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Pioneer Valley Theatre News March 3, 2016

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  March 3-23, 2016

On Monday, New Century Theatre is hosting an informal meeting for anyone who might be interested in our summer internships and apprenticeships. Come meet the past interns and ask any questions you may have. More details below, or send me an email if you have questions about it.

Uncle Vanya opens tomorrow at the Academy of Music. It's been a fun process and we are excited to open this show! Get your tickets today!

The 24-Hour Theater Project is looking for a few volunteer stage managers to help out with a fun-filled day of theatre! You'll start the day with a stack of freshly printed scripts and end with a fully produced performance. Let me know if you have any questions and check out the listing below for more information. You must be available all day on March 12. 

The next issue will include events through March 30. 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
My Life As a Plus-Size Actress
by Bethany Hanna
From the article: I’ve been acting since I was six years old. Straight away I knew that I wanted to do this for the rest of my life. I found my passion at the mere age of six! Not many people can say that. I have also been overweight since I was six. It didn’t affect me or my acting at that age. It’s cute to be a chubby child actress. It’s not a big deal, and it wasn’t a big deal for a little while. Until I hit the big age of eleven.

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J-ART at the JCC presents Shrek the Musical
March 3 at 7:00 PM, March 5 at 8:30, March 6 at 3:00 PM
March 10 at 7:00, March 12 at 8:30, March 13 at 3:00 PM
Herbert M. Goldstein Auditorium, 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA

Book & Lyrics By: David Lindsay-Abaire
Music By: Jeanine Tesori
Directed by: Jasmine Joy Kearse
Originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatrical and Neal Street Productions.

J-ART returns for a thrilling, hilarious musical adventure in a land far, far away. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage, and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears.

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Smith College Department of Theatre presents ORLANDO by Sarah Ruhl
directed by J. Mehr Kaur 
March 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 PM in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre

Based on Virginia Woolf's biographical parody, ORLANDO is a musical romp through time about passionate love, gender nonconformity, and the Royal English Court. A young nobleman wakes up one day and realizes she is a woman. The play follows her journey through the centuries as she navigates her gender identity while writing an epic poem about an ageless Oak Tree. This magical comedy penned by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony award nominated playwright Sarah Ruhl promises a clever exploration of the importance of discovering one's true self.

Tickets $10 General, $5 Seniors and Students, Free for Smith students.
Call 413-585-3220 or buy online.
Facebook event here.
Umass Amherst Department of Theatre presents LOVE AND INFORMATION

By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Nikoo Mamdoohi
Curtain Theater

3/3/16, 3/4/16 at 7:30
3/5/16 at 2:00 & at 7:30

In acquiring the gadgets we use to connect, have we lost the reason for our communication: how to share our feelings, care for others, and love? Love and Information prompts us to see ourselves, our lives, our concerns, and all our longings in surprising new ways. Churchill’s dazzling language draws us into brief encounters with a series of characters, until the story that emerges is not about individuals, but about humanity and connection. 

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Post-show discussions every night—free with admission, immediately following the performance.
Learn more about the play.
The Majestic Theater presents BUTLER  by Richard Strand
The Majestic Theater, West Springfield
March 3-April 3

Major-General Benjamin Franklin Butler was a successful Massachusetts lawyer in civilian life. Now, at the start of the Civil War, he is given command of Fort Monroe, a Union outpost in Virginia, which has just seceded from the United States. besides the threat of an attack, Butler has another problem — three escaped slaves have appeared at the fort seeking sanctuary. The law at the time requires him to return the slaves to their "rightful owner", a Confederate colonel who is soon to arrive. Shepard Mallory is one of these slaves. Both educated and defiant, he challenges the general to find a loophole in the law that will set him free. Butler is at once a comedy, a historical drama, and a biography — or, as one New York Times reviewer said, "Just call it 'splendid'." 

