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Fall Field Trip Feature – “Peter Rabbit”

On Tuesday, October 11, Delta Children’s Museum is proud to host a performance of “Peter Rabbit” by Bits N’ Pieces Puppet Theatre. Find out more after the jump!

Dapper, young Peter Rabbit believes he knows better than Mama Rabbit. Ignoring her warnings he is determined to go to Farmer McGregor’s forbidden garden.

Peter slips away from the drudgery of chores on a musical adventure to the paradise carrot patch. He’s sure no harm will come to him as he gives in to the temptation of the farmer’s prize vegetables. Peter not only gets a taste of fresh vegetables but also of life and the perils of trespassing. Mama Rabbit embraces Peter and Flopsy.

Children are delighted as they watch the thoroughly Scottish Farmer McGregor in hot pursuit of that rascal Peter Rabbit. Little Peter, played by live actor Holli Rubin, hops, scampers and finally eludes the towering farmer.

Peter makes his way to safety aided by a cat-chasing Dogfish but loses his brand new shoes and jacket.

Sheepishly, he faces the music with Mama Rabbit. He manages to save his own tail when he admits he’s learned the valuable lesson – “It’s better to be good than bad!”

Filled with singing, dancing and giant fun, The Musical Tale of Peter Rabbit is an original production of Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre.

There will be three showings during the day; presentations at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. are open for all area schools at $5 per child (teachers and chaperones are free of charge), and a 1 pm FREE showing is available for our partnership schools (limited to 250 students from each partnership school district). All showings will be held at E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center. A teacher’s guide will be available for all interested educators.

Want to join us for the show? Call or email Megan Hines at the Greenville Arts Council at 662-332-2246. Reservations are taken on a first come, first serve basis.

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The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools. The Greenville Arts Partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, the Greenville Public School District and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, is focused on full arts integration in the GPSD elementary schools. Plentiful research documents the value of the teaching in and through the arts to help students understand core academic concepts on a deep level. The partnership was the first in the state of Mississippi accepted into the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in 2003, joining over 100 other partnerships between school districts and arts organizations across the country. The partnership provides professional development for teachers, arts experiences for students and resource and referral on arts integration issues. Professional development has been provided in two ways, through workshops with Teaching Artists from the Kennedy Touring Roster and grade-level and/or discipline-specific professional development with our local staff. We present a series of model demonstration lessons to teachers in grades K to 6, demonstrating connections between Partnership free arts programming and required state frameworks. The partner arts groups present a series of live performances allowing each elementary child in the GPSD to attend at least once each year. The groups work with the Arts Council staff to develop accompanying curriculum-based educational material for distribution to teachers prior to each performance. Over the years, we have succeeded in providing basic arts integration training district-wide as well as in-depth professional development to allow groups of teachers to increase their level of mastery.