Youth Education Series | Paramount Arts Center

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Youth Education Series
2019-20 Season

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One of the core commitments of the Paramount Arts Center is to provide arts education programming that expands the horizons of the public and nurtures community talent. Emphasizing this idea, 75 percent of Paramount programs include an educational component. During our 2018/19 season, Paramount arts education activities enriched the lives of nearly 60,0000 children. In fact, the Paramount’s Youth Education Series provides many area children with their first professional performing arts experience.

Each year, our Paramount Players Program gives hundreds of children the opportunity to nurture their talents on and off stage. For those that may or may not be ready for the stage, our Kids Summer Arts Camp program is a perfect mentoring and traning opportunity. To ensure these programs are accessible to all, no child is ever turned away due to financial need. The Youth Education Series is proudly sponsored by Marathon Petroleum Company. The Youth Education Series is co-sponsored and funded by the Paramount Woman’s Association, a volunteer organization dedicated to the support of the Paramount and its programs. Members of the PWA serve as ushers and assist in the funding, coordination and administration of the Youth Education Series.

The Paramount Arts Center is an approved TranspARTation Grant site! Get a Grant to bring your students to a Paramount Arts Center program!

What is it?

The TranspARTation Grant enables Kentucky teachers & schools to offer students quality arts experiences by providing transportation funding. Grants will be based on the mileage from the school building to the arts organization or performance venue and the number of buses necessary. There is a minimum grant amount of $100.

Who’s Eligible?

Any Kentucky school, public or private, that supports grades pre-K through 12 may apply.

What’s the deadline to apply?

The deadline for applications is August 30, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time. The TranspARTation grant program begins October 1, 2019 and ends June 30, 2020.

How do I apply?

Log into the Kentucky Arts Center website,, and click on the “Grants” section. Follow the directions for the TranspARTation grant application.

You Can Be A Star

This marks the 3rd year of the successful “You Can Be a Star” program – made possible by our Arts Immersion grant. Introduce your students to the magic of theatre, dance and music with a two-week residency consisting of two teaching artists from the Paramount Arts Center. Schools pick a particular grade level or segment of the student body to participate (maximum of 50 students per residency).

Trained teaching artists will visit each day for 90 minutes over a 2 week period. Skills that are explored include: reading music, singing, dance and creative movement, acting, stage terminology, costumes and makeup, sets and props as well as teamwork, problem-solving skills and creativity.

Residencies end with a 10-15 minute performance that can be scheduled during the school day, during an existing event such as a PTA meeting, showcase night, performance for parents, or even a performance onstage at the Paramount. The residency aligns with core components of arts education for students. The fall semester will be for grades 2 – 5 and will feature lessons built around the show Madagascar Jr. and the spring semester will be for 2nd – 6th grades and will use the script of Honk Jr.

The residencies are available FREE OF CHARGE (based on availability) for schools who have a high percentage of students on the free and reduced school lunch program, schools that are classed as economically disadvantaged or schools that have a shortage of arts resources.

Reserve your residency now by emailing

Reservation Process

Email with the following information: Name of show, performance time, teacher name, grade level, school, school mailing address, email address, phone number, number of students, number of adults (including any parents you anticipate) and any special seating requirements you may have. 

  • If you have parents that wish to attend the performance, you should include their number with your other adults when you make your reservation. Otherwise, seating with your group may not be possible. Parents can still pay separately when you arrive.
  • Please make sure that any special needs have been noted on your reservation form or email request. It is critical for our staff to have advance notice of access issues or any other special accommodations.
  • The Paramount will allow 1 free teacher for every 15 students. Parents and other teachers are welcome to attend (space permitting), but must pay admission. Invoices will be emailed to teachers approximately two weeks prior to a scheduled performance.
  • Seating is limited. If you need to change your seat count, please do so as far in advance as possible. If you are decreasing your number, you must do so at least two weeks prior to the performance. In the event of a sell-out, additional seats may not be available. If your group exceeds the number of seats you have reserved, we cannot guarantee seating or that your group will be seated together.
  • Payments may be made in advance by check, cash, credit card or purchase order. We also accept payment when you arrive for the show. Upon arrival at the PAC, one teacher should bring all paperwork and payment to the box office.
  • All checks and purchase orders should be made payable to the PAC. If you are paying with cash, please make sure it is clearly labeled with the school name, teacher name and amount enclosed. If parents are paying individually, please ask them to provide exact change or small bills.
  • Cancellations: If you must cancel, please notify the PAC in writing no less than 2 weeks before the performance. Cancellations not made at least 14 days in advance will be charged a 50% cancellation fee. No Exceptions.
  • Refunds will only be issued if your school was not in session the day of a show or transportation is unavailable due to inclement weather. “No shows” will be expected to pay. If you fail to comply, future reservations will require payment 30 days in advance.
  • Bus procedures: Plan to arrive at the theatre 30 minutes in advance. A Paramount volunteer will give you instructions and lead you to your seating. After the performance, your group will be released to exit based on your bus location in the parking lot.
  • Access services: All performances are wheelchair accessible; a sign language interpreter can be provided for most performances with two weeks advance notication. Please let us know you need these services at the time you make your reservation. Schools are always welcome to bring their own interpreter.
  • The Paramount believes every child, regardless of economic situation, should have the opportunity to join his or her classmates for a performance at the Paramount. To apply for scholarships, please contact


