Suggested hed: TCT Education Week toys with science

- Garry Krinsky will conduct teacher workshops and perform free while he's visiting Tupelo.

By Ginny Miller

Daily Journal

TUPELO - Not sure about the scientific principles of gravity? With five ladders balanced on his chin, Garry Krinsky won't just tell you about them, he'll show you.

"He does things that look amazing," said Suzye Sheffield, education chairman for Tupelo Community Theatre's board of directors and an organizer of TCT's annual Education Week, which next week brings Krinsky's "Toying with Science" to Tupelo.

"Toying with Science" was commissioned and developed with the Museum of Science in Boston, Sheffield said, and in it Krinsky combines circus skills, mime and original music to explore gravity, leverage, fulcrums and simple machines. He even throws in some juggling.

"Yes, it's a theater performance, but it may spark a child's interest in science," Sheffield said, noting Krinsky will perform for all Tupelo and Lee County students in grades 5-8 while he's in town. A teacher workshop and a public performance also are planned.

"It's a really neat thing that we do for students, and they're seeing it for free," Sheffield said. "The public performance also is free."

Executive director Tom Booth said TCT's 10-year-old Education Week benefits more than students. "It's very important to the longevity of the theater that young people get an understanding of what it's all about."

Contact Daily Journal education writer Ginny Miller at ginny.miller@djournal.com or 678-1582.

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