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Pioneer Valley Theatre News November 12, 2015

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  November 12–December 2, 2015

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Get your tickets today for Steel Magnolias!
from American Theatre

If a Deaf Musical Is Possible, There Is Room on Our Stages for Everyone
by Robert Weinert-Kendt
From the article: It was two decades ago, in a small theatre in a downscale, Hollywood-adjacent neighborhood in L.A., that I first saw the work of Deaf West Theatre. It was a straightforward, and straightforwardly shattering, production of Marsha Norman’s ’Night, Mother, performed in what even then I understood was a well-worn, even tired convention: Deaf performers acted in American Sign Language onstage, while speaking actors in a sealed booth behind us quietly piped the dialogue into headsets for the hearing among us. Still, I was transfixed; as I wrote in a review at the time, Deaf West’s ’Night, Mother was “more beautifully crafted and moving than most hearing productions” of the play.

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Amherst College presents

Written and Directed by Khalil Flemming
Nov. 12-14, 8PM, Studio 3
Admission is free
Reservations recommended 
(413) 542-2277
Equal Weight is an original comedy about friendship, love, and learning to listen to that not-so-little voice in your head. This immersive, multimedia performance - which combines live theater with film - invites us into the life and mind of Zeke as he navigates his relationships and learns about the most important one of them all. The quirky, emotional, and frequently outrageous cast of characters bring the stage to life in a style that is sure to engage audiences of all ages.
Khalil Flemming '16 writes and directs Equal Weight, which features set design by Lynndy Smith '17, costume design by Amir Hall '17, sound design by Thomas McPhee '16 of Hampshire College, and lighting design by Kathy Couch.
More information about the Department of Theater and Dance at Amherst College can be found on Facebook or their website.
J-ART at the JCC presents THE PRODUCERS
the new Mel Brooks Musical

Book by Mel Brooks & Tom Meehan
Music & Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Springfield Jewish Community Center Auditorium
November 12 at 6:00 PM, November 14 at 8:00 PM, November 15 at 3:00 PM, November 19 at 6:00 PM, November 21 at 8:00 PM, November 22 at 3:00 PM

J-ART returns for its 2015-2016 season with a spectacle you will have to see to believe! Mark your calendars, ladies and gents, The Producers opens this November! A scheming producer and his mousy accountant aim to produce the biggest flop on Broadway in Mel Brooks' laugh-out-loud spectacle. You've never seen The Producers like this!

More information available
413-739-4715 for tickets:
$10 Child, $15 Adult, $20 Patron Reserved Seating
"Little Women" the Musical at Bay Path University
November 12, 13, 14 at 7:30 PM
November 15 at 2:00 PM

588 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA 01106

Experience the classic tale of 19th century family life in Civil War America like never before! Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, this glorious musical for all ages follows the adventures of aspiring author Jo March and her sisters on a journey of personal discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love. With joyful melodies, memorable characters and a tenderhearted message, come revisit the story you loved and the lessons you never forgot!

General Public all dates: $12.00
Senior Citizens all dates: $8.00
Children (up to age 18): $5.00
Family Bundle (2 adults & 2 children): $30.00
College Students: FREE!

For more information, see their website. For tickets, please call (413) 565 - 1307 or email.
The Majestic Theater presents THE FABULOUS LIPITONES
November 12 - December 6
The Majestic Theater, West Springfield

“The Fabulous Lipitones” is the next production in the 19th Season of plays at West Springfield's Majestic Theater. The musical comedy by John Markus and Mark St. Germaine follows the story of The Lipitones, a barbershop quartet from rural Ohio. When the lead singer suffers a fatal heart attack while holding the final note at a competition, the remaining members must find a replacement or give up the avocation that's been part of their lives for the past thirty years. The sole candidate at the audition is a mechanic who is twenty years younger than the group, wears a turban, carries a ceremonial dagger and goes by the name of “Bob,” short for Baba Mati Das. With that, the group finds a terrific new singer, and learns to co-exist with someone from an entirely different culture. The play runs October 29 through December 6.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting the box office at 
(413) 747-7797.  For more information, visit the website. 
Wilbraham United Players presents THE ODD COUPLE
November 13, 14 at 7:30 PM,
November 15 at 2:30 PM
Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main Street, Wilbraham, MA

