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Educational Programs

Class Acts Education Series

Welcome to the Carson Center's 2019-20 Class Acts Education Series! The Class Acts Education Series offers curriculum-based arts programming during the school day for preschool through high school students. Each year the Carson Center strives to bring the world of professional arts programming from national and international theatre companies to you and your students. Class Acts Reservations are accepted throughout the school year from school, homeschool, and community groups. Please make sure to review the policies and procedures below, and note that NO PAYMENT is required at the time of your reservation. For individuals and groups with fewer than 10 students, please contact Andrea James, to reserve your seats directly.



For Information: (270) 443-9932, ext. 235

For Reservations: (270) 443-9932, ext. 212

Email the Director of Education

The Class Acts Education Series runs September through April.  

Click to Read the Policies & Procedures

Available Study Guides can be downloaded from the individual show page. 

  • Friday, January 24, 2020 - 9:30am
  • Friday, January 24, 2020 - 11:30am

To young Lemuel, who has escaped slavery in Georgia, life in Gettysburg is everything he had dreamed it would be. His ideas about the North and the South, as well as what it means to be a free man, are challenged, however, when he unexpectedly befriends Jacob, a young Confederate soldier. The two men may be of different races and on different sides of the Civil War, but they have much to teach each other about bravery and loyalty in ArtsPower’s exciting and suspenseful musical.


Curriculum Connections: Family Relationships, Historical, Language/Communication Skills, Multi-Cultural, Musical, Values-Based



  • Friday, January 31, 2020 - 9:30am
  • Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:30am

Judy Moody and her brother Stink have arrived at ArtsPower! In our newest musical, Judy Moody and Stink, this dynamic sister and brother duo take audiences on a hilarious adventure. As usual, Judy is in a mood. After seeing her classmate’s picture on the front page of the newspaper, Judy wants to be famous and sets off to find fame and happiness. All the while, Stink and his foul-smelling sneakers become a real distraction as he vies for the coveted Golden Clothespin Award. Judy Moody and Stink are the perfect pair for their imperfect capers that lead to fun, mystery, sibling rivalry, and, in the end, true friendship.


Curriculum Connections: Conflict Resolution, Family Relationships, Language/Communication Skills, Literature-Based, Musical, Values-Based



  • Friday, February 14, 2020 - 9:30am
  • Friday, February 14, 2020 - 11:30am

Whatever you do, don’t let The Pigeon star in his own musical production! Because it’s not easy being The Pigeon– you never get to do ANYTHING! But when the Bus Driver has a crisis that threatens to make her passengers (gasp!) late, maybe that wily bird CAN do something. Starring an innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs, and feathers, Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! (The Musical) is sure to get everyone’s wings flapping. With a script written by Mo Willems, the creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling, Caldecott-honor award winning Pigeon picture books, along with longtime collaborator and Disney Jr’s Muppet Babies executive producer, Mr. Warburton, and featuring music by Deborah Wicks La Puma.


Curriculum Connections: Music, Imagination, Creativity, Social Skills



  • Monday, February 24, 2020 - 10:00am

Homer’s The Odyssey is the epic tale of one man’s decade long struggle to return home. One of the most famous tales in world literature, The Odyssey remains an influential and moving portrait of Odysseus’ monumental journey- one fraught with obstacles, dangers, and temptations. A testament to perseverance and the human spirit, The Odyssey was originally performed by highly skilled bards across the ancient Mediterranean world. Aquila Theatre now presents a thrilling new dramatic adaptation of this timeless poem in 2019/2020.
Odysseus is the great strategic mind of the Greek army at Troy. He is at first reluctant to leave his wife Penelope and newborn son to go to battle, but his masterful tricks of deception helps defeat the Trojans and end the ten year-long war. His homecoming is just as long and treacherous as the war itself. As Odysseus sails across the seas, forced to confront a fantastical array of mythical creatures, sorcerers, monsters and divine forces, he must use all his strength, skill, and intellect to survive. When he finally returns home to Ithaca, he comes disguised as a beggar. His own halls are plagued with gluttonous suitors determined to force Penelope to choose a new husband and king. Aquila Theatre’s acclaimed adaptation of Homer’s Iliad: Book One was hailed by The New York Times as “thrillingly embodied” In The Odyssey, Aquila applies its signature style of innovative story-telling and ensemble movement, bringing another of Homer’s classic poems to life.


*Please be advised: The Aquila Theatre production of The Odyssey will include simulated gunshots via audio sound effects and include replica/dummy firearms. 


