School Shows at Center for the Arts: Nutcracker, STOMP, Cirque Ziva, Of Mice and Men, Hutchison

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The Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts will present five daytime shows this academic year to students from area schools.

The programs on the school show schedule are: “The Nutcracker” (State Ballet Theatre of Russia), Nov. 30, 10 a.m.; STOMP (music/dance), Jan. 17, 10 a.m.; children’s music performer Barbara Bailey Hutchison (grades 1-4), March 6, 10 a.m.; Cirque Ziva (acrobatics), March 26, 9 and 11:30 a.m.; and “Of Mice and Men” (play), April 17, performance at 9:30 a.m. and masterclass at 11:30 a.m.

For all the programs except Hutchison, the cost is $10 per student, with one teacher able to attend free for each group of 20 paid students (additional adults can attend for $20 each). The cost for the Hutchison show is $5 per student, with one teacher able to attend attend free for each group of 20 paid students and additional adults for $10 each.

All participating teachers will be given a study guide in advance to prepare their students. The guides are also available at ekucenter.com/school-shows.

“These events are a part of our outreach to the community,” said Interim Center Director Jill Price. “It gives students the opportunity to see a performance they might not otherwise be able to see. We offer special pricing for non-college-age students only, as we negotiated these prices with the understanding they are for K-12 students and are educational shows.”

For more information or to reserve tickets, call the Center box office at 859-622-7469. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

All but Hutchison are also presenting evening shows for the public at the Center while in Richmond. For the complete schedule and ticket information, visit ekucenter.com.

Here’s what those attending the school shows can expect:

·         “The Nutcracker,” a perennial holiday favorite, tells the story of Clara and her magical journey with a nutcracker soldier. Among the company’s 50-plus dancers are numerous international ballet competition winners who have showcased the unparalleled art of Russian ballet to audiences worldwide.

·         STOMP, an international percussion sensation that uses everything but conventional instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, lighters, hubcaps, etc., will fill the stage with its unique rhythms.

·         Barbara Bailey Hutchison, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter who has released 19 CDs, will touch on a variety of subjects of interest to children, including science and nature, mathematics, the library, conflict resolution, diversity and more. Her show is entitled “Dream Big.”

·         Cirque Ziva, presented by the Golden Dragon Acrobats, showcases traditional Chinese acrobats, dance and costumes, ancient and contemporary music, as well as modern theatrical techniques.

·         “Of Mice and Men,” the tragic tale of two Great Depression drifters by the legendary John Steinbeck, is presented by The Acting Company, one of the nation’s premier touring repertory theater troupes.

Published on September 18, 2012