More information and tickets
Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance presents The Right Move
Written by Lara Min ‘16
Directed by Hans Meyer
March 3-5, 8PM, Holden Theater
Admission is free
Reservations recommended 
(413) 542-2277

What is the actual difference between dating and hooking up? A close-knit group of friends attempts to navigate their post-grad Manhattan lifestyle until their anxiety-ridden neighbor upstairs crashes a party and sends them all into disarray. The Right Move is a hilarious and deeply reflective story of money, success, drugs, and dysfunctional relationships.
The playwright, Lara Min ’16, is a Theater and Dance, and Mathematics double major.  Visiting Artist Hans Meyer returns to Amherst College to direct.  Scenic design by Lynndy Smith ‘17, costume design by Noah Tager ’18, and lighting design by Resident Lighting Designer Kathy Couch.
For more information about The Right Move and other arts events on the Amherst College campus, go to, and
Academy of Music Theatre presents UNCLE VANYA
Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5 at 7:30 PM
Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060

The Academy of Music Theatre presents Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" in a contemporary adaptation by Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker. Lauded as “wholly absorbing,” “devastatingly beautiful,” and filled with “astonishing verbal magic,” this intimate, immersive adaptation brings colloquial language to this internationally beloved story of human relationships and yearning.  Directed by Linda McInerney, starring Daniel Popowich, Myka Plunkett, Susanna Apgar, Jeannine Haas, Thom Griffin, Bill Dwight, Linda Putnam, and Bill Stewart.

Tickets and more information
The Drama Studio presents
The Secret Garden

March 4 at 7:30 PM,
March 5 and 4:00 and 7:30,
March 6 at 3:00 PM
CityStage, One Columbus Center, Springfield, MA

Dramatized by Drama Studio Founder Steve Hays and directed by Artistic Director Dan Morbyrne, "The Secret Garden" is based on the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  Written just over 100 years ago, this powerful story will resonate with children of today, dealing with themes of loneliness, abandonment, and the powers of nature and friendship to heal the spirit.  A large cast of advanced Drama Studio students will inspire family audiences in a production that will fill the Blake Theatre stage with beautiful sets, music, lights and costumes.

More information and tickets
online. Free parking!
Bay Path University presents James and the Giant Peach
March 4 at 7:30 PM, March 5 at 2:00 and 7:30, March 6 at 11:00 (Sensory Friendly | ASL Interpreted Performance) and 2:00
Mills Theatre | 588 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA 01106

When orphan James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a mysterious potion which results in a tremendous peach, and launches a journey of enormous proportions! Featuring wickedly tuneful orchestrations, steampunk styled costumes and a curiously quirky book adapted from the classic Roald Dahl tale, children and adults alike will fall in love with the magical sweetness of a young boy on a whirlwind adventure to find his chosen family.

Hop by up to one hour before each performance to weave your own web, color in your favorite characters, and hear an abridged retelling of Roald Dahl's whimsical tale. Be sure to visit Spider and Sponge's Whackery Snackery for show-related treats!

Following the performance, there will be a meet and greet with each of the characters.

Buy tickets ($5 - $12) online at or call the Box Office(413) 565 – 1307. Enter promotional code "FamilyBundle" to purchase 2 Adult and 2 Child tickets for $30.
The Academy of Music Theatre presents THE MUSIC MAN JR.
Thursday and Friday, March 10 and 11 at 6:30 PM
Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060

Master showman Harold Hill is in town, and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure? Based on the timeless Broadway classic, The Music Man Jr. adapts this masterful musical for young performers. The result is family entertainment at its best – a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwitter!

The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold’s powers just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself.

This is the sixth annual Academy Youth Production show. Past shows include: Fame Jr., Willie Wonka Jr., Camp Rock, The Phantom Tollbooth Jr., and last year’s Into the Woods Jr. Academy Youth Productions are performed by area youth ages 9-15, with full staging, professional lighting and sound, costumes and sets.

More information and tickets
Alt Shakespeare Company presents 
Shakespeare: After Dark

March 10, 11, 12 at 7:00 PM
Studio Seven, Greenfield

Who wants to see KINKY SHAKESPEARE?!

Come see our inaugural production, Shakespeare: After Dark! It's an uncensored romp through Shakespeare's raunchier scenes. We'll be exploring various types of relationships through the medium of Shakespeare's text, ranging from a gentle rub on the back to a full-on sexcapade.

We'll be serving light refreshments in our gorgeous gallery space beginning at 7, where you can rub elbows with members of our company and get in on the action before it begins.

Tickets are $10. Email to reserve yours today!