The Wilbraham United Players will present Neil Simon’s THE ODD COUPLE November 6-15th
. Appearing as Oscar Madison will be David Chivers from Wilbraham.  Co-starring as Felix Ungar will be Wesley Olds of Broadbrook, CT.  Also appearing in the production will be Don Clements as Murray the Cop, Paul Nesbit as Vinnie, Andy Price as Roy and Jeff Erb as Speed.  They’ll be joined by Christine Arruda and Aimee Lamontagne as The Pigeon Sisters.  THE ODD COUPLE is the first production in the Player’s “Season of Simon” focused around the works of playwright Neil Simon.

For more information about the Players productions go to their 
website –
or email them.
The Drama Studio presents RICHARD III
by William Shakespeare

November 13 at 7:30 PM, November 14, 4pm & 7:30pmNovember 15, 6:30pm
Trinity Church Chapel, 361 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA 01108

Treacherous, power-hungry, untempered by moral restraint, and embittered by physical deformity, Richard, the younger brother of King Edward IV, is ablaze with ambition to take England's throne. Richard III is Shakespeare's chronicle of Richard's machinations to be king, a tale of murder upon murder. Richard engages in formidable confrontations with a large cast of characters, almost all of them caught up in the terrible struggle for power that dominates the play.

While producing Shakespeare certainly isn't new to us at the Drama Studio, Richard III will be our first foray into his history genre. Before there was Game of Thrones there was Richard III!

$18 Adults, $10 Students, Drama Studio students Free. Parking is available in Trinity's lot. 
(413) 739-1983 for Tickets. More information on the website
Arena Civic Theatre presents STEEL MAGNOLIAS
by Robert Harling
directed by Russ Elstrom
November 13, 14 at 8:00 PM
November 15 at 2:00 PM
Katherine Sloan Theatre, Greenfield Community College

The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for forty years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy." Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward drama when the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) becomes pregnant.  Realizations of their mortality draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

Arena Civic Theatre’s cast includes: Dawn Mayo as Truvy Jones, Cristen Rosinski as Annelle Dupuy DeSoto, Terry Adams as Clairee Belcher, Louise Krieger as M’Lynn Eatenton, Kaineeca Pabon as Shelby Eatenton-Lacherie, and Claudia Eitner as Ouiser Boudreaux.  The production is directed by Russ Ekstrom.

Tickets are $16 for General Admission, $13 for Seniors and Students, and $10 for children 12 and under. Some of the subject matter may not be suitable for young children. Tickets are available at World Eye Bookshop, at the door, and through ACT’s website. They can also be reserved by calling (413) 233-4368.
Valley Light Opera presents BRIGADOON
Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton
November 13 and 14 at 8:00 PM
November 15 at 2:00 PM

"This is what happened, the strange thing that happened, to two weary hunters who lost their way......"  When Tommy and Jeff stumble into a quaint Scottish village that doesn't seem to be marked on their map, they are invited to be guests at a wedding, and perhaps much more.  In their first foray into the classics of American musical theatre, Valley Light Opera presents Brigadoon, long a favorite on the stage.  With sumptuous costumes and scenery, gorgeous music performed by a full orchestra and a talented cast, this will be a production you won't want to miss.

