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

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

October 2017.

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.