UNI NEWS SERVICES – The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) has opened up ticket orders for the 2019-2020 season of the Kaleidoscope Series beginning Oct. 17.
The first day of orders broke program records with 44,000 students scheduled to attend a live performance through the Kaleidoscope program this coming year.
"Art has the capacity to unite people," said Amy Hunzelman, education and special projects director at Gallagher Bluedorn. "An experience at the theatre can heighten our awareness of others and fosters lifelong learning by leading into the true purpose of meaningful art by provoking thought and inspiration."
The Kaleidoscope Series for Youth reached a significant milestone in 2017 bringing the 500,000th child to experience the arts through the program. This year, the Kaleidoscope Series expands its reach with Kaleidoscope On the Road, taking performances outside of Gallagher Bluedorn to surrounding areas. Through new and existing partnerships, On the Road will reach 8,100 additional students in Oelwein, New Hampton, Algona and Marion.
The daytime performances incorporate live performances through drama, music and dance, which supports classroom content such as literature, history, drama and social studies.
The Gallagher Bluedorn views Kaleidoscope days as more than a day of theatre. "Live performance has a unique way of bringing literature and classroom subjects to life and making challenging subjects accessible and real," said Hunzelman.
Gallagher Bluedorn offers tickets to the Kaleidoscope Series for just one dollar. The full schedule of shows for the 2019-2020 Kaleidoscope Series for Youth is listed on the GBPAC website.
Blake Argotsinger, Gallagher Bluedorn, 319-273-3676, firstname.lastname@example.org