More information on their 
Happier Valley Comedy Show featuring The Ha-Ha's and Foiled: The Improvised Two-Man Musical
Saturday, November 14 at 8:00 PM
Arts Block Cafe, Greenield

All-new comedy show featuring improv comedians The Ha-Ha's performing "Shrink: Where Freud Meets Funny" and special guest "Foiled: The Improvised Two-Man Musical." 
Saturday, November 14. Arts Block Cafe (289 Main St., Greenfield) at 8:00pm. (Doors open at7pm
.) Tickets $13 at the door or $10 in advance online. For more information, call 413-774-0150
written and performed by John Sheldon in support of Serious Play! Theatre Ensemble
November 14, 15, 16 at 7:30 PM
APE Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton

John Sheldon, long-time Serious Play! collaborator, is bringing his dramatic monologue with music to Northampton - for the first time - as a fundraiser for Serious Play! Theatre Ensemble.
The three Journey performances are the highlight of - the sendoff for - our annual year-end fundraising.
Join us to experience John Sheldon's masterful storytelling with music - and to help support the art of ensemble theatre in the Pioneer Valley.

Seating is limited, reservations recommended! $22 reserved tickets, $25 at the door. Reservations
online or by calling 1-800-838-3006.
Main Stage Theatre, Emily Dickinson Hall, Hampshire College
Nov 17-22, 8PM
Adapted by Division III student Xingying Peng from the novel by Eileen Chang, Love in a Fallen City tells the story of Liusu, a woman who is being pressured by her family to return to her deceased husband’s household and perform the traditional duties of a widow. She meets the spoiled British-born Chinese man who was originally intended as a match for her sister. Their relationship takes a sharp turn as the Sino-Japanese war falls on China.
St. Michael's Players presents MARY POPPINS
November 19, 20, 21 at 7:00 PM
November 22 at 2:00 PM
53 Somers Rd. East Longmeadow, MA 01028

St Michael’s Players of East Longmeadow is gearing up for their autumn production of “Mary Poppins”. The show contains many familiar songs like “A Spoon Full of Sugar”, “‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee”, all performed by our all local cast. Performances will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday November 19, 20 and 21 at 7PM, and Sunday November 22 at 2PM, at St. Michael’s Community Center, 53 Somers Rd East Longmeadow. Tickets are available at
Happier Valley Comedy presents Sunday Improv Fun Time
Sunday, November 22 at 7:00 PM
Arts Block, Greenfield

Monthly improv jam and show open to all. Come improvise with and watch some of the Valley's premier improv comedians. Last jam of the year! Sunday, November 22. Arts Block (289 Main St., Greenfield, MA) at 7:00-8:15pm. Tickets only $5 at the door. More info online
 or 413-658-4615.
AUDITIONS: Black Cat Theater presents DISCO INFERNO

Black Cat Theater is preparing for their Spring production of Disco Inferno, directed by Dawn Larder (artistic) and Greg Williams (music). Auditions for this primarily youth-cast show (ages 10 and up please) will be held on Monday, November 16th & Thursday, November 19th at 6:00 pm in the South Hadley High School Auditorium.

All candidates under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Applicants should bring with them a short write-up of previous theater experience and be prepared to perform a short musical piece. We will have a CD player and a cappella is also an option. All auditionees will learn a simple choreography movement so please dress prepared to move. Time permitting, there may be readings from the script as well.

In Disco Inferno, the story of Faust is brought to life in an explosion of hit 70’s songs, high energy dance routines, and glitter-ball spinning action. Jack is an aspiring musician who wants nothing more than to be famous, so signing away this thing called a soul is a small price to pay. But Jack soon finds all that glitters isn't gold on the other side, especially if you're all out of love.

Disco Inferno is scheduled to be produced at South Hadley High School April 14th-17th. Rehearsals will be on Monday and Thursdayevenings from 6:00-9:00 pm starting January 21st.

