and adults will be doing the "Water Cycle Dance" and learning
all about how to control polluted runoff at a puppet show during
Project Marine Discovery Sea Camp at the J.L. Scott Marine Education
Center and Aquarium in Biloxi at 1 p.m. each Friday through July
Thanks to the Mississippi Department of Environmental
Quality, the colorful and fast-paced musical is free to individuals
and groups who make reservations.
MDEQ support is making the performances by
Bayou Town Productions available to approximately 200 sea campers
and staff plus additional guests each week. The puppets teach how
individuals and communities can help control polluted runoff that
goes into waterways and groundwater.
"The puppeteers from Bay St. Louis involve
the kids in the ‘Water Cycle Dance’ and then do their
‘Water Harmony’ show about watersheds," said Dr.
Shelia Brown, coordinator of educational programs at The University
of Southern Mississippi's Scott Aquarium. "We can take about
125 additional children and adults for each Friday's show, and we
invite people to make reservations early."
Using music and puppets was the brainchild
of Laura Beiser of MDEQ. She said she had seen previous performances
and knew Bayou Town Productions would do a professional job. The
MDEQ also helped the Bayou Town team of Cherie and Ron Schadler
develop the content of the production.
"The message through music and puppets
appeals to the different ways that children learn," Beiser
said. "It holds their attention, they move with the music,
and they enjoy it."
The show is free, by reservation only, and
lasts up to an hour and 15 minutes. There is a special reduced rate
for guests who come to the puppet show and also wish to visit the
aquarium. The reduced rate is adults $4, senior adults $3.50 and
ages 3-12 $2.50. Admission is free to ages 2 and under. For reservations
or for more information about Sea Camp, call (228) 374-5550.
The puppet show and an "Ocean Odyssey"
carnival close Sea Camp each week for registered campers. The marine
science day camp is for ages 5-16. Five-day sessions will be offered
through July 29 and feature hands-on activities, encounters with
live animals, field trips, games, computer lab and art.
Sessions for 5-year-old campers run from 8
a.m. to 11 a.m. Hours for all other ages are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sea
Camp registration forms and information are available at www.usm.edu/aquarium/pmdsecmp.htm.
The Scott Aquarium is on the Biloxi campus
of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs. The GCRL
is a unit of the Southern Miss College of Science and Technology.