Thursday, August 20, 2015

Pioneer Valley Theatre News August 20, 2015

Pioneer Valley Theatre Newsletter
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August 20 - September 9, 2015

This coming Monday, TheatreTruck is hosting an informal meet-and-greet for the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts community at the Dirty Truth! More details are below - come meet your fellow theatre makers!

The next issue will include events through September 16. Submit upcoming events via the link below or by emailing me. Any questions, comments or feedback? Email me at

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Infographic: Who Designs in LORT Theatres by Gender
by Porsche McGovern

From the article: I started working on a project about designers in League of Resident Theatres (LORT) because I wanted to know who gets hired to design in regional theatres in the United States. I wanted to know about racial/ethnic and gender demographics amongst theatre designers. As a person of color, I strongly believe in self-identification. Unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out how to gather enough self-identified demographic information to be statistically representative. So this report looks only at gender, which I generally figured out from artist bios. 
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.
The Majestic Theater presents The Majesters
Wednesday, August 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.

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 30 at 2:00 PM 

James Emery and Mitch Giannunzio will take the stage in the second David Mamet play presented by the North Hall Arts Festival this season. "Mamet is by far one of the finest and most influential American playwrights of this—or any—era,” said Tigar. “He has a profound gift for creating memorable characters and situations while keeping us laughing at the same time.”

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

All welcome.
contact: 413- 667- 5543 / website

The Seth Lepore Project presents The Seth Show, Season 2: A Year to Live
Tuesday, September 1 at 7:00 PM
Eastworks Event Space, Suite #160 116 Pleasant St. Easthampton, MA 01027

During Season 2 of The Seth Show, Lepore will explore the theme ‘A Year to Live’ on the first Tuesday of each month for a total of 9 shows. While exploring new material as if he has a short time left on Earth, Lepore will challenge himself and his audience anew, creating a framework for the inevitable part of life we all must face.

Tickets at the door are $8. Discounted season passes are available at
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.

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.

Starlight Youth Theatre presents Acting Classes
September 12 - December 6 
Maple Ridge Community Center, Sunderland

grades 2-3 Seussical Storybook Theatre
grades 4-5 Phantom Tollbooth
grades 6-7 Neil Simon scene work

grades 8-12  David Ives "All In the Timing"

Please visit the 
website for more information.

Short Form Improv Fun Time with Laura Patrick
(For Beginning and Intermediate Improvisers)

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, 3:00-5:00pm (two hours)
104 Russell St. (Rt. 9 at West Street)/Downstairs, Hadley
Class fee: $25 (plus you receive $6 OFF that night’s Happier Valley Comedy Show ticket)

Have you ever watched “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” on TV or seen improvisers play those “games” onstage and wished you could give them a try? Have you done a little improv and want to learn more basic short form games to solidify your foundation? Would you like get a deeper understanding of the games we’re playing at the monthly improv jam at the Sunday Improv Fun Time? Just want to get together and improvise with a group of cool people? This workshop is for you! Learn the how-to’s and insider tricks for a bounteous selection of short form games in a very supportive, positive environment. We’re all about the love and fun of improv! This workshop is open to beginning and intermediate players.

About your teacher:
Laura Patrick has been performing improv since 2003 with The Ha-Ha’s (formerly The Ha-Ha Sisterhood). She began her improv journey with classes taught by Cathy McNally and Kelsey Flynn of The Villa Jidiots. Born into a theater family, she started acting as a child, and spent years in New York as an actor/bartender/limo driver/bike messenger/house painter & paralegal.  After moving to the Happy Valley in 2002, she fell in love with improv from the start, and leapt into the comedy pond with both feet. She has been having a blast ever since, and SO CAN YOU!

To register or for more information, email

New Century Theatre presents Fall Acting Classes

Acting for Non-Actors 
Instructor - Sam Rush 
Ages 18 and up (or by instructor permission) 
Tuesdays, 5:15-7:15 p.m. Mendenhall Center, Green Street Northampton, MA 
September 15 - November 10 (No class October 13) 
Always wanted to try performing but were afraid to act? Now’s your chance. With NCT Producing Director Sam Rush, you’ll have a chance to explore your inner ham in a fun and supportive environment. Using improv, text and original source material, you’ll learn fundamental acting techniques that may just serve you the rest of your life - on stage and off. 
Tuition: $275.00 for 8 week course 

Playing the Moment 
Instructor - Sam Rush 
Ages 18 and up (or by instructor permission) 
Wednesdays, 5:15-7:15 p.m. Mendenhall Center, Green Street Northampton, MA 
September 16 - November 11 (No class on October 14) 
This class is designed to strengthen the skills of actors with previous experience and for students who have taken the Acting for NonActors course and wish to continue their study of the actor’s craft. We’ll focus on scene study work and excercises that explore the theatrical moment. The class may work on a final peformance project. 

Tuition: $275.00 for 8 week course

More information available

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. 

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