The School of the Arts Schedule

Whether in the visual art gallery, the dance theatre, the concert hall, the recital hall, or the flexible theatre, a rich and diverse arts season awaits you. The Arts Ablaze contains the schedule for the year and comments from each of the arts department chairs.

Any changes made from the original printing of the Arts Ablaze will be highlighted in red font below.

For further details or reservations call the appropriate department sponsoring the events or performance:

Creative Writing
rsmith@belhaven.edu
601-968-8996
Dance
dance@belhaven.edu
601-965-1400
Music
music@belhaven.edu
601-974-6494
Theatre
boxoffice@belhaven.edu
601-965-7026
Visual Arts
visualarts@belhaven.edu
601-965-1400

Belhaven Arts Ablaze - Fall 2022

September 10 - October 1

Bitsy Irby Fine Art and Dance Center Gallery

Senior Fine Art Exhibition
This show will feature the work of Willie Smith and Markayla Hardy.
Join us for an opening reception on September 10th from 2-4 pm in the Bitsy Irby Fine Art and Dance Center Gallery.

September 22
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Faculty Recital: Dr. Rebecca Geihsler and Mrs. Sarah Waters
Enjoy an evening of vocal duets from the Renaissance to the Romantic era, joined by Dr. Tanja Miric, guitar, and Mr. Daniel Jones, piano/organ.

Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm. 

 

September 29-October 1 & October 6-8
Thurs. – Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays, 2 p.m. matinees

 

Blackbox Theatre in the Center for the Arts

The Spitfire Grill
“Say what you want, say what you will. Something’s cooking at The Spitfire Grill!”

Music & Book by James Valcq
Music & Lyrics by Fred Alley
Directed by Jeff Allen Young
Music Direction by Chrissy Hrivnak

Based on the acclaimed film of the same name, The Spitfire Grill offers a heartwarming story of perseverance, family, and redemption. When newcomer Percy arrives in Gilead with hopes of overcoming a difficult past, she finds a depressed, run-down town that doesn’t look at all as she’d dreamed. With a bit of elbow grease, a nationwide raffle contest, and an openness to joy, Percy and the town’s residents discover that there is, indeed, a balm in Gilead.

Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for students/seniors; complimentary for BU students, faculty, staff, and their immediate family members. For information or to reserve tickets, email boxoffice@belhaven.edu. *Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain.

October 8 – 29

Bitsy Irby Fine Art and Dance Center Gallery

Senior Fine Art Exhibition
This show will feature the work of Addison Whitner. Join us for an opening reception on October 8th from 2-4 pm in the Bitsy Irby Fine Art and Dance Center Gallery.

October 25
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Shoe Bird Cafe

Student Composers Concert Preview
The Composers Forum brings an interactive preview of compositions and improvisations featured on next week’s concert.  Enjoy FIKA at the Shoe Bird Café and join us in bringing newly minted music to life.

Complimentary admission.  FIKA starts at 7 pm.

November 1
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Center for the Arts, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall

Student Composers Concert XXVII
The Composers Forum invites you to participate with Belhaven student composers and performers in making new music.  Join us as we bring freshly fabricated compositions and improvisations to life. 

Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm. 
Watch the livestream on the Belhaven University Music Department page on Facebook.

November 3-5 & 10-12
Thurs. – Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays, 2 p.m. matinees

Blackbox Theatre in the Center for the Arts

The Burial At Thebes
by Seamus Heaney
Directed by Elissa Sartwell

In The Burial at Thebes, Nobel-Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney offers a stunning and profound adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone. The ancient story remains as relevant as ever, as the characters and audience are asked to consider what an individual should do when moral law and civil law are at odds.

Don’t expect to see Greek columns or masks; this production brings the story of Antigone into the present day.

Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for students/seniors; complimentary for BU students, faculty, staff, and their immediate family members. For information or to reserve tickets, email boxoffice@belhaven.edu. *Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain.

