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Announcing the 2019-20 Bemis Company Education Series

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The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center announced the 2019-20 Bemis Company Education Series tonight to a group of educators at the annual Educator Appreciation Event. Educators were able to preview the 2019-20 education programs, schedule experiences and network with one another as they discussed how the arts integrate into their classroom.

“The 2019-20 Season was created to help students celebrate and explore heritage
through traditions, music, stories and people. By learning more about where they came from and sharing in the heritage of other cultures, students will gain a broader world view, learn to appreciate differences and discover similarities,” said director of programming and community engagement, Amy Gosz. “Programs and performances that are part of the Bemis Company Education Series are specifically designed to provide a unique way for students to learn, explore and grow. By connecting to themes being taught in the classroom, these artistic opportunities help bring lessons to life through music, movement and storytelling.”

The Bemis Company Education Series was created as a way to connect classroom lessons to live performing arts experiences. Through the creation of resource guides, daytime education programming and professional development for educators, the Center provides educational arts-based learning opportunities for the next generation of community members and patrons.

The Bemis Company Education Series performances are a cornerstone of the Center’s mission and are designed specifically to meet Wisconsin Academic Standards for students in grades PreK-12. Performances are selected based on their connection to classroom curriculum, relevancy to current classroom topics and ability to engage students through various art forms. The Center provides study guides and resource materials for all performances and coordinates classroom workshops whenever possible. Ticket prices are subsidized at $5-$7 through Annual Partner and grant support and scholarship tickets are available to students in need of financial assistance. The series annually draws an average of 23,000 students from throughout Northeast Wisconsin and beyond.

Reservations for the 2019-20 Bemis Company Education Series are available to public and private schools, state-licensed family or group childcare centers and state-registered home schools. Reservations may be made by calling (920) 730-3726 or online
at foxcitiespac.com/education.

The 2019-20 Bemis Company Education Series features:

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s
The Rainbow Fish
Friday, November 15, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Suggested for grades: PreK-3
Seats: $5
Community Partners: Menasha Corporation Foundation, Tom and Mary Schmidt

ETHEL and Robert Mirabal: The River
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 12:30 p.m.
Suggested for grades: 4-12
Seats: $5
Community Partner: Mary A. Strange

Makaroff Youth Ballet & Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra present Peter and the Wolf and Other Classics Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.
Suggested for grades: 1-3
Seats: $5
Community Partners: Grant Thornton LLP, Willis Towers Watson

Mariachi Herencia de México
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Suggested for grades: 5-12
Seats: $5
Community Partners: Great Northern Corporation, JETA Corporation

Virginia Rep On Tour's
I Have a Dream

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Suggested for grades: 3-7
Seats: $5
Community Partners: The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Seifert Family

Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare
Friday, February 14, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Suggested for grades: 1-6
Seats: $5
Community Partner: Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin, Schneider Foundation

ArtsPower's Production of
Chicken Dance

Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Suggested for grades: PreK-3
Seats: $5

YAMATO - The Drummers of Japan
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.
Suggested for grades: 3-12
Seats: $5
Community Partner: Dave, Kim and Max Ritzow

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute
Link Up: The Orchestra Moves

with the Fox Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra
Monday, March 16, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Suggested for grades: 3-5
Seats: $7
Community Partner: O.C. and Pat Boldt, Schneider Foundation

Bay Area Children's Theatre’s
Llama Llama Live!
Script, Music and Lyrics by Autin Zumbro

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Suggested for grades: PreK-1
Seats: $5
Community Partner: Robert and Patricia Endries Family Foundation, Ltd., Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

The Belle of Amherst by William Luce
starring Ginger Grace as Emily Dickinson

Presented in the Kimberly-Clark Theater
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Suggested for grades: 7-12
Seats: $5
Community Partner: Associated Bank

ArtsPower's Production of
My Heart in a Suitcase

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Suggested for grades: 4-9
Seats: $5

Monkey BAA Theatre Company presents
Diary of a Wombat

Friday, April 17, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
The 12:30 p.m. performance will be relaxed and sensory-friendly Presented in the Kimberly-Clark Theater
Suggested for grades: PreK-3
Seats: $5

In addition to Education Series performances, the Center will continue to provide education programs for students including launching year four of the Center Stage High School Musical Theater Awards, which celebrates and supports high school musical theater programs. Classroom Connections Teacher Workshops will also continue in partnership with the Appleton Area School District as part of the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, as part of our Community First Community Engagement Series, the Center announced the return of its Education Outlet event, where educators are invited to network at a pre-show reception and enjoy The Phantom of the Opera together as a group at a discounted rate.

Full details about all of these programs are available online at foxcitiespac.com.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Bemis Company, Inc., is proud to serve as the title partner of the Bemis Company Education Series. Additional community support for the series is provided by Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Miller Electric and Schneider Foundation.

Additional support for individual performances is provided by: Ameriprise Home and Auto Insurance; Bergstrom Automotive; Faith Technologies; Johnson Financial Group and United Paper Corporation.

The series is also supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Community First Credit Union is proud to serve as the title partner of the Community First Community Engagement Series, supporting select education programs such as Classroom Connections Teacher Workshops and Education Outlet.

ABOUT BEMIS COMPANY, INC.

Established in 1858, Bemis Company Inc. is a global supplier of flexible and rigid plastic packaging used by leading food, consumer products, healthcare and other companies worldwide. Bemis designs, develops and manufactures innovative, fit-for-purpose packaging solutions that protect, hold and enhance its customers’ products. Established in 1959, the Bemis Company Foundation serves as the principal instrument of philanthropy for the company. The Bemis Foundation distributes approximately $2.5 million per year to charitable organizations and programs in the United States. For more information on Bemis Company’s charitable activities, please visit bemis.com.

ABOUT COMMUNITY FIRST CREDIT UNION

Community First Credit Union serves more than 136,000 member-owners who live or work in 13 Northeast and East Central Wisconsin counties. The financial cooperative offers banking, investment, financial education and insurance services. It has $3.1 billion in assets, more than 500 employees and operates 25 full-service branches along with nine non- traditional branches in schools, retirement communities and the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, Wis.

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