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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead
DATES:  11/21/19 at 7:30 pm, 11/23/10 at 2:00 pm

Enjoy a play at CTC featuring the next generation of top theatre talents working with a professional production team.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard, directed by Jennifer Pennington
In this groundbreaking comedy, two fringe characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet find themselves pulled inexorably, hilariously, through the many plots and twists of this tragedy. Entangled but disposable, questioning their luck and killing time, the two are left wondering if there might have been a moment, after all, when everything could have gone differently. Recommended Ages: 11 and up

Reservation required. Click HERE to reserve your seat!

Pride and Prejudice
DATES: 1/18/20 at 2:00 pm, 1/23/20 at 7:30 pm, 1/25/20 at 2:00 pm

Enjoy a play at CTC featuring the next generation of top theatre talents working with a professional production team.

Pride and Prejudice adapted by Janet Munsil from the novel by Jane Austen, directed by Charlie Sexton
A delightful comedy of manners written just over 200 years ago, this beloved classic of British literature captures the social adventures of the Bennet sisters. Janet Munsil’s adaptation brings to life the romance and wit of the independent-minded Elizabeth Bennet and enigmatic Mr. Darcy as they spar for family, friendship, and love. Recommended Ages: 11 and up

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The Secret Garden
DATE: 2/13/20 at 7:30 pm

Enjoy a play based on a beloved children’s classic great for the family at CTC, featuring the Young Company of the Walden Theatre Conservatory

The Secret Garden adapted by Pamela Sterling from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, directed by Meg Caudill
Young Mary Lennox is sent to the moors of Yorkshire to live with her uncle after her parent’s death in India. Encouraged by the warmhearted maid Martha and her brother Dickon, she explores the grounds and discovers a forgotten garden. This joyous story about the blossoming of the earth and the human spirit is a delight for the imagination. Performed by intermediate actors from the Walden Theatre Conservatory’s Young Company. Recommended Ages: 7 and up

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StoryTime Theatre – Legends: On the Trail of Daniel Boone
DATE: 3/28/20 at 2:00 pm

Enjoy a family-friendly play at CTC featuring professional actors in a play for younger audiences by the Blue Apple Outreach Touring Company.

Storytime Theatre – Legends: On the Trail of Daniel Booneby Mera Kathryn Corlett
Three students hike the woods of Iroquois park in a search for evidence of the real Daniel Boone. Along the trail, they investigate fact vs. legend as they entertain themselves with the bold stories of the Kentucky frontiersman. The performance + Q&A session grows comprehension of literary genre. Show features a set & props hand-made from familiar objects, demonstrating that resourcefulness is a gateway to creative expression. Recommended Ages: PreK and up

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Young American Shakespeare Festival
DATES: 5/9/20 at 2:00 PM,  5/10/20 at 2:00 PM,  5/12/20 at 7:30 PM,  5/13/20 at 7:30 PM, 5/14/20 at 7:30 PM

Plays in 2020 include Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing plus Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters. Enjoy a play at CTC featuring the next generation of top theatre talents.

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, directed by Jennifer Pennington
Bickering lovers, scheming villains, hapless officials, and mistaken identity abound in this comedy – one of Shakespeare’s most popular and beloved – perhaps best known for the unforgettable romantic duo of Beatrice and Benedick.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare, directed by Charlie Sexton
Hamlet’s father, the king, is dead. And his uncle Claudius has hastily married the queen and seized the throne. Fuelled by vengeance and eager to expose the usurper, the prince returns to Denmark and sets in motion a web of events that lead to madness, exile, and death for almost every major player.

The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, directed by Mera Kathryn Corlett
When wily Truffaldino finds himself with the chance to serve two masters at the same time, he wildly miscalculates the demands that will be placed on him. It’s double the money, but double the work and double the trouble – and his success depends on a delicate dance of disguises, identities, and (worst of all) love.

