Tony® Award-Winning Man of La Mancha Set to Inspire Audiences at the Bologna Performing Arts

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Bringing in the New Year are multiple performances of Man of La Mancha, showing January 21, 2007 @ 2:00 pm, January 21, 2007 @ 7:30 pm, and January 22, 2007 @ 7:30pm. 

This five-time Tony Award winner is the epic story of knight-errant Don Quixote, his servant Sancho, and the woman of his dreams, the lovely Dulcinea.  The tale is set during the Spanish Inquisition and tells the romantic and noble journey of a man who sets out to right all wrongs and win the heart of a good woman as he duels windmills along the way.  The impeccable score includes The Impossible Dream, Dulcinea, and the title song, also known as I, Don Quixote.

This all-new touring production of Man of La Mancha has been deemed “a powerful production that is as relevant today as when it first hit Broadway” by the Anchorage Daily News, with “an outstanding cast” in “a profoundly affecting performance.” 

Michael McFadden, Artistic Producer for Phoenix Entertainment, offers this insight:  “We really focused on the heart-touching story of Don Quixote, the ultimate maverick hero.  He is a man who was able to face corruption with courage and dared to dream the impossible.  His quest is humorous, joyous and is surrounded with amazing musical moments like The Impossible Dream.  There’s a connection the audience makes with the characters on stage, and that connection has been enhanced in this production to create a memorable evening all around.”

A powerful blend of tragedy, romance, comedy, and adventure, Man of La Mancha is an inspiring musical tribute to Don Quixote’s romantic idealism. The New York Times on Man of La Mancha writes, “One of the modern classics of the American Theatre.  Fresh and timeless, Mitch Leigh’s irrepressibly melodious and charming music is as vibrant as ever.  A brilliant stroke of theatre.”        

Tickets are $30.00 for Adults and $20.00 for Children 12 and under and for Senior Citizen 60 years and older.   To order tickets visit us online at or contact the BPAC Box Office at 662-846-4626.


Delta State’s Wright Art Center Gallery to present ‘Tell Me a Story: Photographing the American South’ exhibition

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Untitled (Elvis with Guitar), photograph by Terry Wood, 1956.

Delta State University’s Wright Art Center Gallery will present a show about the American South pictured through the eyes of numerous photographers entitled “Tell Me a Story: Photographing the American South,” opening on Sunday, Jan.14 with a public reception from 4-6 p.m. at the Wright Art Center Gallery on the campus.

The body of work is on loan to the gallery from the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson and includes photographs by William Christenberry, William Eggleston, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Milly Moorhead, Tom Rankin, Maggie Lee Sayre, Jack Spencer, Lea Barton, Kendall Messick, William Greiner, Sandra Russell Clark, John T. Edge, Birney Imes, Carl Mydans, Robert Hubbard, Eudora Welty, and Bern and Franke Keating.

Like stories, photographs invite us to observe life around us and within us. They tell us a story of an instant: when William Faulkner and his dog stood just so; when Eudora Welty looked straight into our eyes. They tell a history and allow us to ask questions. There is no single shared story in this exhibition. Rather, images of the land, the people and the every day details of the South will mean different things to each viewer and will resonate depending on individual experiences and perspectives.

The exhibit which is free and open to the public can be viewed through Feb. 24. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. and on Friday 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., closed on weekends, holidays and interims. For more information, please contact the DSU art department at (662) 846-4720.



Graduate School to host fair for prospective students, register online

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On behalf of the Delta State University community and the city of Cleveland, welcome to the Graduate Studies website at Delta State University! We are grateful for your expressing an interest in our graduate studies program. DSU serves as an educational and cultural center for the Mississippi Delta. The University offers graduate degrees in the areas of Education, Arts and Sciences, Business, and Nursing. Emphasis is placed on excellence in instruction, followed by research in the creation of a community of scholars. DSU provides numerous programs and services which promote professional growth and social development.

From a small teacher-training institution in the 1920’s, DSU has grown into a multi-purpose university. The University has continued to grow and prosper with an enrollment of over 4,000 students. With special attention to small classes in a friendly environment, DSU is committed to providing a quality education at one of the most affordable prices in the Southeastern United States. Even at the affordable cost, assistance is available through graduate assistantships and scholarship opportunities (review the graduate catalog for more details).

This website serves only as an abbreviated version of the Graduate Studies Program at Delta State University. We invite you to come for a personal visit. Call us today at 662-846-4875 or via email at to arrange a date and time. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Delta State Steel Band to perform in Gator Bowl parade

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From left: Chris Black of Shelby, Klint Keown of Forrest City, Ark., John Coleman of Columbus, Brad Hollifield of Laurel, Julie Bowen of Olive Branch, Larissa Dixon of Brookhaven, Megan Morgan of Olive Branch, Jerome Jones of Madison, Amber Horton of Colt, Ark., Elizabeth King of Yazoo City, Derrick Ward of McCool, Desta Hallmark of Mooreville and Larry Bradford, director.

The Delta State University Steel Band, under the direction of Dr. Larry Bradford, assistant band director and instructor in music, has been invited to perform in the 2006 Gator Bowl Parade, Sunday, Dec. 31, in Jacksonville, Florida.

The 12-member steel band will participate in the parade atop a flatbed trailer playing traditional calypso and soca music. The group will also perform Monday, Jan. 1, 2007 as part of the pre-game festivities.

The 2007 Toyota Gator Bowl will feature West Virginia University, as the Big East representative, squaring off against ACC representative, Georgia Tech. Kick-off, inside AllTel Stadium, is scheduled for noon (CST).

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to perform for thousands of people and show what Delta State and the Mississippi Delta has to offer potential students,” Bradford offered of the invite.




On stands now, Delta State student’s work featured in Sports Illustrated

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Travis Chamblee

Delta State University senior Travis Chamblee’s photography work is currently featured in this week’s edition of Sports Illustrated, on stands now. An image of Statesmen quarterback Scott Eyster, captured by Chamblee during the 2006 season, was used by the SI staff in its “Week Ahead” section.

A sports information major of Vicksburg, Chamblee is credited for the work. He first began shooting athletic events last fall as part of his photojournalism class work, under the direction of University photographer, Bill Moses. A natural talent and quick study, Chamblee’s work has since been featured in area newspapers, including the Delta Democrat Times, the Cleveland News Leader and the University’s school newspaper, The Statement.

His camera work can also be regularly viewed on the Delta State athletic website,, as Chamblee currently serves as a student assistant in the Athletic Media Relations Office, under the direction of Matt Jones.

Of his first appearance in the sports magazine, Chamblee offered, “Every young athlete dreams of being in Sports Illustrated. This is unbelievable and I am honored. I just thank Sports Illustrated for not only making my dream come true, but Scott’s too.”