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Tickets will be on Sale July 18 for 2016-2017 BPAC Season

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Tickets to the 2016-2017 Season at the Bologna Performing Arts Center (BPAC) at Delta State University will go on sale Monday, July 18, at 9:30 a.m. at the BPAC Ticket Office.

Tickets can be purchased by phone at 662-846-4626, online via the BPAC’s website www.bolognapac.com, and Facebook page www.facebook.com/BolognaPAC.

The BPAC announced its 2016-2017 Season last month to much excitement. The line-up features a total of 23 performances across four series: Main Stage, featuring evening public performances; Family Series, geared at theatergoers of all ages; Recital Hall Series, featuring classical music; School-Time Matinee Series, providing educational opportunities for preK-12 students; and two free community performances. Additional information on all performances, including videos, can be found online.

There are 10 performances on the Main Stage lineup: Travis Tritt with special guest Luke Combs on September 15, sponsored by Bolivar Medical Center; The Avett Brothers on October 4, sponsored by Guaranty Bank; Mavis Staples and the Blind Boys of Alabama on October 20, sponsored by Cannon Motors of Mississippi; Parsons Dance Company on November 10, funded in part by South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); Elf The Musical on December 2, sponsored by Planters Bank. In 2017: Alonzo King LINES Ballet on January 31, presented in conjunction with the USA International Ballet Competition and funded in part by South Arts and the NEA; STOMP on February 28; 42nd Street on March 20; THE ILLUSIONISTS on March 30; and Josh Turner on April 27, sponsored by Robinson Electric.

There are three performances in the new Family Series, geared towards theatregoers of all ages: Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China on October 11; “Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle” on November 6, sponsored by Heidi’s; and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! on January 24.

The new Recital Hall Series features 2 classical music performances: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet on October 6, and Sybarite5 on March 21. Tickets to the Recital Hall series include a complimentary social hour with hors d’oeuvres before the performance.

The School-Time Matinee Series will feature “A Year with Frog and Toad” sponsored by Monsanto on October 25; a matinee performance by Parsons Dance Company on November 9; “Pete the Cat” sponsored by Entergy on November 18; a matinee performance by Alonzo King LINES Ballet on February 1; Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live! sponsored by Walmart on February 23; and Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters on April 12 sponsored by AT&T.

There is also two free community performances planned for April 2017. “Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till” that is presented in partnership with Delta State University’s Winning the Race initiative and sponsored by the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area. On April 5, the U.S. Army Field Band’s Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus will perform a free concert presented by the BPAC. Tickets for both events will be free, but required, and will be available beginning March 1.

The 2016-2017 Season is the 22nd Season of performances at the BPAC. For information on group tickets or any other questions, please call the Main Offices at 662.846.4625.

PLUS Campers listen to Carrie Sue Ayvar in one of their five arts classes.

BPAC hosts Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute PLUS Camp for 19th summer

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Now in its 19th year, the Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts PLUS Camp is in full swing at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Over 100 children ages 5 to 11 are all smiles as they gear up for a week of singing, dancing, and creating.  Each July, the Bologna Performing Arts Center offers PLUS Camp to children who are interested in the arts. The camp is a one-week, performance-oriented day camp centered on learning a choreographed medley of songs.

Throughout the week, young artists take classes in painting, ceramics, music, storytelling, and musical. The week culminates with a public performance on Saturday.

This year’s theme is “Misfits of Broadway,” featuring music from the plays Annie, Peter Pan, Aladdin, and Newsies.  Kathy Hull has returned to PLUS Camp as Musical Director. Hull, of Nashville, has been with PLUS Camp’s every summer since it began. She was recently named a Music Teacher of Excellence by the Country Music Academy.

“We are so grateful to have Kathy and are thankful for her dedication to see this program grow and flourish each year. It’s amazing what she can do with these young people in such a short window of time,” said Joannah Taylor, arts education coordinator at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Carrie Sue Alvar, a bilingual storyteller from Miami Beach, Florida, and a Mississippi Arts Commission teaching artist, also has returned to participate in the camp.

“The campers have already been telling a story in Spanish, English, and American Sign Language. Even in this first day, they have been creating and telling their own stories. They have all learned to speak so they can be heard because they all have important things to say,” said Ayvar.

PLUS Camp will culminate with a free community performance in the Bologna Performing Arts Center’s Delta and Pine Land Theater on Saturday, July 16, at 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

For more information about PLUS Camp, contact Joannah Taylor at 662-846-4844 or visit http://bolognapac.com/.

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MSAI underway at BPAC

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The second week of the Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute Core Arts program is well underway at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Forty-eight middle and high school campers from Mississippi and beyond are taking part in their choice of 20 visual and performing arts classes on the campus of Delta State.

For the last 19 summers, MSAI Arts Camp has provided diverse, unique and challenging arts classes. This year, students have the opportunity to explore topics such as sculpture, ballet, poetry, photography, theatre and more in the state-of-the-art facilities at the BPAC and Delta State.

Campers spent the weekend of the June 11 in Memphis as they played at Sky Zone and saw Theatre Memphis’ performance of “Oliver!” Students returned to Cleveland discussing the techniques of stage combat they are learning in class and witnessed in the show.

New York-based theatre teacher Christian Vernon is serving as a Core Arts faculty member for a third year. His students are taking part in improvisation, theatre combat and puzzle design for escape room classes. While Vernon is teaching his theatre classes in the BPAC Recital Hall, Bethany Philipp, a member of the Front Porch Dance Company out of Jackson, is busy engaging her students in dance improvisation, modern dance and ballet in the Delta and Pine Land Theater. As a member of the Mississippi Arts Commission teaching artist roster, Philipp is engaging students in new ways of using their bodies while thinking about movement.

