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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 http://bolognapac.com/education/school-time-matinee-series/ and complete an order form. Payment is required to hold reservations. For more information, call Joannah Taylor, Arts Education coordinator, at 662-846-4844.

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MSAI underway at BPAC

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The second week of the Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute Core Arts program is well underway at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Forty-eight middle and high school campers from Mississippi and beyond are taking part in their choice of 20 visual and performing arts classes on the campus of Delta State.

For the last 19 summers, MSAI Arts Camp has provided diverse, unique and challenging arts classes. This year, students have the opportunity to explore topics such as sculpture, ballet, poetry, photography, theatre and more in the state-of-the-art facilities at the BPAC and Delta State.

Campers spent the weekend of the June 11 in Memphis as they played at Sky Zone and saw Theatre Memphis’ performance of “Oliver!” Students returned to Cleveland discussing the techniques of stage combat they are learning in class and witnessed in the show.

New York-based theatre teacher Christian Vernon is serving as a Core Arts faculty member for a third year. His students are taking part in improvisation, theatre combat and puzzle design for escape room classes. While Vernon is teaching his theatre classes in the BPAC Recital Hall, Bethany Philipp, a member of the Front Porch Dance Company out of Jackson, is busy engaging her students in dance improvisation, modern dance and ballet in the Delta and Pine Land Theater. As a member of the Mississippi Arts Commission teaching artist roster, Philipp is engaging students in new ways of using their bodies while thinking about movement.

Photographer Will Jacks is teaching a multimedia class in which students are creating their own documentary of camp life at Core Arts. Campers are lugging around recording equipment and conducting interviews with campers, faculty and staff.

Students are looking forward to showcasing their work at the Closing Reception on June 17 at 7 p.m. in the BPAC. The public is invited to join the visual and creative writing classes as they present their works at the reception, which is free and open to the public. The following morning, June 18, the performing arts classes will appear in the Final Performance at 10 a.m. in the BPAC’s Delta and Pine Land Theater.

“We are pleased with the high caliber faculty we are able to employ this summer and the incredible talent these young artists have shown at Core Arts,” said Joannah Taylor, Core Arts director and Arts Education coordinator at the BPAC. “This program attracts such talent and nurtures these artists in a safe and encouraging atmosphere. You won’t believe the things these young people have been able to accomplish in two weeks.”

The 2016 Core Arts program is made possible through support from the Mississippi Arts Commission, The American Legion, AT&T, Entergy, the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, the King’s Daughters and Sons Circle Number Two, the Crosstie Arts Council and Delta Dairy. For more information on the Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute, call 662-846-4844, or visit www.bolognapac.com.

The BPAC recently held a special luncheon to thank over 70 volunteers who are part of the BPAC Ambassadors program.

BPAC recognizes Ambassadors

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At each performance held at the Bologna Performing Arts Center, some of the first people patrons meet are the dedicated BPAC Ambassadors. From ticket takers and door captains, to greeters and ushers, these volunteers play a huge role in making the performances a great experience for everyone in attendance.

The BPAC recently paid tribute to these volunteers by hosting its annual Ambassadors Luncheon.

Over 70 dedicated volunteers from across the Delta work performances throughout the year. Sally Young, who has been an Ambassador for over a year, expressed the enjoyment of volunteering at the BPAC.

“I am a people person, and I look forward to interacting with all the patrons who come performances at the Bologna Performing Arts Center,” said Young. “I especially love to work the school matinee programs. Seeing the excitement on children’s’ faces really brings joy to being an Ambassador.”

Positions are open to join the BPAC Ambassadors for the 2016-17 season, and training will be held in August. For more information or to sign up, contact Amber Foster at 662-846-4625.

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BPAC unveils 2016-17 season

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State University released its 2016-17 season today. The new lineup features a total of 22 performances across four series: the Main Stage, featuring evening public performances; Family Series, geared at theatergoers of all ages; Recital Hall Series, featuring classical music; and the School-Time Matinee Series, providing educational opportunities for preK-12 students and educators.

