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DCS Announces the Summer Youth Musical

Below is a message from Tim Bixler, Executive Director of Delta Center Stage (DCS):
Delta Center Stage’s Annual Summer Youth Musical will be Peter Pan!
Casting is structured in a way that every school age child who wishes to be a part of the cast will be included. There are no fees or enrollment costs.
Details from the DCS website are copied below. In order to view the script or listen to the music, visit the DCS website at, click on the announcements tab, and follow the appropriate link.
Auditions for “Peter Pan”, DCS annual summer youth musical have been set! This will be a NEW script featuring the LONDON West End Production by Piers Chater Robinson. ALL school age youth will all be assigned a role.
• Open auditions will be held Saturday May 18th from 11:00am-2:00pm and Sunday May 19th from 1:00pm-5:00pm at EE Bass Cultural Arts Center 323 S. Main Street
• Production dates will be in late July, 2013
• Students interested in auditioning do not have to prepare anything in advance, but anyone who wishes to be considered for a featured or solo singing role will be asked to demonstrate singing and acting talent, and will likely be called back by special arrangement for a more focused audition.

• Those who don’t wish to try out for a major character will be included as either Indians, Lost Boys, or Pirates.
• A pdf of the entire script (view only) and links to demo songs from the play are available on the Delta Center Stage website.
• Call production director Amanda Hansen at 865-607-8061 or Tim Bixler at 662-820-5489 for further information.


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.