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 2019 Spring Activities Guide sponsored by the Heart of the Valley YMCA.
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Even More Spring Fun
Theatre Randolph presents Peter Pan
Fly away to Neverland with Peter and the Darling children in this adaptation of the beloved Broadway musical. Join us for an adventure filled with pirates, lost boys, crocodiles, and fairies!
Opera in the Rocket City
Huntsville’s new opera theater the Encore Opera Theater will present its debut performance “Opera in the Rocket City” in the sanctuary of Grace United Methodist Church. The concert will feature selections from operas by Bizet, Gershwin, Mozart, Puccini, Verdi and more The concert is free, but donations will be accepted at the door.
Huntsville Youth Symphony Winter Concert
The HYO orchestras will perform overtures, arias, and choruses from the world’s great operas.
UAH CONSTELLATION Concert Series: Sybarite5
CONSTELLATION Concert Series presents Sybarite5, the first string quintet ever to win the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. From Elgar to Radiohead and Visconti to Akiho, their eclectic repertoire and commanding performance style is turning heads throughout the music world. As the Sarasota Herald Tribune notes, “Their rock star status… is well deserved… Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all out passionate attack transfixes the audience, whether on Piotr Szewczyk’s “The Rebel” or Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes.”
Noontime Concert Series
The Greater Huntsville American Guild of Organists hosts this noontime concert series. Now in its 37th year, this annual Lenten series features pipe organ music is presented by Greater Huntsville’s only organization dedicated exclusively to the promotion of organ and choral music.
Lee High School presents Return to the Forbidden Planet
Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, this jukebox musical is packed with rock ‘n’ roll classics such as Heard it Through the Grapevine, Young Girl, Good Vibrations, and Gloria. Blast off on a routine flight and crash into the planet D’Illyria where a sci fi version of The Tempest set to rock and roll golden oldies unfolds with glee. The planet is inhabited by a sinister scientist, Dr. Prospero; his delightful daughter Miranda; Ariel, a faithful robot on roller skates; and an uncontrollable monster, the product of Prospero’s Id, whose tentacles penetrate the space craft.
Grissom High School Jazz Band presents Dinner with a Taste of Jazz
This is a much anticipated event each year. Come join us for dinner, a silent auction where you can bid on a variety of items and, of course, a TASTE OF JAZZ! This year’s special guest is Mr. Ken Watters, internationally known jazz musician (and Grissom band alum). Mr. Watters’ CDs with the Summit Records label have all spent significant time in the top 50 on the U. S. jazz and/or world music charts. He has performed, recorded and/or toured with Frank Sinatra, Cee-Lo, Natalie Cole, Jason Isbell, Carlos Santana, Wyclef Jean, Mingus Big Band, Marc Anthony, Toshiko Akiyoshi Big Band, The Fifth Dimension, Dave Valentin, and many more. Enjoy us for a delicious, home-cooked dinner with your choice of traditional Italian meat or vegetarian lasagna meal alongside a silent auction, followed by jazz performances during dinner by the Grissom Jazz Band student combos and a special jazz concert performance at 8:00PM with Ken Watters & the Grissom Jazz Bands.
Huntsville Youth Symphony and UNA Opera Department present A Starry Night
On Friday, March 8, 2019 UNA Opera presents Starry Night – an enchanting evening of Arias and Art! This event features performance from the UNA Opera studio accompanied by live music from the Huntsville Youth Orchestra, and works from the UNA Film, Photography, and Fashion Merchandising Programs. Student tickets can be purchased at the School of the Arts Box Office at 126 W. Tombigbee St. or at the door.
UAH Choirs in Concert
UAH Concert Choir and Chamber Choir present a spring concert celebrating the power of community through song. The program includes Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem…plus two World Premieres: Dr. Joshua Burel’s new work, Escaping (poem by Radhika Lusted) and a commissioned work by Emma Lou Diemer, written for the UAH Choirs.
James and the Giant Peach presented by Academy Children’s Theater
Academy Children’s Theatre is producing Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach: The Musical for the whole family to enjoy! Featuring a wickedly tuneful score by the Tony Award-nominated team of Pasek and Paul (Dogfight and A Christmas Story the Musical) and a curiously quirky book by Timothy Allen McDonald (Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley), critics rave: James and the Giant Peach is a “masterpeach!” When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach… and launches in a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building. A delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, the creative possibilities with James and the Giant Peach are endless.
Spring Puppet Shows at the Library
When: March 11 at 4PM (at Main) | March 13 & 14 at 9:30AM and 10:30AM (at Bailey Cove)
Where: Huntsville-Madison County Public Library – Main Branch (map) or Bailey Cove Branch (map)
More Info: Website
Children of all ages can join our puppet pals for a fun Spring-themed Puppet Show featuring puppets, stories, songs, and crafts!
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.
Holy Spirit presents The Wizard of Oz
This beloved tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations.
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!
Sparkman High Theater presents Singin’ in the Rain
The greatest movie musical of all time comes to life on the VBC stage this March! Come see our talented SHS Theatre students dance and sing their way into your heart, in this classic tale of how old Hollywood learned to talk.
Grissom Fine Arts presents Peter Pan
When: March 29-30 & April 5-6 at 7PM | March 31, April 6-7 at 2PM
Where: Grissom High Auditorium (map)
Cost: Adults $18, Students and Children $10, Senior and Military $15
More Info: Website | Facebook
Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time. This high-flying Tony Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years. Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face to face with a crocodile, an Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook. Peter Pan is the perfect show for the child in all of us… who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up.
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.
