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Released June 6, 2005

 

 

SCOTT AQUARIUM INVITES PUBLIC TO PUPPET MUSICAL

Biloxi– Kids 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 29.

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.

 

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July 28, 2005 12:02 PM