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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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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Stacey Faldetta (Assistant Director)
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Shane Patrick McClurg (Assistant Director)
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