Thursday, December 17, 2015

Pioneer Valley Theatre New December 17, 2015

Pioneer Valley Theatre Newsletter
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  December 17-January 6, 2015

The season is certainly winding down... but there are still a few great shows before the end of year. And we're already into the beginning of next year – don't forget to submit your upcoming events.

Chris Rohmann's end-of-year awards for local theatres is here! Lots of great theatre companies included. If you haven't seen a performance by one of these companies, make your new years resolution!

The next issue will include events through January 13. Submit upcoming events via the link below or by emailing me before next Tuesday at midnight. Any questions, comments or feedback? Email me at

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from Howlround

The Dramaturgy of Gender: How Audience Expectations Shape Storytelling
by Hailey Bachrach
From the article:  The word of the hour is parity. Last year, The Kilroys launched The List of plays by woman writers, and Jeanine Tesori reminded us that when it comes to artistic aspirations, girls “have to see it to be it.” Then, this October, Jennifer Lawrence fired a high-profile salvo in the war against the Hollywood wage gap. From the point of view of actors and audiences, the theory at work here is a kind of trickled-down equality. If writers and artistic decision-makers are women, that will naturally result in more roles for women; thus, more opportunities for the theatre’s majority-female audiences to see someone who looks more like them onstage.

Have you read an interesting article about theatre recently? Send it to me!
Majestic Theater presents HOME FOR THE HOLLY-DAYS
Wednesday-Sunday, December 17-20
Majestic Theater, West Springfield

Rock and roll blends seamlessly with holiday tunes when the Majestic Theater presents “Home for the HOLLY-Days December 9-20 at the West Springfield venue.
Producing Director Danny Eaton will reunite the lead performers in the Majestic's previous production of “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” when Ben Ashley (Buddy Holly), Aaron Porchelli (Big Bopper) and Frank Manzi (Richie Valens) take the stage. Joining the trio will be Ray Guillemette, Jr., Woody McLoyd, Stacy Ashley, Darcie Champagne, Lori Efford and – in a special guest appearance – Santa Claus.
Eaton will direct the show, and Musical Director Mitch Chakour will lead a band that includes Tim Hosmer, Don Rovero and Cliff Schofer.

More information available 
The Drama Studio presents FACE OF THE DRAGON
Friday, December 18 at 5:00 PM

The Drama Studio, 41 Oakland St. Springfield, MA

In the ancient Chinese city of Wu the young streetsweeper, Han, longs for a different life - sweeping the gates of the city was not what he desired. When the marauding Wild Horsemen come to attack the city, the bumbling Mandarin decrees that all inhabitants should pray to the Great Cloud Dragon for help. After a little beggar is ridiculed for announcing herself the dragon, Han shows generosity that touches the beggar’s heart and allows her to reveal her true Dragon form.

FREE for everyone and fun for the whole family! More info on their website.
The Majestic Theater presents The Majesters Improv Comedy
December  22, January 19, February 9
The Majestic Theatre, 131 Elm St. West Springfield, MA

An evening of musical improv comedy featuring the valley's best spontaneous comics.

More info online

Valley Light Opera presents
Cox and Box

December 31, 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM
Theater 14 in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts on the Smith College campus

For the first time in 30 years, the VLO will present “Cox and Box,” Sir Arthur Sullivan’s first successful comic opera. The one-act operetta, which premiered in 1866, tells the story of Mr. Cox and Mr. Box, who happen to share the same lodgings-although neither knows it. When they eventually meet, Cox and Box discover that they share much more than the same room, including a regrettable fiancĂ©e. All resolves harmoniously despite the threat of a duel and the flinging of grilled meats. Join us for farcical silliness and song; this may be your one and only chance to hear a lullaby sung to a slice of bacon.

This performance is a part of First Night Northampton, and admission is free with a daytime or full day First Night button. More information online.
And all the other performances of First Night Northampton!
See the full schedule on the website!
Send in your upcoming auditions! 
Double Edge Theatre's Spring Training Intensive
March 18 - 20, 2016
Join Double Edge Theatre for a weekend of physical training, improvisation, and work with circus objects and aerial techniques! The Spring Intensive is ideal for emerging and professional artists who are interested in developing their own work in an ensemble context. For more information, visit the website
The Spring Intensive will take place on the grounds of Double Edge Theatre's Farm, located at 948 Conway Road in Ashfield. Spaces are limited, so apply today!
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