It's a big weekend for theatre at the Five Colleges – April shows listed below for Smith College, Mount Holyoke, and UMass Amherst, and I'm sure there are others! Check them out – they've got great ticket prices and a pretty stellar list of visiting artists involved.
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Black Cat Theater presents DISCO INFERNO! April 14-15-16 @ 7:00 pm
April 17 @ 2:00pm
South Hadley High School
153 Newton St, South Hadley
Come on down to the Disco Inferno and see this incredibly talented cast of young actors set the stage on fire!
The classic tale of the soul-selling Faust is set to the greatest disco hits of the 1970's. Grabbing that jive old story and injecting it with groove, Disco Inferno is chock-full of the songs that defined a generation. 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.
$15 General Admission
Veterans/Military Free of Charge
Scouts in Uniform, with Accompanying Adult FREE with a Donation of a Non-Perishable Food Item
The Majestic Theater presents BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO April 14-May 22
The musical, which features the music of Neil Sedaka, is set during Labor Day Weekend in 1960 and features Marge and her stagestruck best friend Lois, who arrive at Esther’s Paradise Resort in the Catskills. Marge has just been left at the altar, and has decided to turn what would have been her honeymoon into a vacation with Lois. Romantic schemes and entanglements involve the pair along with several other characters, including Del Delmonaco, the resort’s handsome singer, Gabe, a geekish handyman, Harvey, the Borscht Belt comic and the widowed Esther.
Cast members include Elizabeth Swan (Marge), Alexandra O’Halloran (Lois), Robbie Simpson (Del Delmonaco), Denise Walker (Esther) and Frank Aronson (Harvey). The play will be directed by the Majestic’s Producing Director Danny Eaton. Mitch Chakour is the music director, and set design is by Greg Trochlil.
Ticket for the play range from $25-$30 and are available by calling or visiting the box office during its hours of operation, which are Monday through Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 1pm. More information online.
UMass Amherst presents COLLIDESCOPE 2.0: ADVENTURES IN PRE- AND POST- RACIAL AMERICA Created and directed by Ping Chong + Talvin Wilks
Produced in association with Ping Chong + Company
4/14/16 Half-Price Preview at 7:30
4/16/16, 4/20/16, 4/21/16, 4/22/16 at 7:30
4/23/16 at 2:00 & at 7:30
What would visitors from another world think if they looked at the race history of the United States? In Collidescope 2.0: Adventures in Pre and Post Racial America, which runs at the UMass Amherst Department of Theater from April 14 to 23, an alien species attempts to make sense of a subject fraught with inherent misperceptions, ironies and contradictions. Taking an “alien” view of this aspect of human behavior, the gaze of Collidescope places these issues under a microscope. Traveling from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, exploring the Pre-Revolutionary War era when freedmen and slaves contemplated their rights in a soon-to-be independent nation, then back to the present day, this work creates a cubistic frame, revealing different angles from which to observe America’s troubled “peculiar” history and its on-going, violent consequences.
We will have post-show conversations on April 16 and April 20-23. Stay tuned for details about topics and guest respondents, and check our website for updates as the event approaches.
Mount Holyoke College Department of Theatre Arts
by William Shakespeare April 14, 15, 16 at 7:30, April 17 at 2:00PM
Lower Lake Road, South Hadley MA
On the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, joins us for a harrowing, all-female version of Macbeth, one of the bard’s darkest and bloodiest tales. Hold on for a bloody exploration of violent love, deeds and ambitions, the fickleness of fate and the nightmarish depths to which even the most noble minds can be dragged. It’ll be a scream.
Talking Hands Theatre presents Fairies of the Seasons April 15 at 10:40 AM
In this magical show, set on a handmade dress that twirls as the year turns, each season has its own fairy that takes care of changing the natural world accordingly. That is, until a grumpy gnome decides to rearrange all the season fairies so things will stay the same all year round! Beautiful handmade fairy puppets and hand-felted animals invite young children to move, sing, and help the fairies of each season as they try find their way back. Recommended for ages 2-7. Free. More info online.
