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Olate Dogs
The Olate Dogs are the winning participants from Season 7 of America’s Got Talent, capturing the $1,000,000 prize. Since that day, their lives have been a non-stop roller-coaster! Led by father Richard Olate and his son Nicholas Olate, the Olate Dogs are a high-energy, fast-paced act filled with doggy friendly and amazing pet tricks. The all-new LIVE theatrical show includes the infamous jumping rope, twirling spinning, and fun-loving Olate Dogs made famous on NBC’s America’s Got Talent… but there’s much more. With a doggy fashion show, a classic comedic routine by Richard Olate, music by Nicholas Olate, the Olate Dogs show is fun for kids of all ages.

September 21, 2017


All Grades
Join us for this action filled journey of light and sound as we join a group of young adults who thrive to the beat of life in a city of glowing colors and heart-pounding musical tempos. Literally glowing in the dark, iLuminate first seared itself into the eyes of millions on NBC’s America's Got Talent. The group’s jaw-dropping fusion of technology and choreography uses special light suits that baffle audience members by enabling the performers to disappear, reappear, and seemingly levitate. Music, art, and the technological magic of iLuminate bring you a story of adventure and romance conveyed by array of dance styles from contemporary to popping to breaking expressed through a glowing visual design.

October 5, 2017


All Ages
The Money Tree
When Shasta’s father loses his job, she is devastated to learn that plans for her upcoming birthday party must be significantly downsized. As the story progresses, Shasta and Simon meet a mysterious Traveler who gives them a seed that will make a tree grow leaves of money. Through a truly magical journey, the two ultimately learn that being a loyal friend is worth more than a big party or having all the latest toys. In the end – our friends, family, and imaginations are truly our greatest assets. This production introduces elementary school audiences to beginning notions related to financial literacy, explores the idea of “needs vs. wants,” and affirms the power of imagination and creativity.

October 26, 2017


Grades K-6
Letters Home
Letters Home puts the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq front and center by bringing to life actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East -- and by their families. Without politicizing, the play gives audiences a powerful portrait of the soldier experience in the ongoing war. These letters were written under the most difficult circumstances: the rigors of training, uncertainty of deployment, separation of family and loved ones, combat, and occupation duties in Afghanistan and Iraq. One theme seems to unite their diverse voices – the belief that the person standing beside you is more important than you are. This production also helps to define patriotism for the audience, and what it means to serve our country today – through acts of bravery, compassion, social responsibility, sense of community, and brotherhood. The play reveals the humanity that lies within the war as seen through the eyes of the men and women fighting it. The initial production was critically acclaimed and was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for “Outstanding New Play.”

November 2, 2017


Grades 6-12
My Father's Dragon
Based on the beloved book series by Ruth Stiles Gannett, My Father’s Dragon comes to life on stage complete with talking animals, a daring rescue, a flying dragon, buried treasure, and lots of humor throughout this fabulous adventure. Enchantment Theatre Company and the Carson Center are delighted to bring you the story of a compassionate and courageous young boy and his unlikely friendship with a splendid yellow and blue striped dragon. When nine-year old Elmer Elevator hears about a baby dragon who 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? As they travel over the ocean they get lost in a storm and discover a magical island of escaped canaries. The resourceful Elmer helps the canaries overcome their “curiosity disease” and uncover a stash of hidden riches. With bags of gold and the canaries’ blessings, the dauntless duo at last returns home.

November 6, 2017


Grades K-5
Alice in Wonderland
An Alice for our time: a precocious girl falls into a fantastic world of extravagant characters where little makes sense. To find her way, Alice charts a topsy turvy course where every turn means a new adventure. In this 21st-century staging: cameras, projection, and puppets help to tell the story of Alice’s journey through Wonderland. The National Players have adapted the classic Lewis Carroll novel, to bring Alice’s story to life in modern day terms. The National Players are America’s longest running touring theatre company, now in their 68th season. y

January 16, 2018


Grades 6-12
Skatetacular Dreams on Ice
Join an all-star cast of world famous professional ice skaters, singers, dancers, and cirque acts as they glide across the stage in an ice experience like no other. Introducing Skateacular Dreams On Ice: the first ever ALL ORIGINAL live sung ice musical. Follow the cast as they dream through the seasons in search for eternal winter, but beware nothing is more powerful than your imagination. For in a moment you could be skating right into a fiery solstice or winter storm. It’s up to the audience to help Ella find her path back to her winter dream. This new age ice show is a great interactive show for everyone. Featuring a wonderful storyline that is sure to connect with all audiences worldwide. An amazing mix of the music of today with a twist of cirque and comedy.

