Friday, October 23, 2015


Darke County Center for the Arts will present Mad River Theater Works performing John Henry for fourth through sixth grade students in all local public schools from October 26 through October 30. The second of DCCA's Arts In Education series, this production based on a well-known figure of American folklore uses storytelling, drama, and music to bring a legendary character to life. These shows are presented at no charge to students, and are free and open to the public.

“Mad River Theater Works creates plays that explore contemporary issues while at the same time reaching back in American history for their stories of rural America,” explained DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “This excellent company can entertain audiences of all ages while effortlessly teaching important life lessons and painlessly educating youngsters; their performances fulfill the mission of our Arts In Education program and are welcomed by educators and students alike,” Mr. Rawlins concluded.

DCCA's Arts In Education presentations are sponsored by Target, DP&L Company Foundation, Greenville Federal, Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe, Edison Community College, Richard E. Baker, BASF, Family Health, and Littman-Thomas Agency. Funds have also been received from Helen Hawkey Music Project of the Darke County Foundation, and the Mandy Green Fund of the Darke County Foundation. The Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial Trust, Lydia Schaurer Memorial Trust, and the Ketrow Foundation are also major contributors to DCCA's A.I.E. program. Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Arts In Education is also supported by the local school districts and DCCA membership contributions.

The Mad River Theater Works AIE performances are coordinated with the schools' schedules. For more specific information regarding dates and times for shows, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or

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