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COVID-19 General Update

UPDATE: 07.30.21

Welcome Back to Your Carson Center!  Please read for Ticket Buying and Attendance Guidelines:

Performances, concerts, and events are back at The Carson Center For The Performing Arts!

Our team is fully vaccinated and your health and comfort are our priority! We continue to consult CDC guidelines, public health authorities, government officials, and health and safety experts as we carefully monitor health and safety conditions and adopt modified guidelines as necessary.  The State of Kentucky strongly recommends that all patrons be fully vaccinated or obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to entering indoor facilities. 

Ever since we began our phased reopening in May 2020, we have been vigilant in our approach to our COVID-19 health and safety protocols.  Based on recent trends and guidance, The Carson Center will be making adjustments to these measures, which may continue to change at any time without notice. 

If you are purchasing a ticket or plan to attend an event at The Carson Center, the following measures are now in place:

  • All patrons (age 5 and up) must wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when indoors regardless of vaccination status.  
  • Face coverings are optional in outdoor common areas for all patrons. 
  • Please do not plan to attend an event, performance, or concert at The Carson Center unless you are free of any COVID-19 symptoms and otherwise comply with the requirements of such advisories and restrictions.  

Note: Depending on the restrictions imposed on us by touring artists, shows, and rental events, we reserve the right to require that all patrons be vaccinated and show proof of vaccination before entering.  

As always, our procedures may change as we continue to follow guidance from the CDC, State of Kentucky, and local health officials, so check back to this page for the latest updates.



UPDATE: 05.25.21


May 25, 2021

We look forward to a full reopening by early fall. Soon, we will announce our 2021-2022 Broadway Season!  Subscriptions will go on sale to select groups on June 15 and to the public on June 30. Tickets to individual shows will go on sale in late August. We have two concerts and several outdoor movies on sale now.

The Carson Center for the Performing Arts is committed to the health and safety of our guests, artists, volunteers and staff. While we begin to ramp up in preparation for late summer/fall shows, our building remains at modified capacity for private and stage events. We will remain at partial capacity until city, state and national guidelines allow us to fully reopen.

We continue our cost-saving measures by staying conservative in our spending as we work to secure a positive future for The Carson Center. 60% of our full and part-time employees are back working with us in some capacity. We look forward to growing our team in the coming months to better serve you as you return for great events and performances.

While we continue to ramp back up, our Mission is to welcome you and serve you with consistently superior arts and cultural experiences. We are finding multiple ways to promote the arts and share the joy of the arts within our community and region. These include Movies by Moonlight, Concerts on the Lawn, Yappy Hour concerts with your canine friends, dinner theater, and signature fundraising events. Soon, we will once again present main stage concerts, Broadway musicals, arts-education programming for all ages and other entertainment.  Learn more through our social media platforms, which continue to engage patrons with new content Check for updates on our website, always making sure that you are visiting We issue “Backstage” e-newsletters. To be added to this distribution, email

Please note: Events taking place after August 1, 2021, are being planned at full capacity, subject to applicable laws and governmental approval. We will continue to closely follow CDC and other government guidelines as we have done throughout the pandemic.  Currently, at least until June 11, 2021, masks are required to be worn by all patrons while inside The Carson Center unless actively eating and drinking. Other COVID-19 related health protocols may be in effect at the time of performances.  We respectfully reserve the right to unilaterally make changes to protocols according to updated guidance and applicable laws. Future updates will be provided to ticket holders prior to performances and events. Any ticket holder not complying with any of our COVID-19 related health protocols may be required to leave our theater or our other event spaces. In such cases, tickets will not be refunded. Guests with accessibility questions or who require additional assistance related to the venue’s COVID-19 policies are encouraged to email  or call (270) 450.4444.

We remain committed to planning and presenting “the great that awaits” in a safe and comfortable environment for you! 




UPDATE 4.21.2021 The Carson Center for The Performing Arts is open for events and performances at 50% capacity or the maximum number of individuals that permits appropriate physical distancing per the Kentucky Governor's Healthy at Work Guidelines (4.19.21).  All events will require physical distancing, facial coverings, and handwashing/sanitizing.  Since March 13, 2020, The Carson Center has made upgrades to air filtration and ventilation to increase the delivery of clean air and dilute potential contaminants.  Your safety and good health are our priorities.  

We are both scheduling or are already on sale with performances that will take place after August 1, 2021.  These performances will be sold at 100% capacity in hopes that restrictions will be lifted and we can be fully operating by the scheduled performance date.  Should public health and safety guidelines prohibit The Carson Center from presenting any performance at full capacity in its theatre, the concert will be rescheduled to a time when public health and safety guidelines allow such capacity.  The Kentucky Governor's policy on masks will follow current state and health guidelines in place at the time of the concert.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 12:15pm
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