Bob Jones Musical theater presents Catch Me If You Can
Based on the hit film and the incredible true story, Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught. Nominated for four Tony awards, including Best Musical, this delightfully entertaining show was created by a Tony Award-winning dream team. Seeking fame and fortune, precocious teenager, Frank Abignale, Jr., runs away from home to begin an unforgettable adventure. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer ? living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. When Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent, Carl Hanratty, though, Carl pursues Frank across the country to make him pay for his crimes.
Huntsville High School presents Disney’s Newsies
It’s time to “Carry the Banner” to the Stage of HHS with Disney’s Newsies! Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies brings to life the Newsboy strike of 1899 in an inspirational tale of newsboy Jack Kelly, who dreams of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. When Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies his army of newsies to strike. The musical is based on the 1992 Disney film.Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Aladdin) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.
Excerpts from Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts
UAH Department of Music jazz alum, Aleah Hyman-Faulkner, presents excerpts from Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts. The program includes performances by multiple jazz artists, including DeVonne Gardner. UAH Faculty Ensemble is also featured. This concert is free, but reservations are encouraged.
Alabama Youth Ballet presents W.C. Handy’s Blues Legacy of Dance
Developed as part of the Alabama Bicentennial, Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre (AYBT) celebrates the life of Alabama native, W.C. Handy, with a program exploring the experiences and deep Alabama ties that shaped him as a musician, a businessman, and an advocate for the disabled. The Handy family, AYBT dancers, and local artists have joined together to tell Handy’s story using his own words and music, paying tribute to the man whose influence on American music and dance can make every Alabamian proud. Choreographed by Cynthia Handy Quintella and Caitlyn Quintella, the program also features guest musician Ron Handy, actor/narrator Eugene Fleming, and guest performers the Huntsville Spiritual Chorale. This tribute to Handy’s innovative music is paired with excerpts from the classical ballet Swan Lake.
Huntsville Community Chorus Chamber Chorale presents To the Moon and Back!
The HCC Spring Concert, To the Moon and Back, will feature the singers of all HCCA choral groups and the Huntsville Youth Orchestra as we help our “Rocket City” celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing! This special matinee presentation at First Baptist Church will be aided visually by the striking images of “sun, moon, and stars” embedded in the famous stained glass windows of FBC. The concert will include a premiere choral commission commemorating the moon landing anniversary.
Alabama Youth Ballet presents Pinocchio & the Blue Fairy with excerpts from Swan Lake
Each spring, Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre brings to life a new fairytale – this year our dancers present the tale of Pinocchio and the Blue Fairy. This mini ballet is paired with excerpts from the classic ballet Swan Lake. Join us as Pinocchio faces many obstacles on the road to becoming a real boy. After this whimsical story, then enjoy the classical stylings of Swan Lake.
Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic
Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate Disney experience when Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic comes skating into a city near you. Be charmed by a cast of over 50 of Disney’s unforgettable characters, with Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, the irresistible Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and many of the Disney Princesses. Relive the magic of Disney’s Frozen with Anna, Elsa, and Olaf. Sing-along to over 30 songs during moments from Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Dory, Disney’s The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and more in a show to leave your whole family captivated with memories to last a lifetime.
Huntsville Ballet Company presents Romeo and Juliet
The ballet of Romeo and Juliet, based on Shakespeare’s tragic tale of star-crossed lovers will be performed by Huntsville Ballet Company.
Shoot for the Moon – Happy Days Spring Concert
This free community concert is Merrimack Hall’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing. Accompanied by a four-piece professional band, performers with intellectual and physical disabilities will sing a roster of songs following the theme of outer space, rockets, and the historic lunar landing. Merrimack Hall invites you to join us at this concert honoring our community’s historic contributions to space exploration. Featuring over 50 singers and musicians with disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy and others, Shoot for the Moon will be a truly inclusive celebration of the momentous achievements of Madison County’s scientific community. Following the 45-minute concert, the audience is invited to join our performers for refreshments.
Fantasy Playhouse presents Ramona Quimby
Imaginative Ramona Quimby is ready to tackle the third grade, but she’ll need all the help she can get! The new school year brings big surprises; but with the Quimby family’s cooperation and creativity, Ramona learns growing up can be as dramatic as anything she pretends! Based on the children’s classics by Beverly Cleary, audiences are sure to enjoy their time on Klickitat Street.
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!
Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure School Shows
Broadway Theatre League loves to host Outreach Shows each season! It is a delight to watch local families engage with these awesome shows suitable for children of all ages and their parents. The creators of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live want to take your family on an all new adventure – this time to the bottom of the ocean. Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is an immersive experience that invites you to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago – and maybe live still today! Erth shows are at the forefront of family entertainment, using actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination to create an amazing visual experience that connects young audiences to the real science of paleontology. To ensure the best Theatre experience, please view our Kid’s Theatre Etiquette page and our Teacher Resources page. Please contact our Children’s Program Director, David Herriott at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256-518-6155with any questions!
Huntsville Community Chorus Youth Chorale Children’s Chorale presents Stars on the Horizon
The Youth Chorale and Children’s Chorale, HCC’s very own rising stars, present a Spring Concert you won’t want to miss! There will be something for everyone at this concert. Come early to get a good seat—it always fills up!
The culture of ancient China was divinely inspired. Shen Yun’s works reflect this rich spiritual heritage and invites you to travel back to the magical world of ancient China. Experience a lost culture through the incredible art of classical Chinese dance, and see legends come to life. Shen Yun makes this possible by pushing the boundaries of the performing arts, with a unique blend of stunning costuming, high-tech backdrops, and an orchestra like no other. Be prepared for a theatrical experience that will take your breath away!