Theater

NOVA Center for the Performing Arts is not just a building that houses amazing productions.  It is an experience.  The directors, actors, and technical team are people in local community.  They are your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers, and they have talent. NOVA is committed to bring thought provoking and entertaining theater performances that showcase the best of Billings’ talent.  NOVA is also expanding the breadth of classes in the Youth Conservatory to give well rounded opportunities to children interested in the theater.

NOVA 2015-2016 Theater Performances 

Tickets can be purchased online, by phone, or at the box office.  Any student or senior (65+) passes must be purchased on the phone or at the box office.  It may be required to provide proof of student or senior standing.

 

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THE FANTASTICKS

Book by Tom Jones, Music by Harvey Schmidt, Lyrics by Tom Jones, Based on Les Romanesques by Edmond Rostand.

Directed by Gerry Roe

September 11-13*, 18-20*, 25-26, in the Roebling Theatre

The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world, and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time.

 

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A POST ON THE PRAIRIE

A World Premiere by Ryan Gage

Directed by Patrick Wilson

October 2-4*, 9-11*, 16-17 in the Black Box

Author’s note: “In a world where societies have evaporated, civilizations have disappeared and relationships are the toughest resource to find, two men of opposite backgrounds discover each other on a deserted prairie in Montana. Striving to survive in a harsh, brutal world, the men are forced to search within themselves to find what it takes for life to continue.”

 

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YOUTH CABARET–BROADWAY POP MUSICAL REVUE (grades 4-12)

Directed by Kevin Schweigert

November 13, 14, 15*, in the Black Box

Imagine going to a real cabaret show: cafe’ tables, intimate lighting, and an emcee to guide you through the evening.  The young actors will showcase a variety of solo, duet and ensemble numbers.

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THE GREEK MYTH PROJECTS (grades 7-12)

A Youth Conservatory Production

Directed by Dan Nickerson

November 20, 21, 22*, in the Black Box

In the spirit of ensemble building, the Greek Myth Projects are designed to teach actors about working in a group and how to be free thinkers. Through ritual and song, the young actors will develop their own version of each myth.

 

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CHRISTMAS TIME’S A-COMIN’– A BLUEGRASS CHRISTMAS

Directed by Christie Anderson

December 4-6*, 11-13*, 18-19, in the Roebling

Come on in…pull up your rockin’ chair and sit a spell. Join us for a down home Christmas with some of the best local bluegrass musicians and performers Billings has to offer. It’s a cozy get together of friends, family, and a whole lot of fun and hi-jinxed entertainment. You never know who may stop by!

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THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (Abridged) [Revised]

by Alan Long, Daniel Singer & Jess Winfield

Directed by Craig Huisenga

January 22-24*, 29-31* and February 5-6, in the Roebling Theatre

See all 37 plays in 97 minutes in an irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays. This is one wild ride through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

–“If you like Shakespeare, you’ll love this show.  If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this Show!” The Today Show

“Rollicking, fast moving and Hilarious!” The Guardian

 

Charlotte

CHARLOTTE’S WEB

Based on the book by E.B. White; Adapted by Joseph Robinette

A Youth Conservatory Production

Directed by DeLaney Kay Hardy

March 11-13*, 18-20*, in the Roebling Theatre

All the enchanting characters are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately want to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.” This is a beautiful, knowing play about friendship.

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FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS

By Alan Ball

Directed by Anjanett Hawk

The Rankin File Production

April 1-3*, 8-10*, 15-16, in the Black Box

During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Tennessee estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below.  As the afternoon wears on, they joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women’s spirit.

 

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SWEET CHARITY

Book by Neil Simon, Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by Dorothy Fields

Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, and Ennio Plaiano

Directed by Susan Kennedy Sommerfeld

May 6-8*, 13-15*, 20-21,  in the Roebling Theatre

Sweet Charity is a tender, poignant and consistently funny look at the adventures, or rather misadventures, in the ways of love encountered by Charity Agnes Valentine, the “lady of the evening” who always gives her heart to the worst man.  “Big Spender”, “Rhythm of Life”, and “Rich Man’s Frug” (dance) are great numbers from Sweet Charity.

 ALL SHOWS AND DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON AVAILABILITY

Education Classes

As always, NOVA is committed to educational opportunities.  Please see our youth conservatory classes as well as the master class series.