Thursday, August 13, 2015

Pioneer Valley Theatre News August 13, 2015

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August 13 - September 2, 2015

Congratulations to Monte Belmonte and the Shea Theater Arts Center for the new lease on the Shea Theater in Turner's Falls! Here's the article from the Greenfield Recorder.

Film, not theatre, but: An upcoming film is in search of an extremely talented man, late 20s to early 30s, who could play a young college professor.  Shooting days are August 14, 15, 17, 18, mostly in Northampton.  This is a paid position for a low budget short film, a sequel to our award-winning short film Anniversary. If you are interested, let me know and I will put you in touch with the filmmakers.

Welcome to the new subscribers! Just a reminder that this newsletter is all reader submitted events. If you don't see your event, please submit it! (Click the button below or email me!) Also, there is space for featured events- your event will have top-billing no matter what the date for $5, which helps pay for the costs of running the newsletter. 

The next issue will include events through September 9. Submit upcoming events via the link below or by emailing me. Any questions, comments or feedback? Email me at

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from HowlRound

I Do Community Theatre
by Eli Keel

From the article: Hi. My name is Eli Keel. I do community theatre.
I grew up in a theatre family. My earliest memories are of falling asleep curled up in a theatre seat, listening to my mom, the director, give notes after a run.
Hampshire Shakespeare's Young Company presents Romeo & Juliet
August 14-16, at 7pm

Shakespeare's timeless romantic tragedy of young passions caught between feuding families. Young Company draws talented youth ages thirteen to eighteen from throughout the Pioneer Valley. The group of young actors works intensively for a period of two weeks with a team of directors, coaches, and mentors to perform a full-length Shakespeare play. This production of Romeo & Juliet, directed by Hannah Simms, will focus on the relationships and tension between the adults and young people. 

Tickets are available online and also available at the box office starting approximately 1 hour before each performance. Tickets may also be purchased at Broadside Bookshop in Northampton and Amherst Books. 

For more information, visit the website, Facebook page, or send an email
The Majestic Theater presents The Majesters
August 19, 26 at 7:00 PM

Improv with the Majesters is the new 
Wednesday night tradition during Majestic summers! Our own troupe of improvisational comics take suggestions and inspiration from the audience each night to create hilarious scenes on the spot. They play improvised games like you've seen on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" And then in the second act, they create a fully-formed musical on the spot. It's a fun evening full of surprise and antic comedy!

Every Wednesday is a brand new experience, so come back week after week for a new show each time! 
More information online.
The Seth Show Season Two Kick Off Party
at Easthampton Co.Lab
Eastworks 116 Pleasant St. Suite #301
Wed. August 26th at 7:00 PM
Come celebrate the continued weirdness of The Seth Show. This time around the show will be on the first Tuesday of every month for nine months and there's a theme: A Year to Live.

We're having a party to ramp up the excitement. We'll be creating bucket lists, writing warped eulogies and playing with a ouija board among other mortal themes.

Super. Fun.

Seth Shares Season Passes now available online.

Historic North Hall presents THE DUCK VARIATIONS by David Mamet
directed by Kenneth Tigar
North Hall, 40 Searle Road, Huntington

Friday, August 28 at 8:00 PM, Saturday, August 29 at 2:00 and 8:00 PM,
Sunday, August 20 at 2:00 PM 

$15 at door; students FREE. Free refreshments. Wheelchair-accessible, air-conditioned.
Second of “Mamet Times Two”

All welcome.
contact: 413- 667- 5543 /

Ja’Duke Center for the Performing Arts 

Production of INTO THE WOODS
110 Industrial Boulevard, Turner's Falls

Thursday August 20, at 6pm
Saturday August 22, at 1pm

Please be prepared to sing a song from the show & read from the script.

Rehearsals to begin Monday, August 24.
Performances to be held October 9th & 10th at 7pm, and October 11 at 2pm, at Frontier Regional High School in South Deerfield, MA

Questions? 413-863-0001 or or
TheatreTruck hosts a Meet-and-Greet for The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Community! 
August 24 at 5:30 PM
The Dirty Truth, 29 Main St.  Northampton, MA

We had a great time last month. It's time for round 2! Please help spread the word and add your company members and colleagues to the guest list!

A casual night out of chatting and networking. Come grab a drink, say hello, talk up your latest project. We hope to see you there.

