words: Greenwood Public Schools with Malynda Sayers
Images: courtesy Restless Heart and Maxwell Blade
The 2016-17 Season of Entertainment is supported by the Greenwood Public School Administration, Greenwood Edu-cation Foundation, Fine Arts Council of Educators (F.A.C.E.), Performing Arts Center Community Council (PACCC), and the Greenwood A&P Commission. The mission is to advance the Greenwood Public School’s role in the arts for education and community entertainment.
Assistant Superintendent Suzy Wilson says, “Our vision is to recognize the Greenwood School District PAC as a venue for a variety of educational, economical, and culturally diversified programs specifically for the community and Greenwood Public School students.”
Malynda Sayers, third-grade teacher at East Pointe Elementary and PAC Season of Entertainment Coordinator, says, “We want professional shows to come to Greenwood. We want to help our community economically. But, most importantly, we want our students to be exposed to different forms of performing arts. A ‘For the Kids’ Education Series will present educational shows by professional artists during the school day. Some of those artists are Maxwell Blade (magician), Stone Soup with the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre Tour, and Janet’s Planet!”
The Season of Entertainment not only includes professional shows, but also showcases “GHS Presents” (with the high school’s band, choir, and drama departments), along with their renowned Veterans Day Assembly.
Restless Heart kicks off the Season of Entertainment on Saturday, September 10 at 7pm. This American country band was popular in the 1980s and 1990s. Their songs include “When She Cries,” “Bluest Eyes in Texas,” “Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right),” and “I’ll Still Be Loving You.” Individual show tickets for Restless Heart will go on sale Tuesday, August 16. The 2016-17 Season also includes magician Maxwell Blade, and “GHS Presents”-The Little Mermaid, The Willis Clan, The Legend of Johnny Cash, and Shades of Buble’.
The Greenwood Performing Arts Center was developed and constructed by Guest-Reddick Architects and Beshears Construction, Inc. under the approval of the Greenwood Public School Board of Education and Kay Johnson, Ed.D, Superintendent, the Greenwood Performing Arts Center was completed in 2004. The venue seats 1,287 audience members and was built on the site of Arl McConnell’s Greenwood home. It is dedicated to his memory.
For more information about tickets and to learn about the Season of Entertainment Package Deal, contact the Greenwood Administration building at 479.996.4142. Tickets can be purchased at greenwoodk12.com or etix.com.