Cultural Pass 2019-20

Even through the current coronavirus restrictions, Commonwealth Theatre Center is proud to make performances and more available as part of the Cultural Pass, sponsored by Republic Bank in partnership with Metro Louisville, Fund for the Arts, Arts and Culture Alliance, Louisville Free Public Library, and with support from Yum! and Kosair Charities.

Our previously-planned performances wrapping up the 2019-2020 school year are cancelled, but check out the alternatives below for fun ways to pass the time.

CTC is offering online streaming of previous shows, from classics to our own amazing musical shows. We’ll continue updating the list below, so please check back for more offerings soon!

The Vision of the Cultural Pass:

A Cultural Pass for children of all ages that supports and encourages life-long learning by providing access to Greater Louisville’s art and cultural institutions.

For information about getting your Cultural Pass or using it to make reservations for free tickets to see a performance, click the corresponding button below.

Cultural Pass tickets will be limited and we expect demand will be high. Reservations are required to use the Cultural Pass for the performances below. When reservations open, there will be a button below each title.

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Henry V (2019)
#ThowbackThursday FROM THE VAULT!

Stream the Show: Beginning May 28 at 7:00 pm
Recommended Ages: Ages 10 and up
Price: Free

Henry V (2019)
by William Shakespeare
directed by Jennifer Pennington
performed by CTC’s Walden Theatre Conservatory
with Nevertheless Arts Ensemble

About the show:
The king grows to respect the demands of rule, even while requiring the ultimate sacrifice from an army fighting to unite the lineages of England and France. This moving production, featuring an entirely female-identifying cast working alongside members of Nevertheless Arts Ensemble, brings new heart and perspectives to the play’s themes of valor and heroism.

The Ugly Duckling (2018)
#ThowbackThursday FROM THE VAULT!

Stream the Show: Beginning May 14 at 7:00 pm and available through May 16
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Price: Free

The Ugly Duckling
book/music/lyrics Geraldine Ann Snyder
directed by Mera Kathryn Corlett with musical director Jecorey Arthur

This musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic begins with a comical egg-hatching ballet and ends with an empowering message of acceptance. In between, our protagonist is rejected from his duck family for being “different” and sets out to learn who he is and where he belongs. Featuring a fresh score that incorporates rap, this version stays true to the lesson that everyone’s entitled to acceptance and love – though sometimes those spring from unlikely places.

Romeo + Juliet
#ThowbackThursday FROM THE VAULT!

Stream the Show: Beginning May 7 at 7:00 pm (only available through May 18)
Recommended Ages: Ages 13 and up
Price: Free

by William Shakespeare
directed by Julane Havens
performed by actors in the Walden Theatre Conservatory Company

From the Director’s Note:
“The cast and crew spent much of rehearsal talking with each other about all kinds of relationships, being teenagers, feelings of depression, anxiety and infatuation, and what it means to be honest in the portrayal of characters who express themselves so eloquently, but fail to communicate what really needs to be said. For me, this was the true joy of working on this play with young artists. It is my pleasure to share their outstanding work with you today.” – Julane Havens

#ThowbackThursday FROM THE VAULT!

Stream the Show: Beginning April 23 at 7:00 pm (and most likely only through the weekend. Don’t miss your chance!)
Recommended Ages: PreK and up
Price: Free

written and directed by Mera Kathryn Corlett
music by Jacqui Blue
A music-filled play for younger audiences, featuring professional actors in the Blue Apple Outreach Touring Company.

A new spin on a Brothers Grimm classic! After her father tells a lie, the miller’s daughter finds herself in over her head with the stakes (and the straw) piled high. With limited choices, she attempts to save herself their way until she recognizes her own ability to problem solve and determine her fate. Exploring themes of integrity, self-reliance, and resiliency, this play with music will captivate and inspire young minds to think beyond limitations.

The Importance of Being Earnest
#ThrowbackThursday FROM THE VAULT!

Stream the Show: Beginning April 9 at 7:00pm and on-demand after that
Recommended Ages: 11 and up
Price: Free

The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde
directed by Charlie Sexton, featuring actors in CTC’s Walden Theatre Conservatory alongside local professional (and alum) Neill Robertson!

Everyone loves an Ernest in this farce by a great writer at his peak. An uproarious “trivial comedy for serious people,” the play features double lives, dalliances, and discovered identity—all while savaging established Victorian social mores and even the pursuit of love.

Featuring Neill Robertson alongside actors from CTC’s Walden Theatre Conservatory, this September 2015 production was a chance for students to work with an accomplished professional who was on the company’s staff at the time. This practice, which CTC Artistic Director Charlie Sexton calls “space teaching,” has been part of the company’s DNA since early on in training the next generation of actors.