Riley Center Announces Educational Fare

The MSU Riley Center Wednesday announced its lineup for educational shows and a unique artist-in-residency program.

Dance and choral workshops will be offered, along with performances for grades K-12.

Meridian's own "Young People of Praise" will also collaborate with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company for a November show.

"It's a great thing for the community. It is allowing them to relate to some of the artists that'll be on the stage. So it's not more so of strangers singing to strangers. But it's more of a family thing, because now they can see some of the people out there that they recognize," said YPOP director William Myles. "So it brings that ownership back to the community. So we're excited about that."

"We're presenting about 16 daytime school show performances in our theatre for children grades K-12 to participate in," said Riley Center marketing director Penny Kemp. "It's a wonderful opportunity for them to experience the arts, but also have a learning experience associated with that."

There will also be ten workshops for teachers during the season.

The YPOP/DCDC concert will be held Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. YPOP will perform several gospel songs. Tickets are $22 and $28.

For more information about upcoming shows including the educational programming at the MSU Riley Center, click on the link below, or call the MSU Riley Center box office at 601-696-2200.

For questions or more information about educational programs, contact Dr. Charlotte Tabereaux at 601-696-2203 or ctabereaux@riley.msstate.edu.

Recap of School Performances -- Following are for purchase through schools only.

The Little Red Hen Presented by Theatre IV

Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 9:30 am and Noon / Grades: K-5

Giggle, Giggle, Quack Presented by Dallas Children’s Theatre

Friday, October 22, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. and Noon / Grades: K-5

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) Lecture/Demonstration

Friday, November 5, 2010 at 9:30 am / Grades: 5-12

The Diary of Anne Frank Presented by Barter Theatre

Monday, November 15, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. & Noon / Grades: 6-12

Note: Public performance is Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. Tickets: $39, $33. Includes pre-show lecture/discussion.

Charlotte’s Web Presented by Theatre Works USA

Friday, February 11, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. and Noon / Grades: K-5

Room on the Broom Presented by Tall Stories

Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. and Noon / Grades: K-4

Duck for President and Other Story Books Presented by Theatre Works USA

Friday, March 25, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. and Noon / Grades: K-4

Knuffle Bunny Presented by Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 9:30 and Noon / Grades: K-2

There’s An Alligator Under My Bed, A Nightmare In My Closet, and Something In My Attic Presented by Omaha Theater Company

Friday, May 6, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. and Noon / Grades: K-4

Additional Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) Activities

DCDC Master Dance Classes

Friday, November 5, 2010 at 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm / Open to public for ages 8-19

DCDC Master Class and “Talk Back” Lunch with College Student Dancers

Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 10 am – 1 pm: Admission: $10 per person (includes lunch)

DCDC Performance – William Myles & YPOP to perform on a few gospel numbers

Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 7:30 pm / Tickets: $28 & $22 / Group discounts available.

Educational Activities by the Numbers:

· Presenting 16 daytime school performances during the 2020/2011 school year

· Approximately 14,000 students from Central MS and West AL will attend daytime school shows

· Presenting 10 arts integration workshops for teachers from Meridian and Lauderdale County area, with involvement by nationally touring arts educational specialists affiliated with the John F. Kennedy Center

· Approximately 250 teachers from the area to participate in arts integration workshops

· Hosting 3 to 4 master classes led by professionally trained dancers for children and young adults

· Hosting 1 choral workshop led by nationally touring choral director for community at large

· Hosting Marty Stuart’s nationally traveling educational exhibit on American music for 10 weeks, closing on Sept. 18.

· Presenting a daytime symposium on Mississippi’s music heritage in conjunction with the exhibit on Saturday, August 21. Open to public. $15 (includes lunch and access to exhibit)


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