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Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood coming to BPAC

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The legacy of the beloved “Mister Rogers” lives on with the hit television series, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” from The Fred Rogers Company and airing daily on PBS KIDS.

Now, Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard Trolley to delight live audiences with “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!” coming to the Bologna Performing Arts Center Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now and available at www.bolognapac.com, by phone at 662-846-4626, or at the BPAC Ticket Office. The office is open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Children must be at least one to attend the performance, and every person must have their own ticket.

Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel invites the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others, and celebrating new experiences. This live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises will warm the hearts of multiple generations.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood tells its engaging stories about the life of a preschooler using musical strategies grounded in Fred Rogers’ landmark social-emotional curriculum. Through imagination, creativity and music, Daniel and his friends learn the key social skills necessary for school and for life.

The animated TV series has garnered a host of prestigious awards, and most recently was nominated for a 2015 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program. This recognition follows a string of additional honors, including a 2015 Parents’ Choice Gold Award and 2014 Prix Jeunesse International Selection, as well as the 2013 Kidscreen Award for Best Animated Series in the Preschool Category, and 2013 Cynopsis: Kids! Imagination Award for Preschool Series.

Before the performance, in partnership with the Delta Arts Alliance, all families are invited to the BPAC lobby for “Arts Beyond the Stage.” Beginning at 5 p.m., children will be able to participate in free, hands-on arts activities related to the performance led by Delta Arts Alliance artists in residence.

For more information, visit the BPAC website www.bolognapac.com and the PBS KIDS Website http://pbskids.org/daniel/. “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!” is the final performance in the BPAC’s Family Series, a new series featuring lower ticket prices and performances geared towards children of all ages.untitled1

 

Chamber ensembles concert coming to BPAC

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The Delta State Department of Music presents an evening of chamber music featuring the DSU Woodwind Quintet, DSU Flute Quartet and the DSU Saxophone Duo in the Bologna Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The chamber ensembles have just returned from a tour of northern Mississippi, where they delighted high school audiences with their performances.

Delta State’s newly-formed Woodwind Quintet is comprised of leading members of the DSU Wind Ensemble, including flute player Amanda Lutz of Horn Lake, oboe player Mollie Searcy of Grenada, clarinet player Emily Hercules of Ripley, bassoon player Tristan Crockett of Grenada, and horn player Jacob Jackson of Southaven. The quintet is coached by Dr. Shelley Collins and Dr. Bret Pimentel. The quintet will play works by Haydn and Persichetti.

The DSU Saxophone Duo, under the direction of Pimentel, will perform works by W. F. Bach, Arthur Mayeur, and Paul Hindemith. Members of the ensemble ainclude Sara Crider of Purvis and Dakota Young of Grenada.

The DSU Flute Quartet, under the direction of Collins, will perform Cathleen McMichael’s “Legends from the Greenwood,” a showpiece inspired by the poetry of Longfellow, and “Concerto in A Minor,” by French Baroque composer Boismortier. Members of the quartet include Savannah Cavalier of Brookhaven, Barbara Doorenbos of Meridian, Amanda Lutz of Horn Lake, and Caitelan Shelton of Ripley.

For more information, contact the Department of Music at 662-846-4615.

BPAC to host NYC’s Parsons Dance

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New York City’s Parsons Dance Company comes to the Bologna Performing Arts Center Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Parsons Dance, a modern dance company, is noted for its contemporary, athletic movements and high-energy ensemble performances. Created in 1985 by artistic director David Parsons, and two-time TONY Award winning lighting designer Howell Binkley (for Jersey Boys in 2006 and Hamilton in 2016), the event promises to entertain, challenge, and educate audience members.

The Bologna Center is thrilled to host the internationally renowned group on both Nov. 9-10.

In addition to their public performance on Nov. 10, the company will also present a shortened version of their evening program for K-12 students on Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. Immediately following both performances, dance members will participate in a Q&A session with audience members. The company will also lead two masterclasses in the afternoon on Nov. 9 for dance students ages four and up. Limited space is available, and interested students are encouraged to call 662-846-4844 for more information and to sign up for the free masterclass.

Tickets are available for both performances. For more information, visit www.bolognapac.com or call the Ticket Office at 662-846-4626.

The Parsons Dance performance and residency activities are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mississippi Arts Commission.

BPAC School Matinee Series Begins with “A Year with Frog and Toad”

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center presented “A Year with Frog and Toad” on Oct. 25, the first show in its School-Time Matinee Series.

Approximately 1,500 students in pre-kindergarten to sixth grades from schools in Mississippi and Arkansas attended the musical which was nominated for three TONY Awards, including Best Musical. The performance was locally sponsored by Monsanto.

Based on Arnold Lobel’s beloved children’s books, the whimsical musical featuring a jazzy, upbeat score follows two great friends — the cheerful, popular Frog and the curmudgeonly Toad — through four, fun-filled seasons, meeting new friends along the way. Waking from hibernation in the spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, “A Year with Frog and Toad” tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.

“A Year with Frog and Toad” is produced by Casa Mañana, the same theatre company who produced the acclaimed 2013 tour of “Junie B in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells” that was presented at the BPAC.

The next performance in School-Time Matinee Series will be Parsons Dance Company on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. Parsons Dance is a New York City-based modern dance company internationally renowned for its athletic ensemble work. Recommended for middle and high school audiences, teachers and students alike will be amazed by these talented dancers. A complete study guide is available to complement the production.

Scholarship tickets are also available for public schools through partnerships with the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi and Double Quick, Inc. For more information, schools groups can visit www.bolognapac.com/education or call 662-846-4844.

Eric Carle’s stories come to life at BPAC

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Storybook favorites will come to life when “Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle” takes the Bologna Performing Arts stage Nov. 6 at 3 p.m.

The show is locally sponsored by Heidi’s, and is part of the BPAC’s new Family Series, featuring performances appropriate for all ages.

This production will bring together old favorites and new friends. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is joined by a whimsical cast of adventurous animals drawn from the pages of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” and the poignant story of a young girl’s unusual quest, “Papa Please Get the Moon for Me.”

First published in 1967, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You see?” was written by Bill Martin Jr. and illustrated by Carle. The book has served to help hundreds of thousands of toddlers to associate colors and meanings to objects. Capturing the rhythmic text and beautiful tissue paper collage illustrations of the classic picture book, Mermaid Theatre’s adaptation generates fresh appreciation of the endearing cast of characters.

Another favorite, “Pappa, Please Get the Moon For Me,” has been delighting young audiences since its publication in 1986. Rounding out the three-story performance, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” eats his way through the week on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly.

The Mermaid Theatre of Novia Scotia creates an experience like no other as they introduce youngsters to the magic of live theatre. Featuring evocative music, stunning visual effects and innovative puppetry, the triple-bill highlights three of Carle’s most beloved tales. The use of black light for some aspects of the show will enable puppets and props to make their appearances as if they are animated on their own. Children and adults alike will giggle with delight at this spectacular visual production.

The performance lasts approximately 60 minutes. Immediately following, in partnership with the Delta Arts Alliance, children will be able to participate in free, hands-on arts activities related to the performance.

Tickets are $15-$20 and are available at the BPAC Ticket Office, open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by phone at 662-846-4626, or online www.bolognapac.com. Children must be at least one to attend the performance, and every person must have their own ticket.