January 18, 2018


All Grades
Go, Dog. Go!
Go, Dog. Go! brings the adventures of P.D. Eastman's book to life in a frolicking musical dog party. The cast of this beloved preschool favorite has gone to the dogs – with cars, hats, audience participation, and even a wild game of ball as this hilarious visual spectacle manages to sneak in some important lessons about life between innings. Go, Dog. Go! is a musical romp full of surprises, color, clowning, vaudeville, singing/barking, and of course, six lovable dogs!

January 22, 2018


Grades PreK-3
Mr. Molecule's Bing, Bang, Boom! Science Show
When Mr. Molecule unleashes the power and excitement of science – Bing! Bang! Boom! - he creates an explosion of learning that K-8 kids can't resist. Students are astonished to see the fantastic 12-foot tall Foam Monster, the impossible Balloons in Orbit, and the hysterically funny Bernoulli TP Challenge – all based on essential science principles. Mr. Molecule's totally awesome Bing, Bang, Boom Science Show is a whole new way for kids to discover science and experience the joy of learning!

February 15, 2018


Grades K-8
Night. A small house on a modest street. A teenage girl prepares for bed. While to her parents she is still a little girl, she longs for her independence. With nowhere for her thoughts to go but into her dreams, she sleeps – only to wake to something incredible lurking behind her bedroom wall — her shadow. Walls spin, darkness swallows the girl, and she’s off on a journey into Shadowland— searching for a way out. Thus begins Shadowland, a signature Pilobolus performance that -- with the fluid logic of a dream, the grace of an acrobatic dance, the humor of a child’s cartoon diversion, and the heart of a love story – celebrates the strange and wonderful power of the dark to show us who we are in unexpected and utterly thrilling ways.

March 1, 2018


Grades 3-12
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Painter and decorator by day, Mr. Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep and a penguin waddles out! With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this delightful, action packed musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater's popular book is the perfect theatrical treat!

March 6, 2018


Grades K-5
Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny
This production is an innovative double bill adaptation of Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd's beloved bedtime classics: GOODNIGHT MOON and THE RUNAWAY BUNNY. GOODNIGHT MOON is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while THE RUNAWAY BUNNY's pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. Both tales feature endearing rabbit characters. Soothing rhythms of bunny banter and dream-like imagery never fail to infuse young readers with a reassuring sense of security and peace. Whimsical puppetry and evocative original music will bring a new sense of appreciation to stories that have delighted several generations.

March 9, 2018


Grades PreK-3
Huck & Tom and The Mighty Mississippi
Huck and Tom and the Mighty Mississippi introduces the audience to the characters, setting, humor, and humanity of Mark Twain’s most famous novels: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn . The greatest young adventurers in American literature spring to life in this footstompin’ musical. Selected scenes from the novels form the basis of this musical play and introduce us to some of the most legendary adventures and characters in all of American literature. Join Huckleberry, Tom, Jim, Becky Thatcher, Aunt Polly, and all the residents and rapscallions of Hannibal, Missouri, as they explore the majestic river that defined their lives, tested their souls, and carried their spirit into the heart of America.

March 12, 2018


Grades 2-8
Othello is a celebrated general returning home from the wars, but his dark skin and foreign origin inspire hatred from several people, especially the man he trusts most: Iago. As Iago twists Othello’s love for his wife Desdemona, everyone becomes pawns in Iago’s devious plots. The classic tale of identity, bigotry, and deceit is examined with contemporary clarity, combining Shakespeare’s language with modern clothing to transform the drama into a powerful story America today.

March 29, 2018


Grades 7-12
PSO - Around the World with Music
Explore the marvelous diversity of the world through music! Learn how various cultures have contributed to the inspiring music that brings the peoples of different countries together while celebrating their individual treasured heritages. The Carson Center is pleased to present this special performance of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra as part of our Class Acts Education Series.

April 13, 2018


Grades 3-12
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
Bedtime is approaching and this team of construction vehicles needs to get some rest. But: Crane Truck is getting cranky, Cement Mixer takes too long with bath time, and Dump Truck just isn't sleepy! Excavator and Bulldozer find that preparing for bed is a job in itself! Will they ever get some shut-eye before tomorrow's day of work? A world premiere musical based upon the best-selling book!

April 26, 2018


Grades PreK-3
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