Jam-packed Billings Fringe Festival returns to NOVA

2014-03-05T09:15:00Z 2014-03-05T14:33:09Z Jam-packed Billings Fringe Festival returns to NOVA The Billings Gazette

NOVA Center for the Performing Arts is hosting the 2nd Annual Billings Fringe Festival March 6 through 8 and March 13-15.

Theatre, dance, comedy, film, visual art, music and poetry will share NOVA stages and rehearsal rooms.

Highlights of the festival will include NOVA’s contribution, a one-man play by Conor McPherson, “St. Nicholas,” featuring Vincent Raye.

The work is show about an Irish theater critic’s life-changing encounter with a coven of vampires. It plays in the intimate space of the NOVA cafe.

NOVA’S improv comedy troupes, Venture Improv and The Funky Bunch, will also entertain audiences and students from the Youth Conservatory will show off the skills they are perfecting in classes at the center.

Canvas, the dynamic arts advocacy collective, will host the opening night celebration at 7 p.m. on March 6 with performances by poets, musicians, and artists leading community-created art projects.

Every night of the festival will culminate with a performance of “St. Nicholas,” starting at 9 p.m.

NOVA Youth Director, Dan Nickerson, will also present a one-man show in our Black Box Theatre.

Terpsichore Dance Company, MAD Co, Billings Dance Academy, and Spiral Skies Bellydance will represent the Billings dance community.

Diane Kylander, Cason Nile, Matthew Kettlehake and Will Thomas will take the mic for stand-up comedy performances.

Short films by Shad Scott, Marshall Granger, Brooke Moncada and Shane McClurg will be shown on the big screen. Let’s Talk Billings, a suicide prevention program that uses theatre to address the epidemic of suicide in our community, will present two short plays by students followed by a talk-back session to answer questions about how to get help for those in the throes of suicidal thoughts.

Festival day passes are $15 Thursday and Friday and $20 on Saturday. Call 406-591-9535 or visit our website at www.NOVAbillings.org for tickets or more information.

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