When Spring is in the air, there’s always a good show to be seen. Take a look at our local list of Spring plays & performances in Huntsville and North Alabama. Ready to frolic? You’ll find a listing for Spring Break Camps, Bunny Sightings, Egg Hunts, Festivals and more in our 2018 Spring Activities Guide sponsored by the Heart of the Valley YMCA.
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Huntsville High School presents Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft. This show is a perfect opportunity to showcase a strong, iconic female performer, as well as unique special effects and illusions. The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”
Sparkman High Theater presents The Addams Family
The Addams Family features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.
Dinner with a Taste of Jazz
“Dinner with a Taste of Jazz” and Silent Auction will be held at the new Grissom High School in the Cafeteria, Media Center and the Auditorium. Park in the back of the school to come in for the dinner and auction. Follow the signs! Proceeds will benefit the Grissom High School Band Program. The home cooked Italian dinner dinner and silent auction will begin at 5:30PM in the school’s cafeteria and media center with entertainment by the Grissom Jazz band combos. Our main attraction, so to speak, will be in the Martha Deford Hays auditorium beginning at 8PM. Both “A” and “B” Jazz bands will perform with guest artist famed saxophonist and jazz educator Mr. Ron Carter!
Huntsville Youth Symphony Winter Concert
The Huntsville Youth Symphony will perform works from the Romantic period by Beethoven, Rossini, and Dvorak.
UAH CONSTELLATION Concert Series: Gaudete Brass Quintet
The UAH CONSTELLATION Concert Series presents Gaudete Brass Quintet. This Chicago-based ensemble returns to Roberts Hall, bringing their fresh ideas and powerful technique to both new and popular brass repertoire. Founded in 2004, the Gaudete Brass Quintet is devoted to presenting serious brass chamber music at the highest level of excellence and to encouraging worldwide appreciation of the art of brass chamber music through live performances, recordings, education, and the creation of new works. The quintet has been featured on concert series, radio broadcasts and at universities throughout the country.
The Three Musketeers presented by Academy Children’s Theater
Don’t miss the story brought to life, a timeless swashbuckler by Alexandre Dumas, a tale of heroism, treachery, close escapes, and above all, honor. The story, set in 1625, begins with d’Artagnan, who sets off for Paris in search of adventure. Along with d’Artagnan goes Sabine, his sister, the quintessential tomboy. Note: The Saturday Matinee is a special Sensory Performance, which includes a reduction of loud or jarring sounds and lights, and audience members are free to talk and move as needed. We will also have a designated quiet room, extra volunteer support, and sensory supports available in the lobby such as fidgets, earplugs, and noise cancelling head- phones.
Shivers: A Children’s Play
Adapted by Wayne Miller from the Grimm fairy tale, “The Story of a Boy Who Went Forth to Learn Fear,” SHIVERS is the whimsical and wacky journey through a child’s imagination. Join Annette and her daughter, Beatrice, as the they read about Robert…I mean Roberta’s expedition to discover the one thing she does not understand- how to feel fear- and meet all the zany characters she encounters on the way.
Biergarten at the US Space & Rocket Center
This family- and dog-friendly event returns to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center! Enjoy the festive atmosphere with imported and domestic beers and delicious wines from the German region. It’s family-friendly and leashed dogs are welcome on our Apollo Terrace and in Apollo Courtyard. Admission is free, and food and beverages are available for purchase. To support our local community, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is featuring a nonprofit organization each week, and a portion of food sales that evening will be donated to the organization.
Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic
Open the door to reveal mesmerizing worlds of unforgettable Disney moments and grand illusions with Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the comical duo of Donald and Goofy as 25 of your favorite Disney characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob! See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; the Toy Story gang defy the dimensions of Andy’s toy box with the help of the green army men; and the spectacular stage debut of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they rise into the sky amidst the floating lanterns. With special appearances by Snow White, Tinker Bell and Aladdin’s Genie, you never know what to expect or who might join in the fun. In Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic you hold the ultimate key to unlocking your imagination.
Spring Puppet Shows at the Library
When & Where:
Eleanor Murphy branch – March 19 @ 4 pm
Bailey Cove branch – March 21 @ 9:15 am & 10:30 am | March 22 @ 9:15 & 10:30 am
More Info: Website
Children of all ages can join our puppet pals for this fun Spring-themed Puppet Show followed by a simple craft.
Madison Community Band Spring Concert
The Madison Community Band, a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Public Charity, based in North Alabama, follows a long tradition of community bands. An all-volunteer organization, the band is comprised of musicians of all ages and backgrounds.
Grissom High School presents Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Based on the beloved 1968 film version of Ian Fleming’s children’s book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is one family-friendly blockbuster that audiences will find “Truly Scrumptious.” An eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts sets about restoring an old race car from a scrap heap with the help of his children, Jeremy and Jemima. They soon discover the car has magical properties, including the ability to float and take flight. Trouble occurs when the evil Baron Bomburst desires the magic car for himself. The family joins forces with Truly Scrumptious and batty Grandpa Potts to outwit the dastardly Baron and Baroness and their villainous henchman, the Child Catcher.
Alabama Youth Ballet presents Snow White & Paquita
When: April 6-7 at 7PM; April 7-8 at 2PM; Special needs performance on April 5 at 6:30PM
Where: VBC Playhouse (map)
Cost: $14 – $20; ages 2 and under are FREE. Special needs performance on April 5 is also FREE.
More Info: Website
Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre is the non-profit performing company of Alabama Youth Ballet. Come enjoy time watching Snow White dance with her Prince and laugh at the adorable Seven Dwarves and root against the Evil Queen! Then be delighted with performances from Paquita. It will be fun for the whole family! There will also be a free showing on Thursday, April 5 at 6:30PM for special needs children and their caregivers. This special performance will feature a laid-back atmosphere, plenty of handicapped seating, and the ability to move around during the show without worry.
