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The Bologna Performing Arts Center’s first School-Time Matinee of the season, "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley," will take place at the BPAC Oct.1.

Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley coming to BPAC

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center’s first School-Time Matinee of the season, “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley,” will take place at the BPAC Oct.1.

Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, Jeff Brown’s beloved children’s book, “Flat Stanley,” was written in 1964 and has become a literary and pop cultural phenomenon. The musical stage adaptation, presented by Dallas Children’s Theater, has followed in its footsteps and is receiving national critical acclaim.

“What I love about the show are all the teachable moments that don’t feel like lessons,” says Dallas Children’s Theatre’s guest director Michael Serrecchia. “It’s a fun, Broadway-style musical comedy about the value of being different and the importance of family.”

“The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” tells the story of Stanley Lambchop, a normal boy who is just like everyone else. That’s the problem. For Stanley, life is too normal. Determined to do something amazing, something no one’s ever seen before, he makes a wish on a falling star. That night, the bulletin board on the wall above Stanley’s bed comes loose and falls – right on top of him.

The next morning, Stanley Lambchop wakes up flat. Not just a little flat — really, really flat. Thus begins his new life and an unexpected quest to see the world, which comes surprisingly easy when you can travel through the mail as a letter. Once Stanley realizes that great adventures aren’t as special without his family around to share in the joy and excitement, he wishes to become a three-dimensional boy once again and learns that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

The show will be performed Oct. 1 at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. This production is recommended for school groups and families with children in kindergarten through fourth grade.

Ticket order forms and complimentary study guides are available for download at www.bolognapac.com/education/school-time-matinee-series. Please call Whitney Cummins, arts education coordinator, at 662-846-4844 for more information.

Students who participated in The Emperor’s New Clothes pose with the cast of the show, Cheryl Comans of Entergy Mississippi, and Laura Howell and Whitney Cummins of the Bologna Center.

Entergy sponsors free performances at the Bologna Center

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Over 1,500 elementary students from more than five different counties attended The Emperor’s New Clothes, a special free performance sponsored by Entergy and presented by New Stage Theatre’s Arts-in-Education statewide touring program on April 8.

Students traveled from counties including Tunica, Quitman, Washington and Sunflower to experience this special event. Children and adults thoroughly enjoyed this highly energetic and interactive performance. All audience members were able to participate in the production by providing sound effects to help tell the story. Several students were also chosen to perform with the actors on stage.

Students left the Bologna Center with smiles on their faces and great things to say about the performance. In an effort to ensure that each student receives an educational experience, teachers and families who attended the performance were provided with a comprehensive study guide for use before and after the performance.

The Bologna Performing Arts Center provides several opportunities throughout each school year for school groups and families to experience professional quality theatrical performances. The 2014-2015 School-Time Matinee Series will be announced in August of 2014. Please call Whitney Cummins, BPAC Arts Education Coordinator, at 662-846-4844 to be added to the matinee series mailing list.

New Stage Theatre is a professional not-for-profit theatre based in Jackson. The Emperor’s New Clothes is directed by Joshua Phillips and performed by New Stage’s Professional Acting Company members Jamaar Blanchard, Catherine Mounger and Jasmine Rivera. For more information about New Stage Theatre’s Education Program, please contact Education Director Chris Roebuck at 601-948-3533 ext. 232 or Education Assistant Betty Wong at 601-948-3533 ext. 233.

Tom Pittman, president of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, presented the Bologna Performing Arts Center with a $3,000 grant check on Tuesday for continued support to the School-Time Matinee Series. Accepting the check were Whitney Cummins, BPAC Arts Education coordinator, and Laura Howell, BPAC executive director.

Community Foundation sponsors BPAC Matinee Series

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Tom Pittman, president of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, presented the Bologna Performing Arts Center with a $3,000 grant check on Tuesday for continued support to the School-Time Matinee Series.

Thanks to the CFNM grant, students from Coahoma, East Tallahatchie, Quitman and West Tallahatchie counties were able to attend the Black Violin Trio matinee performance Tuesday at the BPAC.

The School-Time Matinee Series has hosted more than 8,000 local students throughout the 2013-14 school year, and has given students from across the Delta an opportunity to experience a variety of artistic and educational performances.

The CFNM connects people who care with causes that matter. It assists donors as well as nonprofit organizations and charitable causes that make a difference in people’s lives. While donors designate their charitable contributions, the foundation has set its priorities as education, health and children in order to make the greatest impact on its community.

Whitney Cummins, BPAC Arts Education coordinator said she was thrilled about the CFNM support.

“We are excited to partner with the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi for the third consecutive year,” said Cummins. “Through this generous grant, we are able to provide students from Northwest Mississippi with the opportunity to experience professional theatrical productions by removing the ticket cost barrier.”

More than 800 students from throughout the Delta filed into the BPAC Tuesday for the violin performance, which featured classically trained musicians who combine the elements of classical and hip-hop to produce a truly unique sound. Students ranging from pre-K to 12th grade were dancing and clapping along to the infectious beats.

Violinists Kev and Wil B spoke in between songs about the importance of music education.

The next scheduled school-time matinee is April 8, as the BPAC presents New Stage Theatre’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” sponsored by Entergy. Performances are scheduled for  9:30 and 11:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Cummins at 662-846-4844, or visit www.bolognapac.com to reserve seats for your family or school group.

 

Black Violin

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BPAC, School-Time Matinee

Virtuoso violinists Kev and Wil B, along with DJ TK on the turntables, are going to raise the roof sky-high with their funky fusion of classical, jazz, hip-hop, blues, and R&B. Black violin smashes musical stereotypes and will enthrall lovers of Bach and Beyonce. They have inspired kids from all over North America to get fired up about classical music- proving that their hearts are as big and soulful as their sound. (Recommended Grade Levels: 2nd- 12th Grade)

Black Violin

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BPAC, School-Time Matinee Series

Virtuoso violinists Kev and Wil B, along with DJ TK on the turntables, are going to raise the roof sky-high with their funky fusion of classical, jazz, hip-hop, blues, and R&B. Black violin smashes musical stereotypes and will enthrall lovers of Bach and Beyonce. They have inspired kids from all over North America to get fired up about classical music- proving that their hearts are as big and soulful as their sound. (Recommended Grade Levels: 2nd- 12th Grade)