NOVA 2016-17 Season

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

  • Story and lyrics by Clark Gesner
  • July 22-30
  • Roebling Theater

Though considered a “good man” by his friends, Charlie Brown can’t seem to win the heart of the Little Red-Haired Girl, nor his friend Lucy, her crush, the piano-playing Schroeder. Meanwhile, Snoopy and Linus daydream and the rest of the friends battle with kites, school, baseball and misunderstandings before finally coming to realize what makes them truly happy.

In Conflict

  • Adapted by Douglas C. Wager
  • September 2-11
  • Black Box Theater

Individual stories of Irag War veterans are presented in their own words, taken from audio transcripts of actual interviews. Their remarkable accounts are as diverse as their backgrounds, representing America in all its complexity and humanity. Perfect for college age students, this show has a real message that touches on the lives of these soldiers before and after the events of September 11th.

Don Pasquale

  • Composed by Gaetano Donizetti and Written by Giovanni Ruffini
  • October 7, 9* and 15 & 16*
  • Roebling Theater

The story of Don Pasquale revolves around a classic comedic premise: a young couple in love schemes to thwart the inappropriate plans of a pompous old man, who wants to marry the girl himself. What makes the opera notable within this familiar genre is its emphasis on genuine human emotion.


  • Composed by Peter Maxwell Davies
  • November 11-20
  • Roebling Theater

This short opera, aptly designed for children to perform with modest resources, is a version of the familiar tale with certain adaptations. Cinerella is an au pair girl who arrives on the scene by train, and there are three ugly sisters who get their just deserts in marriage to the appalling leaders of the armed forces.

A Christmas Cabaret

  • December 9-18
  • Roebling Theater

The Norwegians

  • Written by C. Denby Swanson
  • Jan 6-15
  • The Black Box Theater

A strong, bitter comedy about women scorned in Minnesota and the really, really nice gangsters–Norwegian hit men–they hire to whack their ex boyfriends.

The Magic Flute

  • Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • February 25
  • Alberta Bair Theater

A beautiful princess is imprisoned by a powerful ruler. A brave prince with a goofy sidekick takes on an impossible quest. A wicked queen uses her magic to lure the hero into evil. And every now and then, someone breaks into song.

James and the Giant Peach

  • Based on the book by Roald Dahl-adapted by David Wood
  • March 10-19
  • The Roebling Theater

A magical peach! An imprisoned boy! Insect friends! An incredible journey! This amazing adventure of James Henry Trotter will fulfill the fantasy of anyone who has ever dreamed of escape. Roald Dahl’s story comes to life in this delightful dramatization that reveals the wickedness of some, the goodness of others, and the indecision encountered by many when they are faced with crises. The action is tied together by the Narrator, a storyteller, motivator, emcee and audience friend.

Love, Loss and What I Wore

  • Written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron
  • March 31 and April 1-9
  • The Black Box Theater

A play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory covering all the important subjects–mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses, and why we only wear black. Based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman.

One-Act Opera: The Scarf and Speed Dating

  • The Scarf composed by Lee Hoiby
  • Speed Dating composed by Michael Ching
  • April 28, 30* and May  6, 7*
  • The Roebling Theater

The Scarf takes place in the kitchen of an isolated farmhouse during a snowy February night. The story follows Miriam (soprano), a young woman unhappily married to an oppressive and much older husband, Reuel (tenor). She had married him to save her family’s farm after the death of her father.

Speed Dating is a one act comic opera created for opera apprentice programs; opera and musical theater programs at universities; choral groups; and fundraising events. It portrays an imaginary speed dating night at a bar. The middle section of the piece (the dates) can be performed by a varied number of singers.


  • Written by  Steve Gundersen, Bryan Scott & Melinda Gild
  • May 12-27
  • The Roebling

Loaded with good clean fun, bubbling energy and some of the 60’s greatest pop hits, SUDS in the delightful story of a young woman and her guardian angels who come to teach her about finding true love in, of all places, a laundromat! Featuring more than 50 of the hits you love from the 60’s including, “These Boots are Made for Walking,” “It’s My Party,” “Where the Boys Are” “You Don’t Own Me,” and many more that will have you swaying in your seat.


*Directors of each show will be announced at a different time.