Nautilus Music-Theater produces new operas and music-theater works that are emotionally expansive, dramatically engaging, and spiritually stimulating. We use music-theater as a tool to create enriching experiences for artists and audiences, supporting the individual and collective growth of the human spirit. We engage almost a hundred artists each year, and over half of our annual budget is paid as artists fees.

For the Fall 2016 Art Crawl, we will be participating in Saturday’s “Saint Paul Classical Music Crawl”, with an open rehearsal from 2:00 to 4:00. We will also be hosting performances by the Musical Offering (12:00-2:00; music for winds and piano by Barraine and Lalliet), the Minnesota Opera (4:00-6:00; a highlight reel of arias drawn from the operatic canon), and Cerulean Fire (6:00-8:00; music for solo violin by Telemann, Bach, and Corigliano).

In addition to the “Saint Paul Classical Music Crawl” portion of the Art Crawl on Saturday, we will be open Friday night  and Sunday afternoon with other Nautilus-related performances and open rehearsals. We offer light refreshments and live entertainment — come by during your crawling and sit a spell!

During the year, we offer a number of activities:

• Our ARTIST DEVELOPMENT Program provides growth opportunities for composers, writers, performers, directors, and musical coaches. We offer Performing Power classes, Composer-Librettist Studios, and the annual Wesley Balk Opera/Music-Theater Institute.

• Monthly ROUGH CUTS programs are informal readings of works-in-progress, dialogues between artists and audiences, and explorations of the creative process. ROUGH CUTS presentations feature uncompromising vocal and theatrical talent in an intimate and informal setting. The program provides an unusual opportunity to sample professional quality music-theater for only $5 — plus, we serve free cookies and milk!

•We present fully-staged PRODUCTIONS of full-length music-theater works, including premieres of new work we have developed and supported, or innovative productions of existing operas and musicals. Recent presentations have included critically-acclaimed productions of THE FANTASTICKS, ORDINARY DAYS, ANSWERED PRAYERS, THE VIEW FROM HERE, JOAN OF ARC, TWISTED APPLES, UNTOLD LIES, SISTER STORIES, ALICE UNWRAPPED, ORPHEUS AND EURIDICE, A WATER BIRD TALK, CAROUSEL, I AM ANNE FRANK, MAN OF LA MANCHA, and many others.

• Our COMMUNITY COMMISSIONS Program feature projects initiated by or commissioned for specific communities, such as other arts organizations, academic institutions, or human service organizations. Recent projects have included collaborations with the St Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, the Playwrights Center, Zeitgeist, McNally Smith College of Music, University of Minnesota, and many others.

For more information, stop by and see us during the Art Crawl, or email us at staff@nautilusmusictheater.org.