Venture Into Schools

The Cretan Minotaur—half man, half bull—has been devouring so many Athenians that it’s getting impossible to organize a softball game. Can the young prince Theseus, son of Poseidon, save the day? Will Daedalus and Icarus fly too close to the sun and have a meltdown? Theseus and the Minotaur has the answers, and has been developed to work closely with your ancient history curriculum.

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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.

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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