Curriculum Connections: Greek Mythology, Poetry, Classic Literature, Drama


Workshops Available:

The day before the performance, on Sunday afternoon, 2/23/20, participate in an acting workshop led by Aquila Theatre. Space is limited and reservations are a must. Contact to reserve your spot today!




  • Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 9:30am
  • Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 11:30am

Ms. Greer's classroom includes three inquisitive out-of-the-box thinkers. Rosie Revere has big dreams. Iggy Peck has a relentless passion for architecture. And Ada Twist's curiosity can drive her teacher crazy. A fun new musical based on the books Rosie Revere, Engineer; Iggy Peck, Architect; and Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty, which spotlights the STEM curriculum (focusing on science, technology, engineering and math).


Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts, Music, Science, Technology, Engineering, Math



  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 9:30am

In 1941 Amsterdam, 13-year-old Anne Frank goes into hiding with her family from the Nazis. For the next two years, she never leaves the attic where her family is concealed. With fear of discovery ever present, Anne finds solace writing in her diary, capturing the daily lives of the secret annex’s inhabitants—from the horrors of war to the excitement of first love—with wit, determination, and idealism.
With a multicultural cast, National Players brings the true story of this incredibly insightful young girl that is often read in school to the stage in hopes of inspiring the next generation to stand up for justice rather than sit back in apathy.


Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts, Literature, Writing, History


Workshops Available:

After the show, participate in an acting workshop led by the National Players. Space is limited and reservations are a must. Don't miss this unique experience. Contact to reserve your spot. 



  • Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 9:30am

Banished from the only home she’s ever known, Rosalind escapes to the Forest of Arden with her cousin Celia and their fool Touchstone. While disguised as a man, Rosalind meets fellow outcasts in the forest, including the dashing and lovesick Orlando. Determined to woo him, Rosalind persuades Orlando in her male disguise to win her heart. For only if Orlando loves her as a man will Rosalind know he truly loves her. With a ten-person ensemble, National Players melds classic language with contemporary staging of Shakespeare’s imaginative tale about city folk venturing into the woods. A romantic comedy about girls, boys, losing oneself, and finding oneself again.


Curriculum Connections: Classic Literature, English, Character Development, Arts and Humanities, Drama



  • Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 10:00am

From the beloved book series by Anna Dewdney & new Netflix series! The Bay Area Children's Theatre presents Llama Llama - Live!
Bedtime has never been so exciting! It’s the end of the day for the Llama family. After a long day of adventures at the school and the store, Baby Llama can’t wait to put on his red pajamas. He and his friends the toys are ready to sing and dance their way to sleep...except...they need a bedtime story and a kiss goodnight and a drink of water. But, where’s Mama? This hilarious new musical based on the bestselling books by Anna Dewdney will warm every Llama and Llama Mama’s heart.


Curriculum Connections: Literacy – Reading Comprehension, Active Thinking, Vocabulary, Rhyme; Values and Decision Making; Making Connections to Real Life Scenarios; Emotional Learning



  • Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 9:30am
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 11:30am

Return to Horace B. Smedley School where the Smedley Tornadoes have never won a football game. In fact, they have never even scored a single point! With such a poor record and a team that is out of control, kind-hearted Miss Nelson comes to the rescue when she enlists the help of her alter ego, the ill-tempered Miss Viola Swamp, to coach the team and whip them into shape.
Considered by all to be “the meanest substitute teacher in the whole world,” Coach Swamp applies her trademark discipline to the players’ training, demanding tough exercises and no back talk. In the end, the team changes their attitude, pulls together, sharpens their skills, and manages to win the biggest game of the year.


Curriculum Connections: Language Arts: reading, writing, comprehension, and vocabulary; Math, Emotional and Social Learning: Performing & Visual Arts



  • Friday, April 17, 2020 - 9:30am
  • Friday, April 17, 2020 - 11:30am

One universal element of music is rhythm. Composers and musicians play with elements of musical time, creating patterns of sound and silence that are expressive and exciting. A consistent groove can unite musicians, singers, and audiences in an experience of listening and performing together. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with a professional orchestra, we will discover how the orchestra rocks.


Curriculum Connections: Music, Performance, History, Creativity


Workshops Available:

Paducah Symphony Orchestra will present an "Intstrument Petting Zoo" following the performance featuring a hands on approach to intruments. To make reservations for this workshop, please email after you make your reservation. Space is limited!



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