School-Time Matinee Series

Students throughout the Delta attend School-Time Matinee Series performances in our 1,154 seat Delta and Pine Land Theatre.

The Bologna Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce the School-Time Matinee Series Fall 2021- Spring 2022 performance dates!

Schoolhouse Rock LIVE!

Friday, October 22, 2021 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM

A pop culture phenomenon returns to the musical stage! Academic subjects will never seem boring again when presented through megahits like “Conjunction Junction,” “Just a Bill,” “Interplanet Janet” or “Three is a Magic Number.” Schoolhouse Rock explodes onto the stage with songs you loved updated for a whole new generation!


Curriculum Connections: Language Arts: Reading,
Comprehension, Writing, Vocabulary; Performing & Visual
Arts: Theater, Music, Production Design, and how they are
used to adapt a play from a book

Recommended for PreK-2nd grade

Click here for Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! Study Guide


November 18, 2021 – 10:00 am

Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD) is a dance company rooted in African American and Latinx street and club dances. Dedicated to exploring the inherent complexities of these dances, EAD investigates the expansive narrative qualities of various vernacular forms including breaking, hip hop, house and vogue, as a means to tell stories, develop innovative imagery, and find new modes of expression. Odeon, an original dance work for six dancers and four musicians, is the second collaboration between sister and brother team Ephrat and Ehud Asherie (choreographer and musical director, respectively). Set to the music of Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth, known for mixing early 20thcentury romantic music with samba and other popular Afro- Brazilian rhythms, this work takes a hybrid approach to movement.

Odeon delves into what happens when you bring together parts of the extended family of street and club dances— including breaking, hip-hop, house, and vogue—remix them, pick them apart, and challenge them to inhabit unfamiliar spatial and choreographic contexts.

The school time matinee of Odeon begins with a brief introduction from Ephrat Asherie followed by a 40 minute version of Odeon, the full company participates in the Q&A session with students.

Recommended for all ages.

Click here for Ephrat Asherie Study Guides

LIGHT WIRE Presents The Adventures of Tortoise and Hare, The Next Gen

Friday, February 4, 2022
9:30 AM and 11:30 AM

We begin with Aesop’s classic fable of the The Tortoise and the Hare but continue the story which finds them 10
years down the road, now with children of their own and exploring modern day distractions. Smart phones and video
games create a new landscape of lost connections to life experiences. The Next Gen features Tortoise Junior and
Lil’ Hare in a whole new kind of race; where their adventures lead them into unexpected territory. Old man Tortoise and Big Daddy Hare must come together despite their differences to find and save their children. What hurdles will they have to overcome to make it to the finish line?

With dazzling visuals, poignant storytelling and the creative use of
music from classical to pop, this production brings this tale into a new brilliant light.

Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Click Here for Tortoise and Hare: The Next Gen Study Guides

Paddington Gets in a Jam

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM

Watch Paddington, the famous, accident prone bear, as he takes to the stage in this fun filled comedy.
Paddington is making his favorite marmalade jam with the help of the Brown’s housekeeper Mrs. Bird, but they run out of sugar, so Paddington heads next door to borrow some from Mr. Curry. The usually grumpy Mr. Curry is even more short tempered than ever as he prepares for a visit from his great aunt who is a stickler for tidiness. Paddington, feeling sorry for Mr. Curry, volunteers to help him with his chores. Unfortunately for Paddington his good intentions end up leading to chaos, as one by one each of his jobs starts to have an unexpected outcome!

Recommended for grades Pre-K to 3rd.

Click here for Paddington Gets in a Jam Study Guides

Shaun Boothe, Unauthorized Biography Series presents Stronger Together with Hip-Hop Biographies featuring Malala Yousafzai, Bob Marley and Oprah Winfrey

Thursday, March 31, 2022 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM

In this powerful presentation, Shaun uses biographical rap songs from his Unauthorized Biography Series to celebrate and examine the lives of some of our most influential human rights and social justice activists. Shaun’s message is relevant and consistent with our current state of affairs, where we are all at once experiencing a collective awakening to the racial injustices deeply woven into the fabric of our society. EMPOWERMENT is a prominent theme in this presentation.

There is currently great tension, anger, and discomfort in the conversations surrounding racial inequities. The intention is not to sidestep this important dialogue, but to use one of the most powerful tools we have to bring people together during such challenging times – MUSIC!