Photographer Will Jacks is teaching a multimedia class in which students are creating their own documentary of camp life at Core Arts. Campers are lugging around recording equipment and conducting interviews with campers, faculty and staff.

Students are looking forward to showcasing their work at the Closing Reception on June 17 at 7 p.m. in the BPAC. The public is invited to join the visual and creative writing classes as they present their works at the reception, which is free and open to the public. The following morning, June 18, the performing arts classes will appear in the Final Performance at 10 a.m. in the BPAC’s Delta and Pine Land Theater.

“We are pleased with the high caliber faculty we are able to employ this summer and the incredible talent these young artists have shown at Core Arts,” said Joannah Taylor, Core Arts director and Arts Education coordinator at the BPAC. “This program attracts such talent and nurtures these artists in a safe and encouraging atmosphere. You won’t believe the things these young people have been able to accomplish in two weeks.”

The 2016 Core Arts program is made possible through support from the Mississippi Arts Commission, The American Legion, AT&T, Entergy, the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, the King’s Daughters and Sons Circle Number Two, the Crosstie Arts Council and Delta Dairy. For more information on the Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute, call 662-846-4844, or visit www.bolognapac.com.

The BPAC recently held a special luncheon to thank over 70 volunteers who are part of the BPAC Ambassadors program.

BPAC recognizes Ambassadors

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At each performance held at the Bologna Performing Arts Center, some of the first people patrons meet are the dedicated BPAC Ambassadors. From ticket takers and door captains, to greeters and ushers, these volunteers play a huge role in making the performances a great experience for everyone in attendance.

The BPAC recently paid tribute to these volunteers by hosting its annual Ambassadors Luncheon.

Over 70 dedicated volunteers from across the Delta work performances throughout the year. Sally Young, who has been an Ambassador for over a year, expressed the enjoyment of volunteering at the BPAC.

“I am a people person, and I look forward to interacting with all the patrons who come performances at the Bologna Performing Arts Center,” said Young. “I especially love to work the school matinee programs. Seeing the excitement on children’s’ faces really brings joy to being an Ambassador.”

Positions are open to join the BPAC Ambassadors for the 2016-17 season, and training will be held in August. For more information or to sign up, contact Amber Foster at 662-846-4625.

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BPAC unveils 2016-17 season

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State University released its 2016-17 season today. The new lineup features a total of 22 performances across four series: the Main Stage, featuring evening public performances; Family Series, geared at theatergoers of all ages; Recital Hall Series, featuring classical music; and the School-Time Matinee Series, providing educational opportunities for preK-12 students and educators.

There are 10 performances on the Main Stage lineup. Kicking off the season will be GRAMMY award-winning country music artist Travis Tritt with special guest Luke Combs on Sept.15, sponsored by Bolivar Medical Center. Americana-folk rock band The Avett Brothers will play on Oct. 4, sponsored by Guaranty Bank. On Oct. 20, two powerful acts will unite when Mavis Staples performs along with the Blind Boys of Alabama, sponsored by Cannon Motors of Mississippi. On Nov. 10, contemporary dance company Parsons Dance will take the stage in a performance funded in part by South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. The national Broadway tour of Elf The Musical will play the Mississippi Delta on Dec. 2, sponsored by Planters Bank. In 2017, the USA International Ballet Competition will sponsor a dance performance by Alonzo King LINES Ballet on Jan. 31, funded in part by South Arts and the NEA, as well as Southern Company. On Feb. 28, the international percussion sensation STOMP will come to the Delta. Next, the national Broadway tour of the quintessential backstage musical comedy classic 42nd Street will play on March 20. Direct from Broadway, the mind-blowing spectacular THE ILLUSIONISTS will showcases the jaw-dropping talents of some of the most incredible illusionists on Earth on March 30. The Main Stage season will conclude with a performance on April 27 by Josh Turner, double-platinum-selling singer-songwriter and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry, sponsored by Robinson Electric.

The new Family Series features three productions geared towards the young at heart. The Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China will perform on Oct. 11. On Nov.6, the Mermaid Theatre of Novia Scotia will perform Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle, sponsored by Heidi’s. Based on the hit TV show, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! is coming to the BPAC on Jan. 24. Performance times are designed to accommodate younger theatergoers.

The new Recital Hall series will feature the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet on Oct. 6, a GRAMMY award-winning classical guitar ensemble. On March 21, Sybarite5, a string quintet consisting of two violins, viola, cello and double bass, will perform their eclectic repertoire. Tickets to the Recital Hall series include a complimentary social hour with hors d’oeuvres before the performance.

The School-Time Matinee Series will feature A Year with Frog and Toad sponsored by Monsanto on Oct. 25; a matinee performance by Parsons Dance Company on Nov. 9; Pete the Cat sponsored by Entergy on Nov. 18; a matinee performance by Alonzo King LINES Ballet on Feb. 1; Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live! sponsored by Walmart on Feb.23; and Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters on April 12 sponsored by AT&T.

There is also a free community performance planned for April 4, 2017 titled Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till that is sponsored in part by Delta State University’s Winning the Race initiative.

Tickets are currently on pre-sale for BPAC Annual Members, individuals who make a tax deductible donation of $75 or more to the BPAC. Main Stage season ticket packages start at $285 and go on sale July 1. Main Stage Custom “Pick 3,” Family Series and Recital Hall Series ticket packages go on sale July 11. All individual tickets will be available for purchase on July 18. More information on all performances, including videos, can be found at www.bolognapac.com. To become an Annual Member and join the pre-sale, for information on group tickets, or any other questions, call the BPAC at 662-846-4625.