Wednesday morning, October 12, the Tower Theatre hosts 430 students and teachers from five Bend-LaPine District elementary schools for a special educational performance by the Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats. The morning performance at 9:45 a.m. launches the Tower’s first Educational Outreach Program of the 2011-12 season. The Acrobats perform for the public at 7:30 p.m. October 12 in the inaugural show of the Bend Surgery Center’s CenterStage Series. The morning show, targeted for 4th graders, is free and made possible in part by Bank of the Cascades. Additional underwriting comes from the Stover Society, a newly-formed fund to provide educational outreach and family programming at the theatre and in area schools.
The Tower Foundation has also provided a study guide to participating teachers, focusing on China, its traditions, acrobatic and fitness myths, and cultural diversity.
Classes attending the October 12 educational performance are from five elementary schools:
- Bear Creek
- Three Rivers
The next show for school students is TAO-The Art of the Drum on February 7, again funded by Bank of the Cascades. Other projects the Stover Society Fund will support this season include school assemblies and workshops with performers from Pushcart Players (“Cuentos Del Arbol”), ArtsPower (“Are You My Mother?”) and Sign Stage (“Stuart Little”).
The Tower Theatre Foundation owns and operates the historic stage in downtown Bend. The Foundation’s mission is to provide performing arts, civic, educational and social events that enliven and enrich the lives of all Central Oregonians.
Program information and individual, group and season tickets are available at the Tower Theatre box office (835 NW Wall), by phone (541-317-0700) or online (www.towertheatre.org). Details on events are at facebook.com/TheTowerTheatre.
Interested teachers and parents should contact Pat Roden at the Tower Theatre.