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Hamlet coming to BPAC

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center presents Aquila Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” on Feb. 6-7.

 

The Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State presents “Hamlet” by Aquila Theatre Feb.6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets begin at $15 and are available at the BPAC Ticket Office, by phone at 662-846-4626, or online at www.bolognapac.com.

There will also be a special performance for schools on Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

“Hamlet” is arguably Shakespeare’s greatest play. Written in 1602, it is one of the most complete portrayals of the human psyche that exists in Western literature.

A compelling tale of familial discord, personal ambition, love and revenge, Hamlet has enthralled audiences for 400 years. Mortality and madness are two of the most pronounced themes of Shakespeare’s epic and the characters — Hamlet, Ophelia, Gertrude and Claudius — inhabit a rich landscape replete with deceit, mistrust and schemes. Four centuries after its premiere, Hamlet continues as one of the classics of the world stage.

Aquila Theatre’s mission is to make classical works accessible to the greatest number. As a company dedicated to the classics, Aquila Theatre feels a responsibility to acknowledge and explore newfound classical works.

Aquila was founded in London in 1991 by Peter Meineck. In 1997, it became a U.S. non for profit organization and is currently based in New York.

The New York Times said   “Aquila Theatre is a classically trained, modernly hip troupe,” and that “the versatile cast of eight, with actors in multiple roles, consistently command attention and admiration.”

Directed by Desiree Sanchez, Aquila’s “Hamlet” will seek to shed new light on Hamlet’s tragic story. The production will use Sanchez’s innovative use of movement, design, sound and superb acting to vividly explore the depths of rage, madness, love and death brought about by a culture of obsessive personal ambition.

 

Registration open for Spring Break Arts Camp at BPAC

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center has opened registration for 5-8-year-olds for Spring Break Arts Camp, a week-long fine and performing arts camp that will be held on campus at Delta State in conjunction with the spring break holiday, March 12-16.

Campers will participate in multiple artistic classes on the BPAC mainstage such as introduction to 3-D design, painting, mixed media and dance.

Tuition for the camp is $200 and includes snacks, all art supplies, and a camp T-shirt. Included in the tuition payment is a $50 non-refundable deposit. Camp classes are from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and space is limited.

Participants of the camps should pack a sack lunch and wear close-toed shoes for dancing on stage. A lunch schedule will be provided for parents and guardians of registered campers should they wish to come and eat with their camper during the day. Campers will have a mid-morning snack in between classes, and a rest and recreation period for all campers will take place in the afternoon.

For more information, you can contact the Arts Education office at 662-846-4844. The Spring Break Arts Camp application, waiver, and other information is available online: http://bolognapac.com/other/.

Sound of Music to make Delta premiere at BPAC

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A brand new production of “The Sounds of Music,” produced by NETworks Presentations, is making its Mississippi Delta premiere Jan. 25 at the Bologna Performing Arts Center as part of a North American tour.

Tickets are on sale now at the BPAC Ticket Office, 662-846-4626 and online www.bolongapac.com. The event is locally sponsored by Guaranty Bank and Trust. For more information, visit www.SoundOfMusicOnTour.com.

“The Sounds of Music” features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp.

The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award®–winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

The production enjoyed extraordinary success as a live television prrogram when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.

“I waited for a moment when we could rediscover ‘The Sound of Music’ as it was originally create,” said Ted Chapin, president of Rodgers & Hammerstein. “Because of the enormous success of the film, few were aware that it started life as a hit Broadway show — and a very big hit at that. The artists behind this production embraced what the authors wrote, looked at it all through modern eyes and, in so doing, found depth and resonance that has been recognized by critics and audiences across the country. It’s like visiting an old friend but finding yourself surprised as well. It’s also a reminder of why this show is such an evergreen.”

The creative team for this new production includes direction by Matt Lenz, based on the national tour’s original direction by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Coast of Utopia). Original choreography by Danny Mefford (Dear Evan Hansen, Fun Home, The Bridges of Madison County, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) has been recreated by Jonathan Warren, with music supervision by Andy Einhorn (Hello, Dolly!, Bullets Over Broadway, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Light in the Piazza).

The design and production team is comprised of Tony Award® nominee Douglas W. Schmidt, set design (The Front Page, 42nd Street, Into the Woods); Tony Award® winner Jane Greenwood, costume design (The Little Foxes, 2014 Special Tony Award® for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre), six-time Tony Award® winner Natasha Katz, lighting design (Long Day’s Journey Into Night, An American in Paris, Once, Aida, The Coast of Utopia, The Glass Menagerie) and Shannon Slaton, sound design (Present Laughter, The Humans). Casting is by Stewart/Whitley.

For more information, including the 2017–2018 touring schedule, please visit:
www.facebook.com/TheSoundOfMusicOnTour
www.twitter.com/SoundOfMusic
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Gladys Knight to perform at BPAC March 22

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State University announces a special addition to the 2017-18 lineup — the “Empress of Soul,” Gladys Knight.

Knight, a winner of seven GRAMMY Awards, possesses one of the richest voices in pop music. She will perform live in concert March 22 at 7:30 p.m. on the BPAC’s main stage.

The concert is locally sponsored by the Bolivar Medical Center.

In the late 1960s and 1970s, Knight created a string of memorable hits, including “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “Neither One of US (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye),” “You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me,” and “Midnight Train to Georgia.” Rolling Stone magazine listed her among the 100 greatest singers of all time, and she’s a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Knight has enjoyed No. 1 hits in pop, gospel, R&B and adult contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance. She loves to perform, beaming her trademark smile as she connects with audiences on an intimately emotional level.

Tickets to see Knight are on sale now at www.bolognapac.com or by contacting the BPAC Ticket Office at 662-846-4626.

“B-The Underwater Bubble Show” to wow BPAC

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 Don’t miss “B-The Underwater Bubble Show” at the Bologna Performing Arts Center Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.

Following your dreams and allowing your inner child to take over for a while is the premise of “B-The Underwater Bubble Show,” performing at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on the campus of Delta State University Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.

Inspired by childhood classics like “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Peter Pan,” “B-The Underwater Bubble Show” is a modern day fairy tale with one major twist.

“Each classic tale represents a journey of a kid who grows up and learns something,” said co-creator and director Enrico Pezzoli. “We wanted a story about an adult character who discovers that he can still go back and enjoy life. We don’t always need to grow up. Sometimes we need to step backwards for a bit and restart.”

The story follows Mr. B, a creature of modern habits who always feels pressured by a thousand things to do in a world that seems to be moving too fast. The office worker discovers a little aquarium that appears like magic inside his briefcase and gradually becomes enchanted by the wondrous underwater world of Bubblelandia.

“Mr. B represents each of us,” Pezzoli notes. “His transformation is a journey which each of us could take.”

Taking cues from Cirque du Soleil, the visually spectacular show incorporates the latest in stage technology. Lasers, low-ground smoke, and flying foam simulate waves and the underwater atmosphere. A juggler in a huge plastic ball is the performer that immediately attracts Mr. B and the audience into Bubbleandia’s wondrous world, while dancers and acrobats serve as small colorful fish chasing Mr. B and each other inside the aquarium. The biggest attraction of the show is the spectacular use of soap bubbles in multiple artistic ways.

“The biggest challenge was to make everyone understand that the show is for everyone. Many people relate it to kids, but everyone loves bubbles. After performing in so many countries around the world, we have seen adults enjoying the show as much as kids, sometimes with even bigger reactions,” said Pezzoli.

Tickets to see the “B- The Underwater Bubble Show” are $15-$20, and discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are on sale now at www.bolognapac.com or at the BPAC Ticket Office at 662-846-4626.