For more information and to book your reservations please contact Melanie Cornelison at 606.324.3175 x311 or email

Upcoming Shows

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September 10th, 2019: Beautiful Boy (Rated R): Film and Panel Discussion

September 17th, 2019: Paramount Players Kids! Present: Frozen Jr

October 10th, 2019: Paul G. Blazer: The Man Behind The Legend

October 16th, 2019: Paramount Players Present: You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

October 31, 2019: Paramount Players Present: Carrie: The Musical

November 21st-25th, 2019: Festival of Trees and Trains

December 6th, 2019: Ashland Youth Ballet Presents: A Christmas Fantasy

December 19th & 20th, 2019: Paramount Players Present:The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

January 15th, 2020: Heroes 4 Higher

January 23rd, 2020: Bichini Bia Congo

January 23rd, 2020: Bichini Bia Congo Master Class & Workshop

February 11th, 2020: Paramount Players Kids! Present: Junie B. Jones JR.

March 2nd, 2020: ARTSPOWER! National Touring Theatre Presents: Chicken Dance

March 12th, 2020: Paramount Players Present: Mamma Mia!

March 24th, 2020: Bay Area Children’s Theatre Present: Llama, Llama Live!

Beautify Boy (Rated R):

Film and Panel Discussion
Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 at 9:30AM

Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapes, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.

Panel discussion will be held following film to discuss the impact of addiction not only on those suffering addiction, but also their families and others. Discussion will center on panelists experiences of loved ones experiencing addiction, resources avaliable for support, and how we can cultivate within our schools and communities a culture of support. Students will also have an opportunity to ask questions and share reflections.

Cost: Free

Grades: 11-12

Running Time: 2+Hours + Panel Discussion

Rated ‘R; For:

  • Mild Sex & Nudity
  • Violence/Gore
  • Profanity
  • Alcohol, Drugs, and Smoking
  • Frightening/Intense Scenes

Curriculum Connections:

  • Susbtance Abuse Education
  • Mental Health

Paramount Players Kids Present: Frozen Jr.

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 at 9:30 AM and 11:30AM

Frozen Jr. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production. A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discoter the hidden potential and powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and pletny of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

Cost: $6 
Grades: Pre K-7
Running Time: 1 hour

Curriculum Connections:

  • Friendship
  • Perseverence
  • Musical Theatre

Paul G. Blazer: The Man Behind The Legend

Thursday, October 10th, 2019 at 9:30AM

Ashland’s history was greatly impacted when Paul G. Blazer founded Ashland Refining Co. in 1924. By the time he retired, it was Kentucky’s largets corporation. The business was just one of Blazer’s contributions. He was very active in education, development of community’s recreational and cultural facilities, and was a lifelong proponent of racial equality. Paul’s generosity was greatly responsible for the development of Kentucky Educational Television, one of the first statewide ETV networks in the nation. The Paul Blazer story is an inspiration for all. The film is produced by Ashland native and 7-time Emmy winner David E. Carter, who will answer questions about the film at The Paramount showing.
This is presented jointly by The Paramount and Kentucky Highlands Museum & Discovery Center.

Cost: $6 
Grades: 7-12
Running Time: 1 Hour

Curriculum Connections:

  • Local History
  • Film Making

Paramount Players Present: You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 at 9:30AM and 11:30AM

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a day made up of little moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of friends (both human and non-human) and strung together on the string of a single day, from bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening. Sally Brown joins Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, and Snoopy in this charming revue of vignettes and songs. Songs include “Beethoven Day”, “My New Philosophy”, “My Blanket and Me”, “The Baseball Game”, “Little Known Facts”, “Suppertime”, “The Book Report”, and “Happiness”.

