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BANK OF AMERICA ARTS SHOWCASE

The Bank of America Arts Showcase brings Rhode Island students, teachers, and artists together in the true spirit of a community arts program. Each year, approximately 10,000 middle school students attend live performances of dance, music, or theatre at PPAC during school hours.

Performances in the Bank of America Arts Showcase are presented by New England artists. The artists are selected by PPAC based on the cultural diversity and educational value of their productions and the positive, energetic responses of their audiences. Prior to each performance, teachers receive study guides to help in the development of curriculum activities.

Following each performance, students and teachers are asked to submit a report card, grading the performance and offering feedback. The need and desire on the part of the community for this vitally important program is clearly demonstrated by its success. All Rhode Island public, private, and parochial school children in grades six through nine are invited to attend the Arts Showcase performances. Reservations are required and requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets to Bank of America performances are FREE; these tickets are not available to the general public. This program is an outreach offering to Rhode Island middle schools only. Middle school teachers who are interested in bringing their students to a Showcase performance can email requests for registration materials to [email protected].

All performances will begin at 9:30 AM and last for approximately one hour. (Please note that it may take up to one additional hour for all students to be called for their bus at the conclusion of the performance.)

NOVEMBER 10, 2016: MARVELOUS MARVIN, HOW THE BODY WORKS

This performance is a one-man show that brings to life the wonders and fun of physiology.  Marvelous Marvin uses an unfolding house of colorful graphics, eye-catching inventions and magic tricks, infectious rap-style rhyming text, and intriguing experiments to inspire students to think in a creative and innovative manner.   

JANUARY 12, 2017: 2ND STORY THEATRE (NEW!), STORY THEATRE

This production incorporates multiple art forms including traditional folk music, dance, and improvisational comedy to re-tell classic folk tales from Aesop to the Brothers Grimm.  The cast features the renowned local music duo of Atwater-Donnelly and a number of former and current teachers who craft these tales with fresh insight to convey important lessons essential to a middle school education.

FEBRUARY 2, 2017: RYAN P. CASEY & DANCERS, READING IN RHYTHM

Professional and highly acclaimed tap dancer Ryan Casey and his dance company will tell the story of a student who begrudgingly tackles his summer reading list and exercises his overactive imagination.  This rhythmic reimagining of beloved books and poems, from The Brothers Grimm to Shakespeare and western novels to comics, will introduce and reacquaint students to books, genres, and characters that tie into their English language arts curriculum.

MARCH 30, 2017: THE TSETSE INITIATIVE, EDU-ARTS CIVILITY

This motivational compilation of music, dance, and video will incorporate poetry written by Rhode Island middle school students addressing bullying and civility.  Poems selected from a statewide poetry contest will be translated into music and dance, performed by local professional vocalists and dancers, and moderated by Chief Justice Frank J. Williams (ret.).