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Pioneer Valley Theatre News January 28, 2016

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  January 28-February 17, 2015

Another great week of shows. And if there is anything missing, submit it today

The next issue will include events through February 24. 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 American Theatre
Theatre's Technical Jobs: Much More Than Meets the Eye
by Stuart Miller
From the article:  
We’re living in what is sometimes called the Information Age—an apt name for the constant flow of facts and data in which we swim, all made possible by ever-accelerating breakthroughs in computing. The catch, of course, is that, in a society where the one constant seems to be technological change, we may have too much information to process, too many systems to learn—and much of it will be obsolete by the time we’ve taken it in.

Have you read an interesting article about theatre recently? Send it to me!
The Majestic Theater presents
by J.B. Priestly 

January 28-February 14 
The Majestic Theatre, West Springfield

The Birlings are a prosperous middle-class family. Arthur Birling, a wealthy mill owner and local politician, and his family have just finished a celebratory dinner in their comfortable home in Brumley, England. The happy occasion is that their daughter, Sheila, has just become engaged to Gerald Croft, the son of her father's chief competitor. But then a mysterious stranger arrives, announcing himself a police inspector — Inspector Goole — and begins to interrogate them all about their possible responsibility in the death of a young working-class factory girl. The result of his questioning leads each person to believe they've in part contributed to her death — but is Inspector Goole truly who he claims to be? An Inspector Calls is a fascinating study of human nature and society.

More information and tickets online.
An Earth Odyssey

Written and performed by Elizabeth Liang

January 30 at 7:00 PM in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Smith College

Alien Citizen: an earth odyssey is a funny and poignant one-woman show about growing up as a dual citizen of mixed heritage in Central America, North Africa, the Middle East, and New England.

Free and open to the public.

More information on
The Seth Show: A Year to Live
Tuesday, February 2 at 7:00 PM
121 Club in Eastworks
116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton

With 4 months left to live, Seth lets one of the characters he's created that just won't go away take the mic. Emanual Manual will wax poetic about his philosophical approach to death, which is really just a bunch of absurd bullshit that is quite funny, if not preposterously accurate at times.

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The Majestic Theater presents The Majesters Improv Comedy
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

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts seeks set design volunteers to help put together some props for their 1950’s themed Spring fundraiser. The Food Bank will pay for any materials. Perks include free tickets to the event, social media recognition, press release inclusion, program book inclusion, and more. For more information, please contact Heather Clark at The Food Bank at 413-247-9738 or before January 31st.
Smith College Department of Theatre presents
Auditions for OUR LADY OF KIBEHO

by Katori Hall
Directed by Nicole A. Watson

Sunday, February 7, 7-10 PM
Monday, February 8 by appointment (
email us!)
Callbacks: Monday, February 8, 7-10 PM

Acting Studio 1 (T100), Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts,
122 Green Street, Northampton

Performances April 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 7:30 PM, Theatre 14

No preparation necessary. Perusal scripts available in Josten Performing Arts Library. Watch the video to learn more about the director and this production. 

To schedule a Monday audition, please email No appointment necessary for Sunday auditions.

Alphonsine Mumureke, 16 year old Rwandese girl, cultural name means "Leave her alone, she speaks the truth"
Anathalie Mukamazimpaka, 17 year old Rwandese girl, culture name means "one who settles the arguments and brings peace"
Marie-Clare Mukangango, 21 year old Rwandese young woman, culture name means "Woman"

Father Tuyishime, head priest at the school
Sister Evangelique, head nun of the school
Bishop Gahamanyi, the town bishop, head of the Butare Diocese
Father Flavia, Italian, an investigative priest from the Holy See, the "miracles office" at the Vatican

Nkango, Anathalie's father, a farmer
Emmanuel, young boy who is cured of AIDS
Girls 1-4, classmates at Kibeho College
Villagers 1-3, Kibeho villagers
Call for Production Staff for "Moon Over Buffalo" - Black Cat Theater

Black Cat Theater, a community theater group based in South Hadley, MA, is seeking letters of interest and resumes for the positions of Director, Producer, and Stage Manager their Spring comedy, “Moon Over Buffalo”!

Rehearsals will be held on Mondays and Thursdays.  Show dates will be in early June. Email a letter of interest & resume to by Friday, February 12.
Ashfield Community Theater is happy to announce auditions for Quick-Change Room: Scenes From a Revolution, its 2016 spring play.  We need five women and five men for this raucous, backstage farce about a St. Petersburg theater ensemble coping with changes brought on by the collapse of the Soviet Union. The young are pushing aside the old, job security is suffering, and even Chekhov is no longer sacred as the theater kisses up to an emerging capitalist audience.  

Auditions will be at the Belding Library at 344 Main St. in Ashfield from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14, and 6:30 to 8:30 on Monday, Feb. 15. Callbacks, if necessary, happen on Tuesday, Feb. 16. No one will have to learn a Russian accent for this play, and no monologues are required for the auditions.  Experienced and new actors are welcome.  We aim to have fun at our auditions, so come give it a try.   

The shows will be on May 27, 28 and 29 and June 3 and 4
 in Ashfield.  Rehearsals begin in March. Please bring a list of all conflicts you may have during the rehearsal period.  All auditioners must be 17 or older.  We also need help creating program and poster art and help building sets and getting advertising.  Ashfield Community Theater has been producing high-quality shows for two decades. Call Jackie at 625-9413 for more information.

See the Facebook page here.

The Academy of Music will offer a free tour of the historic theater on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 5:15 p.m. Early registration strongly advised!

Led by Academy of Music Development Coordinator Kathryn Slater, the tour will provide insight into the history behind this Northampton mainstay, including details about the organization’s founder and interesting notes about the many revitalizations.

Built in 1891, the Academy of Music was the first municipally owned theater in the U.S., and home to the first stock theater company in the nation, the Northampton Players, formed in 1912.

For nearly 125 years, the Academy has hosted an impressive array of performers, and the building holds the tales. See for yourself the century-old hole cut in the stage floor for Houdini’s disappearing act; Cole Porter’s grandfather clock; dressing rooms used by Sarah Bernhardt, Boris Karloff, Ethel Barrymore; and more. Step on the stage and see the Academy of Music from a whole new perspective, and take in the results of the 2014 restoration that refurbished the 800-seat auditorium, which earned a Mass. Historical Commission Preservation Award.

This walking-and-talking tour begins promptly at 5:15 p.m. in the main lobby and is expected to run approximately 45 minutes. Admission is free, but reservations are required, as attendance is limited to 20. Reservations may be made through the Academy of Music Box Office by calling (413) 584-9032, ext. 105, Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., or by e-mailing

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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