This production is made possible through special arrangement with Tams-Witmark.

Cost: $6 
Grades: Pre K- 8
Running Time: 1 Hour

Curriculum Connections: 
Musical Theatre.

Paramount Players Present: Carrie: The Musical (Rated R)

Thursday, October 31st, 2019 at 9:30AM

Music by Michael Gore
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Book by Lawrence D. Cohen
Based on the novel by Stephen King

Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she’s an outcast who is bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie just discovered she has a special power, and, if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it.

Note: This production is Rated R. It conatins profanity and mature content

Cost: $7 
Grades: 9-12
Running Time: 2.5 hours

Curriculum Connections: 
Musical Theatre

Festival of Trees and Trains

Thursday, November 21st- 22nd and Monday, November 25th, 2019.
Tour times: 9:00AM-2:00PM
Sensory hour: Friday, November 29th at 11:00AM

The Festival of Trees and Trains is a ten day annual event that is the largest fundraiser of the Paramount Woman’s Association. This event supports the Education Department of the Paramount Arts Center, which provides an enriching, creative, & theatrical outlet for our community.
Due to the generosity of local sponsors 2019 School/Home School Tours are again FREE

It’s FREE & easy to enter a FREE tree to represent your classroom, school, or club!

To register for a FREE school tour- please visit:

Register & receive a FREE 4 ft school tree at the Decorators Worshop on Tues. Oct. 1, 6:00pm. Paramount Banquet Hall.

Ashland Youth Ballet Presents: A Christmas Fantasy

Friday, December 6th, 2019 at 9:30AM

Plan a day of performance, staging, dance, and music with a package that includes the show, a backstage tour, and a hands-on dance class experience.

‘Twas The Night

Did you ever wonder what Santa and the elves do before Santa takes to the skies delivering toys to children all over the world? This lively and light-spirited ballet danced by the Ashland Youth Ballet Junior Company will help you figure it out. The ballet features a lof of little elves, dancing toys—Solider, Teddy Bear, Ballerina Doll, Raggedy Ann, Raggedy Andy, and the jovial old fellow himself, Santa Claus!

Teachers prepare students by reading The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore. Live jazz piano is planned for this presentation. The narrative classical ballet ties writing/reading skills, stage/lighting design, and basic music/choreographic theory.

The Little Snow Child

This Russian folktale introduces us to a childless couple who desperately want a child. They watch children play in the fields with only makes their longing for a child greater. One night, the husband goes out into the snow-covered woods and makes a child of snow. A magical occurence happens as the child comes to life, the husband wife, now father and mother dance joyfully. They watch their daughter join in the dance-play of the children, What a wonderful winter they have, but spring is coming and the strength of sunlight will melt their daughter. The Little Snow Child must leave and go deep into the woods where the sun cannot touch her. The daughter pledges her love to them, and promises to return every winter. For the love of their child, they let her go.

Teachers may prepare students by reading one of the many versions of The Little Snow Child depending upon their reading level. Dances set in neo-classical style using vibrant contemporary orchestral selections. Curriculum ties narrative ballet, neo-classical study, character study in acceptance and letting go, music theory.

Excerpts From The Nutcracker

What are the holidays without the most beloved of Chritmas tales? Join the Angels, Chocolate (Spanish), Coffee (Arabian), Tea (Chinese), Trepak (Russian), Polychinelles (French), and the Waltz of the Flowers Corps as they welcome Clara and the Nutcracker Prince into the Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Enjoy the pageantry and beauty of this story which stands the test of time!

The diversity observed within the cast of characters naturally provides units of study centered around mult-cultural themes, acceptance, and cooperation. Curriculum ties to geography, global resources, music theory, stage/light/costume design and color.


$7.00 per Student

Performance & Backstage Tour: 

$10.00 Per Student

Performance, backstage tour, and dance class: 

$15.00 per student

For more information: Contact Maria Whaley at (606)324-5434 or

The Paramount Players Present: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Thursday,December 19th- Friday,December 20th, 2019
at 9:30AM and 11:30 AM

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids– probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem- and the fun- when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!
This delightful comedy is adopted from the best-selling Young Adult book by Barbara Robinson

Produced through special arragnement with Samuel French.

