There are a number of performing arts events put on throughout the year within the city of Montgomery. Whether you’re in the mood for a little Shakespeare, perhaps some jazz, or a night at the ballet, there’s a good chance you’ll find a performance to attend.
Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts, located on the campus of Troy University, was originally built in 1930 as a movie house and vaudeville theatre. After closing down in 1976, the university purchased the theatre and renovated it. Events held at the theatre include performances by the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, Montgomery Ballet, and Alabama Dance Theatre, among others.
Alabama Shakespeare Festival (ASF) is the sixth largest Shakespeare festival in the world. The ASF runs year-round and performs three Shakespeare works each year. In addition, a number of other performances are put on at the Carolyn Blount Theatre, home of the ASF, ranging from classic works by Anton Chekhov or Tennessee Williams to musicals such as Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Faulkner Dinner Theatre, held on the campus of Faulkner University, features performances by theater students at the university. In classic dinner theatre style, patrons enjoy a dinner meal served before the show.
Montgomery Ballet, Montgomery’s professional dance company, has performances throughout the year, including a presentation of "The Nutcracker" during the winter holiday season.
Alabama Dance Theatre performs both classical and more modern works. Both the Montgomery Ballet and Alabama Dance Theatre hold performances at the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, which originated as a community orchestra, also performs at the Davis Theatre, among other locations. The season, which runs between October and April, involves music that runs the gamut from classical to modern-day. In addition, the Pops orchestra performs several concerts during the summer at outdoor venues.