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MONROE - The Monroe Arts Center has scheduled live performances for the 2013-14 school year through its Performances in the Schools program.

With funding made available by MAC corporate underwriter, Colony Brands, Inc., along with United Way of Green Country, Monroe Morning Optimists, The Monroe Fund, and other organizations and individuals, the program offers age-appropriate, live performances at no charge to students in kindergarten through 12th grade who attend schools located within Green County or who live in Green County and attend schools outside of Green County.

Each performance selected to be a part of this programming contains an educational component.

The final Performances in the Schools presentation for the 2013-14 school year will take place on Friday at Monroe High School Performing Arts Center with a performance by the Minnesota-based, seven-member musical group Salsabrosa. Appropriate for high school students, the performance offers a combination of education, discussion and a performance that illustrates the impact of Latin music in the upper Midwest. The music of Salsabrosa blends authentic Latin music with rhythm and blues, and demonstrates the instruments and rhythms associated with salsa, merengue, cha-cha and cumbia. In addition, two professional dancers will demonstrate moves associated with this type of music.

The first Performances in the Schools presentation for the 2013-14 year took place in February with a performance for students in sixth- through eigth-grade. The musical drama, "The Civil War," was presented by New York's Theatreworks, USA. The production featured traditional songs of the era, while illustrating this difficult, tumultuous chapter of American history.

The classic story of "Charlotte's Web" by Theatreworks, USA was the second Performances in the Schools performance of the season. It was presented in March at the MHS Performing Arts Center for students in kindergarten through fifth-grade. The production featured mad-cap and endearing farm animals, who explored bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.

Teachers who accompany students to these shows are admitted at no charge. For those students who do not attend schools located within Green County or who live in Green County and attend schools outside of Green County, the cost to attend a performance is $5. Seating is limited at each of these performances, and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information regarding the Performances in the Schools program, visit or calll 608-325-5700.