The Wizard of Oz Preview Cast Performance
Enjoy a free, sneak peek preview of Theatre Randolph’s production of the Wizard of Oz at Bridge Street Town Centre, prior to the theatrical presentation April 13-15 held at the school’s Thurber Arts Center auditorium. Full cast members will perform a dazzling selection of song and dance routines from the stage production based on L. Frank Baum’s 1900 children’s book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland, is widely considered to be one of the greatest films in cinema history.
Huntsville Ballet Company presents Cinderella
Huntsville Ballet company will end their season with the enchanting production of Cinderella in three performances in the Concert Hall at the Von Braun Center. Amazing costuming and special effects including a spectacular glowing carriage will be utilized to enhance the magic of this beloved fairy tale. This production is sure to delight all ages young and old with the silliness, beauty, and pageantry we’ve all come to love. During the specially ticketed Cinderella Ball, children can meet Cinderella and be invited to come on stage and dance with her prior to the Saturday matinee show.
Huntsville Community Chorus Chamber Chorale presents Spring Sing!
Join the Chamber Chorale and the elite choral ensembles from the University of North Alabama for stirring, timeless, fun music for a new spring! The concert will feature the premiere of Green is the Color of Its Flame, commissioned and composed specifically for this occasion by former HCCA accompanist, Julian Bryson. Don’t miss it! Repertoire to include the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzer, James Erb’s Shenandoah, and arrangement of Stephen Foster’s Camptown Races, Clements’ Flower of beauty, and many other treats for the ear.
Theatre Randolph presents The Wizard of Oz
Enjoy Theatre Randolph’s all-school Spring musical production of the Wizard of Oz, based on L. Frank Baum’s 1900 children’s book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland, is widely considered to be one of the greatest films in cinema history.
Open Rehearsal with Q&A with Van Cliburn Bronze Medalist
Daniel Hsu, Bronze Medalist for the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will be offering an Open Rehearsal with Q&A as the educational event preceding his concert at 7:30pm. Daniel is the embodiment of the way music and technology are complementary. In addition to excelling in music, Daniel is one of the contributing developers for the Workflow app, which won an Apple Design Award in 2015. He is only 20 years old! This event is free and open to the public. Any student who attends the educational event will receive a free concert to the concert that follows. There is even an Artist Reception with the Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalists, after the concert.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert: A Film Screening with Live Orchestra
With its innocence and sincerity, Steven Spielberg’s 1982 sci-fi fantasy set hearts aglow. Thanks in large part to the sensitive orchestral score by John Williams, the story of Elliott and his unusual friend captured the imaginations of millions and became a cultural phenomenon. Grab some popcorn, settle in, and share the magic with the whole family as we screen the original film — and perform the soundtrack live with full orchestra – in this one-of-a-kind film concert spectacular, presented by the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.
HSO Casual Classics Series: Alabama’s Storytellers
To walk through the doors of U. G. White Mercantile in downtown Huntsville is to step into the living history of Alabama; nearly every fixture in the store has a story to tell. This afternoon’s Casual Classics performance celebrates our state’s rich storytelling heritage: Alabama’s most treasured wordsmiths and yarn-spinners will entertain and enlighten you, while the musicians of the orchestra perform underscores drawn from the chamber works of composers such as Bernstein, Barber, Dvořák, and William Grant Still.
Fantasy Playhouse presents Raggedy Ann and Andy
The curtain rises on a very special playroom where toys magically come to life! The world’s most beloved rag dolls must gather their playroom playmates and lead the charge into the “deep, deep woods” to Looney Land to bring the beautiful French Babette back home before she is found missing by their owner. Audiences of all ages will delight in this whimsical tale of adventure and friendship.
Monster Jam® is adrenaline-charged family entertainment providing jaw-dropping displays and gravity-defying feats that promises to always leave fans entertained. Monster Jam events feature some of the most recognizable trucks in the world including Grave Digger®, Max-D, El Toro Loco® and many more. Our world-class drivers push these perfectly engineered Monster Jam trucks to their limits in Freestyle, “2-Wheel Skills” and Racing competitions that will put families on the edge of their seats and leave them craving more of this unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable event!
Concerts on the Dock
Concerts on the Dock has grown from a small gathering of music lovers to an institution in the Huntsville music scene since the first note was struck in 2008. This free, family friendly series is all about creating a laid back atmosphere for friends of Lowe Mill to enjoy original content and interesting new acts, Friday nights during the Spring and Fall. Bring chairs, picnics, friends and pets on a leash and join us under the water tower!
Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves
A student-written original adaptation presented by The Princess Theatre’s Creative Performance Academy in association with the Islamic Academy of Huntsville as part of the Princess Theatre education program. Watch this classic tale as adapted and staged by students. Pre-show experiences include interactive exploration of a variety of Middle Eastern cultures. Post-show offers a lively Q&A with the cast and crew to learn about the process of developing Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves. Proceeds support educational programming and performance training for schools and school groups.
An Evening with Jason Isbell presented by the Huntsville Hospital Foundation
The Huntsville Classic, a Huntsville tradition since 1989, is a two-part event with more than 5,000 guests. Proceeds from the 30th annual Huntsville Classic this May will provide a second Kids Care transport ambulance and equipment for Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children. This “ICU on wheels” will transport injured and critically ill children and newborns quickly and with age-appropriate lifesaving equipment. Thursday, May 10, guests will enjoy dinner on the floor of the Von Braun Center Propst Arena, followed by a live destination auction and concert by four-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Jason Isbell.