SOMERSET, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2012) — This year marks the 100th anniversary year of Titanic’s fateful voyage. Lake Cumberland Performing Arts, in partnership with The Center for Rural Development, will present the nationally touring Broadway production of “Titanic: The Musical” on Saturday, Sept. 22, at The Center in Somerset.
Winner of five Tony Awards — including Best Musical — “Titanic: The Musical” opens the 2012-2013 Center Stage performing arts season and is one of five new shows on this year’s exciting line-up of performances.
The show, set to begin at 7:30 p.m., recounts the dreams, hopes and aspirations of those aboard the fateful ship. The story of the launching, the maiden voyage, the collision with the iceberg and the sinking is played out on stage against the backdrop of the rigid class distinctions of the Edwardian Age.
“This contemporary musical presents the story of one of America’s greatest tragedies in a powerfully moving production,” said Dianna Winstead, associate director of arts, culture and events at The Center. “Featuring a cast of 26 professional actors, a sweeping score, and breathtaking performances in a striking new production, it will truly be a night to remember.”
For tickets to the Center Stage performance, call the The Center’s Box Office at 1-606-677-6000 or order online at www.centertech.com.
Prior to the show’s opening performance, The Center and Clear Channel Lake Cumberland will present a pre-show event from 6 to 7 p.m. in the front lobby, featuring entertainment by vocalists Dr. Pamela Jensen-Stanley and Dallas Stanley and an optional catered dinner.
Lake Cumberland Performing Arts will join The Center in hosting a reception during the pre-show event for local photographer Charline Marrinan, whose exhibit, “Spirit of Nature,” is on display in the visual arts gallery at The Center.
The exhibit includes some of Marrinan’s most photographed areas in Pulaski and McCreary counties and on wildflower walks in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Marrinan has been featured on KET’s “Kentucky Life” series with Dave Shuffet, where she was filmed taking photographs at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. She also has been invited to be a part of the Kentucky Book Fair.
There is no charge to view the “Spirit of Nature” exhibit. Marrinan’s work may be viewed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and during extended evening and weekend hours when The Center is open for special events.
Other upcoming Center Stage shows include the holiday performance of “The Nutcracker Ballet” by Kentucky Ballet Theatre, Saturday, Dec. 8, 3 p.m. matinee; The Peking Acrobats, Saturday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.; Michael Londra’s Celtic Fire, Thursday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.; and Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Saturday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m.
The Center is located at 2292 South U.S. 27 (at Traffic Light 15) in Somerset.