November 4-5, 11-12
Friday & Saturday, 7:00 PM

Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre

Fall Dance Concert
A showcase of choreography by dance faculty and guest artists, presented by the Belhaven University Dance Ensemble and members of DOXA. Styles include classical and contemporary ballet and modern dance.

General Admission $10, Seniors/Students $5. Complimentary admission for Belhaven Faculty/Staff/Students and immediate families. Doors open at 6:30pm.

November 11
Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

 

Symphony Orchestra Concert 
You don’t want to miss an evening of profound symphonic masterworks performed by the Belhaven University Symphony Orchestra. On tonight’s concert you will hear the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius and his triumphant Symphony No.2 in D major, Op.43 and from Giuseppe Verdi's  La Traviata, the all-time audience's delighted, "Prelude to Act 1.”

Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.
Watch the livestream on the Belhaven University Music Department page on Facebook.

November 15
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Belhaven Chorale and Vocal Chamber Ensemble
Join us for an evening of beautiful vocal music for large and small ensemble presented by the Belhaven Chorale and Vocal Chamber Ensemble.

Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Watch the livestream on the Belhaven University Music Department page on Facebook.

November 11 – December 10

Bitsy Irby Fine Art and Dance

David West & Jerrod Partridge Show & Masterclass
This show will feature the work of visiting artists, David West and Jerrod Partridge. 

Join us for an opening reception on November 12th from 6-8 pm in the Bitsy Irby Fine Art and Dance Center Gallery. In addition to the showcase, West & Partridge will be teaching a masterclass on their artistic processes.

The class is open to the public and will be held in the Bitsy Irby Fine Art and Dance Center on November 11th.

November 18-19
Friday & Saturday, 7:00 PM

Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre

Doxa Emerging Choreographers Concert
This event is produced by members of DOXA and highlights student choreography and performance.

General Admission $5. Complimentary admission for Belhaven Faculty/Staff/Students and immediate families. Doors open at 6:30pm.

November 21
Monday, 7:30 p.m.

Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Best of Belhaven Showcase
The Music Department presents the most outstanding student performances of the semester on one concert. Musical variety and excellence are the gifts from our student performers to you.

Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm. 
Watch the livestream on the Belhaven University Music Department page on Facebook.

December 2-3
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Belhaven Bowl Stadium

The 90th Annual Singing Christmas Tree
Voices! Carols! Lights! The Belhaven University Singing Christmas Tree is the oldest continuous outdoor singing Christmas tree tradition in North America. Mr. Tim Walker conducts the tree made up of Belhaven Choral Arts singers along with additional students, faculty, staff, alumni, and choristers from area churches, in collaboration with Belhaven’s other fine arts programs. Together we join forces to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!

Complimentary admission.
Watch the livestream on the Belhaven University Music Department page on Facebook.

January 28
Saturday, 7:00 PM

Center for the Arts Concert Hall

C2 Arts Concert: Community and Collaboration
This event features dance companies, schools, and ministries from the community alongside collaborative works created from the Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Art, Film, and Graphic Design Departments.

General Admission, $10, Seniors/Students $5. Complimentary admission for Belhaven Faculty/Staff/Students and immediate families. Doors open at 6:30pm.

February 9-11
Thursday – Saturday, 7:00 PM

Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre

Dance Ministry Ensemble
The Dance Ministry Ensemble and DOXA present a selection of original dances created by guest artists and dance faculty aimed to encourage and inspire the spirit of all who attend.

General Admission, $10, Seniors/Students $5. Complimentary admission for Belhaven Faculty/Staff/Students and immediate families. Doors open at 6:30pm.

February 9-11 & 16-18
Thurs. – Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays, 2 p.m. matinees

Blackbox Theatre in the Center for the Arts 

Suite Surrender
by Michael McKeever
Directed by Elissa Sartwell

Two divas. One hotel suite. Countless laughs. It's 1942, and two of Hollywood's biggest divas have descended upon the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel -- assistants, luggage, and legendary feud with one another in tow. Everything seems to be in order for their wartime performance...that is, until they are somehow assigned to the same suite. Mistaken identities, overblown egos, double entendres, and a lap dog named Mr. Boodles round out this hilarious riot of a love note to the classic farces of the 30s and 40s.

Recommended for ages 12 and up. 

Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for students/seniors; complimentary for BU students, faculty, staff, and their immediate family members. For information or to reserve tickets, email boxoffice@belhaven.edu. *Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain.

March 1-4
CONCERT A- Wed. & Fri., 7:00 PM
CONCERT B- Thurs. & Sat., 7:00 PM

Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre

Senior and MFA Thesis Dance Concert
Senior dance majors and an MFA candidate present an evening of original choreography and performance, created at the intersection of scholarship and practice. This event is sponsored by DOXA.

General Admission, $10, Seniors/Students $5. Complimentary admission for Belhaven Faculty/Staff/Students and immediate families. Doors open at 6:30pm.

March 9
Thursday, 7:00 PM

Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre

Senior Dance Research Presentations
Senior dance majors present an evening of scholarship, lecture demonstrations, and creative process discussions on topics from the field of dance and beyond.

Complimentary Admission.

March 21
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Shoe Bird Café

Student Composers Concert Preview
The Composers Forum brings an interactive preview of compositions and improvisations featured on next week’s concert.  Enjoy FIKA at the Shoe Bird Café and join us in bringing newly minted music to life.

Complimentary admission.  FIKA starts at 7 pm.

March 24
Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Belhaven Strings & Orchestra Showcase
Please come to cerebrate and enjoy an evening with Belhaven University’s outstanding string soloists, chamber ensembles and the Symphonic Orchestra. You are guaranteed a night full of musical variety and delight!

Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm. 
Watch the livestream on the Belhaven University Music Department page on Facebook.

 

March 25
Saturday, 2 p.m. 

Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

All-State Strings Festival Concert
Mississippi All-State String Orchestra consists of talented pre-collegiate string students from all over Mississippi.  This concert is the culmination of their two-day intensive orchestra training. Please come to support our young generation of talented Mississippi musicians.

Complimentary admission. Doors open at 1:30 pm. 

March 28
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Student Composers Concert XXVIII
The Composers Forum invites you to participate with Belhaven student composers and performers in making new music.  Join us as we bring freshly fabricated compositions and improvisations to life.

Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.
Watch the livestream on the Belhaven University Music Department page on Facebook.

March 29 – April 1
Wed. – Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 2 p.m. matinee

Blackbox Theatre in the Center for the Arts 

An Evening of One Acts

The Man in the Bowler Hat
by A.A. Milne
Directed by Lamana Stringfellow

The Imaginary Cuckold
by Moliere (translated by Richard Wilbur)
Directed by Aleksandra Erives

Belhaven senior theatre majors Lamana Stringfellow and Aleksandra Erives make their directing debuts with two one-act plays dripping with mistaken identity, plot twists, and broad physical comedy. Written by the author of Winnie the Pooh, The Man in the Bowler Hat presents a terribly exciting event that happens in the humdrum life of John and Mary. Moliere’s The Imaginary Cuckold offers a satire of honor and infidelity with accusations of betrayal flying in so many directions that it just might take some common sense to sort things out in the end.

Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for students/seniors; complimentary for BU students, faculty, staff, and their immediate family members. For information or to reserve tickets, email boxoffice@belhaven.edu.

March 30 – April 1
Thursday – Saturday, 7:00 PM

Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre

Belhaven University Dance Ensemble
Spring Dance Concert
A showcase of choreography by dance faculty and guest artists, presented by the Belhaven University Dance Ensemble and members of DOXA. Styles include classical and contemporary ballet and modern dance.

General Admission, $10, Seniors/Students $5. Complimentary admission for Belhaven Faculty/Staff/Students and immediate families. Doors open at 6:30pm.

April 17
Monday, 7:30 p.m.

Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Best of Belhaven II and Music Awards
The Music Department presents the most outstanding student performances of the semester on one concert.  We will also present music awards to several of our talented majors. 

Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Watch the livestream on the Belhaven University Music Department page on Facebook.