There are 10 performances on the Main Stage lineup. Kicking off the season will be GRAMMY award-winning country music artist Travis Tritt with special guest Luke Combs on Sept.15, sponsored by Bolivar Medical Center. Americana-folk rock band The Avett Brothers will play on Oct. 4, sponsored by Guaranty Bank. On Oct. 20, two powerful acts will unite when Mavis Staples performs along with the Blind Boys of Alabama, sponsored by Cannon Motors of Mississippi. On Nov. 10, contemporary dance company Parsons Dance will take the stage in a performance funded in part by South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. The national Broadway tour of Elf The Musical will play the Mississippi Delta on Dec. 2, sponsored by Planters Bank. In 2017, the USA International Ballet Competition will sponsor a dance performance by Alonzo King LINES Ballet on Jan. 31, funded in part by South Arts and the NEA, as well as Southern Company. On Feb. 28, the international percussion sensation STOMP will come to the Delta. Next, the national Broadway tour of the quintessential backstage musical comedy classic 42nd Street will play on March 20. Direct from Broadway, the mind-blowing spectacular THE ILLUSIONISTS will showcases the jaw-dropping talents of some of the most incredible illusionists on Earth on March 30. The Main Stage season will conclude with a performance on April 27 by Josh Turner, double-platinum-selling singer-songwriter and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry, sponsored by Robinson Electric.

The new Family Series features three productions geared towards the young at heart. The Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China will perform on Oct. 11. On Nov.6, the Mermaid Theatre of Novia Scotia will perform Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle, sponsored by Heidi’s. Based on the hit TV show, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! is coming to the BPAC on Jan. 24. Performance times are designed to accommodate younger theatergoers.

The new Recital Hall series will feature the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet on Oct. 6, a GRAMMY award-winning classical guitar ensemble. On March 21, Sybarite5, a string quintet consisting of two violins, viola, cello and double bass, will perform their eclectic repertoire. 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 Oct. 25; a matinee performance by Parsons Dance Company on Nov. 9; Pete the Cat sponsored by Entergy on Nov. 18; a matinee performance by Alonzo King LINES Ballet on Feb. 1; Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live! sponsored by Walmart on Feb.23; and Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters on April 12 sponsored by AT&T.

There is also a free community performance planned for April 4, 2017 titled Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till that is sponsored in part by Delta State University’s Winning the Race initiative.

Tickets are currently on pre-sale for BPAC Annual Members, individuals who make a tax deductible donation of $75 or more to the BPAC. Main Stage season ticket packages start at $285 and go on sale July 1. Main Stage Custom “Pick 3,” Family Series and Recital Hall Series ticket packages go on sale July 11. All individual tickets will be available for purchase on July 18. More information on all performances, including videos, can be found at www.bolognapac.com. To become an Annual Member and join the pre-sale, for information on group tickets, or any other questions, call the BPAC at 662-846-4625.

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BPAC announces 2016 Summer Movie Series

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Now in its fourth year, the Bologna Performing Arts Center plans to screen major motion pictures on its big screen in the Delta & Pine Land Theatre through the annual Summer Movie Series. All tickets are $5 for general admission seating. Popcorn and other movie-style concessions will be available to complement the experience. Sales will be cash only.

The first film of the summer will be “Zootopia,” rated PG, on June 7 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. The film is the latest from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

On June 14, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Studio’s “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice” will be shown at 7 p.m. The film is rated PG-13 and stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, and Amy Adams.

On June 21, the 2016 release of “Miracles From Heaven” will be screened at 7 p.m. Based on the incredible true story of a young girl’s miraculous cure from a disorder, this faith-based drama stars Jennifer Garner and is rated PG.

Tom Hank’s latest film, “A Hologram for the King,” will be shown June 28 at 7 p.m. The film is rated R and is based on the book by the same title, in which an American businessman tries to close the deal of a lifetime in Saudi Arabia.

Finally, on July 19, the BPAC will feature Disney’s all-new, live-action epic adventure “The Jungle Book” at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. The PG-rated film is inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s works and the 1967 Walt Disney animated classic of the young orphan boy Mowgli who is raised by animals.

For more information, tickets, and to see film trailers, visit www.bolognapac.com, or call the ticket office at 662-846-4626.