Educational Programming


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 Just Off Broadway programming is sponsored by GEO Consultants, LLC and Sylvan Learning.

Click on any of the images below to link to more information about workshops, classes and troupes in our “Just Off Broadway” Theatre Arts Programming.

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Next Play Time show will be “Chicken Little” Sept. 18-20. Click on the link above for showtimes!


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MHT offers classes for ages 3, 4 & 5!  The classes include stories, art, creative play and LOTS of imagination! Contact the box office at 270.444.6828 to register or for more information!
Click on the logo for upcoming class information!


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Four youth acting troupes which meet on Saturday mornings. Grades K-3 meet at 8 a.m., grades 4 & 5 at 9 a.m., middle school at 10 a.m. and high school at 11 a.m. These 60-minute sessions are theatre game/improvisation based with emphasis on fun while expanding performance skills.  You can take one trimester or all three! Participants produce a play during the 2nd trimester.
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This workshop allows youth to rehearse and perform a fully staged musical in a condensed schedule – making it easier to include theatre in busy young lives! It also enhances theatre education by including technical aspects of production. Fall, 2014 offering is Disney’s ALADDIN KIDS. Click on the logo for more information!

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Just Off Broadway programming is sponsored by The Carson-Myre Charitable Foundation, GEO Consultants, LLC and Sylvan Learning.

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MHT Class registration form and waivers – PDF format    class-registration-form

MHT Class registration form and waivers- WORD format  class-registration-form




STORY THEATRE tours regional elementary schools each fall  with a 30-45 minute musical based on a beloved children’s classic. Fast-paced action, lots of audience participation, and a significant story makes STORY THEATRE a popular and affordable drama enrichment choice for elementary schools in our four state region.

Starting November 1, we will present “The Ugly Ducking,” a musical adaptation of the beloved fable.  This fast paced and hilarious show features lots of audience participation!

The cost for Story Theatre touring shows are 70 cents per child ($175 minimum) plus a travel per diem of 47 cents per mile for schools outside Paducah.  Call the Market House Theatre box office for scheduling or additional information.


Sponsored by Backwoods BBQ, WPSD Local 6 and Ronald McDonald House Charities.


MHT’s Education Director April Cochran is one busy lady, but her shirt tails positively fly out behind her in the spring of each year. From January through March, she directs a baker’s dozen of plays (yes, as in 13), many of which rehearse concurrently. Market House devotees probably know about How I Became a Pirate in late February,the three FOOTLIGHTS performance trimester plays in March, and the spring STORY THEATRE troupe, but you may not know about a huge component of her job that affects hundreds of children each year: MHT’s Theatre in Schools program.

In addition to teaching the elements of drama through interactive theatre games in individual classrooms, April works with schools to put on full plays, most of which cover core content. No yawning allowed—these plays are fun! With names like Hatshepsut – Queen of Denial and The Case of the Missing Paragraph, the plays teach history, grammar, and even science like no text ever could, making it entertaining as well as informative. Punny jokes abound.

“April gives our students the opportunity to experience a well-directed and well-scripted play,” says Dana Donner of Ballard Elementary. “She gives the kids a look into how real acting can be both fun and rewarding, and may even get some of the children started in a more serious direction at the Market House plays.”


April schedules 10-12 rehearsals for each play, which is then performed for parents, community members, teachers, and other students in the school. Students who are not in the play will often study the script and songs so they can learn the content as well.      This year, Ballard, Clark, Concord, Lone Oak, and McNabb elementary schools have used April for in-school plays, as well as the Paducah Middle and McCracken County GTC Drama programs. Clark Elementary just finished Disney’s Jungle Book after school for its annual musical.


“April Cochran’s knowledge and skill is an invaluable resource for Clark students,” comments music teacher Dale Julian. “She not only helps kids to be creative and expressive in the area of dramatic theater, but she shows them how to perform with confidence and be aware of how they fit in to the presentation as a whole at all times. Her expertise and enthusiasm allows Clark to put on productions that would be hard to rival on any stage.”


Schools fund the classroom workshops and plays in a variety of ways. One uses an activity fund, another the teachers’ budget, and others use GTC funding, PTO contributions, parent donations, and/or fundraisers. International Specialty Products provides corporate sponsorship for the overall program, which helps schools with their core content arts and humanities curriculum. Although the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System has been dismantled and arts and humanities are no longer tested directly, schools must still meet benchmarks and show documentation of how they are implementing arts instruction in music, drama, and visual arts. Parents and teachers alike see the value in the in-school theatre training.