On Friday, April 15, Silverthorne Theater Company will hold a gala fundraiser from 7 to 10 pm at the Arts Block Café, Main Street and Court Square in downtown Greenfield. All are welcome! Proceeds from the event will go to support the Company’s upcoming 2016 summer season
SILVERTHORNE ON STAGE (S. O. S.) will feature an Open Mic, hosted by local favorite Marv Shedd, actor and member of the Fall Town String Band. Partygoers will meet this summer's directors and actors, and will be entertained by talented Company members and friends, past and present. And audience members will have a chance to strut their stuff!
Tickets are only $4.99 and can be purchased at the door or at Brown Paper Tickets. The Arts Block Café hosts the cash bar and party snacks, with a treasure chest full of theme treats!
In addition to the entertainment, attendees will bid on a wide range of donated goods and services in a Potpourri Silent Auction. Unusual contests throughout the evening will add spice to the experience as will valuable door prizes!
Westfield Theatre Group presents ANYTHING GOES April 15 at 7:30pm, April 16 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm
The Westfield Woman's Club 28 Court Street in Westfield Massachusetts
The Westfield Theatre Group, a department of the Westfield Woman's Club, proudly presents Anything Goes! Tickets can be reserved online or by calling 413-572-6838. The April 2 performance will be a benefit for the Carson Center, a program of the Behavioral Health Network. All tickets for that show must be obtained by calling 413-568-1421 xt 312.
Wilbraham United Players are BAREFOOT IN THE PARK April 15, 16 at 7:30PM
and April 17 at 2:30PM
Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main Street, Wilbraham, MA
The Wilbraham United Players will be performing the classic Neil Simon comedy BAREFOOT IN THE PARK on April 8-10 and 15-17 on the Fellowship Hall Stage at Wilbraham United Church – 500 Main St. in Wilbraham. Featured in the cast are Carolyn Averill and Joe Van Allen as Corie and Paul Bratter. The story revolves around this pair of newlyweds as they adjust to married life. They begin their new marriage in a 5 story walk-up apartment where they meet the most unusual of neighbors - Victor Velasco (played by Paul Rothenberg). They are also visited by Corie’s mother Mrs. Banks (played by Kate Hebert). Rounding out the cast are Jay Muse and Bob Kelliher who play respectively, a telephone repairman and a department store delivery man. The production is directed by Artistic Director Deborah Trimble and produced by Paul Nesbit.
Tickets for the production can be purchased on the Player’s website or by contacting Marjorie Trimble (413) 596-6117. Priority reserved seating is $25. Tickets for General Seating are $20. There is a discount for Seniors and Students under age 18.
Smith College Department of Theatre presents
OUR LADY OF KIBEHO by Katori Hall
directed by Nicole A. Watson
April 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 7:30 PM in Theatre 14
The Wall Street Journal calls Our Lady of Kibeho "The most important new play of the year.” Set in 1981, a village girl in Rwanda claims to see the Virgin Mary. Ostracized by her schoolmates and labeled disturbed, everyone refuses to believe, until the impossible starts happening again and again. Skepticism gives way to fear, faith, and fate, causing upheaval in the school community and beyond. The New York Times calls this play "Transfixing!... has the gripping intensity of a thriller!"
$10 General, $5 Students and Seniors, FREE for Smith Students. Tickets available online or by calling 413-585-3220.
The Country Players presents Neil Simon's hit Broadway comedy "God's Favorite" April 15, 16, 21, and 22 at 7:00 p.m.
April 17th at 2:00 and
April 23rd at 1:00 p.m.
Frontier Regional High School
Saturday April 17th is our Senior Show and everyone age 65+ pays only $10 per ticket!
For reservations, please call 413-768-9126.
For more information, please visit The County Players on Facebook.
