GREENVILLE — Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) presented “AudioBody” to area seventh and eighth-graders, Wednesday, Dec. 14.
Students from Mississinawa Valley Jr./Sr. High and Franklin Monroe Middle/High schools filed into a special 9 a.m. performance at St. Claire Memorial Hall. Mississinawa Valley’s eighth-grade English teacher Amanda Masters thinks the show is a nice break for the students.
“They have a great message,” she said. “The show focuses on anti — bullying, goal — setting and making healthy choices. We don’t always have time to focus on this during school. We attend different performances every year.”
“Audiobody” is the second of DCCA’s 2016 — 17 season of Arts in Education programs, which are presented free to the students. This thrilling show features a mix of circus arts, comedy, full-body contortion, juggling, LED light shows and up-beat music. AudioBody is comprised of two brothers, who have been performing for 22 years. Jason Tardy, of Auburn, Maine and Matt Tardy, of Austin,Texas grew up in Maine, and started performing in middle school. According to Jason, the two were inspired by a professional juggler and comedian Mike Miclon, who took them under his wing.
“We decided to use our juggling and comedy as a way to play Matt’s music,” Jason said. “We show the kids how art and technology combined can be used in a fun way.”
Artistic Director for DCCA Keith Rawlins is aware of the impression art experiences can leave.
“When arts come into your school, it stays with you,” he said. “It is so rewarding to me that in my job, I get to watch these kids have their ‘light bulbs’ turn on. I was a kid who had an unforgettable art education experience. It changed my life.”
Franklin Monroe Middle/High seventh-grade English teacher Alesia Condy said the students need exposure to the arts.
“Many of these kids don’t get exposed to a lot of art and it’s always a good idea to create well-rounded students,” she said.
These performances are also open to the public. For more information, visit www.centerforarts.net