On Tuesday, Jan. 21, MadRiver Theatre’s production of Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks will hit the Bologna Performing Arts Center (BPAC) stage at Delta State University for two performances as part of the School-Time Matinee Series. The production dispels myths about Parks and her protest as it paints a portrait of a complex woman who had to find reconciliation with herself in order to become an effective civil rights leader. Tickets are still available for both the 9:30 and 11:30 AM show times. The performance is recommended for students in third grade and up, and is being locally sponsored by Entergy.
In addition to tickets for the day’s performances, BPAC is also selling Rosa Parks autobiographies to classes who attend the performance for only $1 per copy. The Scholastic title, Rosa Parks: My Story, is a chapter book recommended for students in 4th-7th grades. With more than 450 titles already sold, the reduced-priced book distribution program is just one component of BPAC’s annual Read It, See It, Hear It, Be It program.
Working with community partners at GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi and the Delta Arts Alliance, Read It, See It, Hear It, Be It aims to provide free arts workshops for students attending BPAC School-Time Matinee Series performances. The goal of the program is to offer more resources for teachers, so that they can take the material students see onstage back to the classroom. Free study guides for the performance are available for download on BPAC’s education website and can be combined with the reduced-priced Rosa Parks autobiography for a lesson prior to students attending the performance.
Tickets are still on sale for the day’s performances and are $6 each. Contact the arts education office at 662-846-4844 for further information on ticketing, performances, book distributions, and workshops.