Ars Nova Performances
Operas, Musicals, Recitals, and Theatre
Ars Nova typically presents four to five productions a year. Each season usually includes a classical adult opera, opportunities for younger students to participate in opera roles, operettas, and musical theater, including Disney productions for younger students and audiences. Some of the productions are performed at the VBC Playhouse with live orchestra. These productions typically give Ars Nova students performance opportunities as part of their training, although some productions have open casting auditions. The degree of musical talent in the productions is impressive, especially for local theater. Productions often include guest talents, such as members of the Huntsville Ballet company, plus lovely costuming and set design to provide productions which are as beautiful to watch as to hear. Excellent direction ensures performances that are fresh and confident, with lots of humor!
August 6, 2020
We had a great time at Ars Nova on the Lawn – social distancing and listening to songs sung by our wonderful students and teachers. And great food from Fast Frankies Wicked Eats and Sno depot! Enjoy Iris Fordjour-Hankins singing “My Man’s Gone” from Porgy and Bess.
Cultural Kaleidoscope is a musical journey exploring Folk and traditional music from the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Asia with the final destination being America. Songs included are “Shenendoah,” “The Legend of John Henry’s Hammer,” and excerpts from Gershwins Porgy and Bess. Students, former students and faculty are your tour guides on this journey.
An Evening with Strauss
Ars Nova’s favorite performers Christie Weber, Rebecca Rogers and Anna Lee Neese performed the wonderful works of Richard Strauss – excerpts from Der Rosenkavalier and Ariadne auf Naxos in The Carriage House in downtown Huntsville on December 28 at 7:30pm
Marschallin: Christie Weber
Octavian: Rebecca Rogers
Sophie: Anna Lee Neese
Guest Artists: Joe Stephenson, Kenny Frazier, Iris Fordjour-Hankins
Ariadne Trio: Linda Parker, Nikki Skidmore, and Alexandra Raper
German delicacies for purchase and a cash bar provided by Ol’ Heidelberg. Sonja Schrader, owner. Serving Huntsville since 1972
The Goose Girl
Ars Nova School of the Arts presents The Goose Girl. A wonderfully fun children’s opera based on a Grimm’s Fairy Tale. Come join us! Multiple performances.
Directed by Anna Lee
Daytime Cast Evening Cast
The Princess Sydney Calhoun Olivia Heller
The Queen Kathryn Witherow Debbie Alexander
The Waiting Woman Kathleen Buckner Patricia Kennedy
Falada, the horse Chris Smith Chris Smith
Conrad Tom Rodgers Tom Rodgers
The Prince Thomas Austin Matthew Hanson
The King Joe Stephenson Pat Lamb
Hansel and Gretel
Performances at 2828 Drake Ave. SW (AB Stephens Building) Huntsville, AL. All Seats General Admission – $10. For Tickets and more information call 256 883-1105.
In this classic fairy tale, a walk in the forest turns into a discovery of delights and frights. A gingerbread house tempts Hansel’s and Gretel’s taste buds but beware … behind those sugar-coated gumdrop walls lurks a witch! Hansel and Gretel must stick together to free the forest from a wicked spell. See what two clever children did! The show will be sung and spoken in English.
Supported in part by the Huntsville Arts & Cultural Grant Fund, a program of the City of Huntsville and Arts Huntsville and the Encore Circle.