PALS to open Sept. 26 with Cathy Bollinger; extend through May 15


Chesapeake Academy’s Performing Arts and Lecture Series (PALS) is designed to bring engaging, dynamic and often interactive arts programs to the area’s young children in a local setting.

Admission director Hilary Scott recently announced nine programs for the 2018-19 school year.

On September 26, award-winning singer and songwriter Cathy Bollinger will open the 2018-19 PALS at Chesapeake Academy, 107 Steamboat Road, Irvington. This program, for ages 3 through grade 2.

Bolinger will perform lively songs that teach social skills, letter sounds and more. Her songs will inspire children to learn and adults to play, reported Scott.

“Through the generosity of the Wiley Foundation with support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts this season will include a variety of delightful children’s plays, music, math and science programs and early literacy programs,” said Scott.

All programs are hosted by Chesapeake Academy free of charge and open to all age-appropriate community members. Unless otherwise noted, all shows will be presented from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and all shows are for ages 3 through grade 3.

Reservations are required. For reservations, contact Scott at 438-5575, or hscott@chesapeakeacademy.org. Reservations for the September 26 program are due by September 14.

Other upcoming shows will include:

• Bright Star Theatre, “Count Mathula,” October 24. This math adventure is meant to help the good Count learn that numbers, math problems and even equations can be fun. The audience helps out as the clumsy Count learns to love math as much as students.

• Virginia Repertory Theatre, “Sleeping Beauty,” November 14. This musical adaptation from the original story by Charles Perrault follows the plot of the traditional fairy tale, but adds surprises and comic situations. The fairies’ wondrous gifts to the child are given until a single invitation to the party is missed. A prick on the spinning wheel will take its toll on the kingdom. This tale illustrates that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and true goodness is found only in a loving heart.

• Bright Star Theatre, “Holidays Around The World,” December 5. When the tour guides for Worldwide Tours get separated at holiday time, a worldwide adventure awaits. Celebrate holidays from all over the globe–the Lohri Festival, St. Lucia Day, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas.

• BOT! The Secret World of Robots, January 16, for ages 3 through grade 2 from 9:30-10:15 a.m. and grades 3-6 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Three-time Parents’ Choice Award-winning performer, David Jack, takes audience on a STEM based high-tech adventure through the exciting world of robotics using audience participation, humor and demonstrations of real robots used today.

• Richmond Ballet Presents, “Cinderella,” February 27. Dreams magically transform into reality with one enchanted night at the ball, where a girl with a kind and gentle spirit finds her happily ever after.

• Circus In A Suitcase, March 13. Harold Wood teaches about self-esteem as he introduces the audience to the performers in a circus. Using imagination and creativity, this performer shows how to change characters using voice, movement and facial expression. Children learn the things that make everyone different.

• Virginia Repertory Theatre, “Jack and the Beanstalk,” April 10. This lively musical recounts the classic exploits of a young boy who trades the family cow for three magic beans. Tossed out the window by his disappointed mother, the beans grow into a giant beanstalk that leads to fabulous treasures, an ill-tempered giant and adventures.

• Hagermania, Extreme Science 2.0, May 15. In this highly acclaimed show, Hagerman leads the audience on a wild journey through different fields of science as he investigates the science behind many things taken for granted everyday…potential and kinetic energy shown with a giant slingshot, laws of motion highlighted using in-line skates, polymers create an oozing slime.



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