Real Live Theatre is looking to grow our company.  We're looking for all types of theatre artists-- actors, directors, choreographers, costume designers, sound designers, lighting designers, set designers, stage managers, playwrights, musicians.  Folks of all races, ages, genders, orientations, and life experiences are welcome.

Because being a full company member is a committed, long-term relationship depending on consensus and absolute trust, the process of becoming one has three steps: an audition, a probationary period, and participation in a full production process.  Until invited to become a full company member, theatre artists join RLT as Associate Artists.

The auditions (for all potential theatre artists) will take place on Sunday, August 30th, from 11:00am -3:00pm at the North Star building at 45 Amherst Rd, Sunderland, MA 01375.

For more information, check with website.
By August 25, please submit a paragraph of interest and theatrical resume to If you are a playwright, please also submit a sample of work.


The Comical Mystery Tour is a Franklin County based Murder Mystery Dinner Theater group. We have been performing year round for over 20 years. We do 5 or 6 different shows per year each show lasting approximately 2 months. We are always looking for actors and actresses of various ages. The minimum age is 18 as there is, quite often, flirting in our shows. If you would like to try your hand at improve and breaking the 4th wall while trying to stay with the script, or if you are old hat at this sort of thing, please contact us for an audition and if a part comes up in one of our shows that we feel you would be good for, we will contact you to see if you are free for the shows we have booked. A car and license are necessary as we travel all over MA, mostly Western MA, but depending on the numbers, we will go further. It is a paid gig. It doesn’t pay a lot, but it is more than Community Theater and you get food. You can contact us at (413) 774-9844 or through Facebook.
Easthampton High School is seeking a Director for its annual musical production. Candidate must have experience and knowledge in all aspects of stage and production including technical, choreography, set design, and acting. EHS is a division IV school with approximately 500 students in grades 9-12. This is a stipend, not salaried position.

Interested candidates please submit a resume and cover letter to: Mr. Kevin Burke, Principal, Easthampton High School 70 Williston Avenue Easthampton, MA 01027
(413) 529-1585

Theater improvisation increases spontaneity, creativity and self-confidence. We work on tuning into one’s scene partners, creating bold characters and developing skits with each other. The students will have opportunities to perform in the community, for family and friends

5th -8th Grade Group~ Weds. 3:00-5:00
K-4th Grade Group~ Thurs. 3:30-5:00

10 WEEK SESSIONS FROM SEPT-JUNE At the Florence Civic Center (Next to the Lilly Library)

TO REGISTER CALL: Heidi Haas 584-5562 Or email at
Check out my website at

Instructor: Heidi Haas
I have been teaching theater to children since 1996. I co-created and organized the afterschool drama program at the Leeds Elementary School in Northampton. I also offer theater and anti-bullying workshops at elementary schools. I coach the NHS Improv  Troupes FUNKTONLUST and direct the theater education company, Caught Off Guard at NHS.  In addition to the theater work, I have been a clinical social worker for 30 years with a specialty in child/family concerns.

Two Classes from instructor Toby Vera Bercovici of Real Live Theatre:


Adult Acting Workshop

Mondays 6pm - 9pm
September 21-December 7,
North Star, 45 Amherst Road, Sunderland

Acting is not about becoming a character, or even about being oneself on stage, but is, in fact, the art of becoming more fully present and open within each moment than one is able to be in ordinary life. Acting students will have the opportunity to perform in and receive coaching on a variety of exercises and scenes, working on, amongst other things, voice, presence, objectives, and authenticity. Excellent for both beginning, intermediate, and advanced practitioners of theatre, as well as for folks looking to deepen the connection between mind and body, self and other.
Acting & Directing Workshop
Wednesdays 6pm - 9pm
September 23-December 9,
Northampton Location TBD

In this course, we will navigate the extraordinary, intimate relationship that exists between a director and a performer. We will uncover together what language is most effective for communication, as director toward actor, as actor toward director, and as audience toward practitioner. We will explore ensemble-building through different theatrical traditions, learning the wide variety of techniques that exist with which to create a community of engaged actors who feel joy, trust, and agency in the process. We will stretch our creative muscles in myriad ways, learning to tell stories with our bodies, our breath, our voices, elements of time and space, music, props, and text. 

"Toby Bercovici is among the very best teachers I’ve ever had because she sees each individual in front of her and knows how to reach him or her specifically...She is an original thinker, a true visionary, as informed by her extraordinary depth of knowledge and training."  -Student in Spring 2015 class

Cost for each class is $450. Email for more info and to reserve a spot!
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