Youth Education Series | Paramount Arts Center

Youth Education Series
2020 – 2021 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. 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.

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 606-324-0007

Upcoming Shows

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The 2021/2022 season has not yet been announced. 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19.