Panoply 2016 Performer Application

Our 2016 performer application deadline is January 15th, 2016. Submit your application for your group or organization to perform at this spring’s Panoply Festival of the Arts on April 29 – May 1st.

The 2016 Panoply Performer application is now closed.

Panoply Quick Links

The 33rd Panoply Arts Festival opens this Friday! Here’s information about everything from the Art Marketplace to volunteering at the event. Just use the quick links below to explore the Southeast’s premier arts weekend!

Panoply 2015 Public Hours
Friday, April 24
5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Fireworks at 9:00 presented by Delta Research

Saturday, April 25
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fireworks at 9:00 presented by Delta Research

Sunday, April 26
12:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Panoply Stages & Performances

Panoply Tickets (available online or at the festival gates for $10; kids 12 and under get in free)

Panoply Interactives (our hands-on creative activities)

Panoply FAQs (admittance policy, parking information & more)

Panoply Art Marketplace
presented by TOYOTA Motor Manufacturing of Alabama

Panoply First Dibs
presented by First Financial Group

Panoply School Days
presented by Regions Bank

Volunteering at Panoply

To learn more about our 2015 Poster Artwork & Artist, click here

To view our Panoply 2015 map in a pop-out window, click here

To view our Panoply 2015 map with hotspot overlays, click here

Military Salute Night returns to Panoply

Friday, April 24th will be the 4th Annual Panoply Military Salute Night, presented by Boeing. Featuring a performance by the U.S. Army Materiel Command Band Sonic Fusion, the evening’s admission will be free to active duty military, Armed Forces reserves and their dependents. Both Friday and Saturday evening will be capped with Fireworks presented by Delta Research.

“All of us on The Arts Council’s Panoply team recognize the valuable contributions the men and women in our military make to the Huntsville community on a daily basis, as well keeping us safe around the globe,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, Arts Council executive director. “We welcome our servicemen and women and their families to join us to relax and enjoy all that Panoply has to offer.”

Military Salute Night attendees can enjoy the performances throughout the park, Panoply STEAM interactives, the World Discovery Zone, the Art Marketplace and much more at no charge.

For more information about Military Salute Night, call The Arts Council at (256) 519-2787.

Panoply’s Military Salute Night is presented with support from:

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And Military Salute Night’s Valley Jubilee programming is sponsored by:

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2015 Panoply Poster

Panoply 2015 Poster Artwork Unveiled

Today at the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Arts Council board, volunteers and staff celebrated the kickoff of Panoply ticket sales and shared highlights of the upcoming festival. Panoply will return to Big Spring Park April 24, 25 and 26.

Phantom Deer Joins the Show

2015 Panoply Poster

One key tradition of the festival is the commissioning of a piece of original artwork to serve as the poster for the event. For the 2015 festival, Arts Council leadership chose local mixed media artist Gina Percifull to create a design to represent the 33rd Panoply. Ms. Percifull is an established artist based out of Maysville, Alabama who has a devoted following of collectors throughout the Southeast. Her work spans several mediums, with a focus on assemblage, collage and using recycled and reclaimed materials, but the Panoply artwork is a painting in her signature style. Titled Phantom Deer Joins the Show, the work will also be featured in graphic form on the festival t-shirts, something The Arts Council hasn’t done in ten years.

“Gina Percifull is a fantastic artist who embodies Huntsville’s image of innovation with a funky, smart vibe,” said Steve Johnson, president of The Arts Council’s Board of Directors. “Her reuse of wood and other salvaged materials in her artwork is a great representation of our community’s focus on sustainability, and the piece she’s created for Panoply is both fresh and classic. We at The Arts Council are honored to showcase her talent through our poster and t-shirt, and hope the public visits her booth in the Art Marketplace during the festival weekend.”

Presented by TOYOTA Motor Manufacturing of Alabama, the juried Art Marketplace at Panoply is one of the most popular features of the festival. Showcasing 85 fine artists from 11 states, the Marketplace provides prime shopping in a beautiful setting over the Monroe Street bridge. Local art enthusiasts can take advantage of the festival’s First Dibs program, giving ticket buyers the opportunity to shop the marketplace before the general public arrives. First Dibs tickets can be purchased by clicking here or by calling (256) 519-2787.

To learn more about the Art Marketplace, click here.

Panoply 2015 Stage Lineup

The Panoply 2015 stage lineup truly features something for everyone!

