The Huntsville Performing Arts community is one of the major reasons this northern Alabama town is so rich in both arts culture and history.
It has grown to be so popular, that it has not only become one of the major art centers in the state, but in the entire Southeastern region as well.
There are numerous different venues, and here are the first of the listings.
The Huntsville Community Chorus Association
First on the list of Huntsville Performing Arts is the Community Chorus Association, and is considered to be one of Alabama oldest.
In fact, its first performance was in December of 1946.
The HCCA, in addition to its Chorus, also produces musical theater productions as well as concerts.
It also features what is referred to as “Glitz”; madrigal singers that are considered to be “show choirs”.
They also host Children’s Chorale starting at 3 years of age and going up to 12 years of age.
The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra
This wonderful Orchestra is one of the oldest continually operating symphony orchestra’s, not only in the State of Alabama, but in the entire south.
It performances include wide variety of genre’ such as family concerts, pop, as well as the traditional classical.
The Huntsville Youth Orchestra
Next on the list of Huntsville Performing Arts is the wonderful Youth Orchestra, which was founded in 1961 by its leading conductor, Russell Gerhart.
It is a non-profit organization that features six different ensembles that include Novice Strings, Sinfonia, Intermezzo Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Philharmonic, as well as the Youth Symphony.
It entire purpose is to teach and foster young artists.
The Huntsville Chamber Music Guild
Next is the Chamber Music Guild, whose purpose is to both promote and present music chamber programs.
Founded in 1952, the major focus of the performers is the works of all of the masters in the classics.
The Independent Musical Production
Next on the list of Huntsville Performing Arts is the Independent Musical Production, and it produces at least one annual major presentation.
Some of their past performances include “Into the Woods”, “Ragtime”, and “Sweeney Todd”.
The Flying Monkey Arts Center
The Flying Monkey Arts Center not only hosts traditional concerts, it also hosts venues as such as the traditional Cigar Box Guitar festival, as well as the “Sex Worker” Art Show.
The Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theatre
First on this list of the Huntsville Performing Arts is the Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theatre, which is an all-volunteer organization.
It is the city’s oldest children’s theatre and was originally founded in 1960.
It features both dance and music and is an art school that helps to teach both children and adults the arts.
It produces at least three plays each year.
The Broadway Theatre League
The Broadway Theatre League was founded in 1959, and it is geared for the entire family.
It hosts national touring productions using the Von Braun Center as its venue.
Some of its most famous past performances includes “The Color Purple”, “A Chorus Line” and Mama Mia”, just to name a few.
The Theatre Huntsville was brought about by a merger between two older companies, and is a non-profit all volunteer organization.
It presents six major productions each season, also using the Von Braun Center Playhouse, but also produces an outdoor venue as well.
The Huntsville Ballet Company
The Huntsville Ballet Company is also a non-profit organization, and features ballet performances such as “The Nutcracker”, “Romeo and Juliet”, and “Swan Lake”.
Plays at the Renaissance Theatre
The plays performed at the Renaissance Theatre utilize two stages which include the upstairs main theater, and the downstairs Alpha Stage.
It produces not only original productions, but also includes offbeat plays as well as some controversial plays.
The Merrimack Hall Preforming Arts Center
The final listing of the Huntsville Performing Arts is Merrimack Hall, which opened in 2007.
It includes a 302-seat hall, a 3,000 square foot dance studio, and well as instructional and rehearsal spaces.
Some of the past performers include Billy Bob Thornton, Claire Lynch, Dionne Warwick, as well as the Second City Comedy Club.
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