$10 for children under 12
$13 for student 13+ and those with valid student ID
$13 for 65+
$16 for Adult
Saturday April 17th is our Senior Show. Tickets are just $10 for 65+
Greenfield Community College presents
by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Tom Geha April 15, 22, 23 at 7:30pm
April 16 at 2pm & 7:30pm
April 21 ARTSNIGHT at GCC at 5pm
Sloan Theater at Greenfield Community College
"If you’ve never experienced Sarah Ruhl’s work before — or if you’ve wondered what all the fuss over the lauded American playwright is about — Melancholy Play is a good place to start. This early work...is whimsical, surrealistic, even absurdist somewhat in the mode of Eugene Ionesco. You worry that bad things happen to good people? Here really strange things happen to all people...Giddy as it is, Melancholy Play actually affords considerable psychological insight." - Dallas News
Innocenzo blends live music, humor and magic to tell the tale of a clown who falls sick. After visiting many doctors and healers unable to explain his bewildering symptoms, he finally understands his illness is being caused by electromagnetic pollution and begins to heal . . . “The play was superb . . . This simultaneous appeal to two vastly different age groups is an impressive success . . . ” – Robert James Parsons, Independent Journalist, Geneva
MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE with Ashley Malloy as Rachel Corrie
Sunday, April 17th, 7PM
121 Club, Eastworks, Easthampton, MA, 116 Pleasant Street
Tickets $7/students, $15/adults Purchase online
Tickets can also be purchased for $10/students and $20/adults at the door. *Online ticketing is preferred for seating plan purposes*
The one person show My Name is Rachel Corrie, edited from Rachel's emails and journal entries by the late Alan Rickman and editor in chief of The Guardian, Katherine Viner, chronicles the life of the 23 year old American Peace Activist who traveled to Gaza in 2003 with the International Solidarity Movement to defend Palestinian homes from being demolished. It was there, on March 16th, 2003 that she was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer while protecting her host's home from being destroyed by the Israeli army.
This award winning critically acclaimed show is performed by Ashley Malloy and is directed by Josh Perlstein.
Over the course of the play, Rachel matures from an insightful young girl listing the millions of things she wants to be when she grows up, to a scattered adolescent immersed in the manic search for self while battling boys and an over-involved mom, to a young woman determined to pursue peace and justice in a place she's never been for people she's never met, as she constantly questions herself, her country and the world around her, and what it is to be human.
Smith College Department of Theatre New Playreading Series: ALL WE KNOW IS NOT ENOUGH written and directed by Darcy Parker Bruce
Tuesday, April 19 at 7:30 PM in Acting Studio 1 (T100)
Romeo and Charlie are in flight, staying at a run down pay-by-the-hour motel. When Romeo uses his sister Charlie's ham radio, he makes contact with Nasrin, a young woman in a boat. All We Know Is Not Enough is a play which explores what it means to be a refugee, as well as the limitations of our access to immediate information and communication.
Free and open to the public.
The Majestic Theater presents The Majesters Improv Comedy April 19, May 10 and June 7 at 7:00 PM
The Majestic Theatre, 131 Elm St. West Springfield, MA
An evening of musical improv comedy featuring the valley's best spontaneous comics.
Tickets for the Majesters shows will be $7 and sold at the door only the night of each show. The troupe takes suggestions and inspiration from audience members. Seating is general admission.
The Academy of Music presents
125 Years of Memories at the Academy of Music Theatre April 21 at 6:30 PM
Academy of Music Theatre
274 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060
We invite you to join us as we celebrate “125 Years of Memories”, a benefit for the Academy of Music Theatre!
We have an incredible evening planned, beginning with cocktails and a silent auction that will draw items and packages from Pioneer Valley businesses and artists.
Once most of our guests have arrived, we’ll transition into the auditorium for a presentation of the Academy through the years. This program will provide guests with a moving history, capturing moments representative of each decade. To paint this picture, we will use short vignettes, movie and music clips, woven together with the help of a narrator.
Following the production, attendees will be invited onstage for the party, which will include locally sourced appetizers and a cash bar featuring craft beer and wine from Black Birch Vineyard.
