Venture Into Schools

Vacation on Mars Graphic

This year’s show, Vacation on Mars: The Solar System for Young Explorers (A Musical by Bad Wolf Press), centers around a family who sets out for the vacation of a lifetime but  have no idea they’ll soon be touring the whole solar system. The sun is used to being on center stage, and even the planets have attitude — Jupiter boasts of his sixty-plus moons, Saturn polishes his rings, and Venus thinks she’s so hot (900 degrees!). Even Pluto is there, wanting desperately to be a planet again. Will the family ever get to Mars? Cinch up your asteroid belt and come along!. Vacation on Mars: The Solar System for Young Explorers is a great complement to your curriculum resources in elementary school science. And, like all of our plays, this show can be used to improve reading, vocabulary, reading comprehension, performance and music skills, class camaraderie and teamwork, and numerous social skills, all while enabling students to be part of a truly fun and creative experience they will never forget!

Outreach Education

Venture Into Schools is NOVA’s outreach education program. The program is dedicated to engaging, inspiring and challenging youth through performing arts. Since the program began in 2003, we have ventured into more than 20 different schools and youth organizations.

Two-week Production Workshop
Students in grades 4-6 are eligible to audition for a 45-minute musical. A maximum of 50 students may participate. Auditions and rehearsals take place after school. After only two weeks of rehearsal, students will perform the musical three times for their peers, family and teachers. Venture Into Schools provides costumes, props and minimalist set for each production. The school provides the students and space.

Why Choose a Local Arts Education Program?
Venture Into Schools can be a gateway to the performing arts. Because NOVA is located in your community, interested students may later choose to explore the wider offerings at NOVA’s Youth Conservatory including: dance, acting and voice classes, Summer School, Theatre Saturday, youth productions (musical and non-musical) and Kids In The Middle (playwriting workshop).

 Comments from some former principals and parents:

 “I was incredibly impressed with the level of respect the students and director had for each other.” -Parent

 “Our students were very proud of their performance-they did a wonderful job! Our PTA is currently looking for a way to fund a project every year!” -Jay Lemelin, Principal, Rose Park Elementary

 “Most of the students involved had little or no experience in getting in front of an audience let alone acting…Venture into Schools bolstered their confidence and gave them the skills to succeed.” -Parent

 “The parents and students are still talking about the program. I have received more positive feedback about Venture Into Schools than any other after-school project we have had.” -Kevin Croff, Principal, Meadowlark Elementary

Contact Youth Director, Dan Nickerson for more information.
Youth@NOVAbillings.org or 406.591.9535