Venture Into Schools

shakespeare Unshackled

This year’s show, Shakespeare Unshackled: Or Everything you Wanted to Know About Shakespeare but were afraid it would show up on the quiz  (A Musical by Bad Wolf Press), takes us back in time to when women ruled the country but not the stage.  This show answers every question everyone has ever had about Shakespeare. Well, maybe it doesn’t quite do that. But it does touch on many cool aspects of Shakespeare’s life, Elizabethan London, and plays and theater. Most of the titles of Shakespeare’s plays are mentioned (often in humorous contexts), and there are dozens of quotations from Shakespeare, including extended passages from Othello and Romeo and Juliet (and a fractured description of A Midsummer Night’s Dream). It’s a perfect introduction for students and audiences to the real thing!

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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 NOVA’s Venture into Schools Director,  DeLaney Hardy for more information. or 406.591.9535

The Venture into Schools Crew



DeLaney Hardy (Director)

DeLaney Hardy acted for a summer in Virginia City, Montana with the Illustrious Virginia City Players. She graduated from Rocky Mountain College with a degree in both Theater Performance and Communications. She has been an active member in the Billings theater community doing Chemical Imbalance (Billings Studio Theater), Macbeth and Sweeney Todd (Venture Theater), Communicating Doors and Sweet Charity (NOVA Center for the Performing Arts) DeLaney’s directing experience includes Charlottes Web and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (NOVA Center for the Performing Arts) and The Polar Express (The Playhouse Theater Company at The Billings Depot). In 2015 she spent the summer in an internship with the Seattle Children’s Theater.




Shane Patrick McClurg (Assistant Director)

Recently returned from Toronto, Canada, Shane Patrick McClurg is a graduate from Rocky Mountain College as well as a student of the Stella Adler Acting Studio in Los Angeles. Shane has been in many productions both locally and abroad. He is excited to be part of the  Venture into Schools director.



Stacey Faldetta (Assistant Director)

A busy soccer and basketball mom with three boys and a grown daughter, Stacey Faldetta graduated in 2004 with an BA from MSU-Billings in performance theater, Stacey has a deep passion for acting and directing. Her most recent acting gigs (that are not so recent) were playing Constance in BST’s ‘The Three Musketeers’, Violet in BST’s ‘Babes In Toyland’, and Amelia in MSU-B’s ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’. During the time NOVA was Venture Theater, she enjoyed directing and choreographing ‘Tom Sawyer’, as well as teaching the after school classes and summer theater school. Stacey is also an accomplished writer, penning for several years for Bozeman Magazine, the college newspaper The Retort, and running her own business, Maureen Molnar Ink. Now in her last semester of her Master’s program in Education, Stacey is looking forward to coming on board with the Venture into Schools program in the Spring.





Janie Sutton (Assistant Director)

Janie Sutton holds a BA in Vocal Performance from Rocky Mountain College. She is active in the music and theater community in Billings and has appeared with Billings Studio Theater, (Shrek the Musical, Mary Poppins) Rocky Mountain College Theater, (South Pacific) Venture Theater, (Hair) Rimrock Opera Company, (Carmen, Sister Angelica, Riders to Sea, La Boheme, Trouble in Tahiti, The Merry Widow, Tosca, Rigoletto, and The Crucible) The Illustrious Virginia City Players,(2011 season) and NOVA Center for Performing Arts (Aida, Amahl and the Night Visitors, La traviata, Susannah, The Old Maid and the Thief, Turandot, and Rita). In addition to performing on stage Janie has also found a home back stage as an assistant director (Charlotte’s Web) as well as many other roles. Janie will continue her career as a director in the fall with NOVA’s production of Cinderella. When she is not directly on or back stage Janie can be found at director’s podium. Janie currently is the choir director for the First Presbyterian Church as well as the director for the ROCK choirs at NOVA.

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