NOVA Center for the Performing Arts -- Billings, Montana

Complete History of America 

NOVA opens 2017-18 season with 'Complete History of America' in September
• Jaci Webb

• Apr 13, 2017

The NOVA Center for the Performing Arts’ artistic committee and managing producer Dodie Rife have announced the center's 2017-18 season, fitting the theme “Around the World!”


The season will have 10 productions including four main stage theater productions, including "Mousetrap," "Quilters," "Celtic Christmas" and "The Complete History of America (Abridged)." There will also be four youth shows — "Madeline," "Brundibar," "Gulliver’s Travels" and "School House Rock" — and two opera productions: the Festival of One-Act Operas and "The Pirates of Penzance".


In October, the NOVA Center continues its travel theme in the youth conservatory, taking audiences to Germany with "Brundibar." This is a youth opera about children banding together to save their sick mother.
In January 2018, audiences will journey with NOVA youth to fantastic places such as Lilliput and Laguda with "Gulliver’s Travels." Then, NOVA youth will leave the land of fantasy to visit Paris with "Madeline" in April. Finally, the conservatory will end the season with "Schoolhouse Rock" in July.


NOVA actors will begin the season in America with a production of "The Complete History of America (Abridged)" in September, tackling such controversial questions as: Who really discovered America? Why did Abe Lincoln free the slaves? How many Democrats does it take to screw in a light bulb?


Then, join NOVA for a trip across the pond with the Reduced Shakespeare Company, followed by an Agatha Christie whodunnit, "Mousetrap," in November and the world premiere of "Celtic Christmas" in December. NOVA returns to the states in February 2018 with the Rankin File production of "The Quilters."


NOVA's musical and opera schedule will include its Festival of One-Act Operas ("Bon Appetit," "The Telephone" and "The Lantern Marriage") in October, and the main stage production of "The Pirates of Penzance" in March 2018.


The season will also include four fundraising events: Reds, Whites & Brews on Sept. 7; the Auction of Arias on Oct. 22, Love of the heArts on Feb. 17, 2018; and Opera Fest on March 17, 2018.


Box office hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Those interested in volunteering this season are encouraged to call the NOVA Center for the Performing Arts at 406-591-9535.

From left, Susan Hayes, Kristin Mayer, Susan McCaughey and Crystal Oring perform a scene during a rehearsal for
"The Complete History of America (Abridged)," which plays at the NOVA Center starting Friday, Sept. 8.
BRONTE WITTPENN, Gazette Staff

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