**18+ ONLY. This show is not suitable for children.**

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Valley Light Opera presents
Iolanthe Pub Sing

Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 PM
Mi Tierra, 48 Russell Street, Hadley

For the last few years the Valley Light Opera has mounted community sings in a local pub. 

What are we singing? One of our all time favorites, Iolanthe. This is the one with the peers and the peris, the nobles and the fairies, great music and one of the best first act finales in the whole canon. We last did Iolanthe as our fall show in 2010.  

We'll have food and drink service throughout the sing. Mi Tierra serves Mexican food and has a full bar.  If you'd like to order dinner, come before 7 o'clock. We'll start singing at about 7:30. You are the chorus singing all this wonderful music! We'll have a few scores available, but if you can bring your own or extras, please do. 

And who's singing the leads? First of all, the Lord Chancellor - Steve Morgan. Then the two lords who were boys together (at least one of them was) - Lord Mountararat will be sung by Robin Parsons, Lord Tolloller by Steven Williams. Private Willis, who opens the second act, will be sung by Michael Budnick. Finally, the last male lead, Strephon, in love with Phyllis, will be Stephen Atkinson. The mighty Fairy Queen will be sung by Donna Griffin. Lorie Healy will be our Phyllis and the opera's namesake, Iolanthe, will be sung by Nina Pollard. 

The singing will be accompanied on the piano by Glen Gordon, one of the original members of the VLO. 

Our pub sings are music only - no dialogue, so things move right along. Come on along for a fun evening of Gilbert and Sullivan!

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24 Hour Theatre Project
Saturday, March 12 at 7:00 and 9:00 PM
Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts at Smith College

Six original ten-minute plays written, rehearsed, directed, produced, and staged within 24 hours. Northampton's critically acclaimed theatrical high-wire act takes this stage at the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts at Smith College to benefit New Century Theatre's 2016 summer season. 

Tickets available online. Facebook event here.
Happier Valley Comedy presents the Happier Valley Comedy Show
Saturday, March 12 at 8:00 PM
The Arts Block Cafe, Greenfield

This completely improvised show is an hour of non-stop fun. Every month is an all-new show, made up on the spot and inspired by you!

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Serious Play! Theatre Ensemble presents ENDGAME PROJECT

March 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 
Academy of Music Theatre

March 31, April 1, 2 at 7:30 
Gateway City Arts

Serious Play!’s ENDGAME PROJECT, directed by Sheryl Stoodley, has been two years in development and incorporates the fusion of puppetry and theatre. With Kermit Dunkelberg, Rand Foerster, and puppeteer David Regan, we jump headfirst into Beckett’s “play world” in which games are saturated with the searing texture of adult experience.

Facebook event
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Valley Light Opera presents The Messiah
Sunday, March 20 at 2:00 PM
Wesley United Methodist Church, 98 North Maple Street, Hadley

Join Valley Light Opera to sing the Resurrection portions of The Messiah by Georg Friedrich Händel, one of the best-known choral works ever composed.  Palm Sunday, March 20th at 2:00 in the afternoon, in the sanctuary of Wesley United Methodist Church at 98 North Maple Street in Hadley. VLO soloists will be Elaine Crane, soprano; Kathy Blaisdell, alto; Ted Blaisdell, tenor; Ramsey Kurdi, baritone; with the audience singing as chorus and a full orchestra.  Some scores will be available, but please bring your own if possible.  Donations will be gratefully accepted.

Information available
New Century Theatre 2016 Summer Internship Program
Information Session:
Monday, March 7 at 4:15 PM
T114, Green Room, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts at Smith College

Each summer, NCT offers internships for college aged students and apprenticeships for high school students. Learn more about Summer opportunities offered by New Century Theatre at this informational meeting. Meet staff and past interns and eat free pizza! 

More information and applications available online

The Academy of Music Theatre seeks a part-time House Manager to join its Front of House team.

The House Manager will work an events-based schedule, with cross-training in multiple positions. The House Manager has the responsibility of preparing the theater for an event, supervising paid staff and volunteers working for the Academy, ensuring that the conditions of the rental agreement are met throughout the event, guaranteeing the satisfaction and the safety of patrons, assisting concessionaires as needed, monitoring proper cash handling procedures for concessions/bar, communicating with stage management, overseeing the theater during an event, and ensuring that the theater is cleaned and secured when the event is finished.