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LOUISVILLE BALLET

Kentucky! Volume One

DATE: 4/4/20 at 2:00pm
Join Louisville Ballet at the Kentucky Center for a mesmerizing performance of Kentucky! Volume One, part of the 19-20 Season of Imagination.
The first of a three-part ballet cycle, Kentucky! Vol.1 weaves together the past and present story of the commonwealth. Rooted in history, and leaning towards the romantic, this production explores human connection and resilience through four families as they intersect and thread through each other’s lives for generations. A Kentucky-based creative team brings music by Scott Moore, scenic designs by Letitia Quesenberry, costumes by Alexandra Ludwig, dramaturgy by Natalie Harris, and lighting designs by Jesse Alford.
Recommended Ages: 5 and up
Two free tickets to a select Saturday matinee performance will be provided for each Cultural Pass holder (one for the holder and one for a chaperone). Seating is limited to Grand Tier and Balcony.
Pre-registration is required.
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Moving Stories for Families
DATE: 4/19/20, 11:00 am to 12:00pm
Louisville Ballet will present Moving Stories for Families. During this Community Engagement program, artists from the Louisville Ballet will lead participants on a journey into the world of dance. Program content includes an introduction to the fundamentals of ballet and a short interactive performance. Participants gain an understanding of how dance can tell stories and explore thematic concepts all while enjoying an up-close and personal experience in Louisville Ballet’s downtown studios! Recommended Ages: all ages
Two free tickets will be provided for each Cultural Pass holder (one for the holder and one for a chaperone). Seating is limited. Pre-registration is required. Click here to visit Louisville Ballet’s website for more details:

ACTORS THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE

Fifth Third Bank’s A Christmas Carol
11/23/2019 at 5:00 pm (ALL CULTURAL PASS TICKETS FOR THIS PERFORMANCE HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED)
Celebrate the warmth of the holidays with Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future in this delightful take on an old favorite. A beloved family tradition for more than four decades, Actors Theatre’s rendition of Dickens’ classic tale is brought to new life with visual splendor and joyous music. Recommended Ages: 5 and up
Two free tickets will be provided to each Cultural Pass holder (one for the holder and one for a chaperone). Seating is limited.

KENTUCKY OPERA

Cinderella en España
Community Performance

Date: 12/15/19 at 5:30 pm

Hosted at the Frazier History Museum, 829 W. Main St. Louisville, KY, 40202

Cinderella en España sets the action in the culturally vibrant coastal city of Barcelona, providing a bilingual backdrop to this deceptively simple story about the beauty of kindness and the ugliness of mistreating others.

Recommended for PreK and up. This fully staged and costumed production is performed with five singers and live keyboard accompaniment. Running time is 50 minutes with a Q&A following the performance.
No charge for Cultural Pass holders and one accompanying adult per youth. Additional $8 tickets available. General admission seating. Available until sold out.

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The Marriage of Figaro: Overture Program
DATE: 2/12/20 at 7:00 pm

Final Dress Rehearsal

Date: 2/12/20 at 7:00 pm

Hosted at the Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202

Witness the redemptive power of friendship as Mozart takes audiences on an adventure of love and deception. Learn more about The Marriage of Figaro. Join Kentucky Opera in the final dress rehearsal of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. As part of the Overture Program, students experience a rare, behind-the-scenes exploration of a working theatre as they observe rehearsals and hear insights into the production process.

No charge for Cultural Pass holders and one accompanying adult per youth. RSVP required.

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Louisville Free Public Library

Nutcracker Family Storytimes

Children of all ages and their families are invited to one of six special Nutcracker Family Storytimes with Louisville Ballet. The events feature a Louisville Ballet dancer reading the classic holiday story The Nutcracker, followed by Nutcracker-inspired crafts and activities. PLUS, one lucky family at each storytime will receive 4 tickets to see Louisville Ballet’s production of The Brown-Forman Nutcracker.

Join us for Nutcracker Family Storytimes at these library locations:
Northeast Regional Library, Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 p.m.
South Central Regional Library, Monday, November 25, 6:30 p.m.
Southwest Regional Library, Monday, December 2, 6:30 p.m.
St. Matthews Library, Tuesday, December 3, 6:30 p.m.
Iroquois Library, Wednesday, December 4, 6:30 p.m.

No need to RSVP in advance. But, please bring your School Year Cultural Pass to be recorded upon entry.

 

Kentucky Shakespeare

Kentucky Shakespeare presents
Shakespeare in the Libraries: Hamlet
Kentucky Shakespeare tours brings a free one-hour performance of HAMLET for young audiences to ten Louisville Free Public Library branches. It’s a fun and free opportunity for families throughout the city to experience this accessible and creative take on Shakespeare’s most famous play. It follows Prince Hamlet as he returns home to discover “something’s rotten in the state of Denmark.” Our fun and fast-paced Two-Actor HAMLET highlights self-worth, relationship dynamics, the consequences of acting on vengeance, and finding help in times of isolation or vulnerability. The program is made possible thanks to a Louisville Metro External Agency Fund Grant.

Join us for Shakespeare in the Libraries: Hamlet at these library locations:

-Highlands/Shelby Park Library, Thursday, November 21, 3:30 p.m.
-Jeffersontown Library, Wednesday, December 4, 7:00 p.m.
-Iroquois Library, Saturday, December 7, 1:00 p.m.
-Southwest Library, Saturday, December 14, 2:00 p.m.
-Western Library, Thursday, December 19, 6:00 p.m.