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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.


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.

Jeremy Davis, Clay Johnson and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra will perform at the Bologna Performing Arts Center Oct. 20. A special pre-show dinner will take place in the Jimmy & Hazel Sanders Sculpture Garden.

Big band performance and sculpture garden dinner planned at BPAC

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Jeremy Davis, Clay Johnson and their fiery hot 17-piece big band Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, will perform at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on the campus of Delta State University Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. The event will also feature a pre-show dinner and live music in the Jimmy & Hazel Sanders Sculpture Garden.

All across America, audiences have fallen in love with these two sophisticated Southern gentleman and their high-energy show. Along with the greatest songs, the best original arrangements, and phenomenal musicianship, the duo brings their rich friendship and charm to the stage.

Fashioned in the style and swagger of legendary entertainers like Frank Sinatra, Davis and Johnson are putting their own stamp on the great American songbook, graced with a touch of Motown, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Elvis and more. The show offers a freshness and relevance that speaks to every soul.

Prior to the show, the sculpture garden will feature a special dinner and live music. Delta Meat Market will be cooking on site offering select items for purchase. Tours will also be available of the recently installed sculptures in the garden. Dinner is scheduled from 5:45-7:15 p.m., and the main performance begins on stage at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to the show are $25-35 and are available at the BPAC Ticket Office, open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 662-846-4626 or purchase tickets online at www.bolognapac.com. Tickets to the performance are not required to attend the dinner, as food purchases may be made on site.

For more information, stop by the Bologna Center Ticket Office, call 662-846-4626 or visit www.bolognapac.com.

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Bobby Rush and Super Chikan thrill BPAC crowd

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Blues legends Bobby Rush and James “Super Chikan” Johnson teamed for a free concert at Delta State’s Bologna Performing Arts Center Tuesday night as the closing act of the university’s second annual International Conference on the Blues. The event, “The Storytellers featuring Bobby Rush and Super Chikan: Up Close and Personal,” was a stripped-down concert format that invited the crowd to experience the two renowned blues artists singing and telling stories about their lives, careers, the blues and the Mississippi Delta in distinctly personal ways. Photo by Rory Doyle/Delta State University