Marathon Petroleum Company Youth Education Series 2017-18 Season

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One of the core commitments of the Paramount Arts Center is to provide arts education programs that expand the horizons of the public and nurtures community talent. Emphasizing this idea, 75 percent of Paramount programs include an educational element. Our arts education activities enriched the lives of 55,000 children last year alone. Our Youth Education Series gives many area children their first professional performing arts experiences.


Our Paramount Players Program gives hundreds of children and adults the opportunity to nurture their talents on and off stage each year and brings theatre to rural and low-income schools via our Paramount On Tour shows. Our year-round Arts Academy offers afterschool classes and summer arts camps. 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, and Ashland Credit Union is showing their support by sponsoring Professional Development Workshops for teachers. 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 BIG READ is a program of the National Endowment For the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Here are the performances that will be shared with community youth this season.

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 15, 2018 at 4:30 pm

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.

Upcoming Shows

Madagascar Jr. | September 18 | 9:30am & 11:30am

Mysteries of Ancient Egypt | October 10 | 9:30am & 11:30am

Dracula | October 26 | 9:00am & 11:30am

Three Three Billy Goats Gruff | November 7 | 9:30am & 11:30am

Festival of the Trees and Trains | November 16, 19, & 20 | 9:00am – 2:00pm

Junie B. Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! | December 10 | 9:30am & 11:30am

The Nutcracker | December 14 | 9:30am

Honk! | January 15 | 9:30am & 11:30am

Meet Harriet Tubman | January 30 | 9:30am

North by Night: More Heroes of the Underground Railroad | January 30 | 11:30am

Peter Pan and Friends on Ice | February 28 | 9:30am

Mary Poppins | March 14 & 15 | 9:30am

The Music Man | May 9 | 9:30am

Multiplicity of Movement | May 19 | 6:30pm


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 with 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. is 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. e 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 sta 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. Aer 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

Click here to download the complete PDF with listings, registration form, and more!

For more information and to book your reservations please contact Melanie Cornelison at 606.324.0007 x311 or email