By Ron Roberts
Ars Nova School of the Arts
Fill in the blank. The hills are alive with: __________.
If you thought “pollen” or “the sound of sneezing”, you wouldn’t be incorrect at this time of year. But try again and think: Julie Andrews.
I’ll wager that 99% of you filled in the blank by singing “with the sound of music”. So many indelible lyrics and melodies that weave through our lives have their origin in the American musical theater.
Creators like Rodgers, Hammerstein, Gershwin, Sondheim, Porter, and Bernstein have become household names. No trip to New York City is complete without “catching a Broadway show”. Or several! Across the country countless local productions by high school, college and university, amateur and semi-professional groups have helped spread the love of this particular form of music and entertainment. As performers and audience members, it is some of the most satisfying music to sing and hear, able to instantly transport us to our “happy place”.
To that end, we hope you’ll join us in our collective happy place as Ars Nova presents A Magnificent Musicale, an evening of songs from some of the most beloved Broadway shows. One day only, but for two performances: Saturday, June 11, at 3:00pm and 6:00pm, at Randolph school’s Thurber Arts Center. Plus a reception in between shows for both audiences.
A group of accomplished singers and instrumentalists as well as dancers from the Huntsville Ballet, will perform familiar and favorite tunes from shows like: Oklahoma, The Sound of Music, Carousel, South Pacific, West Side Story, A Little Night Music, Candide, and many others.
Ars Nova, Incorporated is a 501(c)3 status non-profit organization dedicated to the performing arts, with an emphasis on music. Operated under its auspices are a school for training in voice, piano, cello, harp, children’s music, and theatre in addition to a production company which performs plays, musicals, and opera. Ars Nova typically presents four to five productions a year. Each season usually includes a classical adult opera, opportunities for younger students to participate in opera roles, operettas, and musical theater, including Disney productions for younger students and audiences.
In addition to the June 11 program, later this year Ars Nova will present the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Cinderella”. Dates are September 16-18.
For tickets and more information contact Ars Nova at: