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. Looking for a past edition of an ArtsAblaze? Check our archives.

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
Visual Arts

Belhaven Arts Ablaze 2020-2021

Oct. 2 - Nov. 25

Student Invitational Art Exhibition

The Student Invitational Art Exhibition’s opening and gallery talk will be virtual this semester. The events will be made public as Youtube post and be available on Facebook.
Oct. 28-31

Streaming Online
Check Please, by Jonathan Rand
Directed by Ian Clarke

Dating can be hard. Especially when your date happens to be a raging kleptomaniac, or your grandmother’s bridge partner, or a mime. Check Please follows a series of blind dates that couldn’t get any worse – until they do. Could there possibly be a light at the end of the tunnel?

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Nov. 4-7

Streaming Online
The Bear,  by Anton Chekhov
Translated by Julius West
Directed by Jenna Kahley

Chekhov's romantic farce about a widow, a cranky neighbor, temper tantrums, and a duel like no other. Reimagined as a 1970s radio play, this production is certain to entertain.

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Nov. 6, 7, 13, 14; 7:00pm

Bitsy Irby Visual Arts & 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. Advanced ticket reservations are required. Seating will be limited and socially distanced. Masks are required.
Nov. 10; 7:30pm

Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Student Composers Concert
The Composers Forum invites you to participate in a new approach to making new music with Belhaven student composers and performers.  Join us as we bring freshly fabricated musical worlds to life in a hybrid real/virtual performance space.

Please contact for additional information.
Nov. 11; 4:30pm

Belhaven Park
Wind and Brass Ensemble Performance
The Belhaven University Woodwind and Brass Ensembles will honor our veterans.  Come out to hear favorites like God Bless America and the United States Service Songs. Other selections that will be played that day are music by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and many others.

This will be a family-friendly event! Bring a blanket or lawn chair and join us.  Invite your neighbor, co-worker, or friend and come out for some musical therapy and friendly fellowship.

Please contact for additional information.

*Social distancing and masks are recommended, and the concert is subject to change in accordance with Belhaven University Policy and the City of Jackson rules and regulations.
Nov. 11-14

Streaming Online
The Spoon River Project, by Tom Andolora
Based on Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters
Directed by Elissa Sartwell
Music Direction by John Barnts

In this beautifully haunting play based on Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology, the former residents of Spoon River examine life and the longing for what might have been. As the citizens reflect on the dreams, secrets, and regrets of their lives, they paint an honest portrait of a community. Woven together with popular songs and hymns from the turn of the century, The Spoon River Project reminds us ​that while life is not free of hardship, it can still be filled with joy.

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Nov. 16; 7:30pm

Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Best of Belhaven
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.

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Nov. 20; 7:30pm

Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Orchestra Concert
The Belhaven University String Chamber Orchestra will present one of Tchaikovsky's all-time favorite Masterworks, his amazing Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 48. You will also hear the famous arrangement of Sergei Prokofiev’s “March” from The Love for the Three Oranges, Op. 33. Please enjoy a special night of high quality and profoundly moving performance by our excellent Belhaven University String Chamber Orchestra!

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Nov. 20-21; 7:00pm

Bitsy Irby Visual Arts & Dance Center Studio Theatre
Collaborative Arts Concert
This student-produced event features collaborative works created from the Dance, Music, Theatre, Film, and Art & Design Departments.

Complimentary admission. Doors open at 6:30pm. Advanced ticket reservations are required. Seating will be limited and socially distanced. Masks are required.
Nov. 23; 7:30pm

Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Chorale Concert
Please join the Belhaven Chorale and Worship Choir in an evening of Psalm settings from the 18th century to the present, from liturgical to contemporary anthems.

Please contact for additional information.
Feb. 17-20

Blackbox Theatre
Silent Sky, by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Kerri Sanders

Silent Sky is the poignant, inspirational, and entertaining true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt. When Henri begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. Audiences and critics agree that Silent Sky is a beautiful, funny, poignant, and luminous play written by the nation’s most performed playwright.
Apr. 8-17

Blackbox Theatre
Pride and Prejudice, Adapted by Jon Jory
From the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Elissa Sartwell

All of the wit and romance of Jane Austen’s classic 1813 novel come to life in this refreshingly fast-paced and engaging new adaptation.