The HCC Theater Department presents
by Samuel D. Hunter April 21-23 at 7:30 PM
April 23 at 2:00 PM
Leslie Phillips Theater
The play, directed by HCC theater professor Tim Cochran, tells the story of a 600-pound recluse, hiding away in his Idaho apartment, slowly eating himself to death. Desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Big-hearted and fiercely funny, The Whale tells the story of a man's last chance at redemption -- and of finding beauty in the most unexpected places.
The Thursday, April 21, performance will be ASL interpreted.
$10 General Admission; $8 Students and Seniors; $5 HCC community members with ID.
More information online.
Arena Civic Theatre Presents
Spring Awakening Book by Steven Sater,
Lyrics by Duncan Sheik
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind
April 22, 23, 29 & 30 at 8:00 PM
April 24 & May 1 at 2:00 PM
The Ruth B. Smith Auditorium
at the Orange Town Hall
6 Prospect Street
Orange, MA 01364
Spring Awakening, the rock musical that took Broadway by storm, plays in the Ruth B. Smith Auditorium at the Orange Town Hall April 22 – May 1, 2016. A group of pubescent students navigate the anxieties of coming-of-age in a provincial world as their budding sexuality takes us from youthful lust to tragic consequences.
The ground breaking play fuses morality, sexuality, and rock and roll, and caused critics to exclaim that it awakened Broadway like no other musical. It won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and was hailed by the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle as the Best Musical of the Year.
The ACT production is directed by Megan Healey, with musical direction by Ted Trobaugh and choreography by Sue Dresser. The cast includes: Chloe Castro-Santos as Wendla, Emme Grace Geryk as Martha, Hannah Trobaugh as Thea, Cassandra Clark as Anna, Laura Langman as Ilse, Bobby Hawes as Melchior, Tyler Conroy as Moritz, Nicholas Cummings as Hanschen, Collins Hilton as Ernst, Sean Sanford as Georg, AJ Krawczyk as Otto, Alana Martineau as Adult Women, and Joshua Aaron Mason as Adult Men.
Talkback sessions featuring members of the cast and production crew, as well as community members in the fields of mental health and education, will take place after both matinee performances, April 24th and May 1st.
Due to mature themes and language, this show is not recommended for young children.
Tickets $16 General Admission, $13 Seniors/Students and are available at the door or by calling to reserve at (413) 233-3368 or online.
The Springfield Armory presents Meet Lucy Stone April 24 at 2:00 PM
1 Armory Square, Springfield (on campus of STCC)
The proverbial unsung heroine, Lucy Stone finally gets stage time in this performance by award-winning actress/storyteller Judith Black. From MA, Stone was a Civil War abolitionist and suffragette who made significant accomplishments. She called Frederick Douglass her friend, was the first woman in the country to keep her maiden name, and the first woman in MA who received a college degree.
Free performance. More information online. The play take place on the final date of the Armory's special exhibit on the Civil War, in addition to the final day of School Vacation Week events.
Smith College Department of Theatre presents Two Studio Productions:
by Caryl Churchill Directed by Kitty Lixin Lin
April 26 and 28 at 7:30 PM
Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre
This timely drama resulted from a trip to Romania. Developed with students from London's Central School of Drama, this is an incisive portrait of society in turmoil that focuses on two families to reveal what life is like under a totalitarian regime and what results when the regime collapses. The play's brief scenes are almost cinematic in their presentation of events as seen by ordinary people trying to live in peace.
THE WINTER'S TALE
by William Shakespearre Directed by Samantha Biatch
April 27 and 29 at 7:30 PM
Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre
Tragedy, comedy, love, betrayal, disguised identities, redemption and reconciliation – all rolled up in one play. A WINTER’S TALE, written towards the end of Shakespeare’s career is a sweeping saga that spans sixteen years and possesses one of the Bard’s most famous stage directions, “Exit, pursued by bear.”
Both performances are free and open to the public, no reservations.
