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Class Acts Education Series 2022-2023

 Welcome Back! 

The Class Acts Education programming for schools will resume this October! Each school year, The Carson Center welcomes close to 22,000 students in Pre-K through 12th grades to the theatre for school day programming.  Students bus in from local schools and from schools in outlying counties in Western Kentucky, Southern Illinois, Missouri, and Tennessee to experience live performing arts that complement their curriculum, expose them to arts and culture, and reinforce classroom learning.  Homeschools and seniors are welcome too!  After taking a break from field trips during the pandemic, students and schools are ready to return to The Carson Center, and we cannot wait to welcome them!

The 2022-2023 Class Acts Education Series will include stage performances based on favorite children's literature including Junie B. Jones, Pete The Cat, The Lightning Thief, and Llama Llama.  Older students will enjoy seeing Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice as well as all 7 Harry Potter books being brought to life on the stage.  The Peking Acrobats will delight and amaze audiences of all ages, while the Paducah Symphony Orchestra will get audiences rocking to classical music.


To make a reservation, click HERE


Read below about a grant opportunity!


TranspARTation Grant

This grant program enables Kentucky teachers and schools to provide their students with high quality arts experiences by funding transportation to programs provided by organizations in the TranspARTation Directory. Schools may apply for a grant based on the roundtrip mileage from their building to the facility and the number of buses necessary.

Funds are distributed on a reimbursement basis using the following formula: Roundtrip mileage from school to facility x $2 x number of buses = reimbursement amount (e.g., 55 miles roundtrip x $2 x 3 buses = $330).

Application Deadlines:
August 1, 2022 (for field trips October 1, 2022 - April 30, 2023)
October 31, 2022 (for field trips January 1, 2023 - April 30, 2023)

Who May Apply?

Any teacher at a Kentucky public or private school that supports preschool through grade 12.

 For more information or assistance:

 Samuel Lockridge


Arts Education Director, Kentucky Arts Council



  • Friday, April 14, 2023 - 9:30am
  • Friday, April 14, 2023 - 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 The Paducah Symphony Orchestra, we will discover how the orchestra rocks. Orchestras across the country and around the world are taking part in Link Up. The Paducah Symphony Orchestra is one of more than 100 national and international organizations chosen for this program, provided by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. The PSO will provide professional development to local music teachers throughout the school year using high-quality program materials developed by Carnegie Hall. This instructional support enables teachers to prepare students for the concert, where they will have the opportunity to apply the musical concepts they have studied.

  • Tuesday, April 18, 2023 - 10:00am
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - 10:00am


PLAYING TO SOLD OUT HOUSES all over the world, the Olivier Award nominated POTTED POTTER – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. Even if you don’t know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, POTTED POTTER will make you roar with laughter. Created by two-time Olivier Award-nominated actors Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, Potted Potter is perfect for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed).

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