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Fall Field Trip Feature – Aesop’s Dinosaur Fable

Yahoooooooooooo! We’re kickin’ off the school year with Delta Children’s Museum’s first field trip of the year! Join us on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 9 AM or 11 AM for a great performance of  “Aesop’s Dinosaur Fable” by Bits N’ Pieces Puppet Theater at the E. E. Bass Auditorium. Admission is $5 per child and free for chaperones. Make your RSVP by calling Megan at the GAC office at 662-332-2246 or emailing her at mhines@greenville-arts-council.com. A teachers guide is available for all interested educators. Read more about the performance after the jump!

From Bits ‘N Pieces:

Our Dinosaur Fable pleases audiences all across the United States. Shrieks of delight fill the halls when children see this rock n’ rollin’ glow-in-the-dark dinosaur. Aesop’s Dinosaur Fable is an original musical production adapted by Bits ‘N Pieces from Aesop’s well-known tale of the Grasshopper and the Ant.

Dinosaur Fable features singing and dancing by six giant prehistoric puppets and the live actor leader of our tale, TryANTasaurus. The frolicking action of our nine-foot-tall dinosaur puppets with wee TryANTasaurus will excite young audiences as they learn the central lesson, “It’s better to prepare today for tomorrow.”

In our story, the Farmer Ant’s Almanac predicts an ICE STORM for later today. Heeding the warning, TryANTaSaurus prepares for the worst but our lazy, green giant pays no mind to his little red friend. But, chances are a million-to-one that things won’t be the same tomorrow! In this rollicking tale, our dawdling dinosaur learns it’s perilous to procrastinate.

In addition to the Bits ‘N Pieces touring company, four children from every audience appear on stage to kick off the play in the localized children’s participation segment.

This original musical was inspired by Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre’s cultural exchange projects in Trinidad. Aesop’s cool classic Greek fable and Trinidad’s Caribbean Island motifs are strongly evident in the musical tempo, dance styling and colorful sets of the play.

Learn more about Bits ‘N Pieces Theatre on their website here.

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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.