A play series for the young at heart - 

The 2017 Young at Art Series started strong with The Lion King Experience Jr.’s ten sold out school matinee performances and three sold out public performances. Up next this year is the new musical adaptation of the classic children's book, Lyle the Crocodile, which runs May 4-16! There are two opportunities for the public to see the show on May 6 & 13 at 2:00pm, as well as school matinee performances scheduled throughout the week.

The Story
When Lyle the big green Crocodile turns up in the Primm family’s bathtub, nobody knows quite what to do. Lyle’s performing talent soon wins them over, and the Primms invite him to stay. This does not make their neighbor, Mr. Grumps, and his equally grumpy cat, very happy. The musical is based on the book “Lyle, Lyle the Crocodile” and “The House on 88th Street” by Bernard Waber. Running at just over an hour with no intermission, this one-act show is the perfect length for young audiences!

The Cast
Starring as the title character is the Art Center’s very own James Bessant! James started performing on the Arts Center stage at age 13, and has served a term as Student Board Member. Now at MTSU, James is studying elementary education grades K-12. Other members of the ensemble cast include Noah Brady, Catalina Rice, Lucy McGee, Carter Cantrell, Micah Mae, Andrew Neal, Mary Humphrey, Sharon Bessant, Jack Jones, Eleanor Vaughan, William Denniger, Erilynn Denniger, Blair Gipe, and Charlie Jones.

About the Young at Art Series
Now in its 27th year, the Arts Center of Cannon County offers creative, entertaining, and educational experiences for students in the Middle Tennessee region. As part of the  Young at Art school matinee series, the Arts Center offers three children’s shows for both school field trips and for the community at large. The series is designed for home school groups, public schools, and private schools in Cannon County and the 6 surrounding counties. Students on field trips often eat lunch in the Farmer’s Market Pavilion or in Cannon Hall (inside the Arts Center) before or after the performance.

The shows offer educational entertainment that is often associated with literature taught in the classroom, such as last season’s shows: “A Year with Frog and Toad”, “The Cat in the Hat”, and “Elf the Musical Jr.”  
This series offers a unique opportunity for students to experience live theatre, meet with the cast, and take pictures with their class on the set. In 2016 the Arts Center hosted 7,250 students.

The Student Ticket Subsidy program, grant funding to buy theater tickets, through the TN Arts Commission is available to students of every county. See GRANTS at TNArtsCommission.org. Many of the schools who attend the “Young at Art Series” apply for this funding.

How to Book Your Spot: 
Tickets for the public performances are available online or by calling (615) 563-2787. 

Teachers and School Groups interested in booking a field trip may contact Lindsey Mapes at (615) 563-2787 or at Lindsey@artscenterofcc.com.

Homeschool groups can also be accommodated- please contact Beth McCrary at beth@artscenterofcc.com