More than 65 Arts Council members and local performers will entertain across 5 performance areas in the park, joined by two major visiting artists who embody both the well-loved and new sounds of Southern music. For individual stage schedules, click the stage name below:

Center Stage

Center Stage presented by Buffalo Rock

Friday, April 24, 2015

Big Daddy Kingfish                                                           5:00-6:00

Ashlyn Maine                                                                    7:00-7:30

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Monterrey Power Trio                                          1:30-2:15

HCC Youth Chorale                                                          10:30-11:00

Sigma Alpha Iota &
Phi Mu Alpha 20th Anniversary Alumni Group    11:15-12:00

Rocket City Barbershop                                                 12:30-1:00

Harlequin Jazz Band                                                        2:45-3:45

The Beasley Brothers                                                     4:15-5:30

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Huntsville Concert Band                                                                1:15-1:45

Rainbow Rhythm Band                                                  12:15-12:45

Huntsville Youth Orchestra                                          2:15-3:00

The Zooks                                                                           3:30-4:15

Bimini Road                                                                        5:00-5:30

Showcase Stage

Showcase Stage presented by AT&T and Artisan Twickenham Square

Friday, April 24, 2015

Unknown Lyric  6:00-7:00

Secret Sisters     7:30-9:00

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Showcase Stage seating area opens at 5:00 p.m.

Denim Jawbones             5:30-7:00

Panoply Headliner The Indigo Girls

Indigo Girls         7:30-9:00

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Jimmy Henderson Trio   4:15-5:00

Mambo Gris Gris              5:30-7:00

Valley Jubilee Stage

Valley Jubilee Stage presented by The Huntsville Times/AL.com

Friday, April 24, 2015

Winslow Davis   5:15-6:00

Reginald Jackson & Friends          6:30-7:15

U.S. Army Materiel Command Band        7:45-9:00

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Randolph Theatre            10:30-11:00

North Alabama Dance Center     11:15-11:40

Covenant Dancers           11:45-12:10

Lee High School Dance Magnet  12:15-12:40

Huntsville Ballet School 12:45-1:10

Johnson High School Dance Line                1:15-1:40

Alabama Youth Ballet     1:45-2:10

Lyrique Music Studio      2:15-2:40 PM

Lyrique Music Productions           2:45-3:15

JED Eye 3:45-4:45

The Dawn Osborne Band              5:00-6:00

Wolves of Chernobyl      6:30-7:30

Huntsville’s In the Mood Big Swing Band               8:00-8:45

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Project UP          12:15-12:40

Jill’s Studio of Dance       12:45-1:10

Ann’s Studio of Dance    1:15-1:40

Madison Ballet  1:45-2:10

Stars & Clowns  2:15-2:40

Valley Dance Theatre     2:45-3:10

Musicology         3:15-3:45

Stillwater Bluegrass         4:00-5:15

Microwave Dave & The Nukes   5:45-7:00

World Stage

World Stage presented by Publix

Friday, April 24, 2015

Marc Gunn         5:30-6:15

Black Market Haggis        6:45-7:45

Saturday, April 25, 2015

HMCPL Puppet Troupe  11:00-11:30

Fitness Irish Dancers       12:00-12:30

Beledi Club         1:00-1:30

Huntsville Chinese Association   1:45-2:30

Fantasy Players 3:00-4:00

Chris Hale            4:30-5:15

Bourbon and Shamrocks               7:00-8:15

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Grace Lutheran Youth Handbell Choir     12:30-1:15

Single & Doubles Square Dance 1:45-2:15

Alexander’s Martial Arts                               2:30-3:00

Does Viejos Hombres    3:15-4:00

Kush      4:30-6:00

Gazebo Family Stage

Gazebo Family Stage presented by St. Jude Clinic at Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children

Friday, April 24, 2015

Character Meet & Greet: Fantasy Playhouse       5:30-6:00

Character Meet & Greet               7:00-7:30

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Will Whetzel       1:00-1:30

Character Meet & Greet               11-11:30

Emma Klein        12:00-12:30

Just Gracey         2:15-2:45

Tommy Friend   3:45-4:15

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Dennis Parker    1:45-2:15

Character Meet & Greet: Alabama Youth Ballet 12:45-1:15

Carrie Ann Smallwood   3:00-3:30

Character Meet & Greet               4:00-4:30

Panoply Interactives

Panoply’s interactive arts activities offer guests of all ages the opportunity to get creative with art, music and more! These activities are a sample of what can be found throughout the festival.

Panoply Performer Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in performing at the 2015 Panoply Arts Festival! Here’s what you need to know about our deadlines, stages, and other details.

