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Travis Tritt Begins New BPAC Season

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Country music legend Travis Tritt and special guest Luke Combs will kick off the 2016-2017 Season at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is sponsored by Bolivar Medical Center. There will also be a pre-show dinner in the Sculpture Garden.

More than 27 years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Grammy award-winning artist continues to sell-out shows, top sales charts, and stay true and relevant to Country music fans across the globe. A Marietta, Georgia native, Travis Tritt is dubbed one of “The Class of ‘89,” which included Country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson, all of whom dominated the charts in the early ‘90s.

Among his 11 studio albums and numerous charted singles are 19 Top 10 hits, including “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde,” “Love Of A Woman” and “T-R-O-U-B-L-E.” His over 25-year career has produced millions in album sales, two Grammy award wins and multiple No. 1 singles on the Country radio charts. Most recently, Tritt formed Post Oak Recordings in 2012 and released his album “The Calm After…” through his own record label. Continuously performing shows and holding a heavy appearance schedule, Tritt is proving to be unstoppable.

Joining Travis Tritt is special guest Luke Combs.

Don’t call country music newcomer Luke Combs an “outlaw.” The word doesn’t really fit, though he does have an undeniable independent streak. “Outsider” doesn’t really work anymore either, since he’s come to Nashville and quickly won himself a record deal and quite a bit of attention. “Outlier” is a better fit for Combs. The 26-year-old has built an already enviable following, with his first single “Hurricane” making the iTunes Top 10 Country as well as Billboard Hot Country Top 40 charts.

Combs has been touring throughout the summer with Tritt, and has shared the stage with other artists such as the Eli Young Band, Corey Smith, and Chace Rice.

Prior to the show, weather permitting, there will be a picnic-style dinner in the Sanders Sculpture Garden located in front of the Bologna Performing Arts Center. Delta Dairy, Delta Meat Market, and Nehi Bottling Co. will have food and beverages available for purchase. Dinner in the garden will last from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., and the Travis Tritt performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $30-60 and are available at the Bologna Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by phone 662-846-4626 or online Tickets to the performance are not required to attend the dinner in the Sculpture Garden; food purchases may be made directly from vendors on-site.

Tickets available for BPAC School-Time Matinee Series

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School is back in session and the Arts Education office at the Bologna Performing Arts Center is ready to help teachers make their reservation to the 2016-17 School-Time Matinee Series.

The series connects children, teachers and schools with the performing arts in meaningful ways by bringing performances to Mississippi that complement the school curriculum. Exposure to live theater ignites a child’s imagination in a unique way, opening the door to a greater understanding of the world and a life-long love of the arts.

The School-Time Matinee Series offers a wide variety of programming that incorporates academic subject matter, literary classics, and art-forms such as music and theatre. The series also aims to meet the artistic and educational needs of students from preschool through high school seniors. Each production provides a variety of curriculum connections, as well as comprehensive study guides that aid in classroom learning both before and after the performance.

The season kicks off Oct. 25 with “A Year with Frog and Toad,” based on Arnold Lobel’s beloved children’s books. The program was nominated for three TONY Awards, including Best Musical.

Next, the internationally renowned dance company Parsons Dance Company will perform its energized, athletic ensemble work on Nov. 9. On Nov. 18, audiences are invited to spend some time with the groovy Pete the Cat and rock out as they learn about friendship and adventure.

The first show of 2017 will be Feb. 1 with “Alonzo King LINES Ballet,” which is hailed by critics as stunning, fierce and evocative. On Feb. 23, get ready for the ultimate playdate as “Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo LIVE” takes the audience on a breathtaking tour of pre-historic Australia.

The season concludes with the musical adaptation of the Caldecott award-winning Cinderella tale of John Steptoe’s “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters” on April 12.

Tickets are now on sale for all productions in the School-Time Matinee Series. To place a reservation for a school group or family, visit and complete an order form. Payment is required to hold reservations. For more information, call Joannah Taylor, Arts Education coordinator, at 662-846-4844.

$10,000 Monsanto grant to fund BPAC spring break camp

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A recent grant from the Monsanto Fund will fund a spring break camp focused on helping young students explore the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

Local Monsanto employees recommended the Bologna Performing Arts Center be awarded the $10,000 grant from their companies’ Monsanto Fund’s 2016 site grant initiative.

Funds from the grant will be used towards the S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Spring Break Camp. The camp seeks to gather campers looking for a challenge and a creative and comprehensive experience that extends beyond their academic year. Creative thinkers and explorers are encouraged to attend.

“We are excited to partner with the Science department here on Delta State’s campus to offer a S.T.E.A.M. Camp during the spring break week of 2017.  The visual arts work so nicely with math and science, as you use many of the same problem solving skills and creativity,” said Joannah Taylor, BPAC’s arts education coordinator.

This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded more than $1.4 million to nonprofit organizations through its site grant initiative to help address essential needs in rural communities. Nonprofit organizations across the U.S. have received more than $7.5 million through this program over the last five years.

The BPAC is dedicated to providing exceptional artistic and educational opportunities to children in the Mississippi Delta region. Through its affiliation with Delta State University, it is able to offer a variety of programming to suit the needs of local families, school children, and educators.  BPAC has a long history of providing interactive camp experiences for young people through their Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute.

The purpose of the Delta State University Foundation is to foster private financial support for Delta State University, such as the Bologna Performing Arts Center.  The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at

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, and Facebook page

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.

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