The University of Central Arkansas will begin a new performing arts series for K-12 students in central Arkansas. The series brings K-12 students to campus to experience professional theatre at an early age and connects children, teachers and schools to performing arts in meaningful ways that complement the school curriculum.
The Main Stage EdUCAtion Series will start Nov. 17, 2015 with the performance of “Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas” at Reynolds Performance Hall, and reservations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. Each performance is carefully selected to entertain while educating the audience on an academic topic.
“Exposure to the arts contributes to the overall social and cognitive development of children,” said UCA President Tom Courtway. “Performing arts provides students with a creative outlet of expression that can improve academic achievement, adapt to a wide variety of learning styles and develop diverse multicultural perspectives.”
It will also aid local educators in their efforts to integrate arts into the school curriculum. All shows will be performed by professional, national-touring artists who will provide high quality performances.
“We are thrilled to introduce this new program that will increase access to the arts for schools in central Arkansas,” said Amanda Horton, Reynolds Performance Hall director of public appearances. “The arts can improve academic performance, enrich the lives of our students and enhance the cultural viability of a community.”
Performances include “Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks,” “Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas” and “Doktor Kaboom in LIVE WIRE: The Electricity Tour!” Students will be charged $5.00 per ticket and schools may apply for a limited number of ticket vouchers for low-income students.
School groups will receive one free adult chaperone ticket per 10 student tickets purchased. Additional adult tickets may be purchased for only $10.00. Educators will receive study guides and resources created for the performances that will assist with educational standards for the chosen field, ensuring a valuable out-of-the-classroom experience for the students.