is brought to life in this rendition of Hans Christian Andersen’s story of greed and privilege. When it comes to fashion and… well, everything… this emperor knows it all, or so he thinks! A couple of con artists decide to profit from his bombast, and persuade the emperor that they have the world’s most exquisite fabric. The emperor pays the “tailors” a fortune, but when he goes to inspect his dazzling new wardrobe, the con artists offer a clever trick that ultimately shows the foolishness brought on by the emperor’s “sophistication.” A fun tale that reminds us we must not let fear or pride stop us from speaking up and stating the truth.

Recommended Grades: (2 – 6)

Art, Language Arts, Literary Classic, History, Character Development, Reading

Approximate Running Time: 60 Minutes


TheatreWorksUSA’s production of “Pete the Cat’s Big Hollywood Adventure.”

Music by Will Aronson
Book & Lyrics by Sarah Hammond
Based on the Pete the Cat series of books by Kimberly and James Dean

Showtimes: Oct. 27, 2022

10:00 AM & 12:00 PM

Lights! Camera! Action! When Pete the Cat and his buddy Callie sneak into the Hollywood Studios, they get lost in the world of the movies. Join Pete, Callie, Ethel the Apatosaurus, and Robo-Pete in this rockin’ new musical adventure that features several fun-filled Pete the Cat books including Cavecat Pete, Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map, and The Cool Cat Boogie. 

Recommended  Grades:  Pre-K through 3

Communication and Language Arts, Music, Literature Based, Relationships and Family

Approximate Running Time: 60 Minutes

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Music by Ron Barnett
Book & Lyrics by Douglas Jones
Co produced by the Black  History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia

Showtimes: March 21, 2023
10:00 AM & 12:00 PM

This stirring drama with music is a classic tribute to the great American who freed herself and hundreds of her people from the bonds of slavery.  Her courage helped to change the world.  Share her adventurous life with your students in this accurate and deeply moving musical history lesson.

Recommended Grades (3 – 8) History, Language Arts, Biography, Multicultural, Music, Family Ties, Self-Esteem, Women’s Studies

Approximate Running Time: 45 Minutes

Supports the Teaching of VA SOL:

English 3.1, 3.2, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5, 5.6, 6.2, 6.4, 6.5, 7.1, 7.2, 7.5, 7.6. 8.1, 8.3, 8.5, 8.5

History: 3.7, 3.11, 3.12, VS.1, USI.1, USI.2, USI.8, CE.3


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.


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.

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.