Madison and Morgan county residents have a wealth of artistic endeavors at their disposal, from theaters to music to dance and more.
Broadway Theatre League
700 Monroe St., Suite 410
Huntsville, AL 35801 256-518-6155
Since 1959, the Broadway Theatre League of Huntsville has brought Broadway’s best shows to Tennessee Valley residents. Through its schools program, the league also furnishes students in the Tennessee Valley with a special opportunity to develop an appreciation of, and love for, live theater.
Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater and Academy
3312 Long Ave.
Huntsville, AL 35805 256-539-6829
The goal of Fantasy Playhouse is to bring the love of theater and stagecraft to the youth of North Alabama through its theater productions, The Fantasy Academy and the Fantasy Players. Its 10,000-square-foot facility provides space for rehearsals, costume construction and theater classes. Fantasy also owns a 7,500-square-foot warehouse that houses its scene shop. Each season, Fantasy Playhouse produces three shows and its annual season extra, “A Christmas Carol,” all presented at the Von Braun Center’s Playhouse. The Fantasy Academy of Theater offers over 100 classes, reaching 700 students per year. The Fantasy Players, a performing troupe of young people, serve as ambassadors for Fantasy Playhouse and the Arts as they perform at schools, libraries, day care programs and community events.
Huntsville Ballet Company
800 Regal Drive SW
Huntsville, AL 35801 256-539-0961
Huntsville Ballet Company uses the power of dance to inspire and nurture the art of classical ballet through artistic excellence, performances, and education and outreach activities in the community. It brings quality dance to the region, performing ballets such as “Romeo and Juliet,” “The Firebird” and “The Sleeping Beauty,” among others. Each year “The Nutcracker” ballet affords students from HBC’s school the opportunity to audition and perform with the company at the Von Braun Center Concert Hall with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.
Huntsville Symphony Orchestra
Von Braun Center
700 Monroe St.
Huntsville, AL 35801 256-539-4818
Long considered the region’s premiere performing arts group, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra has set the standard in North Alabama for artistic quality, community support and service through education. For over five decades, the HSO’s acclaimed concerts and award-winning education programs have inspired performers, audiences, children, benefactors and the entire community. The HSO is the oldest continuously operating professional orchestra in the state of Alabama.
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
2211 Seminole Drive
Huntsville, AL 35805 256-533-0399
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment is the largest privately owned arts facility in the United States. With a focus on visual arts, this huge historic factory building has been redeveloped into 133 working studios for over 200 artists and makers, six fine art galleries, a multiuse theater and performance venues. In addition to working artists, Lowe Mill is home to several of North Alabama’s premiere entertainment events, including Concerts on the Dock, the world’s longest-running Cigar Box Guitar Festival and more.
Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center
3320 Triana Blvd.
Huntsville, AL 35805 256-534-6455
Located in the historic Merrimack Mill Village neighborhood, this 25,000-square-foot building was built in 1898 and expanded in 1920 by the Merrimack Manufacturing Company, a large textile manufacturer. After nearly 100 years of operation, the Merrimack Mills were demolished in 1992, but after nearly $2.5 million in renovations, Merrimack Hall reopened to the public in 2007. The facility is now home to a 300-seat, state-of-the-art performance hall, a 3,000-square-foot dance studio and community spaces. Today, more than 500 people with special needs participate in Merrimack Hall’s Johnny Stallings Arts Program (JSAP), which offers year-round arts education and social and cultural opportunities to children, teens and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities.
SPACES Sculpture Trail
700 Monroe St. SW, Suite 2
Huntsville, AL 35801 256-519-2787
SPACES is a collaborative project developed in 2010 by The Arts Council Inc., Alabama A&M University, the Huntsville Museum of Art, Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment Center and the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Designed to engage and enliven the Huntsville/Madison County community through a large-scale public art installation, the trail features 37 sculptures by 25 artists from 13 states. Visit the trail’s website for maps detailing each sculpture’s location.
Von Braun Center
700 Monroe St.
Huntsville, AL 35801 256-533-1953
A multi-purpose indoor arena, meeting and performing arts complex, the Von Braun Center has a maximum arena seating capacity of 10,000. The complex includes several venues, including Propst Arena, the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, a South Hall, North Hall and East Hall and a theater playhouse, which welcome big-name musicians, comedians, sports events and more.