The House Manager will be required to become ServSafe certified for alcohol handling and will be cross-trained in the concessions stand and box office, giving him/her full knowledge of all front of house event operations and providing shift opportunities in all positions.

The successful candidate will have experience working in a live events setting, demonstrate leadership and a commitment to customer service, be comfortable upholding organizational policies with renters and patrons, and be able to calmly and discretely troubleshoot challenges in a busy, public environment. Cash handling and basic math and computer skills are required.

Training shifts will begin soon after hiring, working up to full house management responsibilities in the spring. 

Full job description

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Alison Klejna, the Academy’s Theater Manager, at or 274 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until a candidate is selected. No phone calls, please.

Black Cat Theater is preparing for their Spring comedy “Moon Over Buffalo” written by Ken Ludwig, directed by Donald Beach. Auditions for this show will be held on Wednesday, March 9th  & Friday, March 11th at 6:00pm in the South Hadley Public Library, 2 Canal St, South Hadley.

Rehearsals will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings. The show is scheduled to run June 2nd - June 5th.

For synopsis and character details, please visit Performers of all ethnicities are encouraged to attend. Candidates will be asked to read from the script. 

If unavailable to be seen in person please call 
413-563-6023 or
Be a part of the 24-Hour Theater Project!

The 24-Hour Theater Project is looking for a couple of stage managers to fill out the team. 

We perform six 10-minute plays, written, directed, and produced within 24 hours. Be a part of the team that organizes the rehearsals and acts as part of the run crew for the show. You must be able to commit to the date of Saturday, March 12 - from 8:00 a.m. to the end of the second show, approx. 11 p.m.

For questions or further information, please call (413) 588-8043.
Hampshire Shakespeare Company is holding auditions! This local Amherst-based nonprofit theater has an annual summer season of "Shakespeare Under the Stars." The two shows are A Midsummer Night's Dream (performingJune 29- July 3 and July 6-10) and Macbeth (performing July 20-24 and 27-31).

Auditions will be Friday, March 11th and Monday, March 14th from 5 to 8 pm in Emily Dickinson Hall, Hampshire College, in Amherst. Please email to sign up and visit our website or our Facebook page for more information!

AUDITIONS for Six Flags New England Summer Shows & Entertainment
March 12th, 2-6PM
Six Flags New England Human Resource Center, 1756 Main Street, Agawam MA

Six Flags is hiring over 75 people to join their Entertainment Team- Actors, Dancers, Tech, Drummers Seamstress, Variety Performers, and Ushers!  This is the perfect opportunity to get paid doing what you love- performing in a creative fast paced thrilling environment for an audience of thousands daily!

Roles include licensed character portrayal (WB & DC Comics), street comedy teams, magic show, Fairy Tale parody interactive show ("StoryTale"), and much more for spring and summer shows with opportunity for more shows in fall Frightfest season!

More on 
Must be at least 16 years old to apply.

This is a paid position, including for rehearsals. Part time work also available.
Great perks such as free park tickets, employee exclusive events, skill workshops for further development, and more!

Please contact 
413-786-9300 ext.3320 or for more information.
Opportunity to join a new teen vocal ensemble!

Tom Kopyto Music Lessons in East Longmeadow is forming a new vocal ensemble, inspired by TV shows like “Glee”, for highly skilled high school aged singers! This ensemble will be focused on performance and advanced vocal training. Singers will work collaboratively to draw from a variety of contemporary genres including: pop, R&B, Rock and others, to create original arrangements. They will then form setlists for the purpose of performing at different community events. Coaching will be provided in technique related to singing multi-part harmonies (with both instrumental accompaniment and a capella), song arrangement, style, and stage presence as well as other performance skills. For more information and to schedule a short assessment, call 413-563-9809 or email

About the instructor: Kate Saik holds a Master’s Degree in Voice Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. She is an accomplished and versatile performer who has sung in a wide array of genres including pop and jazz bands, musical theater and opera. Kate has worked around the country as a voice and piano instructor, and as a director, producer and drama coach.
Hampshire Shakespeare Company is hiring for our upcoming 2016 summer season of Shakespeare Under the Stars.

