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Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas

“Splendiferous” time had with Fancy Nancy

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Nearly 2,000 local students were treated to the musical “Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas” at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Dec. 10.

Students in kindergarten through sixth grade traveled from as far as Coahoma, Leflore, Sharkey, Sunflower and Washington counties to experience the delightful theatrical performance. Children and adults alike enjoyed this fancy holiday show. Students left with smiles on their faces and had great things to say about the performance.

Romie Caston, a first grader at Bayou Academy, said “I thought it was absolutely splendiferous, as Fancy Nancy would say.”

Her mother Lauren Caston added, “We thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic Christmas show with a great message.”

Jennifer Krutz, a homeschooling mother in Cleveland, also attended the show with her youngest daughter and noted how the message of selflessness and love shone through the performance. Not only did Krutz appreciate the experience to start a conversation with her children about altruism, she also had the opportunity for a vocabulary lesson.

“The way Nancy uses her ‘fancy’ words is a great way to teach synonyms,” said Krutz.

In an effort to assure that educational standards are being met while students step outside the classroom and into the theater, teachers and families who attended the performance were provided with a comprehensive study guide. The guide was designed for use before and after the performance and led students through vocabulary, both English and French, holiday traditions around the world, and manners.

This School-Time Matinee performance was made possible through partnerships with Double Quick, Inc. and the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi. For information about upcoming shows, call Joannah Taylor, BPAC Arts Education coordinator, at 662-846-4844.

The Bologna Performing Arts Center's five upcoming performances in 2016 include "Annie," "Mamma Mia!," "BODYTRAFFIC," "Flashdance - The Musical" and Sara Evans.

Consider BPAC tickets this holiday season

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Still searching for the perfect gift for the person who has it all? Consider giving an experience this holiday season with tickets to a performance at the Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State University.

Upcoming performances include the national Broadway tours of the musicals “Annie” on Feb. 2 and “Mamma Mia!” on Feb. 8. The Los Angeles based contemporary dance company BODYTRAFFIC will perform March 1, while the national tour of “Flashdance — The Musical” arrives March 18. Multi-platinum recording artist Sara Evans will close out the season on April 21.

The 2015-16 season is made possible through the support of over 150 annual members, as well as partnerships with AT&T, Bolivar Medical Center, Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, Double Quick, Entergy, Guaranty Bank, Monsanto, National Endowment for the Arts, Planters Bank and South Arts.

Tickets are $25-65 each depending on the performance. Packages to see all five 2016 performances start at $150. Gift certificates are also available in increments of $25. Gift certificate purchases of $100 or more at the ticket office include a complimentary BPAC tumbler.

Tickets and gift certificates are available at the BPAC Ticket Office, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.bolognapac.com or by calling the office at 662-846-4626.

The Bologna Performing Arts Center presents "Room on the Broom" Nov. 13 as part of the School-Time Matinee Series.

Children’s book comes to life at BPAC

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center welcomes Tall Stories Theatre Company of London, England, on Nov. 13 for the performance of “Room on the Broom,” a musical based on the beloved children’s book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Showing once at 9:30 a.m. and again at 11:30 a.m., the production is is recommended for school groups and families with children in pre-k through third grade, with curriculum connections in language arts, literature, science, fine arts and community values.

The performance is part of the BPAC’s School-Time Matinee Series.

The Sunday Times has described the show as “55 minutes of high-energy treat.”

The witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick – until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand. A helpful dog, bird and frog find the witch’s lost things, and they all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK – the broom snaps in two. When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?

“Room on the Broom” is locally sponsored by Monsanto Company.

Ticket order forms and complimentary study guides are available for download at www.bolognapac.com/education/school-time-matinee-series. To reserve seats for your group or for more information, call Joannah Taylor, Arts Education coordinator, at 662-846-4844.

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Have “A Very Electric Christmas” at the BPAC

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Lightwire Theater’s “A Very Electric Christmas” is coming to the Bologna Performing Arts Center Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.

Follow the story of a young bird named Max and his family as they begin their journey south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course and ends up at the North Pole, his adventure begins.

Dancing toy soldiers, caroling worms and performing poinsettias light up the stage in this holiday special. Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits, including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky.

Based in New Orleans, Lightwire Theater is internationally recognized for their electroluminescent artistry, poignant story telling and performances in complete darkness.

“We first brought Lightwire Theater’s ‘The Ugly Duckling’ and ‘The Tortoise and The Hare’ to the BPAC in 2012 as part of our Matinee Series,” said Laura Howell, BPAC executive director. “Our audience loved them so much, our programming committee knew we wanted to bring the group back to our Main Stage Series. We also appreciate being able to present performances that the whole family can attend together and enjoy, especially during the holidays.”

Prior to the performance, beginning at 5:45 p.m., enjoy hot cocoa and cookies in the BPAC lobby. Patrons are encourage to bring their cameras, as once again Santa will be stopping by the BPAC to pay the children a visit.

“‘A Very Electric Christmas is a wonderful opportunity to bring families together and start a new holiday tradition,” Howell added. “Children must be at least two-years-old to attend, have their own ticket and be able to sit in their own seat. The performance is approximately 80 minutes long, plus a 15-minute intermission.”

Tickets are now on sale at the BPAC Ticket Office, open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 662-846-4626, or go online at www.bolognapac.com. Tickets are $25-35 and discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.