If unavailable to be seen in person, please call 
413-563-6023 or email. The Facebook event is here.
Director of Musical Production
Mohawk Trail Regional School in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts is looking for a 
creative individual with a background in educational theater to direct/produce a 
creative musical production for students in grades 9-12.  
Beginning casting in December, and rehearsals to begin on a regular basis in 
January for the staging of the show in early March.
The successful candidate will be able to engage students and community 
members in an original production that showcases student talent and ingenuity 
both onstage and behind the scenes.   Applicants should have experience 
managing all aspects of a production, including fundraising, community outreach, 
and promotion. The director/producer will work with a team of educators who 
have experience with staging productions, including lighting, direction, and 
music.  The specific musical will be determined by the team of educators.
Forward cover letter, resume, licensure, transcripts and recommendations to: 
Superintendent of Schools, Mohawk Trail Regional School District, 24 Ashfield Road,
Application deadline:  Open until filled.
The school district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, 
gender identity, disability, religion or sexual orientation.
Arena Civic Theatre proudly announces auditions for SPRING AWAKENING
Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater 
Music by Duncan Sheik 
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind 

Audition Dates: Sunday, November 29 at 3:00 PM at the Guiding Star Grange (401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MA 01301) 
Monday, November 30 at 6:30 PM at the Bangs Community Center (70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA 01002) Callbacks will be by invitation only Thursday, December 3 at 6:30 PM. 

An angsty rock musical adaptation of the seminal play about the trials and tribulations of growing up. The winner of 8 TONY Awards, including Best Musical - told by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater through "the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade" (Entertainment Weekly) - Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years. 

Directed by Megan Healey 
Produced by Dawn Mayo 
Musical Direction Ted Trobaugh 
Choreography by Sue Dresser

For more information about these auditions and what to prepare, please see the 
Facebook event

Rehearsals will be held primarily in the Greenfield and Amherst areas.
Performances will be at The Ruth B. Smith Auditorium at the Orange Town Hall On April 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 & May 1 of 2016.
TheatreTruck hosts a roving Meet & Greet for The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Community
Tuesday, December 1 at 7:30 PM
Seymour, 5 Bank Row, Greenfield

This month, join us in Greenfield!

A casual night out of chatting and networking. What is the most pressing issue facing Pioneer Valley performing artists? American artists? Come talk about it. Grab a drink, say hello, talk up your latest project. We hope to see you there. 

Please help spread the word and add your company members and colleagues to the guest list on Facebook.  More information on their website.
Happier Valley Comedy presents Zen of Improv ONE-DAY INTENSIVE
Sunday November 22nd, 
10am - 4pm (one hour for lunch)
Hadley, MA

Open to all levels of players - from beginners to experienced, this day-long intensive workshop dives deeply into the improvluscious waters of the Zen of Improv. We'll fully immerse ourselves in this uniquely natural and self-affirming approach to improvisation. We practice learning how to be more aware of the scene that's revealing itself onstage and following where the scene wants to go...while letting go of the need to work so damn hard and "make stuff up." 

This approach is all about improvising with mindfulness, performing from a place of ease, and playing the scene in the here and now - it's good for the stage and it's good for the soul!

$80 (+ $6 OFF coupon for the Happier Valley Comedy Show)

[After this workshop, participants will be eligible to go on to the Zen of Improv 2 (for beginning improvisers) or Zen of Improv 3 (for experienced improvisers.)]

Register onlineFor more info, email or see the Zen of Improv page online.

Apply Today: Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield is currently accepting applications for their 2016 Winter Intensive from January 1 - 7! Intensives are ideal for artists of any discipline who are interested in a holistic training method and in developing their own work in an ensemble context. Participants take part in 3-4 training sessions daily including:

- physical training
- work with large objects
- improvisation
- vocal exploration and song
- research
- individual & group etudes
- directed scenes
- indoor/ outdoor site-specific work
- dramaturgy
- design

The sessions take place both in Double Edge's indoor training spaces and outside in the fields, hills, pond and pastures of the Farm. Intensives are open to participants of all levels of experience.

For more information or to apply, see the website or send an email. We offer partial scholarships through the Timothy O'Brien Fund to emerging artists from underserved communities in our region.

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