General Festival and Selection Process Info

The festival will be held April 24-26, 2015 in Big Spring International Park in downtown Huntsville, Alabama. The hours of the festival are:

Panoply School Days

Friday, April 25 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Public Hours are:

  • Friday, April 24 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 25 from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 26 from 12:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Panoply Performer Timeline

  • February 9, 2015 – Call for Entry Submission deadline
  • February 2015 – Accept/reject letters emailed the first week of February (includes Performer Stage Diagram Form)
  • March 6, 2015 – Performer Tech Forms deadline

Selection Process

Programming for Panoply 2015 will feature local and regional performers selected for the festival by our Stage Management committee. This committee consists of staff and volunteers experienced in all forms of the performing arts. Entries will be evaluated on:

Artistic quality of work
Technical suitability for an outdoor stage
Content suitability for a family audience
Arts Council membership status

Performer’s ability to attract and hold an audience
Compliance with Call for Entry guidelines

Staging Information

There are 5 performing arts areas of the festival: 4 main stages and one performance area. We also welcome applications from street performers. All stages are fully equipped with sound and light systems and operators.

Call for Entry General Criteria

All entries must comply with the following

  • Submission of entry is not a guarantee of an invitation to perform at Panoply.
  • Each performer must be age 10 or older. This is not an average age.
  • Content of performance must be acceptable for general audiences; no preaching or dissemination of political or religious views is allowed.
  • Costumes must be suitable for family audience.
  • The purpose of the performance must be to entertain an audience rather than to train the performer (i.e., no recitals).
  • The entry form must be completed in full and submitted by the deadline.
  • The performers/groups MUST be cooperative in working with Festival management and volunteers.
  • Photographers will be in the park taking pictures throughout Panoply. Submission of an Entry Form shall constitute permission for Panoply to use photographs of the festival performers in Arts Council publications and for other publicity purposes throughout the year.
  • Festival performance is expected to be similar to submitted entry.
  • Variety of entire weekend’s programming will be a consideration by Festival management in the final selection.
  • Any material submitted for judging must not be more than 2 years old.
  • Due to the volume of entries, the selection panel will only be able to review the first five minutes of a performance, so make sure your best performance is at the front of the DVD or CD.

Criteria for Music

  • Taped music is not allowed.
  • All performers must submit a link to a video, or a DVD of a RECENT performance or dress rehearsal of work of comparable quality and type to that which will be performed at the festival if selected.
  • If a DVD is not available, an MP3 or CD of a RECENT performance plus a large, clear color photograph of the whole group in performance attire will be an acceptable substitute.

Criteria for Theatre & Musical Theatre

  • Taped music is allowable backup music for performers, but piano or band is preferred.
  • Use of set pieces is encouraged. Sets must be easily setup and struck in no longer than 10 minutes. Panoply has no fly capability.
  • Costume changes must be done in the 10×10 tented dressing area provided.
  • All performers must submit a link or a DVD of a RECENT performance or dress rehearsal with work of comparable quality and type to that which will be performed at the festival if selected. DVD must be labeled with date and location of performance.

Criteria for Dance

  • Taped music is acceptable.
  • Costume changes must be done in the 10×10 tented dressing area provided.
  • Description and photo/sketch of all costumes to be worn must be included.
  • All performers must submit video of a recent performance or dress rehearsal of work of comparable quality and type to that which will be performed at the festival. The video must include a sample of at least three dances.
  • Video must be labeled with date and location of performance.
  • Panoply reserves the right to limit the number of pieces performed in a 30-minute block.
  • MUSIC MUST BE FAMILY-FRIENDLY and Panoply retains the right to stop the performance if the presentation is deemed unsuitable for family viewing.

Criteria for Strolling Performers

  • Taped music allowed on portable (battery-powered) player.
  • Costume and performance material MUST be family-friendly.
  • Strolling performers will be provided a weekend pass and be free to come and go; no firm schedule will be built for most strolling performers.
  • Kid-centered strolling performers will be booked for slots in the performance areas as well as free to roam the park.
  • No dressing rooms are provided for strolling performers.

Don’t Forget…

  • Submission of entry is not a guarantee of an invitation to perform at Panoply.
  • Performances juried into Panoply will be mailed a stage diagram form that MUST be returned by email or mail to The Arts Council by close of business Friday, March 6, 2015.
  • Photographers will be in the park during Panoply. Submission of an Entry Form shall constitute permission for The Arts Council to use photographs of festival performance for publicity purposes throughout the year.