Feast of Players presents a staged reading of
THE GARDEN OF EDEN April 30 at 7:30 PM
Art Block, 4th floor, Greenfield
Join us for this rollicking trip into space as disillusioned techies Dan and Lee, abetted by neighbors Meg and Greg set off to escape the chaos of a disintegrating planet; perhaps find peace in a mythical Garden of Eden. But the Uncertainty Principle curves space time into unexpected realities. Where is the Garden? Where is love safe? Elder and younger aliens received the transmission of their lives, meant to replace the Voyager space probe "Golden Disc" of 1977, light years hence. The disc was censored and couldn't show naked beings. They'll fix that! Who are these Earthlings? It's a cosmic comedy. Join us.
Donations accepted at the door. Talkback to follow performance.
TheatreTruck presents Commedia Grab Bag!
at the 14th Annual Community Renaissance Festival May 1 between 11:00 and 4:00
The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, Amherst
TheatreTruck brings our spin to Commedia dell'Arte, merging the contemporary and the imaginative with this historical form of physical performance!
YOU decide what scenes -- from well-known playwrights (Moliere! Shakespeare! Goldoni!) and the minds of the actors themselves-- will be performed in this choose-your-own-adventure performance.
Catch our troupe performing this Commedia-collage on stage and roving (of course!) around the festival throughout the day.
Commedia Grab Bag!
Conceived & Directed by Brianna Sloane
Design by Elizabeth Pangburn
Starring Andrew Roberts, Glenn Proud & Linda Tardif
TheatreTruck is a Collaborative of interdisciplinary artists. We value a process of performance-making rooted in collaboration, community dialogue and sustainable methodology. And fun! We value fun!
Facebook event here. See the full event schedule and more here.
AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
Billy Shakes Free Shakespeare presents Hamlet Auditions Pines Theater, Look Park, Northampton
The time has come again for auditions for Billy Shake's Free Shakespeare's summer show in Look Park, Northampton! The auditions will be held April 15, and 16, with a possible 17th if needed. Auditions will be held on a first come, first serve, basis starting at 2:00 pm, and going until 4:00pm each day. If you are unable to make any of those times, please send an email. To schedule a time outside of that.
HAMLET WILL BE CAST AS A FEMALE. All other parts will have blind casting.
Please bring a head-shot, resume, and a 1-2 minute Shakespearean monologue. IF you are auditioning for the role of Hamlet, please prepare the monologue "Speech to the Players".
Look forward to seeing you there!
AUDITIONS APRIL 16-17 FOR CHILDREN'S THEATER AT MAJESTIC THEATER
Auditions are currently being booked April 16-17 for parts in Children's Theater at West Springfield's Majestic Theater. On Saturday, April 16, the auditions will take place from 12-3pm. On Sunday, April 17 they will be from 6-9pm.
Performers aged 12-19 are encouraged to call the theater at (413) 747-7797 during business hours (Monday through Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-1pm) to schedule an appointment. They will be asked to read scenes during their audition. Performing a monologue and singing are encouraged, but not required. If there are additional questions, please call (413) 209-7219.
Shows being performed on a rotating schedule this July and August are “The Frog Prince: A Musical,” “A Little Princess” and “Treasure Island.” Tickets can be purchased by calling (413) 747-7797.
Valley Light Opera presents Auditions for RUDDIGORE
The Production Team invites you to audition for VLO’s 42nd annual Fall Production - Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore, to be staged at the fabulous, newly renovated Academy of Music in Northampton in November, 2016.
Though not currently among the best-known of the G&S operettas, in its day Ruddigore was every bit as successful as the "Big Three". It is considered a favorite of many G&S aficionados due to its beautiful score, macabre plot , arguably the best patter song in the canon, and its potential for lively, creative staging , period costumes and high melodrama. Ruddigore also features the oft-imitated, show-stopping chorus of ghostly ancestors emerging from their portraits as the original walking dead! A classic story of curses, crime, flirtation, and madness, Ruddigore is a parody of Melodrama and Horror - two of the major literary and theatrical movements of their time. As always, Valley Light Opera productions feature a large cast, full orchestra, elaborate sets and lavish period costumes.
