NOVA Center for the Performing Arts kicks off its 2015-16 season with “The Wizard of Oz” in July and ends with “Sweet Charity” in June 2016.
The new season will also include opera productions, including a festival of one-act operas in October and “Turandot” by Giacomo Puccini at the Alberta Bair Theater in February. The opera “Rita” by Donizetti will be performed at NOVA in April.
NOVA board president Cindy Butler described “Turandot” as one of the largest operas ever presented in Billings.
The new season will feature musical reviews with blues and bluegrass music, a world premiere by local playwright Ryan Gage, all of Shakespeare’s plays condensed into one package, a dance-filled Bob Fosse musical and a Rankin File production about bridesmaids finding common ground as they escape a wedding reception.
NOVA’s Youth Conservatory will start the season this summer in Oz. November will showcase a student cabaret and student-created versions of Greek myths. The family story “Charlotte’s Web” will be brought to life in March.
As usual, NOVA’s two improvisational comedy troupes will perform throughout the season. Venture Improv begins its 21st year, and the Funky Bunch, the high school improv troupe, will also create scenes and songs for large audiences.
Other shows include: “It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues” in September; “A Post on the Prairie” by Billings playwright Ryan Gage in October; Festival of One-Act Operas in October; a youth cabaret in November; a Greek Myth Youth Project in November; “Christmas Times A-Comin’ — A Bluegrass Christmas in December; “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)” in January; “Turnadot” in February; “Charlotte’s Web” in March; “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” in April; “Rita” in April; and “Sweet Charity” in May.