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Educational Programs

Class Acts Education Series

Welcome to the Carson Center's 2018-19 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, ajames@thecarsoncenter.org 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 October through April.  

Click to Read the Policies & Procedures

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

  • Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 9:30am
  • Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 11:30am


When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic interplanetary field trip! But when rivalries both old and new threaten to tear the students apart, our young heroes must learn to pull together or risk getting forever lost in the solar system… Hop on the Magic School Bus for a ride in Theatreworks USA’s new musical adaptation based on the original book series published by Scholastic.

Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Music, Science, Social Studies


  • Friday, March 1, 2019 - 10:00am


The critically acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets. The production faithfully adapts four stories by author/illustrator Eric Carle: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The Very Hungry Caterpillar was first published in 1969 and has delighted generations of readers ever since, selling more than 43 million copies worldwide. Brown Bear, Brown Bear - now celebrating 50 years - has sold more than 16 million copies.

Curriculum Connections: Social Development, Theatre, Reading


  • Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 9:30am
  • Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 11:30am


The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today. The reputation of the company is solidly rooted in a commitment to the highest of production values and an attention to the artistic details that is unparalleled in the art form.  World-renowned impresario Danny Change and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.

Curriculum Connections: World Culture, Performing Arts, Music


  • Friday, March 22, 2019 - 9:30am
  • Friday, March 22, 2019 - 11:30am


When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners - and boy, are they square! Together, they set out on a mission to help Jimmy Biddle conquer second-grade art, and along the way, they both learn a little something new about inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus. 

Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-based, Music, Relationships, Family


  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 9:30am
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 11:30am


A new theatrical production based on the Magic Tree House adventure Stage Fright on a Summer Night by The New York Times bestselling author Mary Pope Osborne.  The show must go on! That’s what Jack and Annie learn when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to Elizabethan England. There, the daring sibling duo meets William Shakespeare himself—one of the greatest writers of all time! Based on the critically-acclaimed book series by Mary Pope Osborne, this tuneful tale is a hip-hop hit with kids and grown-ups alike. 

Curriculum Connections: Music, Theatre, Visual, Reading


  • Friday, April 12, 2019 - 9:30am
  • Friday, April 12, 2019 - 11:30am


Students will have the opportunity to join the orchestra in this highly participatory program, in which they learn to sing and play an instrument in the classroom and then perform a culminating concert with a professional orchestra from their seats at the Carson Center.  This program is part of the Carnegie Hall Link Up program- a national and international music initiative.

Curriculum Connections: Music, Performance


  • Friday, April 19, 2019 - 10:00am

It’s the first day of Flight School, where they teach birds to fly. Penguin has the soul of an eagle and is ready to live on the wind. But he wasn’t built to soar, as the other birds constantly remind him. Penguin’s spirit won’t be grounded. With some friends of a feather, and a little help on the technical parts, Penguin follows his dreams to flip, flap, fly! Flight School The Musical is based on the book Flight School from best-selling author Lita Judge.  Come fly with Penguin at your Carson Center!



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