Cost: $6 
Grades: Pre K-8
Running Time: 75 minutes

Curriculum Connections:
Conflict Resolution
Christmas/ Seasonal

Heroes 4 Higher

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

K-6th grade at 9:30AM
7th-12th grade at 11:30AM

Heroes for Higher presents a program on how to Be the Hero against drubs, bullying, suicide and violence. Presented by Batman, the presentation will teach your students tour empowering points.

1. Never Give Up
2.Always Do the Right Thing
3. Help Other People
4. Never Be a Bully or Touch Drugs

Elementary aged students will receive an appearance from Batman that will inspire them and motivate THEM to be the HERO!

Middle and High School students will experience a transparent presentation that shows them Tough Things Make Them Stronger!

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Cost: $6 
Grades: K-6; 7-12
Running Time: 1 Hour

Curriculum Connections:
Drug Awareness 

Bichini Bia Congo

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 at 9:30AM

Bichini Bia Congo Dance Theatre, established in 1979, is a performance theater that promotes the preservation and practive of authentic Congolese Dance and African culture. Our program highlights the common aspects of culture that untify us all and educate and allow the audience to develop an appreication of African culture. African traditions are communicated through dance, music, song, and drum. These art forms embody the value concepts and social philosophies of Congolese people: man’s harmony with God and nature, group unity and celebration of life. The members of Bichini Bia Congo are trained in the techinical and aesthetic in high energy performances that provide a complete musical entertainment experience.

Cost: $6 
Grades: Pre K-12
Running Time: 1 Hour

Curriculum Connections: 

Bichini Bia Conto Master Class & Workshop

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 from 4:30pm-6:15pm

This workshop is open to the public as well as teachers who wish to learn Congolese dance steps and gain additional knowledge of the culture. Teachers who participate will receive a certificate for continuing education

To register for this class contact Melanie Cornelison-Jannotta at

This program is also available to tour to your school on January 22 or 24. We have morning and afternoon slots available. To reserve a time and date for your school contact Melaneie Cornelison-Jannotta at

Paramount Kids Present: Junie B. Jones The Musical Jr

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 at 9:30AM and 11:30 AM

From Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, the creators who brought you Dear Edwina and Dear Edwina JR., comes Junie B. Jones The Musical JR.- a delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park’s best-sellign books, brought to life in a delightful adaptation.

Join Junie B. on her first day of first grade, where many changes are in store: Junie’s best friend Lucille has found new best friends- and Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. While in Mr. Scary’s class, Junie B. has trouble reading the blackboard- and she may need glasses. Add in a friendly cafeteria lady, an intense kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal”, and first grade has never been more exciting.

Cost: $6 
Grades: Pre K-5
Running time: 1 Hour

Curriculum Connections: 
Musical Theatre

ARTSPOWER National Touring Theatre Presents: Chicken Dance-

Monday, March 2nd, 2020 at 9:30AM and 11:30 AM

Every barnyard has its bully! But two of the barnyard’s chickens, Marge and Lola, will not stand idly by. ArtsPower’s musical portrays the colorful story of these two barnyard chickens on a mission to win the barnyard talent contest first price of two tickets to see the great Elvis Poultry in concert! But first, they must present a performance that will score higher than a flock of very talented ducks, led by Mac who loves to play the bully. Can Marge and Lola face their challengers, against all odds, and will the talent contest?

Cost: $6 
Grades: Pre K-3
Running Time: 1 Hour

Curriculum Connections: 
Problem Solving
Theatre Etiquette

Paramount Players Present: Mamma Mia! (Rated PG-13)

Thursday, March 12th, 2020 at 9:30AM

Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus
And some songs with Stig Anderson
Book by Catherine Johnson
Originally conceived by Judy Craymer

ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visted 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating a unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mama Mia! a guaranteed smash hit. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. A trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

This production is made possible through speical arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Cost: $7 
Grades: 8-12
Running Time: 2.5 Hours

Curriculum Connections: 
Musical Theatre

Bay Area Children’s Theatre Present: Llama, Llama Live!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 at 9:30AM

Bedtime has never been so exciting! It’s the end of the day for the Llama family. After a long day of adventure at the school and the store, Baby Llama can’t wait to put on his red pajamas. He and his friends the toys are ready to sing and dance their way to sleep….except…..they need a bedtime story and kiss goodnight and a drink of water. But where’s Mama Llama? This hilarious new musical based on the bestselling books by Anna Dewdney is sure to warm every Llama and Mama Llama’s heart!

Cost: $7 
Grades: Pre K-3
Running Time: 1 Hour

Curriculum Connections: 
Active Thinking
Emotional Learning