Auditions schedule is as follows:
Location: Wesley United Methodist Church at 98 North Maple Street, Hadley
Saturday April 23 12 Noon -5PM Leads
Monday April 25 7-9PM Leads
Thursday April 28 7-9PM Leads and Chorus
Friday April 29 7-9PM Leads and Chorus
Rehearsals are at Wesley in Hadley, start September 6th and run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9:30 and Sundays 5-9:00 (with potluck dinner coordinated by rotating cast member volunteers)
Performances are over two weekends in early November preceded by a tech week, all at the Academy of Music in Northampton.
A synopsis, character descriptions w/vocal ranges along with songs and/or dialogue readings to prepare may be downloaded as a pdf. This information is also available as a file posted to the VLO Members Facebook Group where you will also find the full rehearsal and performance schedule.
A copy of the vocal score for Ruddigore and a CD will be on reserve at the Jones Library in Amherst, and numbers from the score may be copied there. An on-line PDF vocal score is available from G & S Archives.
Valley Light Opera is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization based in Amherst, MA. Each year for over 40 years the VLO has produced lavish, fully-staged, orchestrated and costumed productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas - and occasionally other musical theater works. Rehearsals are typically in Hadley and performances at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Applicants who are unfamiliar with VLO are encouraged to explore our website at vlo.org.
Real Live Theatre is looking for an actress aged 20 or older to play the Earl of Warwick in our all-female production of The Life and Death of Queen Margaret, a dynamic 'new' Shakespeare play co-adapted by Toby Bercovici and Dan Morbyrne and directed by Toby Bercovici. The piece begins rehearsals on May 21 and will rehearse two evenings and two weekend days per week in Sunderland and Easthampton, with actors being called to some but not all of those rehearsals. Performances are July 28-31 and August 5-6. We will also tour the show to Colby College in Waterville, Maine September 21-25. While the Summer production will not pay except in a profit split after expenses, the Fall tour promises $500 for the four days. For more information or to schedule an audition, contact Toby Bercovici, email@example.com.
Summer Internships and Apprenticeships with New Century Theatre Season: May 31-August 6
New Century Theatre’s Internship Program is a full-time summer experience meant for motivated individuals who are looking to bridge the gap between their academic experience and a career in theatre. Our interns are vital members of this small professional theatre, working alongside a dedicated company of artists, administrators, technicians and designers. Interns will gain practical experience, knowledge and industry contacts. New Century Theatre encourages interns to learn the basics behind all areas of theatrical production by varying intern assignments throughout the ten-week program.
The apprenticeship program at New Century Theatre is a part-time summer program for local high school students. Apprentices may work backstage, assist in the creation of props and costumes, and run the light board for our NCT Kids productions. Apprentices interested in lighting, costumes and set design may also have the opportunity to help with our mainstage New Century Theatre shows.
More information and applications available online.
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
Phantom Sheep Productions
Drop in Improv Jam Workshop April 18 at 7:00 PM
Springfield Jewish Community Center
Join us for a night of improv games that we'll teach and play alongside with you!
Brush up on skills!
Get a taste of our upcoming class!
Meet new people!
Laugh and have fun!
All levels welcome.
Fee*: $5/ $3 for JART & JCC Members
* Free if you sign up for our upcoming 6 week session that starts April 25th!
Facebook event here.
Phantom Sheep Prod. w/ J-Art presents
LaughCrafters: Comedy Improv Classes for Teens & Adults Every Monday for 6 weeks
Beginning April 25 at 7:00 PM
Springfield Jewish Community Center
The next 6 week session of this highly successful and fun class continues at the Springfield JCC!
Learn new theater games and exercises.
Sharpen Quick Thinking.
Build Confidence on and off stage
Improve acting and stage presence.
Unleash creativity and characters.
Relax and laugh (a lot).
All taught in a very fun, encouraging, and constructive atmosphere by experienced professionals.