Looking for a publicist, technical director, and associate producer. More information is available on our
website and interested applicants can address inquiries to

Join us for the chance to put Shakespeare in the great outdoors and be part of a talented community that will innovate and enchant as we breathe new life into old words.
Piti Theatre Company seeks actors for Olde Coleraine: A Musical Hilltown History
Memorial Hall, Shelburne Falls

Piti Theatre Company is seeking two adult male actors, 1 female adult actor and boys ages 7 - 13 to join in the last two rehearsals (3/12 and 3/19 in the afternoon) before the premiere of our original musical "Olde Coleraine" at our 7th annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls on March 20th at 2 pm. Interviews will be set up on a first contacted/first seen basis. Small stipend available for the adults.

For young people there will be no audition. Families can simply contact us with questions or to sign up. 
(413) 625-6569
Information available online or send an email.

Open auditions for the three shows in Silverthorne Theater Company’s 2016 Summer season will be held Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19, with call-backs on Sunday, March 20.
The 2016 season will open with Molière’s The Miser, adapted by Miles Malleson, June 23-July 2. The classic French farce is rendered supremely hilarious in a contemporary (but respectful) translation! Ten actors will be needed for this production and casting will be gender/age/race/ ethnicity blind. Julian Findlay of Warwick directs. Rebecca Daniels, a Turners Falls resident, will direct Lee Blessing’s drama, Two Rooms. This searing depiction of the physical and emotional imprisonment of hostage-taking in the 1980s is startlingly immediate today. The play requires two men and two women, and runs July 14-23. Jeffrey Hatcher’s two-actor adaptation of the classic horror story, The Turn of the Screw, will be directed by Ellen Kaplan of Springfield. This is a tour-de-force piece based on Henry James’ masterfully creepy Victorian tale of two decidedly scary children and the adults in their lives. The play will run July 28 through August 6.

Silverthorne Theater Company is a professional summer theater organization performing in Greenfield MA. We are seeking actors for our third season, and give preference to Valley theater artists. All personnel are paid; we hire two Equity actors per season on a Special Appearance basis.
All auditions by appointment only.  For full audition information, visit our
website.  For questions, or to reserve an audition time, call 413-768-7514, or e-mail  All audition activities held in the Art Building at Stoneleigh-Burnham School, 574 Bernardston Road, Greenfield MA.  
Double Edge Theatre's
Open Training 
March 13 from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Photo by Maria Baranova
Join Double Edge Theatre for a two-hour training session, tour of Double Edge Theatre's Farm in Ashfield, and a home-cooked meal with the Double Edge ensemble. All levels - even the simply curious - are welcome to attend! 
For more information or to sign up, visit the website.
Happier Valley Comedy Show presents Mindfulness Through Laughter
Six Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm, beginning March 16
Holyoke Community College

Mindfulness and improv each promote significant personal and professional growth - and this class combines them both. As enlightening as it is irreverent. As funny as it is thoughtful. But YOU don’t need to be funny! Just a willingness to play and live in the moment in an extremely supportive, positive, and affirming environment, where we laugh and learn through easy, relevant theatrical exercises and improv games that get us up on our feet, out of our heads, and into the moment. Would you like to reap the many benefits of mindfulness while having a ton of fun? The first step is saying “Yes, and... Instructor Pam Victor.

More information online.
Double Edge Theatre's Spring Training Intensive
March 18 - 20, 2016
Photo by Maria Baranova
Ideal for artists from any discipline, the Spring Intensive engages participants in Double Edge's physical training methodology and techniques for ensemble collaboration. Participants will experience 3-4 training sessions daily in and out of doors at Double Edge Theatre's Farm, located at 948 Conway Road in Ashfield. For more information, visit the website.
Happier Valley Comedy Show presents Mindfulness Through Laughter
Six Thursdays 
2:30-4:30 beginning April 7

Greenfield Community College

How would you like to practice being more mindful, staying in the moment, and paying attention to the present while laughing all The Way? Join professional improv comedian, teacher, and author, Pam Victor, as we replace “Om” with “Ha!” in MINDFULNESS THROUGH LAUGHTER, where you’ll reap the rewards of mindfulness while playing easy improv games in an extremely supportive, affirming environment. It’s like yoga for your funnybone and soul (without the bendy stuff).

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