Please check the calendar for upcoming events and performances presented by the Bologna Center. For a full listing of all campus events, please visit the Delta State Calendar of Events.
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz will present a jazz and blues education program at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on September 9 beginning at 9:30 a.m. The program will feature legendary vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, a multiple GRAMMY Award-winning recording artist and Tony Award recipient for her work on Broadway. To ensure seat reservations for middle and high school students across the Delta, this performance is closed to the public and available for school groups only. Reservations must be made in advance.
Through lively performances, musical demonstrations, and a question and answer session with the student audience, the interactive program will demonstrate how the blues has become a foundation for many types of popular art and entertainment, and how, perhaps more than any other music, it is jazz’s greatest influence.
The Thelonious Monk Institute began its Blues & Jazz initiative in 2007 with major funding from Carolyn Powers, a member of the Dockery family. Powers has been leading the restoration of Dockery Farms, which many consider to be the birthplace of the blues. The Institute has presented Blues & Jazz education programs for more than 10,000 Mississippi public school students. Through visits to public schools in Cleveland, Jackson, Natchez, Oxford, Rosedale, and Ruleville, leading blues and jazz musicians have presented school-wide assembly programs, in addition to jazz band and vocal jazz clinics for advanced high school student musicians. The Institute also offers free, daily in-school and after-school instrument training sessions for Ruleville elementary, middle, and high school students in partnership with Delta State University. The program is helping to cultivate the next generation of musicians and perpetuate the Mississippi Delta’s blues legacy. Additionally, the Institute’s free online curriculum at www.thebluesandjazz.org traces the history and development of the blues and jazz in America.
Reservations for the program are limited and required. Please contact Whitney Cummins at 662-846-4844 to reserve seats for your school group.
Prolific singer-songwriter Clint Black has long been heralded as one of Country music’s brightest stars. His many talents have helped shape his long career, as Black has transcended genres to become one of the most successful artists in all the music industry. To date, Black has written, recorded and released more than 100 songs, a benchmark in any artist’s career. Critics from coast to coast are calling Clint Black shows “the ones to remember.” From “Killin’ Time” to “Tailights,” Clint Black is part of the soundtrack of Country music.
Stanley Lambchop is just like everyone else. That’s the problem. For Stanley, life is TOO normal. He wants to travel the world, do something amazing, something no one’s ever seen before. Careful what you wish for, Stanley! One night, the bulletin board on the wall above Stanley’s bed comes loose and falls – right on top of Stanley! The next morning, Stanley Lambchop wakes up flat. Not just a little flat…really, REALLY flat! In a whirlwind musical travelogue presented by Dallas Children’s Theatre, Flat Stanley – the ultimate exchange student – explores the globe and learns that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.
Recommended for kindergarten – 4th grade
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Geography/Environment, Mathematics, Multicultural Studies, Fine Arts, Performing Arts
Experience a new kind of Electronic Music. With world-class acrobats and the stellar beats of DJ Buckline, Circus Electronica brings a completely fresh approach to high European Circus. Circus Electronica Singularity represents a bold new direction in theatrical entertainment that blends the scintillating grooves of electronic music and the most awe-inspiring traditions of the Circus into an incredible, once in a lifetime experience. As technology and the Human experience merge, witness high-flying acro-ballet blended seamlessly with Electronic Dance Music in a revolution that is leaving audiences of all ages stunned!
Theatreworks USA is proud to present We the People, an all-new musical revue that brings American Civics lessons to life and promises to make Social Studies exciting and accessible. Students will have a blast learning about the three branches of government, the First Amendment, presidential elections, democracy, the judicial process, and more. Barreling through a variety of musical styles relevant to today’s youth, including rock, rhythm-and-blues, and hip-hop, We the People will instill American pride in audiences of all ages, and perhaps even inspire them to get involved and make a difference.
Recommended for 4th – 8th grade
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Music, Relationships and Family, Social Studies
SISTER ACT is Broadway’s feel-amazing musical comedy smash! The New York Post calls it “RIDICULOUSLY FUN,” and audiences are jumping to their feet in total agreement! Featuring original music by 8-time Oscar® winner ALAN MENKEN (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors), SISTER ACT tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, SISTER ACT is reason to REJOICE!
Mooseltoe is the charming story about a Moose who wants to fly with Santa’s reindeer. Mooseltoe sets out to find the great wise Mooseking for advice, and along the way meets a variety of characters, all of whom teach Mooseltoe valuable life lessons. Meanwhile, there is trouble at the North Pole. Will Mooseltoe be able to save Christmas?
Recommended for pre-kindergarten – 5th grade
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Relationships and Family
For 50 years, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer® has delighted television audiences of all ages, and now he soars off the screen and onto the stage “in a show that will go down in history…as a SMASHING HIT!” (Dallas Examiner). Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer®, The Musical, produced by Wishing Star Productions, “is a happy and fast-moving family show with clever puppets, bright costumes and an enthusiastic and playful cast of singers and dancers” (Theater Jones). “The whole production bounces with joy and energy” and is sure to be “the best holiday entertainment value on any local stage this year” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram), so come join Rudolph, Hermey the Elf, and Yukon Cornelius as they escape the Bumble Snow Monster of the North, save Christmas, and prove that every Misfit has a place in the world!
Adapted from the Animated Television Special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and all elements from the 1964 television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” © and ™, presented under license from Character Arts, LLC. All rights reserved.
ALL ABOARD for this saucy and splendid production of ANYTHING GOES, winner of three 2011 Tony® Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography! Peppering this Cole Porter first-class comedy are some of musical theater’s most memorable standards, including “I Get a Kick out of You,” “You’re the Top,” and of course, “Anything Goes.” Don’t miss what the AP exclaims as, “So DELIGHTFUL, So DELICIOUS, So DE-LOVELY!”
The most beloved family show in the world, featuring an amazing cast of house cats, dogs, parrots…even geese and doves! Critics describe the show as a unique blend of comedy, world-champion juggling, and the extraordinary talents of more than 30 performing pets. The world famous Gregory Popovich is a fifth-generation Russian circus performer who learned early on how to develop strong bonds with animals. Popovich has rescued the animals from shelters all over the country and transformed them into stars, using positive reinforcement and working with the animals’ natural abilities to create a fun, one-of-a kind show. The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater has performed in over 20 countries, was voted “Best Family Show in Las Vegas, and has been featured on The Tonight Show, David Letterman, Animal Planet, and as a finalist on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”