Designed for the discriminating taste of the under-6 set, the upcoming Preschool Pops Series promises to offer area children both fun and entertainment. They can dance along with Scott Douglas' "Shake, Rattle & Roll," sing with Wendy Bennett's "Once Upon a Tune" or watch as the Covington Regional Ballet performs "The Little Mermaid."
Sponsored by the Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts, the Preschool Pops Series has been a favorite for local young audiences for a number of years, said Jackie Sprague, director of the CRCA.
"This provides very young children with their first experience as a live audience," she said. "Our goal is to partner with the community to explore and educate all ages in the arts. We're very excited about bringing these talented folks to Conyers and grateful that Kids R Kids Honey Creek is sponsoring this popular program once again."
All performances for the Preschool Pops Series are held at Rockdale Auditorium. Each show begins at 10 a.m. and runs about 45 minutes. Guests are encouraged to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to each show. Groups wishing to make reservations should visit the CRCA website at www.conyersarts.org. A 50 percent deposit is required to make reservations. Tickets are $3 per child and adult admission is free.
The Preschool Pops Series kicks off Feb. 8 as Scott Douglas takes the stage of the Rockdale Auditorium for his "Shake, Rattle & Roll" show. He will perform a second show on Feb. 10. Douglas will form an African village through sounds of voices, xylophone, drums, shakers and cowbells.
David Stephens brings his one-man show to Conyers on March 1 and 2, as he entertains young audiences with "Billy Goats Gruff and Other Stuff." Using hand, rod and glove puppets, Stephens retells classic fairy tales, and shares a few of his own original stories. Some of the "other stuff" includes "The One Little Pig," "The Two Farmers" and the antics of silly chickens.
The musical talents of Wendy Bennett will be center stage March 29 and 30, as she presents "Once Upon a Tune." Her show mixes tales from Dr. Seuss, Brothers Grimm and Maurice Sendak. Drawing from such classics as "Green Eggs and Ham," "Little Red Riding Hood," and "Oh, the Things You Can Think," Bennett creates a show of vocal vignettes.
The Preschool Pops Series concludes in April with performances by the Covington Regional Ballet. Performing "The Little Mermaid" on April 19 and 21, professional dancers will be accompanied by students from Mainstream Dance as they present this favorite Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale.
Created as an enrichment program for children ages 3 to 5 years of age, the CRCA's Preschool Pops Series is a popular field trip, especially for students in the area's Headstart program. Many students in the audience also come from area elementary schools.
"We have hired the best talent the state of Georgia has to offer in a wide variety of cultural and artistic expression," Sprague said. "... This helps us give back to the community and that's what we're all about."