Each chapter of the series captures the legacy of an influential iconic figure in a documentary-style music video. Icons featured in this presentation will include Bob Marley, Malala Yousafzai, and Oprah Winfrey. Getting blog love from Kanye, tweets from Diddy himself – Boothe’s sixth icon in his series – and a feature on, it’s clear that he’s getting the attention of the right people.

Shaun Boothe is an award winning hip-hop artist, TEDx speaker and creator of ‘The Unauthorized Biography Series’.
The Unauthorized Biography Series is a critically acclaimed musical project that celebrates the world’s greatest cultural icons through biographical rap songs – Repackaging History through Hip-Hop.

After spending 10+ years in the music industry, sharing stages with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Lauryn Hill and Kendrick Lamar, a search for a more purposeful path led Shaun to the education market. It was here where he discovered how his Unauthorized Biography Series, combined with his passion for speaking, could be used as a powerful tool to both entertain and inspire others to achieve their own greatness. A few short years later, this new direction has grown into a thriving international career as an inspirational speaker and performing artist in middle schools, high schools, college campuses and performing arts centres alike.

Recommended for 4th through 12th grades.

Click here for Shaun Booth’s Unauthorized Biography Series Study Guides

Tickets, Books, Workshops and more!

To purchase tickets for our School-Time Matinee Series shows, please fill out our ticket order form found HERE. Submit the form to the arts education office with full payment for the order. Please make all checks or money orders payable to Delta State University. The arts education office accepts cash, checks, purchase orders, money orders, and credit cards. Please note there is a $5 processing fee for every order placed for the STMS performances. If paying by purchase order, note that our offices will bill out the PO to your school’s central office after the performance date. It is not necessary to bring the check upon arrival. For questions, please contact the arts education office at 662-846-4844.

The BPAC Arts Education Office is proud to announce the fourth year of our arts and literacy initiative, Read It, See It, Hear It, Be It. In partnership with the Delta Arts Alliance and GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, the BPAC will offer reduced priced books for students for only $1 who attend the matinee performance. These books, on which the performances are based, will offer students and teachers a chance to dive deeper into the study of narrative and artistic adaption. Please note that books are sold on a first-come, first served basis. Study guides are available for free on our website to tie in with the unit, and, free performance workshops will be offered to groups on a first-come, first serve basis to coincide with the program. For schools reserving books within a forty mile radius of Cleveland, MS, the books will be delivered to you two weeks prior to the performance. For schools reserving books outside of the immediate service area, books will be delivered to your buses on the day of the performance. If you are interested in receiving your books prior to the show, contact the arts education office at 662-846-4844 to arrange shipping details.

Arts education workshops will be available as part of our Read It, See It, Hear It, Be It program in partnership with the Delta Arts Alliance and Grammy Museum Mississippi. These workshops will run for approximately one hour and are free for students who attend the School-Time Matinee Series performances, but reservations MUST be made ahead of time as there are limited capacities and age restrictions on workshop activities. Please check for detailed information on the performance workshops for the 2021- 2022 School-Time Matinee Series season.

Make a day of your trip! Performances last approximately one hour, but the fun doesn’t have to stop once you leave the theatre! Inquire about one of our free performance workshops, or add a GRAMMY Museum Mississippi tour for an additional $5 per student. One chaperone for every 10 students is admitted free, and 1 bus driver per 20 students is admitted free. Grammy Museum MS also offers lunch

Funding from the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, Double Quick, Inc., and the King’s Daughters and Sons Circle Number Two provides $1 scholarship tickets to public schools in select counties. Please note that due to high demand for tickets, caps have been placed on the allotted number of scholarship tickets available per school per performance. Scholarship tickets are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the Arts Education Office to request the scholarship form and to check the availability of remaining scholarship tickets.

Organized homeschool groups with 8+ members are invited to reserve their tickets by form just like public and private school groups. Please note that the School-Time Matinee Series’ primary service audience are school groups, so individual tickets for family groups might not always be available to matinee performances. If there are remaining tickets for STMS performances, they will be available to families no earlier than two weeks prior to a performance. Contact the arts education office at 662-846-4844 or email at to check ticketing availabilities or for more information.